Lightweight and Portable.
The above is two key words a prepper/survivalist insists on when in a bugout situation. Everything in your portable survival kit must be as light and as compact as possible when in a bugout situation. A heavy, cumbersome backpack/carry bag will weigh you down, which will in turn slow you down and make you vulnerable to attack not only by the undead hordes but by other survivors who will do anything to take your survival supplies. The Vertex Ultralite stove weighs a mere 1.8 ounces (50 grams) and can be packed completely flat, only 2.5mm thick.
The Ultralight utilizes fuel tablets. Fuel tablets are a compact and lights source of combustible material, and several packages can be easily carried in your survival kit. They are also able to burn at high altitudes and cold temperatures. Vertex recommends Esbit® 14g solid fuel tablets.
For added versatility the Vertex stove also has the capability of being used with what they claim to be a popular alcohol burner, the Swedish made Trangia® Spirit Burner. The Spirit burner option will add another 4.2 ounces onto the overall weight.
When you purchase a piece of survival gear, you expect it to be reliable and to hold up under adverse conditions. You also want that gear or gadget to be easy to use with a quick setup time, and hopefully require minimal time to assemble. The VLS series stove is quick and simple to set up.
Using a single 14 gram Esbit® tablet, the Ultralight stove can bring 16 ounces of water to a boil in approximately 8 minutes depending on ambient temperature, elevation, and the starting temperature of the water.
We like the fact that the stove is light weight and can be assembled and disassemble quickly with the ability to be transported flat. However, when you’re in a survival situation you need versatility in your gear. With the stove’s inability to be able use natural fuel sources, such as tinder, the portable stove is one best left for backpackers and campers. Remember you’re not going to be able to go to Walmart to pick up fuel tablets once your supply runs out.