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Eureka SPRK+ Butane Review

This lightweight single burner butane stove is decently inexpensive and easy to use
Eureka SPRK+ Butane
Photo: Eureka Camping
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Price:  $55 List | $54.95 at REI
Pros:  Lightweight, compact, easy to use, easy to set up, highly portable, inexpensive
Cons:  Minimal wind protection, slow boil time
Manufacturer:   Eureka
By Mary Witlacil ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 10, 2021
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  • Time to Boil - 20% 4
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 2
  • Simmering Ability - 20% 8
  • Ease of Set Up - 15% 9
  • Ease of Care - 15% 9
  • Portability - 10% 9

Our Verdict

Whether you're new to car camping or a seasoned dirtbag looking for an inexpensive single burner stove, the Eureka SPRK+ might be a good option for you. While this stove lacks the power and wind protection of other models, it is easy to set up and easy to use. It also requires very little space in your car camping kit. Other stoves boil water faster with or without the presence of wind, but this stove does boast an impressive simmering ability. If you are looking to save a little money and a little space, read on to see if this is the stove for you.

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Pros Lightweight, compact, easy to use, easy to set up, highly portable, inexpensiveLarge cook surface, powerful, burly, impressive wind resistance, built to lastEfficient, durable, compact, has auto-ignitionGreat simmering, inexpensive, lightweight, auto-ignitionAffordable, fuel adaptor threads on easier than other stoves, windscreens are adjustable, compact dimensions
Cons Minimal wind protection, slow boil timeHeavy, bulky, spendyCooks hot, ignitor is sometimes finickyBoils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)No auto-ignition, lower BTUs, small burners prone to hot spots
Bottom Line This lightweight single burner butane stove is decently inexpensive and easy to useA durable, wind-resistant stove that features powerful output but also impressive simmering abilities and easy maintenanceA sleek and well-functioning stove that boils quickly, is easy to care for, and won't break the bankVersatile and low cost, this single-burner stove cooks well, cleans up easily, and weighs the least of all the models we testedThis is a simple and straightforward two-burner that provides everything you need for basic meals at a very nice price
Rating Categories Eureka SPRK+ Butane Camp Chef Everest 2X GSI Outdoors Selkir... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Time To Boil (20%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Wind Resistance (20%)
2.0
9.0
8.0
3.0
7.0
Simmering Ability (20%)
8.0
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Set Up (15%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
Ease Of Care (15%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Portability (10%)
9.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Specs Eureka SPRK+ Butane Camp Chef Everest 2X GSI Outdoors Selkir... Gas One GS-3000 Coleman Classic
Weight (pounds) 4.94 lbs w/case, 3.49 lbs stove alone 13.97 lbs 9.8 lbs 4.1 lbs 9.8 lbs
Total BTU per burner (from manufacturer) 11,500 20,000 20,000 9,000 10,.000
Boil Time (1 quart of water, wind from a box fan) 14.5 min 3.5 min 5.5 min 13 min 6.25 min
Boil Time (1 quart of water, no wind) 5 min 3 min 4 min 4.5 min 4.75 min
Cooktop material Stainless steel Nickel-coated steel Nickel-chrome steel Enamel Coated Steel Aluminized steel
Packed Size (inches) 15.3 x 13 x 3.6 27 x 15.5 x 8.25 21.4" x 12.9" x 3.8" 14" x 12" x 3.5" 21" x 13" x 3.5"
Cooking surface dimensions (inches) 9.5" x 9.5" 21" x 9.5" 17.5" x 9.5" 8.25" x 8.25" 18.75" x 10.5"
Burner/flame diameter 3' 4.75" 3" 2.875" 3.5"
Distance between burners (center to center) N/A 12.25" 11" N/A 7.75"
Windscreen? Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Piezo Ignitor? Rotary Yes Yes Yes No
Number of burners 1 2 2 1 2
Type of Model Tabletop Tabletop Tabletop, foldable Tabletop Tabletop
Fuel Type Butane Propane Propane Butane Propane
Mfr. Model Number 2572201 MS2HP 56012 GS-3000 2000020943NP

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Eureka SPRK+ is a lightweight, single-burner butane stove that is easy to set up and easy to use. With a removable drip pan, it is also easy to maintain. It boasts a trim profile that takes up very little space in your kitchen kit and is a great single burner option if you're on a budget.

Performance Comparison


The Eureka SPRK+ is a compact and lightweight single-burner butane...
The Eureka SPRK+ is a compact and lightweight single-burner butane stove that is portable and easy to use - what's not to love?
Photo: Jared Ross

Time to Boil


In our water boiling test, the SPRK+ took 5 minutes to boil a quart of water in a wind-free environment, making it the slowest performer in our test suite. Despite the lower performance in this metric, the SPRK+ produces enough power to boil water or prepare one-pot or pan meals adequately. At 11,500 BTUs, this stove doesn't have the highest power output, but it does get the job done and will do it without burning your pots and pans.

In a field of high octane propane stoves, the SPRK+ was one of the...
In a field of high octane propane stoves, the SPRK+ was one of the lower performers, but it still produces enough heat to boil water or cook a single pot meal.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Wind Resistance


To test wind resistance, our reviewers place a box fan 24" away from the stove, then time how long it takes to boil a quart of room temperature water. In this test, the SPRK+ took 14.5 minutes to boil water, making it the second slowest among our review fleet.

Part of the reason for the low performance in this category is that the SPRK+ has low-profile wind protection. This doesn't have to be a deal-breaker, as you could make an inexpensive windscreen out of a disposable aluminum baking dish or even an aluminum to-go container. With a little more wind protection, this stove is sure to meet your car camping culinary needs.

The SPRK+ provides minimal wind protection, but on low wind evenings...
The SPRK+ provides minimal wind protection, but on low wind evenings the burner works just fine.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Simmering Ability


Given the low power output of the SPRK+ and its dedicated simmer function, this stove simmers like a champion. The only concern when simmering is that you have to get the heat low enough that the flame can be inconsistent or even flicker out in the presence of wind.

The Eureka SPRK+ is able to simmer quite well, and could even...
The Eureka SPRK+ is able to simmer quite well, and could even maintain a low enough heat to make a perfect egg scramble.
Photo: Jared Ross

Ease of Set Up


This is one of the metrics where the SPRK+ truly shines. Like other butane stoves, it is incredibly easy to get this stove ready to start cooking. After you take the stove out of its plastic carrying case, open the fuel compartment, properly align and seat the butane, lock it in place, and you're ready to fire it up! If the stove is off-level, you can adjust it by rotating the feet on the bottom of the stove.

Getting the SPRK+ ready for cooking is quite simple, all you have to...
Getting the SPRK+ ready for cooking is quite simple, all you have to do is align the arrow on your butane canister with the aluminum tab, and flick the fuel lock on the front of the stove.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Ease of Care


Ease of care is another metric where the SPRK+ performs quite well. To clean it, just remove the drip pan, which is integrated with the pot stabilizers. This makes scrubbing your cook surface super easy but also means you can more easily clean the burner and clean underneath the drip pan.

With a simple wipe with a scrubby, it is easy to keep the SPRK+...
With a simple wipe with a scrubby, it is easy to keep the SPRK+ clean. You can also lift up the drip pan to clean underneath as well.
Photo: Jared Ross

Portability


With its low weight and slim profile, the SPRK+ is highly portable. It comes with a plastic carrying case with an easy-to-use handle. With the carrying case, the SPRK+ weighs 4.94 lbs, while the stove alone weighs 3.49 lbs. Beyond the ease of carrying the stove, it is also very compact (15.3" x 13" x 3.6"), commanding little space in your camp kitchen kit.

The SPRK+ is among the lightest and most portable stoves in our...
The SPRK+ is among the lightest and most portable stoves in our review, and it even comes with a handy plastic carrying case.
Photo: Mary Witlacil

Value


Given the low price and quality construction of the SPRK+, we think this stove is a great value. Even though it isn't our top performer in boil time or wind resistance, it packs enough power to deliver a tasty meal quickly enough to satisfy a couple of hungry campers. If you're looking for a two-burner stove or for a stove with higher power output, you'll usually have to pay nearly double the price as you do for this one. It is easy to set up, easy to clean, lightweight, and very portable. All of this at a reasonable price is hard to beat.

Conclusion


The Eureka SPRK+ is a reasonably priced single-burner butane stove that is easy to clean, easy to set up, and highly portable. If you're looking for an inexpensive but durable car camping option for cooking one-pot meals, this might just be the perfect model for you.

The SPRK+ is among the lightest and most compact stoves in our review.
The SPRK+ is among the lightest and most compact stoves in our review.
Photo: Jared Ross

Mary Witlacil