How to Choose the Right Backpacking Stove For Your Needs

Enjoying the glow of a campfire in a backpacking trip is turning into an uncommon experience for backpackers. Forest fires are always a real danger and many national parks and wilderness areas have

banned campfires completely to prevent them. So, it is essential that you have a reliable backpacking stove with you in the majority of your backpacking trips. But, which one among the multitude of backpacking stoves in the market is the most appropriate for you? The best answer I can give is: it depends… It will depend on the kind of backpacking trip you do, the number of days of your trip, the climate of the place you travel, the kind of meals you plan to cook, and of course on your likings. Because, it is impossible to recommend a stove for all kind of trips. I will talk about the three more common types of stoves with their pros and cons to help you decide, instead. These common types are canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves and alcohol stove and oven repair altadena.

* Compressed Gas Canister stoves: These stoves use propane, isobutene or butane as combustible. The fuel is stored in a non refillable canister that you attach to the burner. Canister stoves are very easy to use and require virtually no maintenance. They burn clean without producing harmful fumes and you can light them easily. Besides, a canister stove will burn water relatively quickly. The downsides of canisters stoves are: the canister stove use expensive fuel stored in a non refillable canister, so in the long run these stoves will be the most expensive. Canisters create added waste, since the canisters are discarded after use. If you plan to trek at high altitude or in very cold conditions, below 32 ºF, you can expect a very poor performance of a canister stove. So, they are best for people, who want an easy to use stove and don’t plan travel at high altitude or in extremely cold weather.

* Liquid fuel stoves: the most common model available burns white gas, but there are models that only burn kerosene or gasoline too. Of course, the best are stoves that can burn more than one kind of fuel. These stoves store the fuel in a refillable bottle, so they created less waste than canister stoves. Adding together the weight of the burner, the bottle and the combustible they are the heaviest stoves to carry in your backpack. Fortunately, the fuel is widely available in the US, so with luck you will be able to refill the bottle during your trip. They burn well in all climate conditions and at high altitude. And best of all, these stoves will cook your meals real fast. The drawbacks? They generally require maintenance during the trip and must be primed heating the burner and fuel line. Liquid fuel stoves are recommended for long trips, for international travelers and they are a must if you plan melting snow.

* Alcohol stoves: they are the cheapest stoves, not only because they can be home made, but for the price of the fuel. They function well with any type of alcohol but to achieve the best performance is best to use ethyl alcohol. For short trips they are lighter than liquid fuel stoves. But because they produce less heat than a liquid fuel stove, in long trips the quantity of alcohol you have to carry turn them heavier than liquid fuel stoves. Besides, you will need more time for cooking with alcohol stoves than with liquid fuel or canisters. In sub freezing temperatures they could be hard to ignite. They are recommended for people that want a cheap alternative or are traveling in a very budget conscious way.

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