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Came late, delivery delayed, never got to use in freezing weather but...
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2019
I did get to buy the larger version at a store before my camping trip. They are the same everything except this was the larger 2 pack one.
I thought this would be a good thing to use to boil water inside my Stanley steel cup pot thing. However I did not have a stove I could use so I literally had to hold it over the fire made from this thing. Keep in mind this was the larger one. I never got my water to boil, if anything it only became lukewarm. It is kind of a feat in itself because the weather I was in was 30°F the night before at 7 pm and my tent had ice form on it that still remained in the morning when I tried to use this. Still wasn’t hot enough to make a cup of tea or freeze dried food meal. However compared to the old sterno‘s with those wicks, this has slightly more use to me as I dipped my firestarter fuel pack into the sterno gel and used that to set it ablaze. This was actually necessary because the ground was soaked from the freezing rain the night before and when I was trying to light this firestarter it wouldn’t stay lit. The fire starter was one of those small barbecue starters that burn for about 15 minutes, and has instructions to light the paper wrapping on fire to start it.
Keeping one of these around can turn kindling into small fire starter fuel packs. I can imagine using these inside controlled environments to effectively keep something heated or warm, however use on the field in really cold weather trying to boil about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water in a pot with a diameter slightly bigger than the flame output proves to be a trying and fruitless task. This was not a life or death situation for me as my car was literally next to my tent, but I will strongly consider keeping one of these inside my pack as a back up fire starter kit.
The delay was unfortunate as my insulation pad was supposed to come with this one too but that was on the courier.
If you plan to bring this on camping excursions, consider highly on keeping a sterno stove on hand as well because the wind made it a very difficult factor to use this fuel pack effectively.