When I want to go backpack really light, I pack the QiWiz Titanium Ultralight Stove System (Ti Kit) which includes a 700 ml titanium pot, pot stand, a titanium foil wind screen, and a dual fuel stove which can burn ESBIT or alcohol. QiWiz also sells these components separately, so you can mix and match if you already have a stove set up that requires some improving.
Here’s how the weight of my QiWiz Ti stove system breaks down:
- Dual fuel carbon felt stove that can burn alcohol or ESBIT (18 g)
- Titanium foil wind screen (15 g)
- Stainless steel wire mesh pot stand (10 g)
- Titanium cook pot w/ lid (109 g)
QiWiz sells two stove sizes, a small one for narrow pots and a larger one for wider, grease style cook pots. Both stoves are pucks, lined with carbon felt, which makes an excellent alcohol stove wick. Both pucks come with screw-on lids which can be used to snuff the alcohol flame or flipped over and used as a base to burn an ESBIT cube.
I really like the Titanium stove screen because the ends are dovetailed to lock securely together. QiWiz has also punched holes on one side of the screen for better air flow, but not the other side for use in windier conditions. The screen is small enough that it and all of the other components fit completely in the cook pot, which is great for carrying in a small backpack. It also means that the wind screen will last longer because I don’t have to fold it up to store it separately.
While most UL hikers carry alcohol for fuel, I prefer cooking with ESBIT on the shorter 1 or 2 night trips I take because it’s much easier to pack. Each 0.5 ounce cube will boil 2 cups of water and I only need to bring a few to cook two dinners and extra water for tea. Still, it’s nice to have one stove that can be used to burn both ESBIT and alcohol, so I can mooch alcohol fuel from friends who do carry it. :-)
QiWiz sells two pot stands, the stainless steel mesh one shown above, and a collapsible tripod that unfolds into a three legged wire and brass triangle. I destroyed the tripod after a few uses by dropping a rock on it (it was never the same afterwards), but the wire mesh stand is still going strong.
The Titanium Pot included in the kit has built-in colander holes, folding handles, and a pot lid which I consider must-have features on backpacking pots. I also use this pot with the QiWiz FireFly wood stove and canister stoves I own and think it’s a great buy by itself.
The complete titanium pot, titanium windscreen, stove, and pot stand kit described here costs $49.95 from QiWiz. If you’ve ever shopped for ultralight titanium cook pots, that’s not a bad price for the pot alone. I’ve been using this cook system most of this spring think it’s the ticket for shorter trips when you want to keep things really simple and light.
Disclosure: QiWiz sent Philip Werner (SectionHiker.com) free samples of the titanium windscreen, stove stand, and dual fuel stove reviewed here, but Philip wasn’t under any obligation to review them.