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Jetboil MiniMo Backpacking Stove Review

Jetboil MiniMo Cook System Review

Jetboil Minimo Cooking Stsrem

Fuel Efficiency
Weight
Simmering Ability
Time to Boil
Ease of Use

Excellent

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.

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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.

Specs at a Glance

  • 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

The ability to simmer with reduced heat provides you with the ability to cook more complex, better tasting meals instead of 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 an 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 you 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 pot 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 bit 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 a stove system that I assemble from other best of breed products. Simply fit 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.

Comparable Canister Stove Systems

 Pot CapacityCanister StorageWeight (oz)Price
Fire-Maple X11L100g18$47
Fire-Maple X21L230g21.2$65
Fire-Maple X30.8L100g21.2$63
Jetboil Flash1L100g13.1$100
Jetboil MicroMo0.8L100g12$140
Jetboil MiniMo1L100g14$135
Jetboil Sumo1.8L230g16$150
Jetboil Zip 0.8L100g11.75$80
MSR Reactor 1.0L1L100g16.7$220
MSR Reactor 1.7L1.7L230g19$240
MSR Reactor 2.5L2.5L230g20.7$260
MSR WindBurner1L100g15.5$150
MSR WindBurner Duo1.8L230g21.1$180
MSR WindBurner Group2.5L230g20.8$200

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

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

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2 comments

  1. Hi Philip.
    It’s been a minute since anyone posted on this still-excellent stove system. There’s nothing to add as far as stove use – you covered it with the usual thoroughness!

    It is more than just a system stove. Friends expect the quick boiling capability, but are truly surprised when I saute some vegetables or make an egg scramble.

    Despite some quantitative reports that this stove doesn’t do as well in wind relative to most stoves naked to the wind, the MiniMo does comparatively well though every stove will use a lot more fuel in windy conditions. A windscreen of some type makes a measurable difference in burn time, which means one medium size gas canister could provide several more pints of boiled water.

    Here is my one add to this article. Some hikers using canister stoves have known for years to float the can in a bowl/sink of water and mark with a Sharpie at the Full water level and Empty level. After your long weekend trip, mark the floating level to get a rough idea of how many more burns the can has in it. In a move of obvious brilliance, MSR realized such marks could actually be applied to the can along with all the other Warnings, labels and logos.

    Hard to say why no one else has followed suit, other than to avoid a legal case. But, come on, marking Full, Half and Empty can’t be licensed, can it? Or, just buy one MSR and use the levels painted on it as indicators for marking your other cans (Snow Peak, Jet Boil, etc.). Hmmmm…..wonder how much gas volume difference there is between brands and cans?

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