Compact Petrol Burner Cooker Advice Please

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Two Moto Kiwis, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I run an Optimus Multi Fuel... This stove heats up real well, will run on most liquid fuels and most importantly folds down into a compact package... I made a sleeve out of pvc that hangs off the back of the pannier which accommodates the stoves fuel canister/pump assembly... Carrying the stove fuel outside minimizes the chance of fuel spills on inside the pannier items and the creation of a gas fume bomb in airtight boxes... When I gas the motorcycle up I also make sure the fuel canister is full and this gives me an extra liter of reserve fuel for the bike in the event that the next gas station is farther away than expected...

    The first few times you light it, watch you don't singe the eyebrows, after that you learn how to prime and preheat without the flaming tornado... One thing I have found is most high BTU output stoves don't simmer so well compared to some of the older more low tech versions from the past...
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  2. duck

    duck Banned

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    Can't comment on other options but I've used a Dragonfly with gasoline for moto and backcountry camping for 13 years or so and have no complaints.
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  3. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    I have the Coleman 442 and it really does the job for me, lots of BTU's so coffee is quick in the morning and mine adjusts down really low for bacon, eggs, and other meals plus fuel is readily available. I also have the Optimus 8R which I have had since 1974. I carry it in the helicopter when out in the boondocks when surveying with customers. It does a good job even when temps are down in the teens. I still prefer the Coleman along with the Campmor folding grill (Walmart) for motorcycle camping.

    Good luck in your search and final decision.
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  4. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    got one of these for Christmas... jury's still out as its probably not that useful in Europe as wood is scarce cause they don't know what camping is... for the rest of the world, we will see.

    http://biolitestove.com/campstove/camp-overview/features/

    Tested it in the back yard, works well, makes coffee quick, but you do have to constantly add wood... so there is that.
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  5. Buddy_Holly

    Buddy_Holly Imminent Train Wreck

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    Coleman and MSR make nice stoves I've owned both of them, but the stever stove is my favorite ever. Nothing to break, nothing to fail, no special fuel EVER. Heet works best and in the USA it is in every gas station.

    Best bang for the buck at $9. The best doesn't have to cost more.

    BH
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  6. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    So many nice stoves on the market today. I have a few but my favorite is an old coleman feather 442, runs on the bike's fuel, quickest roadside coffee available out of town.:*sip*
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