Alpkit Brukit stove set

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Try and buy a stove these days and you are faced with a bewildering and confusing range of options.

DSC09576For something that is fundamentally simple – boiling water and cooking food – you could be forgiven for vanishing up your own trouser leg trying to select the right stove for you. Ultralight or all-in-one cook system? Gas, meths or multifuel? To piezo or not to piezo? Arrrrrrgh!

Having always been a fan of simplicity when it comes to wild cooking, I was drawn to Alpkit’s latest offering, the Brukit, like a moth to the flame. Offering some of the latest (well, latest to me anyway) advances in stove design – a self-containedpackage and integrated heat exchanger – at a fraction of the cost of similar systems such as those on offer from Jetboil and Primus, I was looking forward to taking it on day and overnight trips to put it through its paces.

The Brukit comprises a tall, grey, anodised pot with built-in wind shield and heat exchanger. The theory being that this should reduce the amount of fuel required, meaning you can take less of it, thus saving weight when out in the boonies. The pot is surrounded by a neoprene pot cosy to help keep food warmer longer after cooking, while there are two rubber-coated collapsible pot handles to allow you to hold the pot while cooking without burning your fingers. The pot is decently sized for two people with internal volume indicators in quarter-litre markings up to one litre with additional internal volume to allow a rolling boil of a litre of water. Up top, there is a detachable silicon lid with a slot cut into it for pouring. It’s an interesting feature, though one I never felt the need to use as a litre of coffee would probably take me from early morning pick me up to arrhythmia without passing go!

DSC09573The stove itself is a simple gas burner with built-in piezo ignitor which worked flawlessly during the period of the test. To operate the stove, you screw a gas canister into the threaded base of the stove, locate the stove into the pot with a twist, open the gas valve, ignite and away you go. No need for priming, or rummaging through bags for the lighter which you probably packed but aren’t certain you did, though I still packed a fire stick as a back-up, if only for peace of mind. The stove fits neatly into the pot along with either a 100g or 230g gas canister, depending on the make, although the former causes it to rattle about in your bag when riding over rough ground. Nothing that a Buff or a spare pair of gloves packed round it cannot fix. All in, the weight including the supplied mesh storage bag came in at 464g.

The important bit – does it work?

As with any stove, burn times vary with the temperature and conditions. On a calm summer’s evening, the stove took approximately four minutes to boil up half a litre of cold water, which I reckon is more than acceptable. In colder temperatures or when things turned windy, as with any gas stove, the burn times increased. Below zero and placed directly on snow, the stove struggled a bit but again this is typical of gas canister stoves. For such trips, I opt for my MSR Dragonfly with its separate fuel bottle set-up. Alpkit makes its Koro camp stove if your tastes are of the sub-zero variety, but for most users, I suspect this isn’t going to be an issue.

DSC09577For food, I found that the large pot was surprisingly good for making the likes of scrambled eggs, with the burner providing an easily controllable flame which helps to reduce hot spots. Porridge was burnt-bit-free which is always a plus in my book, while heating milk for hot chocolate didn’t leave a central black residue, something I always seem to manage when using Ti pans with an MSR Pocket Rocket. When boiling pasta, the hole in the silicon lid was useful for draining off the water before using the pot to eat from, thus eliminating the need for a separate bowl. I particularly appreciated the lack of a non-stick coating as it meant I wasn’t restricted to using only plastic sporks when cooking.

On flat ground, the system is reasonably stable, although less so when using a 100g canister, as the system is then top heavy. However, this can easily be fixed by buying a footrest such as one made by Primus and is no worse than any other gas canister mounted stove I have used previously. The only downsides of note are that I managed to damage the plastic coating on one of the handles and the supplied mesh bag is a tight squeeze to fit everything into.


For the asking price of £35, I reckon Alpkit has a bit of a winner on its hands. While it may not have the superfast published burn times of some competing system stoves and it’s not a minimalist’s lightweight dream, it is fairly robust, has a decent simmer on it which lends itself to more than just boiling water and it comes in at a fraction of the cost. For simplicity, practicality and value, it’s more than worth a look.

Review Info

Brand: Alpkit
Product: Brukit stove set
From: Alpkit,
Price: £35.00
Tested: by Sanny for five months

By day, Sanny plies his trade as a Chartered Accountant and Non-Executive Director. By night, however, give him a map and the merest whisper of a trail "that might go" and he'll be off faster than a rat up a drainpipe on some damn fool mission to discover new places to ride. Rarely without his trusty Nikon D5600, he likes nothing better than being in the big mountains, an inappropriately heavy bike on his back, taking pics and soaking up the scenery. He also likes to ride his bike there too although rumours that he is currently working on his next book, "Walks with my bike", are untrue (mostly). Fat biking, gravel riding, bikepacking, road biking, e biking, big mountain adventures - as long as two wheels are involved, you'll find him with a grin on his face as he dives off the side of a mountain, down a narrow lane or into deep undergrowth in search of hidden trails and new adventures. His favourite food is ham and mushroom pizza and he is on a mission to ride all of the Munros, mostly as it allows him to indulge in eating more pizza. He has no five year plan, is a big fan of the writing of Charlie Connelly and reckons that Kermode and Mayo's Film Review Podcast is quite possibly the finest bit of broadcasting around.

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    And as covered in the forum 9mths ago

    The pot is good, the burner is poor on 3 counts.
    1, it is inefficient, taking longer and using more fuel than other burners.
    2, the burner is too big to allow room for a 230ish g fuel can to join it in the pot
    3,the “legs” on the burner do nothing. They provide no support, nor wind break. Waste of weight and material.

    The pot is fine, esp when used with a decent burner, although again the neoprene cover seems daft. It can’t be removed or fitted easily, and IIRC the instructions say you shouldn’t cook with it in place.

    It seemed such a good idea to start with but in the end it’s just poorly implemented I too many ways. Almost certainly because it’s not been designed by Alpkit unlike most of their best stuff.

    Hi Stoner

    Interested to read what you thought about the stove. For the money, I think it’s a great stove. I’ve always found my Pocket Rocket when combined with a Ti pot a bit too finicky when it comes to cooking food. The concentrated flame inevitably leads to a bit of burning in the centre if I’m not careful. In this respect, I reckon the Brukit is markedly better. As for the water boiling times, I’d never considered it to be slow until I read your findings. If I was wanting a super fast boiling stove, there are others on the market (my MSR Dragonfly being one albeit one that sounds like you are sat right next to an afterburner at times!) but the all in one units such as those made by Jetboil are substantially more expensive.

    As for the legs on the burner, I can’t say that I even noticed them. I’ll need to go back through my 230g canisters as some fitted neatly while others didn’t quite with the top not fully sealing over the lip. I discounted it as an issue as once in the supplied bag, nothing rattled or moved about when in transit.

    Re the pot. I totally agree. I now prefer to use it over lighter Ti pots. The cover is a little footery to remove but I can understand why it should be removed when used with any other stove as I imagine that there potentially could be a flame over issue. Mind you, this would probably be the same for most other all in one stoves with insulating covers when used with a non proprietary burner unit.

    As for being poorly implemented, I would say that I disagree on that point. For £35, I’ve been impressed how it has outperformed more expensive stoves which I use from a cooking perspective. The water boiling times aren’t quite as good but are something which I can easily live with and have never felt like a drawback to me. As a user friendly package, it makes me smile every time I use it.

    Great to get the feedback from a stove aficionado though. It never ceases to entertain me how one mans great is another mans meh!



    Sanny, I actually have my brukit (without burner, but with my pocket rocket) out here with me in France at the moment and will be using it for an overnight mountain bivvy any day soon (pink slip permitting). It lives out here, because at home my preferred bivvy cooking kit is a ti mug with a tiny burner, a 100g can, fire steel and folding pot stand with a heavy gauge foil wind break. The whole lot packs small and works efficiently.

    I understand what you mean with “cooking” and burning when using fast/hard burners and thin wall pots, but I much prefer to cook with boiled water than anything more complex to minimise washing up.

    If Alpkit had genuinely wanted to design and produce a well thought out all-in-one kit, I know they have the experience and skill to do it. Instead they rebranded a Chinese catalogue product which is a pity. They hit a good price point though. Ultimately I’d still recommend people maybe buy the brupot over the brukit though and spec their own burner to nest with a 200g can.

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