Review: Jetboil Flash Stove

Published on 12/29/2023 · 3 min readCurated Expert, Johnny V, has tested this product to give you their unbiased, definitive take.
Johnny V, Camping Expert
By Camping Expert Johnny V
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The Curated Take

4.6/5

The Jetboil Flash Stove is an efficient and compact solution ideal for backpacking and basic car camping. It excels in boiling water rapidly, making it excellent for dehydrated meals and hot beverages. This stove is great for groups of up to three people, offering fuel efficiency and convenient storage. However, it's less versatile than other setups, with limited flame control, making it challenging for slow boiling and less suitable for cooking beyond boiling water. Its portability and durability make it a reliable choice for outdoor enthusiasts who prioritize speedy and easy cooking.

Ideal for
  • Boils water fast
  • Pairs well for instant style meals
  • Easy and efficient to use
Not ideal for
  • Difficult to moderate flame strength
  • Not as compact as other setups
  • Not as versatile as other setups
Boil Time Rating
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove has always boiled water incredibly fast for me. Typically, a full/mostly full pot boils in under two minutes. This is great as the smaller pot is...Read more
Portability
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove is very portable and great for most backpacking/camping trips. The fact that all the components and fuel can fit inside the pot makes it super easy....Read more
Fuel Efficiency
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove setup is very efficient with its fuel usage. The heat coil design of the pot disperses the heat very well. The design blocks most of the...Read more
Durability
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove is a staple outdoor gear item for me for many reasons, but one of the top reasons is that it hasn't needed replacement. The Jetboil has...Read more
Ease of Use
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove works excellently right out of the box. Attach fuel, turn open the valve, and light, and one is ready to go. The only issue I have...Read more
Cooking Power
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove has excellent power output. This is put to best use to boil water. It does this fast and efficiently. Using the stove to cook anything else...Read more
Cooking Surface
Johnny V, Curated Expert
The Jetboil Flash Stove's included pot is a great cooking surface as long as what I cook is liquid or can be stirred easily. The cooking surface in terms of...Read more

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About the kitchenwares
  • Model: Jetboil Flash Stove
Test conditions
  • When I bought this: 2016
  • Where I’ve used it: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Superstition Mountains, Cascades, Collegiate Peaks, Olympic National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Gila National Forest.
  • How many times I've used it: 20

Expert Reviews of the Jetboil Flash Stove

 The Jetboil Flash stove proves to be a compact and efficient solution tailor-made for backpacking and basic car camping. Rapidly boiling water with its push-button ignition system, it easily attaches to standard fuel containers. This stove is ideal for preparing dehydrated, instant-style meals and beverages like coffee or tea. Throughout my testing, the Jetboil Flash performed consistently very well, boiling water swiftly, with convenient storage for all components and a smaller-sized fuel canister fitting snugly inside. Its durability has been fantastic, enduring rough handling without compromising performance. The stove is my go-to setup for accommodating up to four people. It's most effective for groups of three or fewer due to its limited volume for simultaneous meal preparation. Flame control poses a challenge for achieving a slow boil. The provided container proves essential as other cooking means of pots or pans are less effective. Despite these minor drawbacks, the Jetboil Flash stands out for me, offering unmatched fuel efficiency and rapid boiling, making it my preferred choice for convenient and speedy outdoor cooking on most trips.

Product Specs

Intended useCamping, Backpacking
No. of burners1
Auto ignitionYes
FuelIsobutane-propane
Fuel typeCanister
Heat output9000 british thermal units / 2.6 kW

Review Ratings

Boil Time Rating

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove has always boiled water incredibly fast for me. Typically, a full/mostly full pot boils in under two minutes. This is great as the smaller pot is great for one or two people at a time, depending on what I'm using the water for. With more people using it, it still works well with the fast boil time.

Portability

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove is very portable and great for most backpacking/camping trips. The fact that all the components and fuel can fit inside the pot makes it super easy. The fuel canister needs to be small, but that's okay for most trips. If someone wants the smallest/most portable stove system, I would use a small standalone burner and a standalone pot. This sacrifices performance but makes for the smallest and lightest setup.

Fuel Efficiency

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove setup is very efficient with its fuel usage. The heat coil design of the pot disperses the heat very well. The design blocks most of the wind and keeps most of the heat generated to good use. The shield doesn't block the wind as well as some other stove setups but gets the job done very well. When in doubt, take two fuel canisters on trips.

Durability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove is a staple outdoor gear item for me for many reasons, but one of the top reasons is that it hasn't needed replacement. The Jetboil has been put through the wringer on my side, and it still functions and looks practically brand new. The time I had an issue with damage to the stove was a time I lent it out to a friend. I believe they somehow burnt the neoprene sleeve of the pot. I suppose that can get damaged, but in reality, even that didn't negatively impact the performance. I fully expect the stove to outlast me in terms of durability.

Ease of Use

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove works excellently right out of the box. Attach fuel, turn open the valve, and light, and one is ready to go. The only issue I have with its ease of use is controlling the flame. Using this stove for a slow boil takes a deft hand and low wind. I never really need a slow boil for anything I bring to eat, but I have tried to make dry pasta, and it was a pain to get the flame just right. This stove is best used to boil water and is all on or all off in terms of best use.

Cooking Power

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove has excellent power output. This is put to best use to boil water. It does this fast and efficiently. Using the stove to cook anything else could work, and the fuel power output is there, but unfortunately, the flame control is almost too difficult to use.

Cooking Surface

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The Jetboil Flash Stove's included pot is a great cooking surface as long as what I cook is liquid or can be stirred easily. The cooking surface in terms of the pot is designed specifically for the burner. There is no other cooking surface that applies. One could use any pot or pan purchased separately, but it wouldn't work as effectively as the included pot or a like pot from Jetboil.

FAQs

What do you love about this product?

The Jetboil Flash Stove is so fast and easy to use. When I want to make my life as easy as possible and not try to go crazy ultralight, I always take this with me. It is the best bang for one's buck stove that boils water incredibly fast and sets up super easy. I use this to boil water for all my dehydrated/instant meals and make hot drinks. Everything I need for the stove packs into itself, and setup takes seconds and minutes to have boiling, ready-to-use water.

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

I have used the Jetboil Flash Stove on many adventures. The first time I really fell in love with the stove was on a trip with my best friend and my pup to Wet Beaver Wilderness, which is close to Sedona, AZ. It was a two-night adventure made for luxury, not having to hike a great distance each day. This stove made it easy to boil water to make copious amounts of espresso on a new portable device I had just purchased. The ease with which I could boil the water for the coffee and dehydrated meals made me realize this was a great product and that I would use it on many more adventures.

Why did you choose this product?

The Jetboil Flash Stove was an easy choice for me once I had tried a cheaper, more basic option before this stove. I had assumed the Jetboil was an excellent option, but I wanted to save money and tried a very basic stove/burner and then separately purchased a cheap metal pot/cup to boil the water. After trying that out, I read up a bit more on the Jetboil and asked friends what they thought. After doing that legwork and having previous experience with a different stove, I bought the Jetboil. Feeling assured it was worth the money now, I tried it out, and it full-heartedly exceeded my expectations. I wish I had purchased it right off the bat.

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