Backpacking Stoves: How to Choose the Best
Going on a camping trip with your friends or family is one of the greatest ways to enjoy your time. Yet, if you have ever considered to take your camping experience to the next level, you may want to take a camping stove with you.
The thing is: you are moving from one place to another and you are not looking forward to take your home stove with you. What you are looking for is a backpacking stove, and since you are here, this means that you are not looking for any kind of backpacking stoves, but for the best one.
Today’s article is one of those rich blogs that you won’t find anywhere else. In this article, we will teach you the best tips and tricks to choose the backpacking stove that fits your needs.
With that being said, let’s continue with the tips:
This is one of the most crucial points that you need to consider when choosing your backpacking stove. Before everything else, it is called a BACKPACKING stove. So, weight is a crucial element since you’ll be carrying this stove wherever you go on your back.
Weight depends mostly on the person carrying the stove. So, the more the person can lift, the better his quality/weight compromise will be.
Not only this, but it also important to note that the heavier the stove is the more space it will take inside the backpack, and so will the stove fuel. So, if you’re planning for a 4-5 days hiking trip, you may want to count those grams very carefully.
But if you’re planning for a one- or two-days trip, and you’re quite sure you can handle the weight easily, then you can carry a heavier stove.
You’re not taking a backpacking stove for the sole purpose of watching it burn fuel. Unless you want to use it a s a camp fire, you’ll probably need a stove that can heat, boil and cook as fast as possible.
So, if you ever wanted to choose a backpacking stove for your trip, bear in mind that considering the ‘weight’ aspect over the other elements may affect your stove efficiency.
Here’s a mantra that I personally work with in 90% of the times when it comes to considering heavy materials: “weight can be handled later on”
The reason I work with this saying is because there are so many ways to handle heavy materials on a trip and increase their mobility. A couple of friends can help each other and split the weight for example.
For me, weight is not a problem. The real problem is when you find out that your backpacking stove is not as efficient a lighter. So, stay sharp! Efficiency matters!
Bear in mind that the boiling speed is highly affected by the elevation of the spot you are in. this is why it is necessary to consider the elevation of your camping spot before choosing your backpacking stove, because this will highly affect your boiling and cooking speed.
Every type of camping trip has a unique cooking style of its own. After all, you will not eat the same camping meal on every occasion (although I would lol), and even if you do, you need to have a stove that fits your cooking style.
Every kind of backpacking stove is created for a particular type of cooking style, some of them can do multiple. So, before picking a backpacking stove as if you are choosing a pair of socks, consider your cooking style and whether your backpacking stove can handle this particular task or not.
So, here’s a question that you need to ask yourself for this particular aspect: what kind of cooking style are you willing to adopt for your next camping trip?
If you’re planning to have a Good-to-Go meal, then you will simply need a stove that can boil water fast so that you can pour it in the food pouch and have your meal ready to be served.
But if you’re planning to get yourself your own DIY meal, then you may want to consider a backpacking stove that has a good simmer control with a broad burner.
You may ask yourself: what does the cookware to do with choosing a good backpacking stove?”
To answer your question, I’ll ask another one in order to define the context of this particular tip: “can you wear a tuxedo with soccer shoes?”
Of course not! Unless you’re a big soccer fan! Then, I think we can be best pals.
Cookware is one of those aspects which are not that ‘defining’ but should be considered when buying a backpacking stove. If you do not have your set cookware yet, you can choose this latter on the basis of the information we will tackle in a second. But if you already have a camping cookware at home ready to be used, then it is better to choose a backpacking stove that works in optimal conditions with the cookware you have.
The first cookware we will deal with is the titanium cookware. This one is highly recommended by many campers since it is lightweight and durable. Yet, this type of cookware is prone to heat spots and it is better to use it for water boiling purposes or soup making.
Next on the list is the anodized aluminum cookware. Less sticky (almost to the point of being non-sticky at all) and lightweight as well. The first two types of cookware are mostly chosen by the weight-conscious backpackers. this type of cookware is also used for boiling water and also for preparing your tasty DIY meals.
Ceramic coated aluminum cookware is for those who have a backpacking stove with a good simmer control since the coating cannot withstand the high heat levels. This particular kind of cookware is considered to be revolutionary since it is not sticky at all, versatile, and super amazing when it comes to cooking DIY meals.
Last on our cookware list is the stainless-steel cookware. This one is inexpensive, but most importantly, it is highly durable. This type of cookware is for those planning to expose their cookware set to high levels of heat and willing to camp on a budget.
When it comes to fuel type, it is better to check the other article that we have written exclusively for you our dear visitors and which is dedicated for fuel types (insert the link of the article where we mentioned the fuel types to increase the number of visits).
Fuels type is considered as a defining factor that can dramatically affect your camping experience. Every kind of camping trip requires a particular kind of fuel type, and every kind of fuel type requires a particular kind of backpacking stove.
Not only this, but is highly important to note that every kind of fuel has its own pros and cons which are mostly related to weather and temperature.
Another factor that may affect your fuel type choice, and thus your backpacking stove choice is fuel availability.
In addition to that, some places restrict the use of certain kinds of fuels. So, stay sharp when it comes to the regulations of the particular camping spot of yours. The least thing you want is to get banned from visiting that place, especially if it is one good place to camp in.
Some of the widely used types of fuels are: canisters, liquid fuel, wood, and solid/liquid alcohol. (and no, we are not talking about the typical alcohol that you may find in the liquor store – check the other article to know more about the alcohol fuel we are talking about as well as other info about the previously mentioned types of fuels.)
There are some things that are not that fundamental when it comes to choosing your backpacking stove, but can really come in handy in camping trips, especially if you are willing to enjoy your camping experience to the fullest by yourself or with your friends or family members.
One of these things is the integrated ignition system. Some backpacking stoves come with an integrated ignition system which saves a lot of time when trying to bring that flame to life. This kind of stoves is highly recommended by campers who prefer to stay in cold places since manual ignition can be troublesome in such conditions.
The other aspect is wind protection. Some stoves can really step on your nerves when it comes to cooking in windy places. This is why having a camping stove with wind protection is very important, especially if you are not one of those who may cancel a camping trip on a mountain just because of a weather forecast that states that there might be some wind here and there. -since even a light breeze may affect your flame-.
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