This type of small pocket camping stove has been used in the military for many years. Taken by the same design as the german esbit stove, the french incorporated their own version into their ranks. These small lightweight stoves allow one to make a fire for cooking when it is not easy to build a traditional fire. Having a stove like this saves lots of time if you are on the move and cannot stop for long. Also if you do not want to leave clues as to your location. These stoves burn a variety of solid fuels and can easily be carried in any pocket or backpack.