The Swiss Army “Notkocher 71” Stove Review
I like to cruise through my local Survival store and see what kind of new gear I can try out. I came across this little denatured alcohol gel Swiss Army stove called the “Notkoher 71 or M71” and thought I would give it a test drive. From my online research “Notkocker” is pronounced as “not-ko-her” and is German for “emergency cooker”. I could be wrong on that so please correct me if I’m wrong.
I picked this particular stove up with the thought that it could be a great backup stove to my ISOPRO MSR Pocket Rocket which is my trusty standby when I”m out on the AT or Benton McKaye trails in North Georgia. I believe I only spent about $5.99 for this little green can of mystery and I always like to test new items out at home before taking them out and using them, even if it’s a simple little gel stove.
The Notkocher 71 weighs in at 5.9 ounces or 170g and measures 7.5 CM in diameter and 5 CM in height. it comes with a flexible top mounting stove that can also be stretched out to be used on your typical Sterno stove but I haven’t tested that out just yet. The burn time for 9 ounces of water in a stainless steel can with no lid was 6 minutes and forty seconds (6:40 rolling boil) and has a minimum of 45 minutes total burn time. Some people in forums have claimed more than two hours total burn time from one can. I am still tracking my time and will revise this post when I finally burn the whole can out.
Below is a quick video demonstration and also a surprise light up that I wasn’t expecting. If you are not careful to scrap all of the gel from the lid before using the lid to put out the flames it might…catch on freaking fire. Let me know your thoughts or experiences with this stove and any tips you can throw my way.