Alcohol stove alternative – Hornet BRS-3000t

In recent years, open flame stoves have often been banned by many jurisdictions under certain conditions.

This means, for all intents and purposes, that the simple and very light alcohol stoves favored by lightweight backpackers may not always be a good option.

A person could take a traditional canister stove (roughly 3oz) or simply go stoveless.

Either options works.  But now there is another option that may work well for solo backpackers.  Mainly for the person who wishes to heat up a cup of water or two and still go very light: The Hornet BRS-3000t canister stove.

A simple stove of less than 1 oz (25g), the Hornet BRS-3000t uses the standard isobutane fuel canisters used by more well-known stoves such as the Jetboil or the MSR Pocket Rocket.

The Hornet BRS-3000t stove is also very small. Easily fitting in a cook pot with a 4 oz fuel canister.

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With a Mini-Bic lighter.

I used the stove on a recent trip to make my food at night, make some tea, cook some oatmeal the following morning and heat up water for coffee.

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Here’s what I found:

  • The heat output worked pretty well with enough control from “blast” to “low flame“. My water heated up in a manner that was quick enough for me.
  • No Piezoelectric starter. Not a negative for me; may be for others.
  • Though the flame does go very low, I would not call it a stove for simmering. The small head of the stove means the flame is concentrated and not spread out. In other words, would not be ideal for cooking.
  • In a similar vein, the small head  does not allow for good pot support. A one-quart pot is about as big as a person may want. Have to be careful.

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OverallThe stove is good for simple, “boil and cook”  type meals when solo backpacking. The stove is not as versatile as other canister stoves, but the stove could be a very good alternative to an alcohol stove for the solo backpacker in many situations. At only ~$15 +/-, the stove is very affordable too.   ( Note that typical shipping time is 10-14 days. )

I see this stove as a good tool to have in the kit. I don’t always want to go stoveless during fire bans. And on trips with a friend or two, sometimes I just want to have hot food.

If I am going on a trip with more cooking/bigger pots, I’ll continue to take my trusty Coleman F1.

Wanting more technical details about the stove? Check out this link.

Disclosure: This stove was purchased with my own funds.

 

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4 Replies to “Alcohol stove alternative – Hornet BRS-3000t”

  1. You should check out the Snow Peak LITEMAX TITANIUM STOVE. It’s lighter (although not as cheap) and performs well. I’ve been using one for years and it’s provided me with lots of maintenance free use. It boils 2 cups of water in about 3 min at altitude, which isn’t bad either.

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