Which camp stove to buy?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by longwaytim, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. STROH80

    STROH80 Emerald backroads

    Aug 21, 2008
    Used mine for years....even runs on STROH!:wings
  2. Drewdog

    Drewdog Adventurer

    Dec 19, 2008
    SoCal, CA
    Why carry more of different flammable liquids than necessay? Plus using refillable fuel bottles is way better for the environment. :norton
  3. dashmoto

    dashmoto Serial Tinkerer

    Dec 2, 2008
    East Midlands, UK
    Bought an MSR Whisperlite last year for a 2 week riding trip.

    I've always used a Coleman Propane/Butane mix stove for weekend hiking trips, but I wanted to go with something that would burn unleaded because I wasn't sure about getting hold of gas canisters in mainland Europe and didn't want to carry enough for the trip with me.

    I put a dry-break connector in the fuel line on the bike, and carried another bit of fuel hose with a female connector on one end that I could connect to get fuel from the tank into the MSR bottle.

    The MSR has been great - although we should have tried lighting it before we left.
  4. keithm1

    keithm1 the bestest

    Nov 16, 2008
    after reading through this thread im going to go with the coleman myself thanks lads for all the advice :1drink
  5. MooseBuilt

    MooseBuilt MoooooooooOOSE!

    Nov 21, 2009
    Peoples Republic Of Maryland
    like them mainly because it's compact and although i like MSR liquid fuel is messy unless youre overseas and then yeah, do the XGK.
    also, plastic bowl is nice with a LONG plastic spoon. never had much use for forks or spoons, metal that is..
    anyhow, long time camper here....
    I don't like jetboil below about -10 degrees, the fuel canisters get iffy... then it's liquid fuel only...
    other than that,,, enjoy my 2 cents:freaky
  6. El_Duderino

    El_Duderino Adventurer

    Nov 6, 2011
    Victoria, Australia
    Ahhhh...the question which plagues many of us! :rofl

    After looking at what mates use for hiking and touring over many years, seeing the difficulties, mishaps and wins over different types of stoves, the clear winner for me is still the Trangia.

    I have had the old-school 30 model with stainless steel lining for 20yrs and has never once failed on me, and provides the widest range of options for cooking anything. It's a brick weighing in at 1.5kg's, but am just about retire that one and get the smaller 27-1HA, which weighs in at only 720gm's.

    I know a lot of people recommend the MSR Whisperlites and the sort due to their size, but have lost count seeing perfectly good meals get knocked over due to their instability. You need a flat and stable area to use them, otherwise prepare for headaches. Furthermore, the size and weight of the pots and total setup is no different to the 27-1HA. It's a kitchen and crockery in one package.

    Hope this helps anyway. ;)
  7. jdemeritt

    jdemeritt Adventurer

    Sep 12, 2013
    Statesboro, GA
    +1 on trangia. hell I used a tuna can with holes punched in it for a good amount of time. The stove and alcohol fuel is just too cheap to not consider.
  8. cmohr

    cmohr Perma-n00b

    May 4, 2012
    When backpacking, I've used beer-can alcohol stoves for years. Never liked the attachments to let them simmer, though. Especially with non-soupy food (tend to burn it). Then I discovered the wonders of Astro Foil insulation! Made a pot cozy out of it (taped together with aluminum flue tape) and including a disk to put over the lid. Now when I cook stuff calling for simmering (say for 10 minutes) I throw it in with the water, bring to a boil, then put the pot into the cozy and let it sit for 10 minutes - the insulation keeps it hot enough to rehydrate and I don't waste fuel simmering. Works on Lipton Noodle meals, which is nice since they're a lot cheaper than freeze-dried. Here's a link to where you can buy one, if you don't want to DIY:
    Mine are copies of the pot cozy in the lower right of the cooking accessories page.

    Also, the Optimus Nova fans chimed in late on this thread - got one of these too and recommend it for a multi-fuel stove. But no matter what stove you use, you'll save fuel simmering in a pot cozy instead of over a flame.

    Probably shouldn't need to say this, but DON'T HAVE THE COZY ON THE POT WHEN ON THE BURNER! (sorry for shouting).
  9. riverflow

    riverflow Project Procrastinator

    Nov 16, 2013
    Danville/Louisville, KY