The Blade 2 Titanium Backpacking Stove is crafted using titanium. Thereby allowing it to be super
light in weight and highly portable.
It has a pre-heat tube for fuel that ensures better efficiency and solves the issue of flame sputtering.
It offers incredible efficiency, and its jet burner operates at 2800 W/9500 BTUs, thus allowing it to boil water instantly. In addition, you can enjoy precise flame control by using the fuel canister upright, thanks to the Blade 2's innovative design.
The pot rest can manage pots that are up to 10 inches in diameter. Its design also ensures stability and safety. The foldable titanium legs and the pot allow for stable
and safe cooking in a camp.
I have used this stove many times while out backpacking or day hiking and have never had any issues with it. It fires right up every time and I love the fact that it has such a stable platform to take on larger pots. (larger than the standard 750 ml) I also enjoy the fact that it is generally safer to use than a traditional "sit on top" backpacking stove. I combine this stove with the titanium cup and it makes a perfect combination in my opinion.
Blade 2 Titanium Backpacking Stove
The stove is designed so that the block at the bottom that the hose connects to, and that carries the generator pipe, gets very hot. The hose is constructed from a rubber that melts from the brass barb on the inside, and leaks gas.
The stainless steel braid doesn't help because the heat damage is internal causing the barb fitting to leak, and eventually fall out.
To prevent this the hose would either need to be resigned using a heat resistant rubber, or a pipe should be added to the block to move the hose connection further away, and keep it cooler.
I couldn't find a replacement hose, but even if there was one, I don't think it would help unless it was different construction.
It's a shame because otherwise the stove is stable, light and hot.
This remote canister stove fulfills a lot of what I was looking for in a backpacking stove - lightweight, inverted canister for liquid feed to sip fuel, simmer capability, fine tune valve for cooking popcorn without burning. Yes, you read correctly - I can make popcorn in the backcountry without burning it on this stove! As much as I love this evolution of the Blade series stove, the valve at canister needs improvement. While it can be used inverted, it should have a stand and long tuning handle to make flame adjustments easier outside of windscreen - which is how this stove is supposed to be used. I changed out the Blade 2 canister valve with the valve from MSR WindPro™ II Stove. MSR's valve is much better suited for a remote, inverted setup with the canister stand and the threads on MSR valve are the same size as Firemaple's Blade 2. This makes a great setup! An improvement over that would be a folding stand for better packability. Firemaple, hope you read this!
So far I have had it out 4 or 5 times. The simplicity of it is wonderful. The flame control is in a persfect spot for accessibility and has worked to controll from a hard boil to a simple simmer.
I have carried it on day hikes and multiple overnights and so far I love it.