- No wind protection
- Needs specific gas canister
- Difficult to achieve low temperatures
The Campingaz Bleuet®Micro Plus is a nice little stove to take touring with you. I’ve had one for years and I’m so impressed with it I bought my girlfriend one when we went touring. It packs away very small (I pack mine into my mess tin), it’s easy to use and quick to set up and it only cost me about £7. As with the Campingaz 206 S, wind is not its friend, and because it has a twist and lock fitting system, it will only work on specific gas cartridges.
- Power: 1300W
- Boil time: 5 min 15s (1 litre)
- Burn time: 2 h 40 min (Campingaz CV300+ canister)
- Weight: 0.18 kg
As I said before, the stove is quick to set up, the four pot stands fold out and lock in place and offer a good base for cooking on; they don’t offer much grip, but I’ve never had any food slip off, unlike some of the three stand stoves that you can get. The stove clicks into the gas canister using the Campingaz Easy Clic® connection, which is quite good, but it does mean that you can only use Campingaz plus cartridges or an equivalent; I’ve always bought one to take with me, since they’re not very expensive, they don’t weigh a fat lot, and I have the space for it… I used a CV300+ cartridge for over a week, cooking on most days and I still didn’t empty it, but if you’re going to be away for a long time and in a strange land, you might want to look at alternatives.
It’s very good when you’ve got the gas on full, but it can be a little tricky to achieve low temperatures… not impossible, but definitely a little tricky. It’s also difficult to use in windy conditions; if you’ve got the gas on high, it tends to flicker, but I’ve not had it go out yet, but at low temperatures it will go out. If you have the space for a wind shield then I’d recommend one, but it’s usually possible to use your pack or panniers to create one.
Since its cheap, reliable, small and easy to use, I’d get one if you’re going on a short trip and you either have the space for a gas canister, or you know with some certainty you’ll be able to get hold of one (most camping and outdoor shops sell them, I even saw them in Intersports in Amersfoort). If you’re going for a long trip and have minimal space, or you’ll be travelling in fairly remote places, you might want to consider something like the MSR Whisper Lite Internationale… review coming soon!Campingaz Bleuet® Micro Plus Review,