Backpack Stoves

Now here’s a confusing bunch of choices you will have to make!

Canister stoves, wood fires, pellets…and a variety of liquid fuel stoves.

Wood fires are pretty much out anymore.  There are so many restrictions on where you can have them, fuel is oftimes hard to find, and noone likes the soot and charcoal that spills out from fire rings and gets on everything even years later in a campsite.

So, let’s explore the other backpacking stove choices.   If you enjoy cooking gourmet backcountry meals, you will want a stove with an adjustable flame.  Canisters and some liquid stoves fill this bill.  Simple liquid stoves like the homemade cut off coke can versions do not….and neither do pellets.

For ease of use,  you can’t beat a canister stove or pellets.   Stoves with adjustable flames will need maintenance from time to time.

For weight savings, you just can’t beat pellets, or some of the new liquid fuel simple stoves.  It’s been years since I have brought a stove into the backcountry, so obviously I am not interested in fussing with meals. After a long day, I just want a quick hot meal.  Esbit tabs will boil water in 8 min (dehydrated dinners just need hot water) and then actually continue burning for 14 minutes so you could make your dinner water and then add to it and follow your meal up with a hot drink!

When I do use a canister stove, I have a Primus titanium  stove weighing 3 oz.   Some folks say it’s hard to get a canister to cook in cold climes,  but I’ve never had an issue using either a Bluet or my Primus titanium canister stove either in temps below 30 degrees or elevations over 10,000 feet.

Check back again for further…I will be making videos showing how to use canister stoves, pellets and liquid fuel stoves!

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