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Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets are the original German-made solid fuel tablets. The imitations will not perform the same. Available in 14-gram, 5-gram, and 4-gram sizes, Esbit fuel tablets are virtually smokeless and odorless. The 14-gram tablets are ideal for backpacking, camping, as well as home and auto emergency kits. Use 14-gram Esbit tablets with Esbit stoves, makeshift camp stoves or as a substitute for alcohol in alcohol burning stoves. Esbit 14-gram solid fuel tablets burn about 12 minutes each and up to 1300°F (760°C) with each tablet able to boil 500 ml of water in about 8 minutes. Esbit 5-gram solid fuel tablets burn approximately 7 minutes and Esbit 4-gram tablets burn approximately 5 minutes; both the 4-gram and 5-gram sizes are ideal for hobby applications such as Wilesco engines, steam-launch boats, and hobby trains. The 14-gram and 5-gram sizes are individually packed in waterproof packaging, giving them a 10+ year shelf-life and making them excellent survival or emergency essentials. Extra fuel tablets can also be stored inside a stove to conserve space. All Esbit Solid Fuel Tablets work at high altitudes and sub-zero temperatures, are smokeless and have almost no combustion residue. Esbit solid fuel tablets light easily with a sustained flame, can be snuffed out, and if kept dry, will relight when needed again. They work equally well for the solo hiker, camper or hobbyist. Made in Germany; 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
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Item model number: E-FUEL-36×14-P
Reliable Fire, Anywhere
423 people found this helpful.
on November 6, 2012
By M. Ross
This review is for the Esbit fuel tablets in the 14 gram size. Developed in 1936 in Germany, these fuel tabs are made of hexamine and are in solid form. They have been used in purpose-specific pocket stoves for decades, in WWII, as part of humanitarian packets worldwide, and for years as part of NATO troops’ standard kit. I use these primarily for the Esbit pocket stove but they also make for excellent fire starters, especially in adverse conditions. Amazon has proven a reliable source for these as well as a decent price, though I’ve found they can be had for comparable prices at local outdoor/adventure stores. I have been using these for years and have found them so reliable that they live in my home and auto-based emergency kits, my dayhike pack, and my backpacking gear. The following is a breakdown of my experience with the Esbit fuel tabs:
Oops I didn’t notice the tablet size when I ordered (20 Pieces Each 4g )
47 people found this helpful.
on April 19, 2013
By Amazon Customer
My fault. Just be aware that some packages offered have tabs that are 4 gr each, not the more common 1/2 oz size. I suppose there will be a convenience factor in using these tiny tabs if there is only a small amount of heating to be done. I really like the product, but the cost/gr is a lot higher with this packaging. Off to my favorite outdoor store to get some grown-up sized Esbit (about the same price, but you get 6oz worth).
Best solid fuel tablet
77 people found this helpful.
on June 13, 2012
By M Coelho
We tested these tablets in the eastern Sierras at an altitude of 9800 feet. They were at least a year old and boiled 16 ounces of water in a Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set. It worked well with little residue. I would recommend these to be used with the Wetfire stove.
These mints taste horrible!
25 people found this helpful.
on September 27, 2014
By M. Cheshire
I buy these for a little steam engine boiler my kids and I built. Don’t burn them inside a closed up space as the package says. Toxic fumes come off of these and will stink up a shop quick. They burn quite long and put off a great deal of heat. Highly recommend.
Light weight, easy to use source of heat
43 people found this helpful.
on August 16, 2009
I have used Esbit fuel tablets for 10+ years for backpacking. They and the Esbit stove make the lightest weight and most compact cooking system available. The stove, fuel, lighter, cooking oil, soap, and other kitchen items fit neatly in my 2 cup pot. The tablets take approximately 8-10 minutes to bring water to a boil, but I put my Lipton instant dinners, and the like into the pot and it often will be done by the time the tablet runs out. If not I just add another tablet. When the meal is cooked, I close the stove which smothers the flame, and I can save the remaining tablet for next time.
perfect for one cup of coffee
40 people found this helpful.
on July 9, 2010
I am one of those guys who has to have a cup of coffee no matter where I am. I go on mission trips where there is no water or electricity. I have been using this Esbit for several years and I can always make a cup of coffee in an no matter where I am. This is my reorder of the fuel and I am writing this review even before I received them. con = it smells. I have it packed it in a plastic ware with match.
Like Britney- toxic
30 people found this helpful.
on March 16, 2013
After reading all the precautions on the package in numerous languages, I was almost too scared to even open it without a haz-mat suit. I did though and immediately a rather odd stink came from the box. Since you shouldn’t handle the cubes w/o gloves or even accidentally breathe in the dust, I very carefully put the remaining cubes in a sealed zip-locking bag and stored it in a cool dry place. If the cubes really do burn at 1400 degrees, they only got my water to 145f. Needless to say, most of my backpacking recipes ask for “boiling” (212f) I won’t be using these for cooking. They will however, be great fire-starters or generator heaters.
Most of all I love the system – – – I use the little …
14 people found this helpful.
on July 5, 2015
By Michelle C
Most of all I love the system – – – I use the little Esbit Titanium, the “plate” of an aluminum mess kit and foil for windbreak to boil enough water to make a meal and tea with just one cube.
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