Gram Weenie Pro Stove & 10 cm Imusa Cup

Gram Weenie Pro Stove

When I bought my Backcountry.com 700 ml Ti cook pot I did not realize that the small diameter of the pot would require a tiny stove to go with it. At least a tiny stove if I planned on using my side burner alcohol stoves, which I did. When I realized that the White Box SOLO stove was even too big for the cook pot, I was kind of stuck. Of course I had other options, such as my Optimus Crux canister stove or just a simple open burner alcohol stove, but I have been into the side burners so I looked around. Then I came across the Gram Weenie Pro alcohol stove.

The stove was basically a tiny White Box stove. Obviously, it is a side burner just like the WBS, except it has a much smaller diameter of only 1.75 inches. The small diameter of this stove would work well with the 3 5/8 inch diameter of my Ti cook pot, and it was very light-weight to boot! So, I ordered one of the GWP stove kits which included the stove, a windscreen & heat reflector / primer pan, a 4 ounce fuel bottle, and the 10 cm Imusa mug.

The 10 & 12 cm Imusa Mug

As far as weight is concerned this is a pretty light set up. The stove weighs 0.7 ounces and measures 1 3/4 inches tall as well as 1 3/4 inches in diameter. The windscreen weighs 1 ounce and measures 23 1/2 inches x 3 1/2 inches. The heat reflector adds no weight that shows up on the scale and is a 2 1/2 inch square. The fuel bottle weighs 0.7 ounces, holds 4 fluid ounces and is a tinted green color. The Imusa mug weighs in at 2.5 ounces and measures 10 cm ( 3 7/8 inch) in diameter and 3 3/8 inches tall. The entire set up (stove, windscreen, heat reflector, empty 4 ounce fuel bottle and Imusa mug) weighs in at 4.8 ounces. If I replace the Imusa mug with my Ti cook pot the weight goes up to 5.3 ounces.

The mug can be used as a cook pot with the GWP stove, or simply as a light-weight mug. If the mug is used as a cook pot, a lid will need to be either acquired or made. A simple piece of aluminum foil should serve this purpose well, while maintaining a low weight. Last night I used the stove & mug set-up and it worked well. I did not use a cover over the mug, and 1 ounce of HEET brought 2 cups of cold tap water to a boil in around 9 1/2 minutes and then burned out around 11 1/2 minutes.

I also did a test burn with my Ti cook pot. I again used 1 ounce of HEET in the stove and 2 cups of cold tap water. I did use the lid on the cook pot. The stove brought the water to a full rolling boil around 8 minutes and 20 seconds, and completely burned out at 12 minutes and 30 seconds. At this rate I could probably get away with boiling two cups of water with a lesser amount of fuel in good conditions, however, I think it will be safer to still figure 1 ounce of fuel per 2 cups of water.

The stove is well-built. End2End does not sand anything off of the stove when it is in production, so the stove is left with thicker walls, which means a stronger stove. Also, the stove features a rolled lip to hold the two pieces together rather than rivets or a glue. This makes the stove a very sturdy stove that can stand up to a lot of pressure. While the cook pot should not ever come close to crushing the stove, this is a good thing in case the stove is ever stepped on!

Even though I just got this stove in the day before yesterday, it seems to be really well constructed, which means tough for such a tiny little stove. And with the nearly 8 1/2 minute boil time and 12 1/2 minute burn out time, it seems to be rather efficient. Of course I will use this stove with both the Ti cook pot as well as the Imusa mug. However, I will primarily be using the mug as my mug when I carry my kettle since I will be using my Ti cook pot as both the pot and mug on solo trips.

I am impressed with both the stove and the mug. Upon initial impression, they seem to be of good quality and will be around for a while. From this impression I feel comfortable in recommending them to at least be looked into if looking for anything in this category. I will follow-up with a more formal report once I have used them in the field a few times. For now here is a video I made regarding the Gram Weenie Pro Stove and the Imusa Mug.

Update: I did mention above (or maybe in the video) that the Imusa mug got hot when using to cook on, and that it took a while to cool down when using to cook in.I did not realize how easily it can become very hot though. This morning I decided to make a cup of coffee using the Imusa mug. I put the coffee in the cup, and brought some water to boil using my White Box Stove and GSI tea kettle. I poured the water in the mug, stirred the coffee up, and then reached for it. The mug (handle included) was HOT. So I let it sit for 2-3 minutes, still hot. I grabbed a paper towel to wrap around the handle and I was fine by doing this. However, once I attempted to sip from it, I realized quick like that the mug needed to cool way down before I could sip from it.

I will say that the temperatures outside are in the 80’s so I imagine things would be different if the temperatures were around 30. It would probably cool down a little faster in those conditions. So, I will have to rethink using the mug for drinking hot beverages from, or find a way to overcome this. I guess I could simply let it sit for a little longer and let it cool that way.

One other option that I came across the other night is the Snow Peak Hot Lips. I have no experience with them so I cannot say that they would work. First off, they are made for the Snow Peak products, so right off the bat, they may not fit. However, for $7 for two, and 0.3 oz each, they probably would not hurt to try.

So, just wanted to share this little extra on the mugs. I will still happily take the mug out with me and use it in as many ways as I can come up with, but this was pretty obvious even for a home test, and figured I should go ahead and share. If for some reason this changes I will be sure to post back. Thanks again.

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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7 Responses to Gram Weenie Pro Stove & 10 cm Imusa Cup

  1. Kathy Handyside says:

    Hi Stick –
    I thought I’d pass this along if you weren’t aware of it: Tinny at MiniBull Design makes lids to fit both the 10 cm and the 12 cm IMUSA mugs.

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    • Stick says:

      Kathy,

      Thanks for looking out. Every since he put those in the store I have been going back and forth about getting one of the lids. It is one of those situations where if I were to place a bigger order I would add it to it, but probably won’t order it on its own. I hate that he charges $5 for shipping on even the smaller items like this. I did order one of the rings for the Heine pots from him too and hated that I spent $5 for shipping on it. I also ordered one of the rings from Smokeeater908 and only paid $1.50.

      Anyway, I am still up in the air about the IMUSA cups because of how hot the handle gets and it takes quite a while to cool down. In one of his videos a little while back Tinny mentioned that he will be adding strips of carbon felt to his store too to wrap the handle with, but again, I would have to place more of an order for this, even more than just this and the lid.

      Anyway, thanks for checking out the blog and commenting!

      ~Stick~

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  2. Keith says:

    The IMUSA mugs make great cheap pots. Ti is sexy, but I bought a 12cm at a grocery for less than $3 and two more on clearance for $1.60 each. Now I can outfit 3 cook kits. You’re right they get really hot fast and stay that way a long time. My pot lifter fits around the mug handle making a very secure lift and pour. I carry a cheap mess kit plastic cup for drinking. One of my favorite stoves is a Gram Weenie Pro clone built from a dollar store aluminum spray bottle. Add a Light My Fire spork and you can’t beat a super little kitchen kit for about than $5.

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    • Stick says:

      Keith,
      I completely agree, the IMUSA mugs are very worthy, but Ti is also pretty dang sexy… The funny thing is that about 80% of the time I actually use my Halulite…(the other times I am using my Ti Backcountry.com 700 ml pot, which also comes with a Ti lid…)
      Anyway, that sounds like a great set up you got there. I have been wanting to try a MYOG GWP. I have a site bookmarked that sells the small aluminum bottles for about 80 cents each (but then shipping is a couple of dollars too…) I will have to check out some of the bottles on the department store shelves though. Thanks for the tip.
      As far as a spork, a few people like to get the sporks from Taco Bell. Free and super light, however, not as durable. I have a few of the Light My Fire Sporks, and a Ti Backcpuntry.com spork as well as a Ti long handle REI spoon. The long handle spoon is my go-to eating utensil just because of the length of the handle (makes getting in the bottom of freezer bags a cinch!).
      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and checking out my site. As well, thanks for the feedback!
      Chad

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  3. George Carr says:

    Thanks for the great review, Stick! Sorry I didn’t catch that sooner.

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  4. dan says:

    I just purchased the original thru hiker stove from end2end. Very cool stove!

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