The BRS 3000t: Ultralight, Ultra-Cheap, and Ultra-Unreliable

The BRS 3000t: Ultralight, Ultra-Cheap, and Ultra-Unreliable


In late 2018, I was feverishly researching ultralight gear to take with me on the Pacific Crest Trail, and one stove popped into my research over and over again. Lauded as a unicorn among backpacking stoves, the BRS 3000t ultralight titanium stove weighed in at just 27 grams (less than one ounce). And for just $17 (probably less back then), I became its proud owner. It seemed too good to be true. With dreams of having the lightest pack on the PCT, I unwrapped my Amazon package and promptly prepared a packet of instant ramen as a test meal. 

The miniscule supports atop the stove did manage to hold my wide cook pot (at least on my level kitchen counter), but I could foresee it being quite precarious in other environments. I never got that far. I turned on the stove and lit the gas. In my windless kitchen, the water began boiling after about 5 minutes. Satisfied with my test, I attempted to turn the stove off, but the valve would not close. I turned and turned in both directions until I eventually resorted to unscrewing the entire stove from the fuel canister. It appeared I had gotten one of the faulty BRS 3000ts. 

I wasn’t alone. Some thru-hikers report, in online reviews, using theirs for thousands of miles. Others are lucky if they get a few boils out of it before something breaks. The gamble you take when ordering this ultralight, ultra-cheap stove is that they are also incredibly unreliable. And even the well-made ones are notoriously inefficient. At best, you’ll use half a fuel can to boil water in windy conditions. At worst, you’ll never reach a boil. 

My opinion? Save your $17 and put it toward an efficient stove that will last. If you have to buy three $17 stoves just to get one that works, that’s not a $17 stove after all.  

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