Test of the Tato Gear ABMAX-13

Well I as many of you know, I recently got back from the Nine Line charity hike. Afterwards I took some time to just hang out, but I’m back on the beat now. The first thing I want to share is an  experience I had. Prior to the hike I learned we were going to be getting this stove to use on the trail. Now I LOVE alcohol stoves. They are light and reliable, and this one is no exception. The ABMAX- 13 is a simple stove consisting of a one piece milled body with the fold out legs, a small hose, 2 ounce bottle, and attachment lid.

This is where the issues started. It doesn’t seem hard to me, using this stove. But I’ll admit it could be streamlined. The instructions say to fill the bottle with alcohol, attach the bottle lid with the nipple on it, and attach the hose to the bottle and the nipple on the stove. Then squeeze the bottle until alcohol fills the stove. Light it on fire and set your pot on top. Wait till boiling. But many on the trip had issues with this process. First, and most common, is that the hose seemed to have a hard time staying on the stove’s nipple. So you’d be cooking and then BAM! Alcohol would spill, or even worse, you’d be squeezing the bottle and the hose would come off. To be fair, I used this stove exclusively on the week long trip and none of this happened to me, but I always double checked the connections. And there did always seem to be jokes about ways to make the hose stiffer so it would go on easier, but I can’t recall any of them. In the end, since we were having issues and it was getting close to fire season here in Colorado, the guides opted to not risk a fire on a major trail and just bought jet boils.

Now when I got home, I made these videos. Basically I noticed that the boil time was longer on this stove than my homemade pop can stove. And I was right.

For the test, I’m using regular denatured alcohol and 70 degree water. That’s freedom units, no Celsius. I know water in the mountains is 30 to 40 degrees, but my kettle is what I have that can give a measurement.

All of it together, is decently light. 1.6 ounces.

The stove itself, if you want to just fill it with alcohol and try to boil. It won’t, there isn’t enough room for fuel. That’s one of my gripes about this, you have just enough room in the stove to get it close but not all the way to a boil. This works in my opinion for a nice green tea, but not much else.

That’s one whole burn on the stove without the bottle reserve. It’s enough for about .7 ounces and the stove needs a little over an ounce for a full boil. Any way, the only other thing I have a gripe about is that on all the stoves I tried, one leg would stick. I wanted them all to just flip about loosely but only one did, the second would be tight, and the third stiff. Other than that, I just want it to be faster. It would be great for a person that likes to bake though, due to the cooler flame than a jet stove, and the ability to use the feed attachment.

As far as durability is concerned, the stove will last for a lifetime. It is milled out of a single piece of aluminum, and the legs are riveted on. The legs can take some weight too as I have put a gallon jug on them and they didn’t flex at all. Just as with all alcohol stoves, the bottom gets really hot and will melt to the top of painted surfaces such as picnic tables, so it’s best to use this on a hard uncoated surface. Or if you are on trail, clear the ground around you so you don’t start a fire or just use a rock.

Likes: Lightweight, Built in pot stand, great company.
Dislikes: Long boil time, overly complex, cannot boil with using the bottle setup.

I received this stove as part of a sponsored hike. I was under no compunction to review it, but as I found that information was hard to come by, I made sure I did.