Hi gear Inferno stove?

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BigMonster

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I got it without the piezo. My friend had it with piezo. As most of the cases the piezo system is an afterthought and goes fairly quickly, also fragile. In other words gimmick and nothing beats firesteel for gas stoves.

Stove itself is very good. Packs very small, can take a lot of weight (legs are made from thick profiled ssquare steel and not wire). Very good flame control and good power output. Served well 3 people through the whole Bushmoot.
The only fault I can find is that it is really hard to fold/unfold. The joints/rivets can go very stiff. But not a deal breaker in my opinion. Decent, sturdy stove for a good price.
 

Retired Member southey

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Cheers chaps, cbr6f i have veen reading a thread about the kovea spider, if you don't mind how long have it? any faults that have occurred? Does it bash through fuel? If it broke would you buy it again? :)
 

cbr6fs

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Cheers chaps, cbr6f i have veen reading a thread about the kovea spider, if you don't mind how long have it? any faults that have occurred? Does it bash through fuel? If it broke would you buy it again? :)

Must have had it for a couple of years i guess, been absolutely fault free in that time, stoves taken a real bashing in that time as well.

I'm using around 11g of fuel to bring 600ml to a rolling boil, that's inside my home without a windshield.
I slapped together a windshield out of thin aluminium sheet, that gives me slightly better fuel usage, but it's still no where near as efficient as my JB Sol Ti, i'm seeing about 8g per rolling boil of 600ml on the JB.

With the windshield or on a really still day you can simmer away to your hearts content, or you can blast away and boil 600ml in just under 4mins.

Downsides are.
Weight: 170g just the stove (no bag or igniter)
Size/shape: It's a odd size and shape folded up so it doesn't fit with a gas canister inside my smaller pots

On a day hike in decent weather then i tend to take my JB or a lighter canister stove (Fire-Maple FMS-300T).
Part of that is the weight, it's also the fact that i only take a small cup on those hikes so both the stove and a gas canisters doesn't fit inside.

If i'm on a multi or a trip where i see warm food is essential then it's the Kovea spider that comes with me every time.
Might sound odd knowing it's my favourite stove, but it's also the one i lend out.
I know from experience the JB is a temperamental beast and my lighter (weight) burners have tiny wire legs and like, the Kovea Spider just seems bomb proof, it's been lent out, used by the kids, knocked about, it even rolled down one of the crinkle crags last year inside a pot, nothing seems to dent it.


If i lost this one then i've order a new one first thing tomorrow morning.


If you need any more info or pics please let me know
 

Old Bones

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The 'Inferno' is actually a rebadged Fire Maple FMS-117 http://www.fire-maple.com/en/products.aspx, although you tend to find the 117T Titanium model around the web http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co...45/fire-maple-fms-117t-remote-gas-stove-p1267 . The Hi gear version is not a bad price, but you can do better.

The FMS 118 Volcano is much the same, except it has a pre heating tube to deal with colder conditions. Alpkit are doing it in a Ti version as the Koro https://www.alpkit.com/products/koro - for £35, which a really good price. However, for £17, you can get the 118 from ..... Karrimor http://www.karrimor.com/karrimor-alpine-stove-787087. Its rebadged (and not Ti, which shows that Sports Direct really doesn't proofread), but at that price, who cares? I bought one at Lillywhites not so long ago, but its about four quid more expensive in store! Even including the £3.99 shipping, its still cheaper to buy online, and you can buy the folding windshield as well http://www.karrimor.com/karrimor-folding-windshield-787144?colcode=78714490 (which is also more expensive in store). I'm wondering if their cookset for £15 http://www.karrimor.com/karrimor-2-person-cookset--787088?colcode=78708890 is made by FM as well, because if it does, its the same thing as the Alpkit Alipots.

The FMS-118 is a better spec stove, and if you factor in the P & P spread over a couple of items (and trust me, you dont actually want to go to any SD store, and remarkably few of them carry this anyway), the Karrimor is a better buy. Basically, your paying £1.12 for a similar stove, but with a preheat.
 

Retired Member southey

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After having a look at the hi gear stove, and weighing up the comments here about preheater tubes and my intended use up a hill while snowholing i went for the 118. It's been asked for for Christmas so will have to wait and see (though one of the dudes let slip it's sat upstairs, see! Water boarding works!:D ) the youtube videos of it are look very good. Looking forwad to having a play.

Bought from sports direct.
 

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