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Old 03-31-2008, 04:18 PM   #16
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I just picked up a Coleman backpack unit that will run on unleaded gas. Add a siphon bulb to the tool kit (should be there anyway) and you are set.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:00 PM   #17
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Trangia. Light, tiny, cheap, runs on alcohol. I bought this stove for bicycle touring but it packs so small (pot and non-stick skillet are part of the package) that I hate to use anything else on the motorbikes.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:30 PM   #18
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I love and have beaten on my MSR dragonfly. It has survived years of abuse. It will burn anything (almost), is light, very adjustable, and field repairable. The only donwside is they are not particularly cheap.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:39 PM   #19
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Have had my Coleman 442 for over two trouble free years. A friend has had his over 10 years. No need to carry extra fuel, just siphon it out of the bike. I got the opptional draw top bag for the 442 and keep a 5 foot piece of 1/4" hose/tubing coiled up in the bottom of the bag for when I need more fuel.

What I like best it it still works great in cold weather. Has never let me down and alway's makes good for that 1st cup of coffee in the morning.
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:09 PM   #20
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The KLR of stoves.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:53 AM   #21
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Optimus SVEA 123R

Burns white gas, or unleaded. Awesome, indestructable, and only one minor improvement needed in over 50 years.

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Old 04-02-2008, 03:19 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Long Way
Looking to buy a camp stove for the Strom, any suggestions??
What kind of cooking do you plan to do?
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:07 PM   #23
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Optimus SVEA 123R
Do you like to hear ONLY the stove when you're cooking?

I have been a big fan of the SVEA 123 and have used one since the '70s with two rebuilds. They work. Simple. Reliable.

I have recently built an alcohol stove and it'll be going with me from now unless I'm camping on snow. It is a tad slower to boil, unless you count the fueling-and-setup time for the SVEA in which case they come out about even. (The fuel cap for the SVEA is inside the wind-screen. The pump fits on the fuel cap.)

With the alcohol stove I can hear the wind and the stream and talk in a normal voice instead of shouting over the roar.

MSR stoves make noise. Coleman stoves are quieter if I recall correctly. Alcohol is silent.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:48 PM   #24
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Alcohol stove

I typically use an MSR whisperlite stove that I bought more than 12 years ago. It is still going strong. Another good alternative that I have used when traveling really light is to improvise an alcohol stove. Others have mentioned the pepsi can stove. Benefits: light, almost free to make and replace, fuel, antiseptic for first aide, beverage! (Everclear) Just don't drink all of your cooking fuel. Here are a couple other sites that talk about alcohol stoves:

I like this one, it is very similar to what I make

Here is a video of another type, it shows the concepts really well but, I don't think it is as effecient as the other one.

Even if you have a commercial stove, it can be fun to make an alcohol stove while your relaxing in camp.
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:23 PM   #25
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I like my 442. It'll boil a couple cups of water in around 3 min. and even out on the road for a week I've never needed to refill it. I run unleaded in it, premix actually, I always premix all the gas I keep around the house, to avoid confusion. Plus I think it stabilizes the fuel, been working for 3 years so far... (smells great too)

I have the small dual fuel Coleman Lantern too

I made storage rolls to protect them both using 3/8" foam rubber pads and a couple adjustable cargo straps

Neither the stove or the lantern leak which is nice, my Jesse's don't get all gassy smelling
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:38 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Mac
Optimus SVEA 123R

Burns white gas, or unleaded. Awesome, indestructable, and only one minor improvement needed in over 50 years.

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Wow that's a blast from the past!
I had one in the 70's and lost track of it and forgot all about them. I'm glad you brought that up I may have to gat another one just bacause.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:14 AM   #27
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:59 AM   #28
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as an avid backpacker I use a 1oz alcohol stove when I have to carry it and the fuel on my back. On the motorcycle I can splurge with the only way to go :----JETBOIL
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:44 AM   #29
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I have used a JetBoil for quite a few years and have found that it does not work that great in cold weather. This is a function of the fuel vapor pressure. The fuel does not vaporize well when cold, so consequently works poorly when chilled. Otherwise it boils water quickly when warm and is pretty quiet.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:38 AM   #30
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I've used the Coleman 442 for 15 years for hunting and camping, works great.

But for the bike I'm really liking the new Coleman Apollo better. I've read several very good reviews, and may pick one up with the tax refund It's only arround $20 more than a new 442 depending on where you get it, and what I like is it packs down smaller and the cooking supports fold out for a bigger area, better for my skillet. And the dual fuel container packs seperate, better for space management and using that as a fuel reserve for the bike.

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