Over the past decade, developments in camp-stove technology have improved remarkably. Canister stoves were once looked down upon if you spent any time in the mountains or at higher elevations. For years, liquid-fuel stoves were considered the only real option for efficiency and reliability. That also meant you had a stove that had to be primed, took up more space, and had to be lit manually. Liquid-fuel stoves do offer the benefit of being able to use a variety of fuel types, making international travel simpler, but they can be very finicky to light when used in high winds.

Whether using a canister or liquid-fuel stove, the ability to adjust the flame and fuel output has generally been a matter of either on or off. Enter the Jetboil MiniMo and their new simmer control.

The Jetboil MiniMo follows Jetboil’s slogan of fast, compact, and efficient. The new simmer control greatly improves efficiency of previous models and seems to take a new step forward in stove performance. If your only need is to boil water or melt snow, having a flame or fuel control may not be an issue. In that case, super light and fast should be your go to. If you want to actually cook food with your stove, having the ability to control temperature increases the variety of food you can prepare and aids in fuel conservation. The Jetboil MiniMo is a fine mix between light, fast, and versatile.


Simmer control – This is the standout feature for the camp chef. I recommend getting the pot support to go with the system. If you are car camping or out on the river, throw on the pot support, add a cast-iron skillet, and make up some bacon and eggs without burning them to a crisp.