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Eureka Ignite Plus Review

This stove is pretty standard, but does provide a large cooking surface and useful non-slip rubber feet for keeping it level, no matter where your camp kitchen ends up
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Price:  $145 List | $144.95 at Backcountry
Pros:  Non-slip rubber feet for leveling, large cooking surface, durable metal latches instead of plastic
Cons:  Struggles with the wind, not super powerful, on the heavy side
Manufacturer:   Eureka
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 4, 2019
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RANKED
#4 of 14
  • Time to Boil - 25% 7
  • Wind Resistance - 25% 6
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 7
  • Ease of Care - 10% 8
  • Portability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Eureka Ignite Plus is a well-built stove with a nice, wide cooking area and removable rubber feet for traction and leveling. It boils well, simmers nicely, and is super easy to care for. The windscreens are more of a square shape than many other models, which helps provide some extra width on top of the already generous footprint. This stove can comfortably accommodate two 12" pans, so cooking for larger groups can be part of your plan, no problem. Thick steel and metal latches round out the robust design, and the bright fun color made our testers smile. The Ignite is also compatible with the Eureka brand Jetlink system, with which you can daisy-chain stoves together. We noticed a decrease in performance on windy days, and our right burner cooked hotter than the left, but overall this is a reliable stove. Nothing uber-special, but not a disappointment either.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ignite Plus is a straightforward stove with a few perks. It's nice and wide for campers with larger cookware, it comes with rubber feet so that you can get level on uneven ground, and it has a reliable auto-ignition system. It's a good stove at a fair price.

Performance Comparison


Easy to use with good performance  the Ignite Plus is robust and accommodating.
Easy to use with good performance, the Ignite Plus is robust and accommodating.

Time to Boil


With 10,000 BTUs per burner, this stove isn't quite as powerful as some of the other models in our review. But the compact design helps it stay protected from the wind and relatively efficient. Boiling a quart of water on a non-windy day took 4:45, nowhere near the fastest in our fleet but respectable nonetheless.

The Ignite Plus is middle of the road for boiling water -- very adequate without astonishing anyone.
The Ignite Plus is middle of the road for boiling water -- very adequate without astonishing anyone.

Wind Resistance


The Ignite is pretty middle of the road in this department, as well. With mild natural wind, it fares well, but on truly blustery days, it struggles. We noticed it took much longer to heat up food, and the burners weren't able to keep a large pan evenly heated. When given our box fan test where we placed a running fan to the side of the stove while boiling a quart of water, it clocked in at 6:15, a minute and a half longer than without wind. This is better than quite a few models in our review, but nowhere near the best.

The shape of the windscreen on the Ignite Plus gives some extra width to accommodate larger cookware. While we appreciate this  the stove as a whole still struggles a bit on really windy days.
The shape of the windscreen on the Ignite Plus gives some extra width to accommodate larger cookware. While we appreciate this, the stove as a whole still struggles a bit on really windy days.

Simmering Ability


Simmering on the Ignite is enjoyable; the knobs have clear markings and a large range, making it easy to find your perfect setting. That being said, the combination of delicate cooking with some wind is a slippery slope for this stove. We attempted to make some finicky pancakes in a large cast-iron on a windy fall morning (a difficult test indeed!), and it was just too many things at once for this otherwise adequate stove. Dialing in the right temperature was difficult, as was getting the full width of the cast-iron hot enough. Our food cooked slowly and unevenly, though the job did get done. In subsequent cooking sessions, performance was just fine, just be aware that the Ignite can only take so many variables.

In most scenarios the Ignite did great  but delicate lemon poppy pancakes in a giant pan on a very windy morning really pushed the limits of this stove.
In most scenarios the Ignite did great, but delicate lemon poppy pancakes in a giant pan on a very windy morning really pushed the limits of this stove.

Ease of Set Up


Easy peasy! Setting this stove up is just like any other compact tabletop model with the addition of non-slip rubber feet. These get screwed on the base before your first use and then, moving forward, only have to be adjusted if you need to level the stove on an uneven surface.

The rubber feet on the Ignite are an extra step  but they are an easy initial install and highly useful when you inevitably end up cooking on a bumpy rock or slopey picnic table.
The rubber feet on the Ignite are an extra step, but they are an easy initial install and highly useful when you inevitably end up cooking on a bumpy rock or slopey picnic table.

Ease of Care


Also a no brainer: lift out the grate, wipe away the grime, replace the grate, close the lid. Done!

If you can wipe a table you can clean the Ignite. Cleaning is easy  depending on how bad your mess is  of course.
If you can wipe a table you can clean the Ignite. Cleaning is easy, depending on how bad your mess is, of course.

Portability


The Ignite is wider than most of the other similar models in our review. This means you can use larger pots and pans, but it also means you'll need to sacrifice a bit more space and carry a little extra weight. At 23 x 12.8 x 4 inches and 11.96 pounds, this is on the large size for a compact two-burner, but the extra size and weight is marginal and will likely go unnoticed in a car packed full of all kinds of camping gear.

The Ignite is on the wide side  but the extra space is nice when cooking and it still packs up compactly and is easy and comfortable to carry.
The Ignite is on the wide side, but the extra space is nice when cooking and it still packs up compactly and is easy and comfortable to carry.

Value


Value is subjective, but numbers also don't lie. With no competition, the price of this stove is reasonable for what you get. However, when you consider that we received equally good performance from cheaper stoves and superior performance from only slightly-more-expensive stoves, then this one is hard to get excited about. We mean no disrespect, and if you end up with this stove, we think you'll be quite satisfied, but if you have the luxury of picking any stove on the market, then there are better ones to choose from.

Conclusion


The Eureka Ignite Plus provides a nice cooking area and some useful extra features like rubber feet for leveling, well-marked burner dials, and generous windscreens. It didn't blow us away in any category and struggled with the wind a bit, but all in all, it's a decent stove for a fair price. And, if you have any of the other Eureka models with the Jetlink accessory port, you can add this one to the family and run them all off the same fuel source.

A lovely day out with the Ignite Plus.
A lovely day out with the Ignite Plus.

Penney Garrett