Super Ultralight Ramjet UL Stove

Stove1Lightweight backpacking is a big deal.  The ideas and trends in lightweight backpacking tend to bleed through to the prepper community because we are always evaluating our bug out bags and kits to make them more relevant to our situation.  Although we aren’t necessarily preparing for a lightweight packing trip, we want to be able to carry the gear we need and still make the trip we need to make…especially if it’s on foot.

One of the pieces of gear that you might consider is the Super Ultralight Ramjet UL Stove from Gold Gear.  The Ramjet UL Stove can boil two cups of water in minutes and is…well…ultralight!

The Ramjet runs on either denatured alcohol or Esbits solid fuel tablets.  The model to the right is the full set, including the windscreen.  The kit even includes the “pot” to boil water in, which happens to be a sanded down Fosters aluminum can.

In my trial, the water boiled in minutes.  The aluminum can was too hot to handle with just my hands, but was easy to manipulate with a couple of paper towels.  In the field, I would just use a sock or another piece of clothing.

I was also very surprised how quick everything cooled down after the fire was out in the stove and the water was emptied out of the aluminum can.  This would allow for you to eat a hot meal or drink and get going very quickly.

Here are some pics…

This is the stove setup.  There is a circular reflector that the stove sits on.  You can see the windscreen too....more on that below.

This is the stove setup. There is a circular reflector that the stove sits on. You can see the windscreen too….more on that below.

 

Stove on.  Using denatured alcohol.  I found out I was using the windscreen wrong! ;-)

Stove on. Using denatured alcohol. I found out I was using the windscreen wrong! 😉

 

The aluminum beer can lid comes with the kit.  The water will boil REAL fast.

The aluminum beer can lid comes with the kit. The water will boil REAL fast.

 

Bubbles at the bottom of the can is a good sign!

Bubbles at the bottom of the can is a good sign!

So what do you get with this kit?  The kit includes:

  • 1 reflector (stove sits on)
  • 1 stove
  • 1 aluminum can and lid (Fosters beer can)
  • 1 lid with a piece of reflective tape (allows you to pick up the top without burning yourself)
  • 1 stand for your Esbits soild fuel (if you choose to use it)
  • 1 small plastic bottle (to hold denatured alcohol)
  • 1 small medicine cup (to measure out fuel)
  • 1 large plastic jar w/ insulator and reflective lid
  • 1 plastic bowl
  • 1 windscreen w/ 2 poles
  • The kit fits altogether (see the pic at the top of the page)

This kit sells for $30.  The windscreen actually adds $15 to the total.

I realized that I was using the windscreen wrong.  I found a picture of the windscreen used on the Gold Gear website.  It should look like this…

Oh well…it worked like I had it.

My only two concerns with this stove is that you have to use the denatured alcohol or solid fuel tabs.  This particular model can’t burn wood.  However, Gold Gear carries stoves like the Ramjet that can.

My second concern is that the stove feels so light that I would be afraid that it would be crushed in a bag.  However, careful packing would make sure this doesn’t happen.

To visit Gold Gear and the other items that they sell, visit their website – click here.

 

 
rss twitter facebook linkedin youtube email google+ instagram