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.
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.