Iwatani Portable Camping Stove Review

There are times when you want to have a stove that can really put out the heat. The sort of thing that you know you could feed an army with if you had to. It needs to be portable. It needs to be safe to use indoors; after all you may not want it just to use when out camping.

When it comes to camping stoves, there can be so many different options to choose from. Different fuel sources. Different manufacturers. Different amounts of heat output.

Sometimes what you really want is a versatile camping stove. The sort that can easily be used outdoors, when away from all of the modern conveniences but can also be safely used when inside. Too many portable stoves lack this versatility. They are either too bulky to be easily used outdoors, or too dangerous to be used indoors.

Using Iwatani Portable Camping Stove

Dangerous? - I hear you say.

Some portable gas camping stoves do not burn their gas as efficiently as others. This means that some portable gas camping stoves will produce small amounts of carbon monoxide as a waste product. While this isn’t a problem when being used outdoors, it can be lethal if used inside in a small space.

Sometimes what you want is a versatile stove, that can be easily used whenever and wherever you want. The Iwatani 35F Portable Butane camping stove has this versatility. 

About The Product

Iwatani was founded more than seventy years ago in the mid-1940s in Japan. Its subsidiary, Iwatani Corporation of America has been present in the Americas for the last thirty years and has specialized in gas and electric devices, amongst other things.

A quick summary of the key features that make the Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane stand out from the competition:

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    Output: 15,000 BTU
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    Weight: 4.4 Pounds
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    Dimensions: 13.3 x 11.9 x 3.7 inches
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    Magnetic locking system (instead of locking levers)
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    Aluminum body construction
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    Heat Panel System for fuel efficiency
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    CSA Commercial Indoor Approved
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    Double windbreaker system
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    Brass burner

The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove is able to output a massive 15,000 BTUs of heat and can safely be used indoors. Weighing in at less than five pounds this camping stove cooker can be easily transported and has been designed for ease of use, fuel efficiency and safety.

The butane fuel canisters lock in place using a magnetic locking mechanism that makes them easy to use and safe to attach. The use of two layers of wind breaking around the flame, help to shield the flame in breezy conditions.

What We Like

The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove is able to output 15,000 BTUs of heat. That is a lot of heat. It is no wonder that this camping stove is rated for use in commercial indoor settings. While you may not need that much heating ability, it is nice to know that it is available, should the need arise. If nothing else, you can be confident of getting hot drinks quickly.

Iwatani Portable Camping Stove

The butane canisters lock in place, using a magnetic locking system, that makes them idiot proof and easy to use. We believe that all equipment should be easy to use, especially with camping equipment when it may need to be used under difficult conditions. The simplicity and elegance of the magnetic locking system appeals to our belief in the importance of easy to use.

The use of Piezo-Electric ignition would be essential in a camping stove from our point of view and so it will be no surprise to learn that the Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove is ignited this way. Most modern camping stoves would have Piezo-Electric ignition. This is essential in our opinion for its ease of use and ability to be used anywhere.

We are especially encouraged by the thoughtful attention that has gone into the addition of the double windbreaker system. Given the intention for this camping stove to be used in outdoors environments, it is gratifying to see that the designers are aware of the realities of outdoor use.

The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove uses a special heating panel that allows it to regulate the flow of butane from the canister. This ensures that the flow is even, allowing for maximum efficiency and optimal use of the butane canister.

No longer will the dregs of butane need to be left behind or a flame too small to be practical happen as you near the end of a canister.

What We Don't Like

The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove has plenty of output heat but it is generally not recommended that it be used for pans that are larger than 7.5 inches.  While this is still a good size pan, some people are going to find it limiting. Some users have successfully used 10 inch pans but some have not.

For those that have not, the unit’s safety feature has kicked in and turned it off, when it deemed it to be overheating. Realistically, a 7.5 inch pan is more than sufficient for many uses. This is after all intended to be a portable, lightweight camping stove and not a home barbecue burner.

Some users of the Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove were disappointed by the plastic case that the unit comes in. The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove comes in a plastic carry case, that some users found was not as sturdy as they would have liked.

While this would be no doubt frustrating for these people, it is good to know that few of them had a problem with the stove itself. Ultimately a plastic carry case is going to get knocked about, when being used. Short of making a carry case out of solid steel, which would significantly reduce its portability, we feel that the use of a plastic carry case is reasonable.

Buying Advice

The Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove can be bought at good, reputable online stores, such as Amazon.com.

Iwatani Portable Camping Stove

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Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a portable butane burner that can be used in a variety of different locations, whether it is indoors or outdoors, at home or out camping, the Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane camping stove has to be one of the most versatile and best value camping stove available. Why not buy one today and find out what we mean for yourself.

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