1 year ago
FMS-117T: very nice for cooking, with a low heat that makes simmering easy, but suffers from one big flaw. The base of the unit is only fractionally higher than the feet (see pic); it grounds out on uneven surfaces, leading to instability.
FMS-118: again, a nice range of heat output, and the base sits a little higher off the ground. Unfortunately, it suffers a serious flaw - it can flare up badly when the cannister is inverted. This has happened both in its original steel incarnation, and the ti conversion I made a few months back. Unlit liquid gas can flood out at the stove base then ignite in an uncontrolled fashion. I suspect the preheat tube is too far from the flame, and not placed within the flame long enough for it to do its job properly. It’s only happened a few times - but that’s a few times too many.
I’m using the 117T for now, a very nice stove despite occasional niggles with placement on uneven surfaces. When it’s cold I’ll go back to the 100T I used every day over the winter. The 100T is a cracking stove; good range of output, works well with cannister inverted, and suffers no stability problems despite the relatively high centre of gravity.
The Pocket Stove didn’t cut it for me, too much faff as a dedicated wood burner. It’s probably best viewed as a meths stove stand that can be pressed into service as a wood burner on an occasional basis.
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