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Jetboil Stove Systems Buyers Guide

Jetboil Stove Systems Buyers Guide

Jetboil’s group and personal cooking systems revolutionized camping and backpacking cooking when they were introduced 18 years ago. Jetboil’s signature innovation was to tightly integrate the cook pot and stove into a highly efficient and wind proof cooking system that was easy-to-use, fast, and completely self-contained.

Since then, Jetboil has refined and specialized their stoves systems for a variety of needs ranging from boiling water to simmering, snow melting for winter backpacking, and base camping. Below, we explain how to choose between the different Jetboil cooking systems so you can find the one that best suits your needs and budget.

Specs at a Glance

Make / ModelFuel TypeVolume (L)WeightBoil Time (m,s)Price
Jetboil FlashCanister Gas1.013.1 oz1:40 | 16 oz$100
Jetboil ZipCanister Gas0.812 oz2:30 |16 oz$80
Jetboil MicroMoCanister Gas0.812 oz2:15 | 16 oz$140
Jetboil MiniMoCanister Gas1.014.4 oz2:15 | 16 oz$145
Jetboil SumoCanister Gas1.816 oz4:15 | 32 oz$150
Jetboil MightyMoCanister GasNot Included3.3 oz3:00 | 32 oz$50
Jetboil JouleCanister Liquid2.528 oz2:40 | 32 oz$200
Jetboil GenesisPropane5L, 10" Skillet9.1 lbs3:15 | 32 oz$350
Jetboil HalfGenPropane9" Skillet3.5 lbs3:15 | 32 oz$180

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

Jetboil flash stove system
The Jetboil Flash is designed to boil water fast and as a result it’s perfect for making coffee and rehydrating freeze-dried backpacking meals. The Flash has an insulated 1.0L cook pot with a built-in wind guard that increases fuel efficiency by 30%, and comes with a plastic measuring cup, stabilizer stand, and a push-button igniter. A heat sensitive logo turns orange when your water has boiled, while a wire flame control valve lets you adjust flame height. While you can rehydrate soupy meals like ramen noodles in the integrated Flash pot, you have to be very careful to avoid boil overs. The Flash is ideal for 1 person and will boil 10 liters of water with a small 100 g fuel canister.

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Jetboil Zip Cooking SystemJetboil Zip Stove system

The Zip is Jetboil’s least expensive and most popular single person cooking system. It’s nearly identical to the Jetboil Flash in appearance, but has a smaller 0.8L pot and a stove that’s 50% less powerful, so it takes longer to about a minute longer to boil 2 cups of water. There’s also no built-in igniter, so you have to light it with a match, lighter, or fire steel. The Zip is ideal for a single person and is slightly lighter weight than the Flash. Personally, I prefer the Zip over the Flash because it packs up smaller. I can pack a 100 g fuel canister inside the pot so it’s easy to throw into a backpack or my car whenever I want to carry a stove on a trip. Push button igniters all wear out and fail eventually, so not having one is one less thing that’s going to break.

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Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System

Jetboil MicroMo Cooking System
The Jetboil MicroMo has the same pot size as the Jetboil Zip, but its stove has more power, comes with a push button igniter, and has a built-in pressure regular so it’s better for cold weather use. A pressure regular helps maintain a steady flow of fuel from a canister to the stove as the gas pressure in the canister drops. This occurs when the outside temperature falls or as the gas in the canister is used up. The MicroMo will still only burn canister gas down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will burn hotter and more forcefully than the unregulated Zip or Flash stoves, until the pressure in the canister drops below the minimum pressure required by the stove to operate. The MicroMo is also designed to simmer, so you can cook things like scrambled eggs or pasta with cream sauce, although it’s easier to do this with the Jetboil MiniMo. Like the Zip you can expect to get boil 12 liters of water with a 100 g fuel canister.

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Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System

Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
The Jetboil MiniMo is similar to the MicroMo except that it has a larger and wider 1L cook pot that makes it easier to cook with. Besides that, it has the same built-in igniter, pressure regulator, stove, and simmer control as the MicroMo. If you plan on simmering food for 1 or 2 people, the MiniMo’s shape is much easier to cook with because the squat shape makes it easier to stir the contents with a spoon.

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Jetboil SUMO Cooking System

Jetboil SUMO Cooking System

The Jetboil SUMO has the same features as the MiniMo, but with a 1.8L cook pot instead of a 1.0L one. It’s designed for couples or small groups, but is under-powered for that task, with the same 6000 BTU power stove as the MiniMo and MicroMo.  While you can simmer with the SUMO, I’d recommend upgrading to the 10,000 BTU Jetboil MightyMo stove if you plan to cook for more than two people or want to use wider and higher capacity pots and pans for meal preparation.

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Jetboil MightyMo Cooking System

Jetboil MightyMo Stove

]The Jetboil MightyMo is a powerful but standalone isobutane canister stove with a 10,000 BTU output. This is useful if you want to boil a big pot of water fast for hungry scouts. The MightyMo can be used with third-party cook pots and skillets from other manufacturers although it is optimized for use with the giant Jetboil 5L Fluxring cook pot, the smaller Jetboil FluxRing 1.5L cook pot, and the FluxRing Frying Pan, which require less fuel to heat than conventional cooking pots. The MightyMo is also compatible with the pots in the Jetboil Flash, Zip, MicroMo, or MinoMo cooking systems if used with the Jetboil Pot Support.

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Jetboil Joule Cooking System

Jetboil Joule Cooking System

The Jetboil Joule is designed for cold weather performance with a 2.5 liter integrated cook pot that’s optimized for snow melting. Canister gas doesn’t burn under 20 degrees Fahrenheit because the liquid fuel inside the canister can’t vaporize in the cold. However, it will burn if you flip the canister upside down and burn the canister fuel in its liquid form in temperatures as low as 10 degrees, using a specialized inverted canister stove like the Joule. The Joule is a high-powered 10,000 BTU stove with a regulator and igniter, as well as the ability to simmer. While it is designed for cold weather use, the Joule can also be used warmer temperatures for group cooking.

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Feature Comparison

Make / ModelFuel TypeVolume (L)IgniterRegulatorSimmeringBTU
Jetboil FlashCanister Gas1.0Yes--9000
Jetboil ZipCanister Gas0.8---4500
Jetboil MicroMoCanister Gas0.8YesYesYes6000
Jetboil MiniMoCanister Gas1.0YesYesYes6000
Jetboil SumoCanister Gas1.8YesYesYes6000
Jetboil MightyMoCanister GasNot IncludedYesYesYes10000
Jetboil JouleCanister Liquid2.5YesYesYes10000
Jetboil GenesisPropane5L, 10" SkilletYesYesYes10000
Jetboil HalfGenPropane9" SkilletYesYesYes10000

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Cook System

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Cooking System

The Genesis Basecamp Cook System burns propane (in the green 16.4 oz bottles) like many traditional camping stoves instead of isobutane canister gas. It includes two burners, a 5L cook pot, and a 10″ skillet, that fold together into a compact stacked unit that’s easy to pack in a backpack for basecamp cooking. Try that with a class Coleman 2 burner stove! The two stoves are compatible with Jetboil’s Fluxring pots as well as regular cook pots from other manufacturers. Both stoves have igniters, regulators, and simmer controls like Jetboil’s other high powered stoves. They both run off the same propane canister and are easy to dismantle for cleaning. A windscreen and carry case are also included. Personally, I think this stove system is outrageously expensive, although it packs up way more conveniently  in a backpack than other propane powered options.

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Jetboil HalfGen Basecamp Cook System

Jetboil HalfGen basecamp Cooking System

The HalfGen Basecamp Cook System can be used by itself or as part of a larger basecamp cook system like Genesis Basecamp System, by daisy chaining stoves off the same propane canister. It comes with a 9″ skillet good for cooking pancakes or frying fish, but can also be used with the Jetboil’s Fluxring pots, or pots and pans from other manufacturers. It has 10000 BTUs of heat output, a regulator, igniter, and simmer control like the Genesis. A windscreen and carry case are also included. Like the Genesis 2 above, I think this stove system is way overpriced and my preference would be to pack a frying pan and a regular simmering isobutane canister stove.

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Feature Glossary

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is used to measure the heat output of stoves and fuels. A single BTU is the heat required to raise 16 ounces of water one degree Fahrenheit. Isobutane canister camping stoves typically produce between 4000 and 11000 BTUs.

Cooking System. Also called a Stove System. An integrated set of components required for camp cooking that pack up together into a compact unit. It usually includes a stove, pot, pot cozy, pot handles or a gripper, pot lid, scrubbing brush, measuring cup, and pot stand. Some cook systems are also large enough to pack a fuel canister inside for ease of transport.

Igniter. Also called a Piezo-Igniter. Produces a spark to  ignite your fuel without matches or a lighter. They tend to wear out with use but can be replaced on some stoves. Igniters are often left off basic models and included as a higher end feature on canister stoves.

Fluxring. Also called Heat Exchange Coils or Fins. These are metal coils soldered to the base of a cook pot to hold heat and transfer it to the cook pot even when the stove has been turned off. They also provide wind protection and have the potential to reduce fuel requirements by 30%.

Regulator. Also called a Stove Regulator. Stove regulators help ensure a constant flow of fuel to a stove even as the pressure inside a gas canister drops. This ensures constant performance and boiling times, even as the fuel contents of a gas canister are used up.

Simmering. Slow cooking that’s short of boiling.

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  1. I’m Grandpa and I’m a stoveaholic. I bought the original JetBoil and later the titanium SolTi, which they no longer offer. My father and brother also bought JetBoils. They’ve been workhorses.

    I used to prepare meals in the pot of my original model but
    this chef managed to burn and scorch some gastronomical delight into the bottom of the pot. The SolTi has only been used to boil water.

    One problem with the SolTi is that some of flux ring has corroded and disintegrated. I don’t know if this is an electrolitic reaction from use of dissimilar metals or not. I think it could also happen if the burner was left on for some time with no water in the pot but that hasn’t happened as far as I know. While writing this, it occurred to me that I just need to contact JetBoil and see if this is a warranty situation.

    The igniters are finicky in my opinion and I don’t use the provided one and use a fire steel instead. Another thing I don’t like about the igniters is my hand is very near the burner when it does light and sometimes there’s a small fireball there. When the igniter on his JetBoil failed, my brother replaced the piezo igniter with parts scavenged from one of those long nose BBQ lighters.

    My grandson has been able to set up and use the JetBoil since he was about eight years old. Once we were backpacking and I was using a caldera cone alcohol stove and managed to bend the shroud, making it very difficult to assemble and use. My grandson asked, “Grandpa, why didn’t you bring the JetBoil?” It’s so simple, a child can operate it… the lawyers would insert about a dozen pages of fine print disclaimers here.

    Since much of my hiking is in the winter, I’m thinking of the inverted canister version. The JetBoil I use gets finicky when the temps drop below freezing.

    • The SolTi Fluxrings fell off because the solder holding it to the bottom of the titanium gave out and they fell off. They killed the product as a result. No idea if they’ll honor the warranty. Let us know what they say. As for winter, put the canister is a pan of warm-to-hot water. That’s a cheaper way than using a Joule, although it is really nice to have a 2.5L pot for snow melting in winter. Doing it in a dorky Flash or Zip takes forever.

  2. Yeah, I agree with Grandpa. However, backcountry camping requires light weight. The Sol/Al is ideal for this, but still a little heavy. I stripped mine down to about 9-9.5 oz. Top was replaced with foil. Cup was dropped (heavier than an AL cup.) Igniter was removed, stand was dropped. Moulder Strip (Alpine Bomb) was prepared (https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/moulder-strip-directions/) But it is still heavier than my normal 3oz invertible cannister stove, 3.5oz pot/lid/windscreen (6.5oz total.) A LOT lighter than a Joule at 28oz, in either case, though.

    Philip, The fluxrings are not soldered on. They are spot welded. You cannot really solder high heat stuff. The fluxrings in the older Sol/Ti models suffered from two major problems. 1. The spot welding between dissimilar metals was not as good (mechanically or thermally) as between AL/AL or TI/TI. 2. The heat conduction through the Ti pot and the welds was not good enough to protect the fluxring from burning. When they changed the Sol/Ti to Sol/Al the fin problem disappeared.

    The overall efficiency of the stoves are helped by two things. 1. The effect of the heat exchanger (fins.) This has the effect of increasing the heating surface of the lower part of the pot. 2. The insulating sleeve around the upper portion of the pot. The first allows you to use a larger heat setting efficiently. The second allows less heat loss through the pot walls. Typically, a 4-5gm/.5L boil can be had from 0C water. But, it takes several burns to save enough gas for another boil. Overall, on a two week trip, you might save 1-2oz/30-60gm, but not enough to pay for itself since the stove weighs 9.5oz vs a 6.5oz system.

    They are great stoves, I just wish they would get away from the damnable piezo igniters. They WILL fail and it always seems like the worst possible times. I always felt I needed to carry a lighter anyway.

    A simple water bath works well. But, it is like using any canister stove at freezing, they don’t work well. Iff you warm the water up, it works fine. Some have recommended a pee bath. I think a Moulder Strip would work as well and be more appealing.

  3. You should add the MiliJoule to the table – it’s the most interesting stove from JetBoil for winter use for two, much more interesting than Joule.

    Remote canister, pretty low gravity base, 1.5l wide (good for snow melting) pot, 3000W / 10000BTU/h output, and has both regulator AND pre-heater coil for inverted canisters use, plus integrated inverted canister stand right into the fitting.

    If only it had the totally windproof style burner and intergrated windscreen from MSR Reactor or WindBurner, it would be perfect (but being remote canister, you can add any DIY windscreen for best performance), unlike the others.

    • It’s not made anymore – not on the Jetboil website.

      • Thanks for the reply. I missed that bit – some new development, it was still listed on their website just about a month ago, last time I looked.

        Still wonder if MSR ever manages a remote canister stove like their Duo system but with a preheater for inverted canister use. I wonder if it’s difficult to have a preheater loope in a radiant heat stove, or something like that? Or just more difficult manufacture? A MSR Duo with preheater would be a great winter stove for me (and probably a lot of others in low temps).

      • I like the Kovea spider. It’s not a radiant burner, but it is an awesome optionally inverted canister stove.

        My review:

        The MSR Whisperlite Universal can also be used with an inverted canister.

        I prefer these remote canister attachments because it means you can put the canister in a bowl of hot water, whereas that is more difficult with the crazy Joule stand.

      • Thanks. I did consider the spider, although I have a remote canister stove already, that works. The Kovea is a bit smaller so I might consider it when this one dies. Still, there is plenty advantages to an integrated stove system with preheater, heat exchanger and windscreen all in one pot for some people, even at the added cost of weight. Especially for winter snow melting. It’s so slow to melt snow, with wind that goes even under your DIY windscreen, when you are cold, that I would prefer a truly integrated solution – a really fast radiant burner like the Reactor, with its superb performance in very windy conditions, with inverted canister operation. An added benefit of stove system is less faff – in the cold, you really don’t want to remove your gloves to set up the stove legs, set up the flimsy windscreen, etc. You just want to put some water and snow into the pot and get cooking asap. Even untangling the legs on some 4-season stoves (Looking at you, GSI Pinnacle!) can be a challenge with gloves on. The Kovea Spider seems easy with it, which a good thing. But it seems a little underpowered, or what do you think?

    • Oh, I can see it’s been discontinued :( I wonder why, have there been some problems with it? At least on paper, it was the most interesting stove from JetBoil for winter use for me.

      EDIT: I see, on the discontinued products page for it, the reviews note this:

      “Recently, Jetboil discovered an issue with the new MilliJoule cooking system that falls below our quality standards. There have been isolated instances in which the plastic material surrounding the baseplate of the stove melts when used in certain conditions.”

      So that might be why… Can’t understand why did they put plastic on a baseplate of a stove, that’s intended for melting snow (thus would be run much longer and heat up a lot more than just a summer stove for boiling water). Hope they can upgrade it.

      • But there are no radiant inverted burners and the Reactor isn’t actually that powerful, only 9000 BTUs. If I need to melt snow in quantity, I suck it up and bring white gas and a big pot. Dig a kitchen to block the wind or throw up a tipi. Don’t have to worry that much about efficiency when you have a blowtorch, and its burns fine down to 40 below.

  4. Phillip
    Great article. Small point, but in the interest of space and consolidation of the same, I’d have liked to have seen the inside diameter of the individual pots to determine what fits inside. Thanks

  5. Just to put a bit of ambiance here,…I hike in the Whites in winter, and bring my titanium Firebox Nano wood stove. There are enough dead twigs around to feed it easily; it boils a 700 ml cup in 5 minutes; and I am sitting in front of a little fire! I’m not knocking canister stoves; just saying….;-) (It’s not always about speed.)

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