Etekcity Mini Camping Stove Review
Durability/Build Quality: 8/10
Ease of Use: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10
I purchased the Etekcity Mini Camping Stove off Amazon for a measly $13 Canadian, hoping to pick up a small stove for winter/early season backcountry camping when firewood isn't available. Immediately I was happy to notice the stove is very small and comes in its own orange case, which makes packing it away super easy for me. I don't have to worry about losing it while I have the case to put it back in. It use butane/propane mixed canisters, making for a "burn clean, leave no trace" product that's also good for the environment.
Upon taking the stove out I can see that the tray for supporting a kettle or pot folds out. Each of the four arms fall exactly where they should and also feel well put together.
I screwed on a 450G Woods Butane Propane fuel canister next. The handle on the stove also controls how much gas is let out. As laid out in the instructions, simply turn left to release more gas, and turn right to shut off gas flow.
You'll hear a hiss when the gas is being released, and you really don't it turned very far left at all to get a good flame. Click the red button to ignite the flame seamlessly, and you're ready to use the stove!
From there you can use the stove to boil water or cook with. Simply adjust the amount of gas coming out for a larger or smaller flame as needed. All in all this is a great product that will be joining my arsenal of backcountry camping gear year round. Even in the summer I can see myself using this, as there are a few backcountry campgrounds (such as Aster Lake, Three Isle Lake, and Turbine Canyon in Kananaskis) that don't allow traditional fires. For it's price, there's no going wrong and you get a very high quality product.
You can watch my video review of the Etekcity Mini Camping Stove below, where I also test it out with a Open Country 2 Quart Kettle:
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