GEAR TEST // JETBOIL MINIMO
CANISTER STOVES ARE probably the most popular items of cooking equipment around. For most adventurers, bar high altitude climbers and arctic/Antarctic explorers, a canister stove is ideal. JetBoil has been one of the big names in canister stoves for a number of years now but continues to improve its cooking tech, with this new MiniMo a great example.
Not content with an already efficient cooking system in the “regular” JetBoil stove, the company has tweaked its solo/couple-based cooker to make it more efficient, and easier to use. Gone is the slightly unwieldy tall-ish cooking cup – it has been replaced with a lower, wider unit that, thanks to the change of shape/form, now allows for easier spoon access to its contents.
From a technical perspective, JetBoil has reengineered the stove valve, allowing more control over the simmer level. JetBoil’s impressive regulator tech is well-known for providing reliable lowtemperature performance and this is still a feature of the MiniMo, with a manufacturer’s claim of “consistent performance down to -6°C”. (As we have been testing the stove in summer, we haven’t had the chance to confirm this – stay tuned for a longer-term review.)
Other signature JetBoil features are included in the MiniMo, such as the push-button igniter, but there are more improvements again in the form of the insulating drink-through lid, the way the burner is now stored sideways inside the cup, and – at last – PVC-coated, foldable metal handles to actually make using the stove a hell of a lot easier! If there’s been one thing that has always (albeit slightly) bugged this tester, it is the lack of stability with these all-in-one stove designs – even with the use of the included canister stabiliser. The simple addition of the handles makes a world of difference; camping with two young children and having them always close by means the reduced risk of a tipping stove makes for a far safer and enjoyable camp-cooking experience.
The JetBoil MiniMo continues the company’s record of impressive water-boiling times, with a claimed 2m15s for 500ml of water. The stove’s excellent regulator ensures great fuel economy too; JetBoil claims 12 litres of water per 100g Jetpower canister (this will also be confirmed in our long-term review). Along with the MiniMo itself, which includes a handy plastic measuring cup/bowl and canister stabiliser, there are additional accessories, including a coffee press, hanging kit and a pot sup- port. You can also use JetBoil’s fry pan with the MiniMo, and the larger 1.8L Sumo pot.
From our initial testing period, we’d recommend the MiniMo as a great option for solo or two-up adventurers; hikers, paddlers and cycle tourers in particular will love the light weight (415g) and new and more easy-to-use shape of the cup, on top of the simple enhancements of even-better simmer control, great fuel usage and those handles.
The MiniMo’s compact size, easy access pot and excellent simmer control make it a great option for solo or two-up adventurers.