Best Camping Stove For Your Bug Out Bag

Best Camping Stove For Your Bug Out Bag

It's not often I can make a claim for a product, but I have to admit if you're looking for the Best Camping Stove For Your Bug Out Bag, then it's well worth considering the JetBoil system.

I have only just treated myself to the JetBoil system after wanting one for quite some time and so far I haven't been disappointed.

It has all the right features and ticks all the prepping and survival boxes, and so far I'm 100% pleased with my new purchase.

I decided on a 'fueled' system to compliment my main campsite cook stove, the Bushbox XL which runs on wood, esbit fuel tablets or a trangia burner, as I wanted a stove that could be up and running very fast - for a quick brew..!

There are several different types of JetBoils to choose from in their range, from the very compact, 0.8ltr MiniMo, through the 1ltr Flash to the largest stove which is the Joule Camp Stove at 2.5ltr.

I chose the JetBoil Flash System due to its relative compact size and extreme light weight, as well as the fact that it heats up 1ltr of water per boil, in a very fast time, which is perfect for me to have a hot drink and extra boiling water to add to a dry, dehydrated pasta mix.

As this is more of a specific review, I will concentrate on the JetBoil Flash that I have purchased.
Obviously I cannot compare directly to the Jetboil MiniMo or the Jetboil Joule camp stove as I don't own either of those two cooking systems.

Without a doubt, the main reason for such a quick, efficient boil time is in the design at the bottom of the cup.
Jetboil use a system called a Flux Ring.
This increases the surface area of the cook pot substantially and thus gives a greater heat transfer into the water you are boiling - and it really does work as you can see in my video below.

If you want to see exactly what the Flux Ring design is all about click the image here >. 

click image to find out more

The 'Flash' range is available in four different cups colours with each holding the standard 1 litre capacity, and all have the insulated cover and handle strap.

They all have the water temperature indicator window on the side as well.

You do not get the gas canister when you buy the unit - these must be purchased separately.
The small, 100gram gas canister will last for 20 full boils with 2 cups of water in the 1 litre cup.

The 2 cup measure is ideal as one cup is enough for a hot drink and the other is the right amount for the various MRE food ration packs like Mountain House range.

You can buy the JetBoil Flash in several different colours

You do not get a gas canister with the unit

I have used mine on a 2 day hike with an overnight camp and only took one full canister - it was enough to last me for several hot drinks and also to cook my meals using the FluxRing frying pan and didn't run out.

One video is worth a thousand words.!

So, here is my video review of the JetBoil Flash:​

I hope you liked the video review and I'm sure you'll agree with me about this great bit of kit - it really has got to be the best camping stove for your bug out bag by a long shot, and your paying for good quality equipment that won't let you down.

This is the standard Jetboil Flash

    • ​1.0 Liter FluxRing® cooking cup with insulating cozy
    • Fully adjustable burner (steel)
    • Piezo push button ignition
    • Heat indicator cover pad
    • Lid sip / pour strainer with spout
    • Protective bottom cover - doubles as a measuring cup and bowl
    • Fully compatible with the Jetboil accessories
    • 100gram gas cannister can be stored away inside pot
    • Fuel canister stabilizer ring included

Full kit shown here in camo

A good cook kit is one of the more essential pieces of prepping equipment. So do not cut corners when considering what type of kit to buy.
The JetBoil is made by one of the top camp stove manufacturers and that alone should be enough to persuade most people to think seriously about getting one.
JetBoil Flash system is currently on sale for £89 plus postage of £3.99 from

Quite simply, a superb bit of kit. 
Don't leave home without it..!!!

Happy Prepping Folks.


Steve Hart UK Preppers Guide



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    • Red Barron on April 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    I have just ‘upgraded’ my old Coleman cooker to the Jetboil and I can’t praise it enough.
    It’s a great stove to use.
    So far after a few months of winter hikes it has performed perfectly with ease.
    Steve’s video is spot on and explains everything correctly.
    Well worth the investment folks.

    • Avril on April 20, 2016 at 9:23 am
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    Thinking of getting one of these for my husbands birthday pressie.
    You have made my mind up now!
    Hopefully he will like it.

    1. Avril, I’m sure he wont be disappointed.
      I use mine all the time.

    • Alex G on April 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    Like the look of this stove a lot.
    Been wondering what kit to get for my bug out bag cooking system and this one looks very good.
    Be nice to know how many boils you can get with the bigger gas cans as well?
    A stash of 10 cans is still going to give 200 boils, so at 2 meals a day that 3 months cooking.
    More suited for the lone prepper I think, but a definite 5 star investment I think.
    Thanks for the review.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Great points you make there.

    • PrepperBoy on April 13, 2016 at 11:14 am
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    Another great review.
    This is going on my Christmas list for sure!

    • JamesGreen on April 11, 2016 at 7:55 am
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    I have just changed to a Jetboil from my old (very old0 Coleman kit.
    So far I haven’t been disappointed. It does everything you say in your video and is now in my kit bag all the time.
    I have slowly built up the full range of Jetboil gear and everything fit nicely.
    It’s definitely a good camp stove and well work the investment.
    Good review by the way….

    • Prepper007 on April 9, 2016 at 8:43 am
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    What a great video and review.
    Been looking at getting something like this for a while now.
    Do you know if there’s a cover to put the whole stove in?
    Maybe something that works with a Molle system.
    And protects the whole lot.

    1. Jetboil don’t do a cover system as yet.
      I would suggest looking for a pouch on a molle system or similar.
      I don’t use one as mine fits just right into a side pocket on my rucksack, but I think a cover is a good idea.

    • Alex33 on April 9, 2016 at 8:23 am
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    Great review.
    I’ve had mine for a while now and take it with me on every hiking trip.
    I easily get 20 boils from the small gas.
    One point: keep the gas down low when using the frying pan. The heat will spread better that way AND you won’t scorch the middle of your pan.
    Also. The Jetboil knife n fork are a bit flimsy. Use a spork.!
    10/10 cooking stove for me though.

    • Jimjam on April 8, 2016 at 8:16 am
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    Looks like a good stove.
    I like the way it all packs together.
    Nice review. Thanks.

    • Greasy Spoon on April 7, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    Lvin it, Luvin iy, Luvin it…!
    Went straight out and got myself one of these stoves.
    Amazing fast boil as you said.
    My wife – a full on coffee addict – also got the coffee press attachment for it and now she takes it in the car when we go long distances as it a lot cheaper than motorway coffee and she can have her favorite blend.
    We pack it as you said and you can also fit a small bag of coffee grains in the pot as well.
    A bit temperamental in windy conditions sometimes, so a wind shield is a good idea if your camping in exposed areas.
    Piezo ignition has played up once or twice, but I have found it just needed a but of adjusting.
    I havnt invested in any of the pots or pans yet – but I will no doubt at some time.

    Cheers, The Greasy Spoon.

    • AlanG on April 6, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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    Excellent review of a great bit of cooking kit.
    Iv’e had mine for a while now and it never leaves my rucksack.
    I even lasted 8 days camp once with just the 100 gram gas can!!!
    Only MRE’s and dehydrated, but still bloody good performance.
    Only thing that plays up sometimes is the spark ignition – so always carry a lighter.

    • BigBob on April 4, 2016 at 6:31 pm
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    Nice review man.
    As ever full of details and fact.
    Definitely going to be investing in one of these bad boys.
    quick question:
    Can you remove the outer ‘heat sleeve’ ??
    I normally dump all my gear in the dishwasher when I get back from a bit of wandering about
    cheers, Bob

    1. Hi Bob,
      Thanks for your kind words.
      Yes you can remove the neoprene heat sleeve if needed.
      You can also get replacement one as well, if you fancy a change of colour.
      Jetboil call them a “cosy”……

      all the best and happy prepping, Steve

    • Mossy on April 4, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    Always heard that Jetboil were good, but 2.5 mins, wow that’s very good.
    This little guy would make a great backup on a cold and wet one nights wild camp me thinks.
    On my wish list already.
    Thanks for the great review Steve.

    1. Thanks for the comments Mossy,
      I would say, go for it mate, it’s the perfect backup to wild camping.
      I hate it when you whiz off looking forward to a nice dry night then the heavens open and you struggle to get a fire going.
      I know we should all know how to make a fire in the wet, but sometimes you just want to relax eh!!!

    • OddJob on April 4, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    Great review,
    I have boon thinking of getting one of these for a while now.
    You’ve made up my mind.
    Like the camo look myself!!!

    1. Thanks Oddjob,
      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed – I love mine.

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