The Swiss M-71 Stove is referred to as "Canned Heat" since that is what it is. In a small resealable can you get fuel, and a burner top.
Instructions on how to use the Swiss M-71 Stove:
Watch the video to see how easy it is to operate this Swiss M-71 Stove!
Received the pack quick how ever the seal on one of the cans was not effective. That being said one of the stoves is useless, these are surplus, the other 3 were fine. They do work well in damp and or windy conditions.
Cheap insurance and sealed in plastic with matches included.
RECEIVED MINE TODAY WITH MATCHES. ALL SEAED IN PLASTIC WRAP AND ONE IS IN MY FIRST AID KIT! GREAT TO HAVE FOR FIELD COOKING OR EMERGENCYS. GOOD BUY AT AROUND 4.50 APEICE.
A little heavy on the wallet, but more than make up for it in reusability! All came sealed and ready to use! Highly recommended!
An ok way to heat up your meal or a cup of water while on a hiking trip. Don't expect to bring water to a rolling boil, however. Also the heat generated by one of these cans is barely enough to boil a cup of water, I have been using two of these at a time. Also, don't expect a can to last you more than twice. Since the heating takes a long time, you will go through the fuel pretty quickly. On the positive side, the cans are reusable, so you can refill them with a solid fuel of your choosing. This does not beat a small propane stove...not even close.
Just tried this stove for the first time to heat water for tea (trial run). Boiled water (~2k ft elevation) in ~3:30 mins (your definition of "boil" may differ...there were small bubbles and some steam rising...hot enough for me).
First of all, what a great deal. The stove ring is worth the price of admission, especially since it can be reused with Sterno cans (per other reviewers...I will try that myself soon). I plan to put these in my family's BOB's as our primary method of heating some easy meals.
What you need to know: Unless you read French, German, or Italian, pay close attention (or learn how to use Google Translate): DON'T BLOW OUT THE FLAME (which you should never do with any kind of liquid fuel anyway...).
To set up this stove, remove plastic wrapping (which is robust), unscrew lid, carefully cut open the inner foil seal (use your Boy Scout rules...cut AWAY from your hand) and remove it completely. Then take ring from bottom of can and invert it onto the ring of the can. Use the included matches (nice touch...stay classy, Switzerland) or other method to easily light alcohol fuel (it happens quickly).
When you're done, carefully remove the cooking ring, and then slip the lid on top of the can to extinguish the flame. Carefully. Since I was at home, I used some tongs from the kitchen to remove the ring and to place the lid on the can. This is something I'll need to practice with objects/tools-at-hand (or I'll need to stick a flameproof glove/potholder or tongs in my kit).
After the can cools down (< 5 mins), screw it into place and replace the ring on the bottom of the can.
Awesome product. Great service as usual. Fast shipping. Thank you KeepShooting!
These stoves burn good last a while good little matches the only thing is that there will be a little soot
Be sure to watch the video. I think the real value in these is the stove attachment and re-closable lid. The stove attachment, as simple as it is, really conveys utility to the item. The re-closable lid , as others have noted, this means you can pack some sterno and re-use them. Nothing else to add to the other reviews other than to note (as is evident in the video) that these are individually packaged within the packaging of the 4 pack. So it's no problem to buy the 4 packs and break them down for inclusion in emergency packs.
As I write this I am remembering to buy an additional set and have them sent to my brother, who does search and rescue in the Sierras...
Power outage or whatever.... A good fuel supply
Roughly the size of a can of sterno, but much better quality and function.
(Watch the video in the description)
Good condition and packaging... Even comes with matches.
These are great little stoves. Good for a pot of chow, or a cup of tea/coffee. The cool thing is the cook ring which make these so versatile. Very good and sturdy, but the small diameter makes them tricky for anything bigger than say a 2 qt sauce pan. (even then watch that big a pot it on a windy day)
Depending on date these will come at various levels of fullness. Which is no big deal since the gelling agent will gel any liquid alcohol ( I use ethanol HEAT fuel additive) you add. When empty don't throw away but re-fill with gelled ethanol chafing fuel. Me and my buddies mountain bike all the time and these fit great in a pack and give you a hot meal on a rocky mountain with little to no bio fuel to burn. You can also take a little out and use it as fire starter.
I tested one out. Worked great, now the remaining three are residing in my prepper kit!
These are admittedly pretty cool especially with the built in pot rack, BUT, a can of Sterno is only $0.67 and it burns for two hours. I really like these but I had to take off stars for the price. The quality is excellent but these are heavy on the wallet at $4.50 each plus freight. That being said, I did buy two packs of four so they do offer value in their convenience and quality.
Awesome for any preppers, it is basically like a sterno, but from what I understand it burns a little hotter. Easy to open and operate, I definitely wish I had bought more.
I have used one of these in the past with my Swiss volcano stove, and these little gel stoves work very well. These stoves are compact, which makes them easy to fit into a coat pocket. Last winter while hunting I used one to heat up soup and hot coco on one of those cold semi wet Pennsylvania days; and I used up only about a third of the gel inside. The one thing I did not expect was once I got the lid off there is a thick layer of foil that must be cut and removed before you can use the stove; I only mention this because I was surprised at how thick the layer was. The stove operates off of an alcohol gel similar to found in Sterno cans, however it seemed to me that it burns hotter than Sterno fuel. However, I plan to refill mine with Sterno once I have used up all of the gel. Oh, one last thing, those matches that come with the stove are probably shot; I know mine where. I carry a decent set of waterproof matches with me anyway while in the woods.
These stoves are awesome. I keep one in each of our go bags. They have a video on the product page that pretty much explains it.
As other users have stated, these stoves are perfect for the "prepper". In the event of a power outage these can be used to heat various types of foods and liquids. If you are on a camping trip and don't have the materials for a camp fire, this is a great alternative that will offer light and heat. Must-have!
These things are small, inexpensive, and robust enough to keep a small supply of them virtually anywhere for the emergency production of heat & light, as well to use as a heat-source for heating canned food or making hot beverages during electrical outages, etc. I bought quite a few of them, and also packed several in my SHTF go-bag. They are remarkably safe and easy to use, and can be re-used numerous times if necessary. In case of emergency power outages, or on camping or hiking trips, these are a must. Highly recommended.
I bought a four pack and wish I had bought more at the same time. The video on the webpage is pretty accurate. They are easy to open and use, burn hot and long, and are disposable when your done. Very cool burner at a great price.