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Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove Review

Review of: Jetboil MiniMo
manufactured by:
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
129.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On June 1, 2015
Last modified:August 18, 2015

Summary:

The Jetboil MiniMo backpacking stove is a canister-based gas stove system that can simmer, so you can actually cook ingredients on a smaller flame, in addition to a full-on boil like Jetboil's other personal or group stoves systems.

The Jetboil MiniMo Personal Cooking System includes a cook pot, measuring cup, stove stand, lid with strainer, canister fuel stand, and a burner that can simmer meals in additionto providing a full on boil.
The Jetboil MiniMo Personal Cooking System includes a cook pot, measuring cup, stove stand, lid with strainer, canister fuel stand, and a burner that can simmer meals in addition to providing a full on boil.

The Jetboil MiniMo backpacking stove is a canister-based camping stove system that can simmer, so you can actually cook ingredients on a smaller flame, in addition to a full-on boil like Jetboil’s other personal or group stoves systems.

The ability to simmer with reduced heat provides you with the ability to cook more complex, better tasting meals instead off pre-packaged Freezer-bag or Mountain House style food where you just add boiling water to rehydrate. Wouldn’t you rather eat spaghetti with sauce, hearty soups with fresh ingredients, or fish stew made with freshly caught trout? Oh yeah!

While canister stoves with a simmering capability have been around for a long time, Jetboil’s MiniMo is the first complete stove system including a fuel-miserly cook pot with heat retention fins, integrated cap with strainer and sip lid, a canister fuel stand, measuring cup/bowl, and push button piezo ignition, so you don’t have to assemble all of these components from separate manufacturers. This makes the Jetboil MiniMo and excellent option if you’re a beginner backpacker and want an all-in-one cook system that is as good as one a canister-based stove system that could assemble from scratch.

If you’re already familiar with Jetboil’s older stove systems, here’s a quick summary of the improvements provided by the MiniMo. There are enough you might consider upgrading if you own an older Jetboil model.

The Jetboil MiniMo has metal handles which provide a secure grip.
The Jetboil MiniMo has metal handles which provide a secure grip.

Shorter Cooking Pot and Collapsible Metal Handles

The Jetboil MiniMo cook pot has a much shorter and squatter shape than the pot included in Jetboil’s previous personal cook systems, making it easier to eat a hot meal out of with a spoon. Collapsible metal handles are riveted to the side of the pot, replacing the fabric cozy strap on older models. The improved grip is necessary for simmering because you’ll want to lift the stove off the burner more frequently and your meals will likely weigh more because the pot is full of simmering food, not just water. The shorter pot also makes the MiniMo a bt easier to pack in your backpack so you can bring more food and other goodies along on your trips.

The Jetboil MiniMo backpacking stove has heat retention fins on the bottom which improve stove efficiency while helping acting as a wind screen.
The Jetboil MiniMo backpacking stove has heat retention fins on the bottom while helping acting as a wind screen to improve stove efficiency.

The integrated cozy wrapping the pot has also been upgraded and is now available in many different colors including the tartan pattern shown above. In addition to providing a fun decorative element, the different cozy patterns and colors make it possible to tell one MiniMo from another when you get together to eat with friends and they’ve brought their MiniMo’s too!

Adding in rice and tuna fish
The Jetboil MiniMo lets you cook more complex and appetizing meals with its new simmer control. For example, Thai peanut stew with rice and fish, which is impossible to cook on older Jetboil models.

Simmer Control

The old Jetboil burner head has been upgraded with a new simmer control, making it easier to fine tune the size of your flame when cooking. This means that it takes more turns of the wire fuel control to bring the stove up to full power. The stove head looks the same as other Jetboil stoves, including the built-in piezo igniter which eliminates the need to light the stove with a match (although you should bring a second ignition source because these igniters eventually wear out.)

The pot and canister fuel stand have been integrated into the stove lid for easy transport.
The pot and canister fuel stand have been integrated into the stove lid for easy transport.

Pot and Canister Fuel Stand

The pot and canister fuel stand has been integrated with the lid in the Jetboil MiniMo so there’s no excuse to leave it at home anymore. In older models, the stove stand was carried in the bottom of the pot and some people (!) would leave it at home to save space. Seriously, when simmering you want the added stability of the pot stand for improved safety because you’re likely to lift the pot off the burner more frequently.

It's easy to fit the MiniMo burner head and a small 100g fuel canister into the new MiniMo Cook Pot
It’s easy to fit the MiniMo burner head and a small 100g fuel canister into the new MiniMo Cook Pot

Internal Fuel Canister Storage

One of the great things about Jetboil stoves is that you can always fit a small fuel canister into the cook pot to save pack space. This has really become a must-have packing requirement in my mind whenever I use a canister-based cooking system that comes as a unit from one manufacturer like the Jetboil MiniMo or one that I assemble a stove system from other best of breed products. Simply sit the bottom of the fuel canister over the stove head and slide them into the pot sideways. Then cover with the pot cap and you’re ready to transport the stove and fuel together in a nice compact bundle.

Recommendation

The new simmering capability provided by the Jetboil MiniMo is an enormous improvement over previous Jetboil models which could only boil water, allowing you to cook more complex and appetizing meals in the backcountry, whether you’re car camping or on a fast-and-light mile-crunching backpacking trip. Not only is the MiniMo easier to pack, with a shorter and squatter cook pot, it’s also easier to eat out of with a spoon, making it the best all-in-one cooking canister cooking system available today. The Jetboil MiniMo is a winner that provides beginner backpackers and car campers with a complete personal cooking system and is an attractive upgrade for pre-existing Jetboil owners.

Likes

  • Simmering feature makes it possible to cook better tasting meals
  • Wire handles are a big improvement in safety and usability
  • Short pot height is much easier to eat out of with a spoon
  • Stove and canister fuel stand is snaps into pot lid
  • Volume measurements etched inside cook pot
  • Possible to store a small fuel canister in the cook pot when packing

Dislikes

  • Heat retention fins make it difficult to see flame height
  • Stove handle rivets pass through cook pot wall and catch food requiring more care when cleaning

Jetboil MiniMo Specs

  • Volume: 32 oz (1 Liter)
  • Boil Time: 2 minutes 15 sec. per 16 oz (1/2 Liter)
  • Water boiled: 12 Liters per 100g Jetpower can
  • Dimensions: 5” x 6” (127 mm x 152 mm)
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Fuel Canister Compatibility: Isobutane fuel canisters with screw on top
  • Weight without Fuel Canister: 15.6 ounces

Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased the stove reviewed here with his own funds. 

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16 comments

  1. I have heard good things about the MiniMo. The only complaint was the overall weight without fuel, and, the overall heat output is low, only around 6500BTU (~1900watts.)
    Thanks, Philip!

    • What are a few ounces in the name of better comfort!? You can always make up the weight someplace else. Boil times are still excellent, but I wouldn’t count on the MiniMo for melting snow.

      • Hello!

        I’m curious about your comment that you wouldn’t count on the MiniMo to melt snow. I have a Sol TI currently and it is very limited in its ability to ONLY boil water. My thought was to upgrade to the MiniMo but now I’m not sure.

      • You want a high BTU stove for melting snow that lets you turn the canister upside down so the fuel doesn’t have to vaporize in cold temps. I’d get the Jetboil Joule for that or the Kovea Spider. Read the Kovea Spider review for an explanation.

      • It seems to me that if temperatures are going to drop below 20 degrees F rendering your MiniMo unusable you are probably better suited with a liquid fuel stove rather than any type of canister stove like the Joule or Spider.

      • Inverted canisters boil water below 20 degrees because they burn liquid fuel not gas. That’s what comes out when you turn the canister upside down, and there are are ways to keep canister fuel burning below zero by putting the canister in warm water. But some people don’t necessarily want to buy a second liquid fuel stove for winter and if you know what you’re doing, you can avoid doing so.

        Personally, I like white gas stoves like an MSR Whisperlite for melting snow in winter, but I don’t carry one the rest of the year.

  2. Do you prefer this to your Reactor. Basically if you could only have one which would it be?

    • That’s easy. The MiniMo. Hands down. The Reactor is a glorified blowtorch that’s really only good for boiling water.

      Great to hear from you again, btw!

      • Thanks for the quick answer. Can’t believe it is 5 years since we met up the night before the TGO.

        Doing the JMT in a couple of months and need a stove for it. My Jetboil Sol Ti melted ages ago, replaced with a Alu cup but the burner must be damaged takes a good 5 minutes indoors to boil.

        If it was just me I would consider taking an alcohol stove but with the other half walking on our honeymoon I think gas is the better option. MiniMo could be the answer, we would only boil water and can probably get away with a 1L pot.

      • Time flies, doesn’t it? Five years goes by in a flash.

        Congratulations to you both!

        Sounds like your old Jetboil is toast.

        The MiniMo boils water fast enough that the 1L volume isn’t a huge issue. But since you can only pack a 100g canister (small) inside it, you’ll need to carry extras or resupply them. It might actually be more practical for two to bring a bigger pot since you are likely to blow through a lot of fuel in 16 days and a Kovea Spider Remote Canister Stove instead. That would be my top pick for a component cooking system that’s not all-in-one.Folds up really small and simmers, of course.

        http://sectionhiker.com/kovea-spider-remote-canister-backpacking-stove-review/

  3. Dennis A. Cooley

    The MiniMo looks like a perfect system for backpacking. Thanks for the review, Philip. Father’s Day is coming…… :)

  4. This Jetboil minimo stove looks to be perfect option for backpacking. I personally really like the new handles option. Once again nice review.

  5. That addresses one of my main annoyances with the JetBoil, which was the that the valve was mainly an on/off switch with little other control. It was either on high or off, and simmering was non-existent. It’s great for boiling water for the freeze-dried meals or making French press coffee, but not for regular cooking Now to the questions…are the pots for the original JetBoil and the MiniMo interchangeable? My thought was that I might just get a new burner assembly rather than a whole new system if they are. Also, It appears from the pictures that this has a built-in spark igniter, which the standard JetBoil doesn’t have. Is that true, or are my eyes deceiving me?

  6. I usually carry the larger fuel canisters and thus found out that the pot was the exact size as “Sandwich thins” Crush proof storage can easily fit 4 inside the pot with the stove. I recently managed to break the plastic measuring cup/bowl on the bottom of the pot.I believe this piece is more essential than it appears as it protects the heat distribution fins on the bottom of the pot. It also provides an ideal place to store matches/lighter back up ignition system.

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