Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

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Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby 1982john » 8 Aug 2019, 7:56pm

Looking at trying out this Esbit
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Esbit-Titanium ... B073QW66X9

Heard a few reports of bad smell and residue but others say its fine.

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby landsurfer » 8 Aug 2019, 8:13pm

Is the fuel block Hexamine based ?.... if so avoid ... As any British Serviceman or Woman will tell you .... dangerous fumes, smell, also the thermal exchange is poor ..
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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby 1982john » 8 Aug 2019, 8:27pm

landsurfer wrote:Is the fuel block Hexamine based ?.... if so avoid ... As any British Serviceman or Woman will tell you .... dangerous fumes, smell, also the thermal exchange is poor ..


Yea I think they said dont use it in a tent vestibule outside should be fine

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby pedalsheep » 9 Aug 2019, 2:21pm

I tried it once but found it slow and smelly - a bit like trying to cook on a firelighter.
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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby 1982john » 9 Aug 2019, 3:00pm

pedalsheep wrote:I tried it once but found it slow and smelly - a bit like trying to cook on a firelighter.



It does look a bit like that in the videos. Maybe best to avoid

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby Carlton green » 9 Aug 2019, 3:46pm

1982john wrote:Looking at trying out this Esbit
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Esbit-Titanium ... B073QW66X9


Why? Surely there’s got to be a better way to achieve your objective. Looks expensive for what it is too.

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby hamster » 13 Aug 2019, 10:38am

Works OK, kept one for years in a pack as an emergency brew kit. A Trangia mini is probably rather better.
It HAS to be dug in (cut a 15cm square of turf out) or have a windshield otherwise nothing will happen.

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby Tangled Metal » 13 Aug 2019, 1:59pm

There's a few brands of tab fuels available iirc. I seem to recall one is better than the others.

IME they do not burn well, need windshield to get the heat to the pot and often goes out of finishes burning with plenty of gunk left in the tray.

IMHO buy one bit only as an UL backup with a few tabs. Emergency kit only.

Trangia mini? Personally I'd prefer the esbit stove. Used one once (clone that was actually better quality) and never again. That 4 day trip was spent without joy drinks because I couldn't be bothered waiting for it to boil up again. I had to bother with it for food but drinking I drank water instead.

Promises a lot but delivers nothing without a secondary windshield. IMHO with that flaw you're better off with simple meths burners and the same windshield.

These days for cycle touring and car camping we use the larger trangia for 2-4 person use with a gas stove conversion (primus made - the best stove brand IMHO).

To the op there's better stove options. Depends on trip style. Longer trips with fewer stock up opportunities a caldera cone stove is good. Other trips a can type is OK. Or the high quality whitebox stove. Triad from vargo are OK but not that efficient. Stable and tough though.

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby TimeTraveller » 28 Nov 2019, 7:54pm

I carry a back up pack of dragon fire fuel gel tablets.... can even use as antiseptic wash and none nasty for the body :)
I use in my storming stove placed inside a bottom of an old aluminum fuel bottle cut down to suit which also goes inside my mug....

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby mercalia » 30 Nov 2019, 3:19pm

1982john wrote:Looking at trying out this Esbit
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Esbit-Titanium ... B073QW66X9

Heard a few reports of bad smell and residue but others say its fine.



£15 for that? bonkers :shock:

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Re: Any Esbit / Solid Fuel users?

Postby Gattonero » 7 Jan 2020, 2:25pm

It's light and convenient. But makes a lot of sooth in the pots/pans. I have two pieces double sealed (smells terribly) as emergency backup, because it only needs a non-burning surface (i.e. a small rock) and not a proper stove.
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