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Not very stable, but not a bad stove
on 29 April 2013
This stove is light and compact and fits the reasonably widely available CV range of cartridges.
The best cartridge for this stove performance wise is the CV470, but this makes the stove less stable than using the CV270 cartridge. The problem with all cartridge top stoves without stabilisers is that they become unstable with wide pans. Better go for one with stabilising fit such as the Bivouac or a tripod stove with separate hose and cartridge.
Even better, buy one of the rare (and expensive) stoves which uses an inverted butane canister (such as Jetboil Helios/Go systems Thermopro/Coleman Fyrestorm) because of the power limitations of small butane cartridges. The performance of this stove is more than adequate to boil a litre of water, or fry some eggs and other easily cooked dishes, but that is all, and you should buy a separate windshield.
My money would go on the inexpensive Coleman cartridge top stove, as propane is better for the British weather, or on the beach. Whilst the Coleman does come with stabilising feet, it is however taller, and possibly more difficult therefore to find a windscreen.