BRASSLITE TURBO 1D STOVE
TEST SERIES BY NANCY GRIFFITH
March 15, 2015
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|5' 6" (1.68
|130 lb (59.00
My outdoor experience began in
high school with a canoeing/camping group which made a 10-day voyage through the
Quebec wilds. I've been backpacking since my college days in Pennsylvania. I
have hiked all of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia, Tennessee and North
Carolina. My typical trip now is in the Sierra Nevada in California and is from
a few days to a few weeks long. Over the past few years I have lowered my pack
weight to a lightweight base weight of 15 lb (6.8 kg) and use a tent, stove and
PRODUCT INFORMATION &
Manufacturer: Brasslite, LLC.
|Photo: © Brasslite, LLC
Year of Manufacture:
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.brasslite.com/
Listed Weight: 1.7 oz (47 g)
Measured Weight: 1.7 oz (48 g)
capacity: 1 oz (30 ml)
Overall height: 64 mm (2.5 in) - verified as
Diameter of stove: 50 mm (2 in) - verified as such
Diameter of lower
flange: 65 mm (2.5 in) - verified as such
Made in Asia
The Brasslite Turbo 1D stove is
an alcohol-burning stove made of brass. The website explains the choice of
brass which I'll summarize as the best compromise for durability and heat
conductivity. It is designed as a minimalist solo stove which accommodates pots
up to 5 in (12.5 cm) in diameter with a maximum capacity of 1 L. The
construction is basically a double-walled cup with six air holes spaces evenly
around the lower part of the outer wall. There is a stainless steel wire mesh
section soldered to the top which acts as a pot stand. Around the outside is a
simmer sleeve which is a band with triangular-shaped cut-outs to allow for
covering the air holes either completely, partially or not at all. I found that
when the simmer sleeve handle is aligned with the opening in the wire mesh top
then all of the ports are open. This is an easy frame of reference for
The stove has recently been re-designed to change from a soldered
stove body assembly to a combination of folding, stamping and tack welding.
There also is no longer a base pan although the flange does extend out a bit.
But it does not interfere with the simmer sleeve.
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS &
TRYING IT OUT
Brasslite was generous enough to provide their windscreen and fuel
bottle with the stove which are sold separately as accessories. So although I'm
not reporting on those accessories, I will be using them for the test. The
windscreen came with instructions as to how to cut it to the appropriate length
and punch holes in the bottom to allow for airflow. I did that so the photos
will show my modified windscreen.
The fuel bottle holds 8 oz (237 ml) and
has a section to measure and dispense up to 0.5 oz (15 ml) without the rest of
the fuel coming out. The design is similar to the bottle that a popular fuel
stabilizer is sold in.
The titanium cook pot that I use is a 900 ml pot
with a diameter just under 5 in (12.5 cm) so it is at the maximum size
recommended for the 1D or at the minimum size recommended for the 2D. I decided
to try the 1D but wasn't sure if the pot would fit correctly. However, I like
the way it fits atop the Turbo 1D since it seems stable. For fuel I'm using
denatured alcohol. So I followed the included instructions which said to place
a small amount of fuel inside one of the air openings, fill the open fuel cup
with the desired amount of fuel and light the lower section. I then put my pot
full of water on top. The stove quickly lit with the lower flame licking up and
lighting the fuel in the cup. I experimented with the simmer sleeve by gently
pushing the pot onto the stove to hold it in place while I used a wooden spoon
to push the sleeve handle. I was able to get a nice low flame and perfect
simmer with the holes completely covered.
Brasslite claims that the time
to boil 16 oz (0.5 L) water is 6 minutes, so I did an experiment with that.
It's very difficult to determine exactly when boiling occurs with my pot but
there were definitely plenty of bubbles at 6 minutes and the water was hot
enough for making tea. I used 0.5 oz (15 ml) of fuel which burned for 10-1/2
minutes before the flame went out.
READING THE INSTRUCTIONS
Brasslite included instructions
for how to use the stove. It covers a variety of topics including the warranty,
lighting instructions, recommended fuels, how to use the simmer sleeve and even
tips for storage and cleaning. In this day of having to refer to websites to
get instructions, I was pleased to see this sheet included. It gives a lot of
pertinent and useful information on just one sheet.
The Brasslite Turbo 1D stove is a
lightweight alcohol stove designed for solo use.
Pot stand built in
FIELD LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
I used the stove for two backpacking trips and one day snowshoe hike
for a total of six days. Conditions ranged from just below freezing to 66 F (19
C) and included high winds, snow, sleet and heavy mist.
Point Reyes National Seashore, California: 3 days; 19 mi
(31 km); 0 to 780 ft (238 m); 50 to 66 F (10 to 19 C) with heavy mist, partly
cloudy and sunny conditions
Sierra Nevada, California: 2 days; 10 mi (16 km); 6,327 to 6,500 ft (1,928 to
1,981 m); 30 to 59 F (-1 to 15 C) with clear conditions and gusty winds
Loon Lake, Sierra Nevada, California: 2.5 mi (4 km);
6,327 to 6,478 (1,928 to 1,974 m); 32 F (0 C) with snow and sleet
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
900 ml (30 oz)
capacity, 4-3/4 in (12.1 cm) diameter, titanium on all three trips
1 L (33
oz) capacity, 7.5 in (19.0 cm) diameter, aluminum on Point Reyes trip
Klean Strip Green denatured alcohol
the stove inside my titanium 900 ml (30 oz) capacity pot wrapped in a bandana to
keep it protected and to prevent any clanking noises while I hiked. The stove
fit easily inside the pot with a lighter, fuel measuring cup and a couple of
drinking cups. On one trip, I also used the stove with a large 7.5 in (19 cm)
diameter aluminum pot. Although this is recommended for use with pots up to 5
in (12.7 cm), it worked fine with this large pot. The heat spread out from the
stove and heated the water to boiling in a timeframe not noticeably longer than
with the 4-3/4 in (12.1 cm) diameter pot.
I used the stove for boiling
water to prepare oatmeal and hot drinks and to make pasta and soup. The typical
amount of water heated at a time was 25 oz (.74 L) for which I burned 1 oz (30
ml) of fuel to get the water to boil. The stove lit easily and worked
flawlessly in terms of pre-heating, lighting and operating as advertised.
As compared to my other alcohol stoves I found the Turbo 1D to take a
little more fuel and a little more time, so I did a controlled test at home to
quantify that. The difference seems to be with the type of windscreen used and
not the stove itself. If I use the Turbo 1D stove with my other windscreen that
fits tight with my pot, it does just as well if not better than my other alcohol
stoves. I am going to adjust the Brasslite windscreen to fit more tightly
around my pot for the Long-Term test period since I will only be using the
smaller of my two pots.
I really appreciate the simmer sleeve feature
and used it for lowering the heat while boiling pasta in order to keep it from
boiling over. This is a unique feature with alcohol stoves since I am familiar
with them only being able to operate at one high setting. While this is fine
for boiling water, a simmer control is much more versatile for cooking. It was
easy to adjust the simmer ring by putting a little downward force on the pot to
hold the stove in place and then turning the ring with a twig or spoon. One
thing that I found difficult, however, was if I used my non-Brasslite
tight-fitting windscreen then it had to be partly dismantled to access the
I found the need to pre-heat the fuel to be particularly
advantageous in cooler temperatures. My other alcohol stove which does not have
this feature is difficult and a little dangerous to light in cold temperatures
due to lighters not producing a very large flame at low temperatures. So I end
up burning my fingers while attempting to get the small flame down into the
fuel. The Turbo 1D makes this a non-issue since pre-heating simply requires a
little squirt of fuel into the ports or around the flange and then the rest of
the fuel lights on its own. No more burnt fingers!
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND
I used the Brasslite on one three-day backpacking trip
and two overnight car camping trips over the Long-Term test period for an
additional six days of usage.
|Cooking in vestibule
Pacific Crest Trail,
Southern California: 3 days; 35 mi (56 km); 2,245 to 4,500 ft (684 to 1,372 m);
39 to 74 F (4 to 23 C) with clear to partly cloudy conditions
Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: overnight; 2,800 ft (853 m):
45 to 75 F (7 to 24 C) with clear conditions
Jawbone Off-Highway Vehicle
Area, California: overnight; 5,900 ft (1,798 m); 42 to 70 F (5 to 21 C) with
clear conditions and high winds
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
900 ml (30 oz) capacity, 4-3/4 in (12.1 cm) diameter,
Klean Strip Green denatured
Brasslite windscreen with modifications to
fit my pot as recommended by Brasslite
As in the Field Report, I carried
the stove inside my titanium 900 ml (30 oz) capacity pot wrapped in a bandana
and used the stove for boiling water to prepare oatmeal, rehydrated meals and
hot drinks and to make soup. There was some wind so I used the stove inside my
fully-open tent vestibule in the mornings to help provide some wind block.
Since the last test period I modified the Brasslite windscreen to fit
more tightly around my pot which did seem to improve the efficiency of the
stove. I continued to find that the Turbo 1D uses more fuel and takes more time
than I'm used to with other alcohol stoves. But based on my experiment in the
prior period, I find that mainly to be due to the windscreen and not the stove.
Both fuel usage and time to boil are largely affected by wind so the conditions
during this test period were a factor since there was always some wind.
I like the simmer sleeve feature but found myself not wanting to bother
with trying to access it by removing the windscreen since the wind was such a
factor. I ended up making meals that required boiling water only.
durability of the stove has been superior. The stove appears nearly new with
just some discoloration. All of the soldered joints and connecting points are
completely intact with no signs of wear or deterioration.
The Brasslite Turbo 1D stove is a
lightweight alcohol stove which has a unique feature of being able to simmer.
This report was created with the BackpackGearTest.org
Report Writer Version 1. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.
Pot stand built in
Hard to access simmer ring with windscreen in
Boil times and fuel usage are greater than I'm used to
concludes my Long-Term Report and this test series. Thanks to Brasslite, LLC
and BackpackGearTest.org for the opportunity to test this stove.
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