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Jetboil Sol Ti Stove

Test Series by Jennifer Koles

October 15, 2011

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Personal Information

Name:  Jennifer Koles
Age:  36
Gender:  Female
Height:  5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight: 140 lb (64 kg)
Email address: jennksnowy at yahoo dot com
City, State, and Country: Orange County, California, United States


Backpacking Background

After getting into the outdoors scene camping while 4-wheeling and day-hiking, I switched to backpacking in the early 2000's. I have backpacked extensively in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho along with California, Pennsylvania and Nevada. I have slowly been cutting my base weight to be able to go longer in duration and distance. I have done so mainly by using better gear and dumping heavy luxuries. I backpack year round in all weather, and usually take a free standing tent and a gas stove on all my trips. I love trying out new gear.

The author

The author in the Narrows at Zion National Park, Utah.


Initial Report

May 31, 2011

Product Information

Product:   Jetboil Sol Ti Stove
Manufacturer:  Jetboil
Year of Manufacture:  2011

Manufacturer Website:   www.jetboil.com

Listed Measurements: 4.1 in x 6.5 in (104 mm x 165 mm)
Actual Measurements: 4.25 in x 6.5 in (108 mm x 165 mm)
Listed Weight: 8.5 oz ( does not include pot support, fuel stabilizer and measuring cup) (240 g)
Measured Weight: 11.95 oz (total weight) (338 g); 8.45 oz ( does not include pot support, fuel stabilizer and measuring cup) (240 g)

Contents Included: Fuel tripod support, pot support, insulated cozy, bottom cover (cup), lid (strainer/pour spout), cooking cup, and burner.

Volume: 0.8 L (27 oz)

MSRP: $149.99 USD


Jetboil Stove


Product Description

The Jetboil Sol Ti Stove is designed for the lightweight camping and backpacking enthusiast. It is a four season upright canister stove with Thermo-Regulate technology that provides consistent heat down to 20 F (-6 C). The Sol Ti lights with push button (Piezo ignition) technology.

The stove has an all in one design with an integrated burner base and 0.8 L (27 oz) Titanium FluxRing cooking cup. The cooking cup has embossed measurement markings inside. The Sol Ti comes with a pot support and stabilizing tripod. The bottom cover can be used as a bowl and measuring cup. The stove also has a lid to drink through with a pour spout and strainer.

The cooking cup comes with a removable insulated cozy and is compatible with other Jetboil accessories.

The manufacturer states in the printed material that 16 oz (0.5 L) of water boils in an average of 2 minutes and 15 seconds with a Jetboil canister. Per 100 g Jetpower canister 12 L of water can be boiled.

 

FluxRing


In the enclosed instructions the manufacture has a warning stating the aluminum FluxRing may overheat and damage the cup. This would reduce the performance of the system. It is suggested to use high heat when boiling water. If anything is added to the water the instructions for the food should be followed using low heat and stirring frequently.

When melting snow or ice, it should not be packed into the cup. It is recommended to add a small amount of snow or ice before lighting the burner. Low heat should be used to melt the snow or ice. By reading the instructions it seems like it is important to have liquid on the bottom of the cup or it may overheat.

If food is burned on the bottom of the cooking cup it may overheat and cause damage to the fins. From reading the instructions it seems important to use low heat when cooking or simmering foods and to stir often.

Lid

Jetboil Lid

In the instructions there is a warning to check that the burner is extinguished before disconnecting the fuel canister and that the exposed metal parts may be hot after use. There also instructions to always hold the cooking cup by the cozy and the base by the shroud after use. The burner should be stored in the cooking cup face down and then the canister placed on top. The instructions state that the heat indicator will turn black to orange when the cooking cup is hot and reaches a temperature of 140 F (60 C). There is no heat indicator on this Sol Ti Stove on the cozy or the cup.

Using the Stove for the First Time

Following the instructions I was able to easily set up the stove for a boiling test. The instructions were thorough and provided illustrations, descriptions, and warnings. There is a warning not to use a windscreen with the stove as the gas cylinder can explode. It is recommended to test the igniter, by checking for a spark before igniting the stove for use. To set up the stove the fuel regulator needs to be exposed from the burner base. This is done easily by flipping it away from the base. The regulator should be turned clockwise to ensure that it is off. The burner is then screwed on to the top of the fuel canister (which should be upright and not shook). To fire up the stove a black igniter button is pushed while turning the regulator counterclockwise. After the burner is lit the cup (with food or liquid in it) is placed on top of the burner and turned to secure in place. Cooking should be completed without the lid on top of the cooking cup. After cooking the fuel is turned off by turning the regulator clockwise. Next the cooking cup is removed by twisting it off the burner.

Initial Impressions

This stove boils water fast! At sea level 16 fl oz (0.47 L) of cool tap water boiled in 1 minute and 48 seconds. Should I say "Wow"! I was able to handle the hot cooking cup with the cozy in place without being burned. The cozy was warm to the touch, but not so much so that I could not handle it. The stove may boil water fast, but it takes multiple presses of the igniter button to light. It took me nine times the first try. This makes me believe that I should still make sure I have a lighter with me.

There are a few things that concern me about the design of this stove. First of all, the handle on the cozy feels flimsy when the cooking cup is filled with liquid. When there is liquid inside and I hold the cozy handle the cozy pulls away from the cooking cup at the top. The cup then tilts and the liquid spills out if the cup when it is filled with approximately 17 fl oz (0.50 L) of liquid.

Another issue I have is gracefully placing the cooking cup on the burner and securing it in place without the fear of the contents splashing out. I need some practice with this. Also it was challenging for me to unsecure the cooking cup from the burner base with boiling water inside without the fear of the hot water splashing out. I was able to unsecure it successfully, but the cup was only partially full. I will need to see what happens when more than 16 fl oz (0.47 L) of liquid is added to the cup.

I noticed that after boiling the water the inside of the cooking cup had dots where the FluxRing is adhered to the cup. So far this is a cosmetic issue, but for performance reasons I will keep an eye on it.

Right now it is too early for me to say how I like how the system is packed for storage and transport. I like the way the plastic cup attaches to the bottom of the cooking cup. However, I do not know what to think about placing the burners that have exposed metal inside the cup with the possibility of scratching the inside of the cup. I will see if the inside of the cup develops any scratches from storing the burners inside.


Field Report

August 9, 2011

Testing Locations

St. George area, Utah: Camping for two nights amongst the Southern Utah red rocks. The temperatures ranged from the low 70's F (21 C) to the mid 90's F (35 C). It was sunny with no wind. The elevation was around 3,500 ft (1,067 m).

El Moro/Crystal Cove Backcountry, California: Went bikepacking for one night in the backcountry. Yep carried my backpack on my back while riding my bike. It was breezy and the fog rolled in quickly after sunset. The temperatures were in the 50's F (11 C) . The elevation was about 400 ft (122 m).

Southern California: The stove was used to mix an after mountain biking drink at the trailhead. There was a slight breeze and the temperatures were in the 50's F (11 C). I also used the stove after road biking at my car to boil water to mold a plastic finger splint. The temperatures were in the 70's F (21 C) with a slight breeze.


Performance in the Field

The Jetboil Sol Ti Stove was used for the past two months while camping in Utah, bikepacking in California, to boil water to make a plastic finger splint, and to make a hot drink after a mountain bike ride at the trailhead.

The Jetboil Sol Ti Stove has a large enough cup to heat up enough water for one large backpacking (freeze dried meal). The meals that I made required just over 16 oz of water (530 ml). With the flame turned on fully the water heated and boiled very quickly. I was able to boil water in less than 2 minutes (generally 1 minute and 50 seconds); even at an elevation of 3,500 ft (1,067 m). I noticed that when the water comes to a rolling boil some of it splashes out of the cup and I have to quickly turn off the flame to stop the splashing. This stove boils water much faster than I am used to; therefore I have to pay closer attention to the stove and the cooking cup contents while the flame is turned on.

The fuel is easily turned on and the flame is easily adjusted by the regulator. When the regulator is turned off it is secure and I can not hear the fuel escaping. The stove has lit every time by pressing the igniter once, this surprised me as it took me multiple attempts the first time I used the stove.

Sol Ti in action

When I have all the components of the Sol Ti Stove packed inside the cooking canister with a small fuel canister (3.88 oz/200.73 ml) the lid is just shy of closing. Even without the fuel cap off the fuel canister the lid does not fully close. This is a nuisance to me as I want to use up the volume inside the cooking vessel by storing the fuel canister inside. Plus I don't want the lid to fall off inside my pack or in storage. So, I used a rubber band to secure the lid on the top of the Sol Ti Stove. I am wondering if the Jetpower Canister would fit better (it may be smaller). I will have to look for one in my local retail store.

It would be nice if there was a storage sack for the stove burner and the pot support. That would make transport of the pot support and the burner easier and would protect those parts when the cooking vessel is not going to be used on a trip.

The pot support has not scratched the inside of the cooking vessel while being placed inside for storage. I was surprised since when I place the pot support inside in the vessel it rubs on the side. The pot support worked great for holding a small kettle/pot in place while making a hot drink for a large group after a mountain bike ride at the trailhead.

The spots inside the cooking vessel have not worsened nor hindered the performance of the stove. Once of the engineers of the Sol Ti Stove provided me with some information on why the spots appeared: “Some discoloration of the Titanium forms on the inside of the cup after boiling water in the cup for a few minutes (or a couple of boils). It’s caused by one of the particular quirks of Titanium, especially in combination with our Aluminum FluxRing. Here’s a short explanation of what causes it, and why it’s so important to always have water in the cup during use.

To start, titanium is a very poor conductor of heat, and Aluminum is a very good conductor of heat. Also, our Flux Ring catches most of the heat generated by the flame.  So during use the Aluminum fins catch a lot of heat, and quickly reach operating temperature. The titanium is such a poor conductor that the heat caught by each fin stays concentrated in the place where the fins are attached to the titanium.  A great example of this is to watch where the bubbles form on the bottom of the cup as the water boils.

As the steam bubbles form on the bottom of the cup, the temperature along the surface of the titanium quickly rises above 100°C. When this happens the titanium can form an oxide layer along the titanium.  When the steam bubble rises and liquid water re-covers the titanium surface, it cools back down.  The oxide layer that forms is the cause of the dots that you see.” He also reminded me that it is important not to have the flame ignited without liquid inside the cooking cup.

The cooking lid attached securely to pour hot water out of the cooking vessel. It stayed secure and did not fall off when the water was putting pressure on it from pouring. I used the bottom cup to drink a hot beverage. I felt the heat pass through the cup, but I like that the cup is provided (one less thing for me to pack) and it protects the flux ring when it is stored on the bottom of the stove.

I was initially concerned about the durability of the cozy handle on the sleeve of the cooking vessel. The handle does give or stretch somewhat when the cooking cup is lifted, however it has not torn away from the cozy nor has it lacked support that I dropped the cup. The cozy provides enough insulation that when I touch the cup my hands do not get burned.

Initially I was clumsy attaching and removing the cooking cup from the burner. There is a way to precisely line up the cup with the burner and twist it so that there is no splashing of the liquid contents. This is easily seen by how both pieces attach together. I was afraid of burning my hands when removing the cooking cup from the burner. After a few attempts I found that it helped me to hold the plastic piece of the cooking burner to prevent my hands from getting burned.


Long Term Report

October 15, 2011

Testing Locations

Southern California (Near Cleveland National Forest): The temperatures were in the 50's F (11 C) and there was a slight breeze. The stove was used here on three occasions to make several hot drinks (hot chocolate and Starbucks VIA Coffee).and to boil water for oatmeal.

Huntington Beach, California: The stove was used here on two occasions at sea level to prepare dinner; consisting of hot noodles and hot drinks. It was windy here on both occasions.

Performance in the Field

During the last two months the stove was used on three occasions. There are many features I like about the Jetboil Sol Ti Stove: fast boil time, ease of set up, minimal fuel use, measurements marked in the cooking cup, and the insulating cozy.

However, there are a few features I am not fond of: the flimsy handle on the cooking cup and several ignition attempts. Even at sea level I am finding it difficult to ignite the stove on the first attempt. I took into consideration that the wind may be a factor in trying to light the stove. So, I tried lighting the stove on an enclosed porch (blocking the wind) and it still took three presses of the igniter button to produce a flame.

Once the Jetboil Stove has a flame it brings water to a rapid boil in less than two minutes; which is impressive to me and my friends. Since it brings water to a boil so fast minimal fuel is used. With the Jetboil Sol Ti Stove I feel comfortable just taking a small fuel canister. The stove has not failed in breezy conditions, which was a concern while cooking a hot drink at the beach.

When the flame adjuster is set to high it boils water so quickly that I have to watch carefully that the water does not boil over; which it has on several occasions. While cooking the noodles I had to watch and adjust the flame so they were simmering and not boiling. I turned the flame down almost as low as I could without extinguishing the flame and that seemed to provide enough heat to cook the noodles.

I used the cooking lid to drain the cooked noodles and to drink coffee out of the cooking cup. I also used the cup/bowl to drink a hot beverage from. The plastic cooking lid has a hazy film on it since it has been exposed to boiling water with noodles and broth. I tired to scrub it off, but some still remains.

I am happy to say that the spots inside the cooking cup have not multiplied or become worse. The cooking cup is easily cleaned with no residue sticking on the inside; even after cooking noodles and coffee. The inside of the cooking cup has not become scratched from placing the pot supports inside, this surprised me. I would still like to have a storage sack for the pot supports, especially for transport when I am not using the cooking cup.

I am not too impressed with the flimsy handle on the cooking cup cozy. When I pick up the vessel (when it is full or nearly full) by the handle I am afraid I am going to drop it and I have to support the cooking cup with my other hand on the cozy. There are some times that liquid splashed out while trying to hold it by the handle.

After practicing several times I am much more finessed when dismantling the cooking cup from the burner. During the last few outings I only removed it by holding the plastic piece of the cooking burner. This has prevented my hands from getting burned while removing the cup. But, when the cup is mostly full some hot water splashes out when removing the cup from the burner. I wish there was an indication line inside the cup of a recommended filling capacity.

Summary

I have enjoyed the Jetboil Sol Ti Stove, mostly because it boils water quickly. I like the concept of the cooking cup and how the stove contents nestle inside for transport and storage. I just wish it was slightly higher so that the lid would fit better with my current fuel canister inside of the cooking cup with all of the other components (I will look into purchasing the Jetpower Fuel). A storage sack would be nice for the pot support and the stove burner, just for those times that I prefer not to use the cooking cup.


Things That Rock:

  • Lightweight
  • Fast boiling time
  • Easy to set up

Things That Are So-So:

  • Handle does not appear sturdy
  • Can take multiple times to light
  • No storage sack for the burner and pot support
  • Lid does not fit when contents are in the cup with my small fuel canister (I will have to look into the Jetpower fuel)

Remarks

This concludes my reporting of the Sol Ti Stove. Thank you Jetboil and BackpackGearTest.org for providing me with the opportunity to test the Sol Ti Stove.


 



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