Directions for Jetboil Stoves

Directions for Jetboil StovesThe foundation of almost every back-country meal is hot water. Whether you're making tea, hot cereal or rehydrating freeze-dried food, you won't have much to eat if you can't boil water. That's part of what makes Jetboil so popular; these self-contained cooking systems can bring 1/2L of water to boil in two minutes and 1L of water to boil in just four minutes. The faster your water boils, the less fuel you have to carry, not to mention less time spent cooking. Both the Jetboil personal cooking system and the larger-group cooking system work in essentially the same way.


Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Twist the control valve on the stove base clockwise to make sure it's fully closed. Screw the Jetboil base onto the open canister of pressurized Jetboil fuel.
Step 2
Press the square igniter button, which protrudes from the Jetboil base, several times so it produces a spark. Once you've verified that the igniter has produced a spark, press the button repeatedly as you slowly turn the fuel control valve--also located on the Jetboil base--1/2 turn counterclockwise to open it. Continue pressing the igniter switch until the stove produces a flame.
Step 3
Twist the plastic cover off the bottom of the cook cup or pot, fill the cup or pot with water, then place the cup or pot on the stove base. Line the slots in the bottom of the vessel up with the protuberances on the base, then, once the cup or pot is seated, rotate it clockwise to lock it into place.
Step 4
Adjust the stove flame as needed by twisting the control valve counterclockwise, to increase, or clockwise, to decrease the flame intensity.
Step 5
Turn the stove flame off, once you're done cooking, by twisting the control valve all the way clockwise. Twist the cook cup or pot off the stove and twist the plastic cover back onto it to both protect you from burns and keep the contents hot.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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