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Jetboil Stash Backpacking Stove review

The Jetboil Stash (7.1 oz) is the lightest weight integrated backpacking stove system that the Jetboil makes. It includes a cookpot with a handle and lid, a stove with an integrated pot stand, and a fuel canister stabilizer to form a very compact unit that is easy to pack. In addition, the stove and cook pot are optimized for use together which is the advantage of using an engineered and integrated system from a single manufacturer instead of assembling one with components from multiple vendors. But the appeal of the Stash stems from its all-inclusive nature and low weight which are more important for many solo lightweight backpackers than boiling times or cookpot volume.

Specs at a Glance

  • Mfg Weight: 7.1 oz / 201g
  • Actual Minimal Weight (pot w/lid, stove w/stand) = 7.2 oz/ 204g
  • Actual Recommended Weight (pot w/lid, stove w/stand, canister stabilizer) = 8.1 oz/ 230g
  • Type: Canister Stove (Isobutane fuel)
  • 16 oz / 0.5L boil time: 2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Pot liquid capacity: 27 fluid oz / 0.8 liters
  • Stove BTU: 4500
  • Piezo lighter: No
  • Pot cozy (insulation): No
  • Regulator: No

The Jetboil Stash is a tightly integrated backpacking stove system designed for a single person to boil water for making hot drinks or rehydrating backpacking meals. It’s designed for use with a small 100-110g fuel canister and is sufficient to boil approximately 10-12 liters of water, although the actual performance will vary based on the starting water temperature, ambient air temperature, and wind speed. The stove is lower powered compared to Jetboil’s other stove systems and best used for three-season backpacking where fast boiling times and higher-powered snow melting aren’t required. It does not include an ignition source, a pot cozy, or a pressure regulator, which are available on some of Jetboil’s other stove systems.

Stash Components

The Jetboil Stash comes with:

  • Cookpot with a folding handle and pot lid (146g)
  • Stove with an integrated pot stand (58g) and cloth carry sack (6g)
  • Fuel canister stabilizer (26g)
  • Empty demonstration canister that helps illustrate how to pack the stove system

Cook Pot

The cookpot is made with anodized aluminum with a folding, silicone insulated handle that locks in place when used or when packed. The insulated handle is an upgrade from the cloth pot handles included on Jetboils other units and is much easier to use. The cookpot has liquid measurements embossed on the inside and outside of the pot in ounces and milliliters with a maximum capacity of 27 ounces; although you don’t want to fill the pot with more than 16 oz / 500 milliliters to prevent boilovers. The cookpot also has aluminum flux ring heat exchange coils welded to the bottom like those found on Jetboil’s other integrated stove units. This helps retain heat and provides about a 10-20% efficiency boost but provides very little wind resistance.

Packing instructions are stenciled on the outside of the cookpot Packing instructions are stenciled on the outside of the cookpot

The pot lid is plastic and is designed to lock onto the top of the pot, but is still fairly loose. It has a pour spout and an air hole to help release pressure and prevent boilovers. When packed, a small fuel canister hangs upside down from the pot lid and is held in place by small plastic tabs, while the pot handle folds over the top of the lid to help keep the unit sealed. It’s a clever way to pack a cookpot that is shorter than Jetboil’s taller cylindrical cookpots but is more difficult to pack in the external pockets on a backpack because it is wider.

The bottom of the cook pot has a fluxring which aborbs some of the heat of the stove and retains it. The bottom of the cookpot has a Fluxring (also called heat exchange coils) that absorbs some of the heat of the stove and can improve efficiency.

Stash Stove

The Stash Stove has a three-pronged stove stand integrated into the burner head that folds away compactly for easy packing. The stove puts out 4500 BTU and is one of the least powerful stoves that Jetboil makes, but it is perfectly adequate for boiling up to 16 oz of water in 2 minutes and 30 seconds (on average). You can simmer with the Stash stove if you carefully adjust the flame height, but it’s apt to flicker out unless you watch it carefully.

The stove has three arms that form a pot stand. The stove has three arms that form a pot stand.

There are cutouts on the stove stand arms designed to hold the Fluxring on the bottom of the cookpot and keep the burner head at an optimal distance from the bottom of the pot so the heat is concentrated in its center: too close or too far away and you lose efficiency. While you could substitute another pot for the one included with the Stash, you’d be shooting yourself in the foot because the stove is optimized and purpose-built for the Stash pot.

The fluxring sits on notches cut into the stove arms to improve stability and maintain the optimal distance between the stove head and the bottom of the pot. The Fluxring sits on notches cut into the stove arms to improve stability and maintain the optimal distance between the stove head and the bottom of the pot.

You will need a lighter, matches, or a sparker to light the Stash stove which does not include an ignition source. The stove is also not pressure regulated, which means that the flame size will diminish and the boil time with increase as the gas in the fuel canister is used up.  The stove comes with a small cloth carry sack, which can help reduce the noise the stove makes inside the cookpot when packed and carried, but it’s not essential and most people won’t carry it.

Fuel Canister Stabilizer

The fuel canister stabilizer improves the stability of the stove system, especially since it is designed for use with small fuel canisters. The fuel canister stabilizer improves the stability of the stove system, especially since it is designed for use with small fuel canisters.

The last important component of the Stash system is a folding fuel canister stabilizer, which you may be tempted to discard to save weight and make more space in the cookpot. My advice is to keep it and use it. The Stash, like Jetboil’s other stove systems, is pretty tippy, particularly when used with the small size fuel canisters it is designed around, and using the stabilizer will help reduce accidental tip-overs. I used to discard these fuel stabilizers myself, but now make a point of carrying and using them with canister stoves after watching one too many dinners spill onto the ground.

Jetboil doesn’t include the fuel canister stabilizer in their 7.1 oz weight calculation for The Stash, which is curious since they go to the trouble of including one. I chalk that one up to “marketing optics” to make the stove system appear lighter weight.

Packability

The Jetboil Stash Stove is compatible with small 100-110g Isobutane gas canisters from other manufacturers, despite what Jetboil claims in their product documentation. I’ve used it with 110g fuel canisters from MSR and Snow Peak without any issues and it will work with any fuel canister that has an industry-standard screw-on Lindal adapter.

The stove arms rotate closed for packing. The stove arms rotate closed for packing.

The Stash is designed so you can fit a 100-110g fuel canister inside the pot along with the Stash Stove, the fuel canister stabilizer, and a small lighter. This makes it much easier to keep track of all the components and I consider this level of packability to be a must-have in a stove system, including ones that you assemble with components from multiple manufacturers.

When packing the Jetboil Stash, the fuel canister snaps into tabs on the underside of the pot lid and is positioned off-center to one side of the pot. The fuel canister stabilizer is placed on the bottom of the pot and the stove is inserted opposite the canister in the remaining space. The lid is closed over all of the components and the insulated handle is folded over the lid, locking everything in place. It’s a neat little system that doesn’t rattle.

A small fuel canister snaps into tabs on the pot lid A small fuel canister snaps into tabs on the pot lid

But when it comes to packing the stove in a backpack, you may find that the short squat form factor of the Jetboil pot is too wide or ungainly to pack in any of the external pockets of your backpack and must be packed into the main compartment where there’s more room. I hate doing that because my cookpot is usually still wet from making coffee or tea in the morning and I don’t want it to drip on my dry gear. That’s one of the downsides of the Jetboil Stash shape, which is a departure from Jetboil’s more cylindrical stove systems.

The entire stove system packs up into a single unit (although the lid can be a little squirrely sometimes and not seal completely) The entire Stash stove system packs up into a single unit (although the lid can be a little squirrely sometimes and not seal completely)

Beyond the Hype

The Jetboil Stash is a great advance in terms of reduced weight compared to the other stoves systems in the Jetboil product line. But it’s really quite an expensive stove system for boiling two cups of water when you consider that it comes with a low-powered stove that does not have a pressure regulator or a piezo igniter, that can’t simmer reliably, and has very little if any wind resistance. Priced at $134.95, Jetboil is making a huge profit on some pretty low-cost, low-function components when you can do much better for less money.

For example, here are two alternative lightweight cook systems that will fit a small 100g-110g fuel canister and a stove and cost and weigh considerably less than the Jetboil Stash.

Budget Stove System: $51.45 – weight 4.6 oz / 128 g

Budget stove system

This budget stove system includes BRS 3000T canister stove (9200 BTU) with a folding pot stand and a Toaks Light 650ml Titanium Pot with lid and folding handles that can hold a 110g fuel canister and stove ($36.95). At 4.6 ounces, it’s lighter weight and less than half the price of the Jetboil Stash.

Premium Stove System:  $99.90 – weight 6.7 oz (190g)

windmaster and toaks 750

This premium alternative includes a Soto Windmaster Stove (11,000 BTU) with a wind-resistant burner head, a pot stand, a pressure regulator, and a reliable built-in piezo igniter ($64.95, weight 3.1 oz) and a Toaks Titanium 750 ml cookpot ($34.95, weight 3.6 oz) with lid and folding handles that can fit a 110g fuel canister and the stove when packed. The Windmaster is a much better stove than the one included in the Jetboil Stash by leaps and bounds. The (8,200 BTU) MSR Pocket Rocket 2 ($49.95, weight 2.5 oz) would also be a good stove to use here. It’s also very high quality, comes with an attached folding pot stand, but lacks the piezo, regulator, and windproof burner head of the Windmaster.

Recommendation

The Jetboil Stash is an all-in-one cook system designed for solo hikers that is best used in three-season weather to boil water for rehydrating backpacking meals and making hot drinks. While it is lighter weight than any of Jetboil’s other cook systems, it’s way overpriced when you compare it with other best of breed components, especially stoves. That said, we think it will appeal to new or occasional backpackers who want to buy a lightweight stove system from a trusted brand like Jetboil without having to do a lot of research.

If you want an all-in-one cook system from a single manufacturer, you’ll have a hard time getting one that’s lighter weight than the Jetboil Stash. That alone is noteworthy. But we think you’ll get a lot more value and flexibility by assembling your own cook system with components from other companies. We provide two examples, above.

Disclosure: The author purchased this product.

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