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wpid-img_20140805_172436.jpg This cookset has been in my kit bag since last winter and has been used throughout the year for mainly brewing up and the occasional boil in the bag.

And for this it has been a great performer and has served me well considering its price of £34.59p from Amazon. I have read other reviews of this stove and others like it from Esbit and some have been pretty harsh with statements such as ” it took 9 minutes to boil my water in a light wind!” well yes mate it’s not a jet engine if you want it faster to the boil get your wallet out and get a faster stove! the market is filled with them. This stove does take longer than say a jetboil,I own a jetboil also and they are great! but I love this little stove its got something jetboil will never have and that’s character! as much asI do love me jetboil for its power, speed and efficiency it is the tarted up subaru impreza of stoves with all the bells and whistles you will ever need and thats what you pay for the ‘Grunt factor!’.

The Esbit is roughly the same size as a jetboil flash and is very light at 417 gram aginst the jetboil flashes 400 gram minus the fuel on both. Once it has been used a few times and cut its teeth it looks the part. The hard anodized aluminium makes it look tough and well used after a few boils, with a lid that can be used as smaller cooking pan and the choice of either solid fuel or liquid. It has also lent its self to an easy to use easy to clean design the Esbit is not the Rolls Royce of stoves but it is the Land Rover tough, well-built and tried and tested if it’s not broke don’t fix it and a lot like a Land Rover it rattles a little so top tip before you pack it pop a cleaning sponge in the top to stop those annoying rattles. Use this stove how its ment to be used and it will last a life time. You can get between 3-6 boils of a full pot from the full burner and using the fuel tables from the blister pack 1-2 should give a good boil just remember to use some common sense when using this bit of kit not in a tent as heat radiates from under side and keep it out of the wind best you can also use the snuffer provided and make sure the burner is cool before putting the lid back on as you will ruin the seals leading to spillage issues.

Price 5/5  well priced for a good product

Build 4/5  plastic feet on stove are minor let down

Function 4/5 works very well but better wind guard would help

Over all great price for great kit.

Ryan

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Walking :- Kentmere

The date was the 24TH of August the year 2014 the time was around 3 hours later than I would of liked it to be, but as I had not factored taking three children on this walk into the prep time. We were running behind schedule after an argument why a 9 year old could not bring a 5 foot long Nemo teddy on a walk after a tantrum and some word of compromise we put a woolly hat on Nemo and set off under the agreement he would guard the car while we walked. We also agreed that Nemo would not need boots. Finally on the road the day was sunny and cool with autumnal hints on the trees and hills as well drove up through Kendal towards the Longsleddale valley to start our walk over kentmere pike at a vantage point of 730 metres.
Parking the car at a place marked on the map as Sadgill now ironically named as we were leaving a giant fish behind in the car. The parking places are next to a small bridge on your left hand side make sure to park with consideration for the local farmer who needs to use the gravel track for access to his land this parking place can be found on your OS map OL7 at Grid 484 058
Leaving the car you can start you gradual accent towards Brownhowe bottom Grid 478 085 following the track and the River up to a small bridge the track does steepen towards this but it is a short slog before it flattens out after the bridge onto a marshy plain. With some dam building on the agenda of the 9 and 10 yr olds in the small stream we stopped for a while, and wondered if Nemo was ok and if moths get headaches? But before long after building a mighty dam in the stream we were back on the trail following the path as it climbed and wound up towards Adam seat at around the 666 metre mark. It was an unforgivably cold August day and as we ascended the wind became a little bitter on the exposed paths and ridges walking up towards our lunch stop at Grid 465 097. This point on the map offers a great view with some lovely rocks to sit on, it is a little exposed and has the potential some cold winter winds if you are taking children also be mindful of the nearby Harter fell gully.
After some hot chocolate a kitkat each and butty the hot chocolate heated with my esbit stove running on bio ethanol (review to follow). We set off up to Harter Fell along the fence line towards the large cairn at 778 metres grid 459 094 after this it does flatten out for your walk back so chill out the hard work is done. The views are nothing short of fantastic on a clear day the windfarms off the west Cumbrian shore are clearly visible. One thing to watch out for on a wet day or after few days of rain, may leave this part of the walk pretty boggy on the tops but some good boots, gaiters and some probing of the mud should keep you out of the worst of it despite this muddy section I managed to return with all 3 children I set off with and in a relatively clean state.
Once at the trig point at Kentmere Pike Grid 466 078 simply follow the ridge line and fences back to the road meeting the road after Wray Crag the road is rocky and flat and often used by burly men in kitted out land rovers so if you have little ones with you bear this in mind. This path will take you back to your starting point feel free to soak your feet a little next to the bridge its very soothing.
This walk is a bit of a hidden gem and has views to rival any of the other popular walks in the lakes and is child friendly with free parking.
Fitness wise this should be well with most people’s grasp and as long as you can read a map with confidence and have the correct adequate kit you should be able to see this gem for yourself.

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