Hands-on Gear Review

Eureka Spire LX Review

A competent stove on its own, this contender will also allow you to connect a JetBoil or other Eureka stoves and run it all off the same fuel source.
Eureka Spire LX
By: Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 3, 2018
Price:  $150 List  |  $149.95 at REI
Pros:  Good wind resistance, easy to clean, ability to attach another stove or JetBoil, sturdy
Cons:  Expensive, small burners, low BTUs, carry handle is shallow and uncomfortable
Manufacturer:   Eureka
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#2 of 13
  • Time to Boil - 30% 8
  • Wind Resistance - 25% 7
  • Simmering Ability - 15% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 10% 7
  • Ease of Care - 10% 7
  • Portability - 10% 7
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Top Pick Award

Our Verdict

The Eureka Spire LX didn't dominate any single test metric. It did, however, keep up with the big dogs by having strong, consistent scores across the board. Our testers liked the reliability this model provided, despite having relatively low burner power and size. What truly impressed us is the adaptable design of this stove. It's able to connect with a JetBoil or another Eureka stove for additional burners that all run off the same fuel source. For this reason, we honor this stove with a Top Pick for Expandability. Our testers loved being able to run a JetBoil Flash for super fast coffee water in the mornings without interfering with getting breakfast going. If it's ever taken you hours to get fed and out of camp in the morning because boiling everyone's water took forever, this feature is something you will love.

For top-of-the-line performance from a two-burner stove, consider our Editors' Choice Award winner, the Camp Chef Everest. This stove provided improved cooking ability at a lower price point. If you find that you need an extra burner, add an inexpensive single-burner like the Gas One GS-3000.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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The Spire LX is for the gearhead in your life that gets infinite amounts of joy from creative outside-the-norm items. Or perhaps for the camper that loves coffee as much or more than food. Or the foodie that requires a ton of burners for every meal because they love to get fancy. Whatever the reason, you can have a lot of fun with this capable and innovative stove. Read on to find out how.

Performance Comparison


The Spire LX performed above average on every single metric.
The Spire LX performed above average on every single metric.

Time to Boil


Despite only having 10,000 BTUs per burner, this stove boiled water quite quickly. A quart of 60-degree water boiled in 4 minutes and a quart of 50-degree water in 4:30.


The compact design and effective wind guards were a perfect example of how BTUs aren't everything when it comes to efficient cooking. Other stoves in our review had more BTUs per burner but boiled water slower in every single test scenario. We attribute this to the Eureka having better wind resistance, as it did better in our wind resistance test than almost all the other stoves. Additionally, you can use the JetLink Accessory Hose (sold separately) to attach a JetBoil and achieve even faster boil times.

We loved being able to boil water super quickly on the Spire LX's special Luna Satellite Burner without taking up a spot on the stovetop.
We loved being able to boil water super quickly on the Spire LX's special Luna Satellite Burner without taking up a spot on the stovetop.

Wind Resistance


The Spire LX performed quite well in breezy situations. Our big wind test involved setting up a box fan 24 inches to the side of each stove and then timing how long it took to boil a quart of water. This stove did better than any of the other low-BTU stoves, taking 5:15 to complete the task, only 1:15 longer than without the box fan. The only stoves to perform better on this test were those that had much higher BTUs and larger burners.


We did have some trouble with the piezo ignitor, however, especially when direct wind was involved — the auto-ignition system wouldn't work while the box fan was on. We had to turn off the fan to get the ignitor to work at all. If this is a regular issue and not just an anomaly of the particular stove we tested, you may need to have a lighter handy for windy days.

Despite the low BTUs  this stove cooked most things very quickly.
Despite the low BTUs, this stove cooked most things very quickly.

Simmering Ability


On the particular stove we tested, the piezo ignitor was very finicky, something people complained about in other reviews online as well. We usually had to click the ignitor button over and over again to get it to work at all, and sometimes it simply wouldn't ignite, and we had to use a lighter. However, once the stove was up and running, it was a pleasant cooking experience with no issues.


The knob for the burner on this stove has an extensive range — from off to blasting is a full four 360-degree rotations. Instead of a tiny turn taking you from medium to low with the fear of accidentally extinguishing the flame, you can adjust more liberally without fear of overdoing it. However, having so much room for adjustment on the knob also means it can take awhile to find your perfect setting, especially because there are no markings on the stove to indicate where you are. It was easy to have the burner too hot, and it took a little while to dial in. Once we did, though, the cooking performance was excellent.

Bacon + whiskey + fast boiled water for coffee = pure camping happiness  right?
Bacon + whiskey + fast boiled water for coffee = pure camping happiness, right?

Ease of Set Up


Setting up the Spire LX is very straightforward and as simple as setting up any other compact camp stove. The metal propane adapter elbow attaches to the side next to the JetLink port, and the windscreens fold out and get secured to the lid. All that needs to be done to attach another stove or a JetBoil is to screw the appropriate adapter hose into the JetLink port.


One thing of note about the Luna Satellite Burner, (the add-on accessory which allows you to hook up your JetBoil), is that the JetBoil simply balances atop the burner, meaning it could easily get knocked over if you're not careful. It does not slot into the burner like a traditional JetBoil setup.

The Spire LX was the only stove that allowed for additional accessories or stoves to be attached.
The Spire LX was the only stove that allowed for additional accessories or stoves to be attached.

Ease of Care


Cleaning the Spire LX is the same as most of the compact models we tested, with a removable cooking grate and a stainless steel drip tray underneath.


We did notice with this stove, just as we did with several of our other tested models, that the metal fuel adapter elbow was a bit trickier to attach. To properly catch the threads, the adapter had to be pushed rather deep into the port. Not a big deal, but it can be a bit annoying, especially if you are setting up your stove with cold fingers.

Portability


The Spire LX packs down to 21.5 x 13.1 x 4.2 inches, slightly narrower than our award-winning Camp Chef Everest. And we did notice the loss in width on the cooking surface in comparison — we were unable to use the same two large skillets and had to switch to a smaller pan on one side.


In general, we think it's silly to close off your options for bigger cookware just to save a couple of inches in the back of a car. You won't ever notice those couple inches in your trunk, but you're bound to notice them when you're hungry, and your favorite pan doesn't fit over a burner properly. Car camping does not ascribe to the same rules and restrictions as backpacking. However, this stove is kind of in a class by itself. The ability to add-on another stove or stoves means you can be compact or expansive, depending on your needs, without purchasing a giant three-burner stove.

The Spire LX was a convenient size and the grate over the burners allows for large and small cookware.
The Spire LX was a convenient size and the grate over the burners allows for large and small cookware.

Best Applications


This stove by itself is best used for smaller groups of about one to four people, though cooking for four may be a bit tight depending on what you are preparing. However, if you upgrade and purchase the adaptors to attach another stove or a JetBoil, then you can easily cook for more people. Our favorite addition was the Luna Satellite Burner for a JetBoil because our testers drink a lot of tea and coffee in the mornings. Having to wait to prepare breakfast while tons of water gets boiled can be a pain. On top of that, the Spire LX only offers 10,000 BTUs per burner, so boiling large amounts of water takes time. With a JetBoil, hot water is ready extremely fast, so we recommend this setup for groups that love their hot beverages.

This stove was our top pick for expandability due to the fact you can attach a JetBoil or a whole other stove and run them all off the same fuel source.
This stove was our top pick for expandability due to the fact you can attach a JetBoil or a whole other stove and run them all off the same fuel source.

Value


This stove is definitely in the luxury item category. At $150 for the stove itself, it is one of the most expensive compact models we tested. For $10 less, you can get the freestanding Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner and have 20,000 more BTUs per burner! Or you can get our Editors' Choice Everest for $125 and stay compact but also have more BTUs and burner space. The Coleman Classic, our 2-Burner Best Buy, is slightly more compact and will only set you back $80. You could then get a cheap-but-awesome one-burner like the Gas One GS-3000 and still have piles of dollars left over. Point being, this stove is pricey for what you get, and you have a lot of other great options.

The main reason to get this stove is if you want to take advantage of the JetLink port and attach other burners. But be forewarned that this won't be a cheap undertaking. The JetLink Accessory Hose to connect another stove is $40, plus the price of another Eureka stove (the regular Eureka Spire is more affordable at $99.95). The Satellite Burner to attach your Jetboil is $60 and doesn't include the JetBoil itself. So while the expandability of this stove is fun and innovative, there are plenty of ways to have lots of burners and options without dropping anywhere near this much money.

Some of our top contenders getting ready for a breakfast cook-off.
Some of our top contenders getting ready for a breakfast cook-off.

Conclusion


The Eureka Spire LX was our Top Pick for Expandability due to it having the unique capability to attach other Eureka stoves or a JetBoil and run it all off the same fuel source. While this is innovative, the Eureka products and accessories are expensive, so be sure this setup is something you want before you invest. The Spire LX by itself offers only 10,000 BTUs per burner despite its high price tag. It is also a couple of inches narrower than some of the more powerful stoves we tested that are cheaper. All-in-all, it is a fine stove with a sturdy design and good wind resistance, but for the price is probably not worth it unless you plan to take advantage of the full Eureka suite of products.

The Spire LX wasn't the strongest contender in any category  but it competently held its own across the board and we had to reward the ingenuity of being able to attach other stoves and accessories.
The Spire LX wasn't the strongest contender in any category, but it competently held its own across the board and we had to reward the ingenuity of being able to attach other stoves and accessories.

Penney Garrett

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