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Backpacking Stoves and Cook Sets

John Tomlinson


· · · · · · · · Selection Factors Fuel Types Liquid Fuel Stoves Canister Stoves Alternative Fuel Stoves Accessories Cook Sets Final Thoughts

Stove Selection Factors

· Meals to be prepared (simmer or just boiling water?/ location of fuel bottle) · Number of "eaters" (pot size) · Location of use (fuel availability) · Weather (temperature) · Stove weight, convenience, and stability

Fuel Types

· Liquid fuel (white gasoline, kerosene, etc.) · Canister (butane, propane, Isobutane mixture, etc.) · Alternative fuels (wood, fuel tablets, etc.)

Fuel Type

Liquid Fuel T ype White Gas Highest heat output Best cold weather fuel Pro Available in US Spilled fuel evaporates Best for long trips Priming sometimes required Spilled fuel very flammable Con Noticeable odor Blackens cookware Priming is required Produces smoke and fumes Additives can clog stove parts Low heat output Slower cooking Kerosene High heat output Available world wide Spilled fuel won't ingnite easily Unleaded Gas M ost available fuel Denatured Alcohol Stove very simple Stove very light Burns clean

Fuel type (cont.)

Canister T ype Butane Allows simpler stove Blended Fuel Allows simpler stove Burns hotter than butane Pro Performs better than butane in cold Wood No fuel to carry Alternative Fuels Fuel T ablets (Esbet) Fuel packs easily Burns clean

Lower heat output than white gas M ore costly than liquid fuels Con Canister not allowed on airplanes Canister disposal difficult

M ore costly than liquid fuels Canister not allowed on airplanes Canister disposal difficult

Low heat output Not usable in some areas Limited fuel above timberline

Low heat output Poor performer in some conditions

Stove Anatomy

Liquid Fuel Stoves

· General

­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Cheaper to operate Burn hotter May have limited flame control Fuels more universally available More reliable in cold weather Often better for long trips Remote fuel bottle works better with backpacker oven

· Price range: $0.50-$175 Boil time: 3.312 min. · Weight range: 2 oz.-24 oz.

Coleman Exponent Feather 442Dual Fuel

Weight: 1 Lb. 6 oz. Boil Time: 3:41 Cost: $58

MSR WhisperLite

Weight: 13 oz. Boil Time: 3:58 Cost: $69.95

MSR DragonFly

Weight: 1 Lb. Boil Time: 3:52 Cost: $119.95

MSR SimmerLite

Weight: 8.5 oz. Boil Time: 3:33 Cost: $99.95


Weight: 5.75 oz. Boil Time: 12:00 Cost: $29.95

Pepsi Can Stove

Weight: 2 oz. Boil Time: 12:00 Cost: $.50

Canister Stoves

· General

­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Convenient ­ no priming Most offer good flame control Canister availability /disposal can be a problem Make sure canister is self sealing (can be removed) Must keep canister warm in cold weather

· Price range: $26-$109 Boil time: 3:04-4:42 min. · Weight range: 3.0 oz.-1 Lb. 10 oz.


Weight: 15 oz. Boil Time: 2:42+ Cost: $79.95

Jetboil - Group

Weight: 1 lb. 6 oz. Boil Time: 6:49 Cost: $109

MSR Pocket Rocket

Weight: 3.2 oz. Boil Time: 3:58 Cost: $39.95

MSR Reactor

Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. Boil Time: 2:50 Cost: $140

Alternate Fuel Stoves

· General

­ Tend to burn cooler (takes longer to cook) ­ Fuel availability can be a problem

· Alternate Fuels

­ Esbit Fuel Tablets ­ Wood

· Price range:$10-$56 · Boil time: 10-14 min. · Weight range: 3.2 oz.-18 oz.


· · · · · Wind Screen Stove base Backpacking oven Heat exchanger Repair kit


Wind Screen Heat Exchanger

Outback oven

Tri Base

Foam Base

Cook Sets

· Selection Factors

­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ Cooking for 1 or more people Melting Snow Weight Cost Matched to Stove Aluminum Titanium Black Non stick Aluminum Hard Anodized Aluminum Stainless steel

· Materials

Aluminum Pot

Weight: 6 oz. Cost: Cheap

Evernew Titanium 1.3 L Pot

Weight: 4.58 Oz. Cost: $43.95

MSR BlackLite Classic Non-Stick Aluminum Cook set

Weight: 1 Lb. 2 Oz. Cost: $40

GSI Hard Anodized Aluminum Boiler

Weight: 11 Oz. Cost: $24.95

MSR Alpine Classic - Stainless

Weight: 1 Lb. 10 Oz. Cost: $50

Final Thoughts

· The lightest stove is the one someone else carries. · Stove and pot should be matched

­ Pot stability ­ Compact packing

· Match fuel type if backpack lantern used


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