I owned the pocket version of the Esbit stove, but the only review on REI of the new cookset says that it doesn't work any better than the old. I found it hard to believe that the new one isn't more efficient with its wraparound style base, so I decided to do a side-by-side test between the Esbit Pocket Stove and the new Esbit Stove and Cookset. Same conditions, same amount of water (1 1/2 cups), and in the garage so there was no wind.