We’ve loved the Reactor system—which integrates a burner, pot, and heat exchanger for superfast and efficient performance—since it won our 2007 Editors’ Choice Award. This new 1-liter version is ideal for solo hikers. I used it on a nine-day, 200-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail and burned through only half an 8-ounce canister (cooking breakfast and dinner for one). Boil times averaged less than two minutes in temps down to 30°F. The puck-shaped burner nestles securely into the tall aluminum pot. The stove burns ultrahot (there’s virtually no simmer) and the pot lacks a nonstick coating, so it’s best for boiling water or heating up simple meals like ramen. $170; 14.5 oz.; msrgear.com
Solo hikers who prioritize cooking, convenience, and speed
» Brian Mockenhaupt (other tester: Kristin Hostetter)
» Duration Aug. to Jan.
» Locales/conditions WA, MA; 30°F to 70°F; wind, rain
» “The add-on Reactor Coffee Press Kit ($20; 1.7 oz.) let me easily make my brew right in the pot.” Snow Peak has been all about luxury family camping and we bring you a new versatile camp kitchen as part of our Iron Grill Table series. The set includes a single burner 12,000btu stove and stainless steel surface area that can be removed to insert a BBQ box or various other accessories we make for our Iron Grill Table System.
This product is great for any base camp or vehicle base travel. It folds up and is very compact.
The picture is a top view. It's a frame that has legs on it making it a great table for food prep and cooking. Everything can easily be disassembled for easy, compact, flat storage.