Originally Posted by burmbuster
I have been tossing my choices around a bit and have settled on carrying two stoves. An MSR Reactor and a Steverstove for simmering. For what I plan on eating, the MSR Reactor will be used for breakfast and dinner. The Steverstove will be used for dinner when I actually want to "cook".
Why carry 2 stoves?
Steverstoves don't simmer very well, though there is one that is designed with different hole patterns to improve this. And you can raise the pot higher to reduce heat. Burn time is limited to the 10 or 12 minutes from 1-1/2 or 2 oz of alcohol, then you refill.
I have an MSR Superfly cannister stove, and it is the best simmering stove I ever saw used, and I have camped a lot. The Steverstove is great for what it is (I have one), but it isn't the one to do gourmet cooking on. Boils water great, lightweight, cheap.
I only carry the alcohol stove when I don't want to carry the cannister stove.
Cannister stove is better if you really plan to "cook", alcohol stove is good for hot water for instant meals, tea, coffee, etc.