October 14, 2017

Backpacking Stove Test

At my last post we discussed backup cooking methods when there is no electricity http://wp.me/p1dmhM-pv.   We purchased the backpacking stove for two reasons:  we would like to go backpacking one of these days, and we also wanted a lightweight stove in case we have to evacuate in an emergency.

It was still in the box with the rest of the supplies so we needed to test it.  When you are in the midst of an emergency the last thing you’d want is to find out your equipment does not work.    The fuel canister appears in the photo but it is not included in the box.

It is a separate purchase.  The fuel that goes in it also is separate.

Kerosene would also work on this stove.

Following the step by step instructions, you pour the fuel into the canister and attach the hose and pump to the fuel canister.  You had to pump the canister 20-30 times depending on how full it is to create pressure before attaching it to the stove.  You also had to assemble the stove and lay it on top of an aluminum heat reflector.  Once you had it all connected, and properly adjusted, you light the wick of the stove and the flame comes up yellow.

After a few minutes the flame turns blue and it is ready to use.

I think I would keep these instructions close to the stove, as I don’t think I would remember everything.  During the test, I noticed the stove does give off a distinct fuel smell so we had to throw open all windows and turn on the fans.  These little stoves are definitely for outdoor use and I do not recommend using them indoors.

5 Comments on Backpacking Stove Test

    • I mainly got this stove for backpacking purposes, as a dutch oven would be too heavy to carry around. I still like the Coleman fold and go better for emergency use, but that one is also a bit heavy and too large to keep in a backpack. Thank you everyone for the comments!

  1. That’s what I was thinking too Arsenius. I saw a stove in a can that is much cheaper and you can fit a nice sized pot on it. The thing I personally do not like about the little fold out bars is that they seem flimsy and not as sturdy because I can cook a mean sheperds skillet and I would be afraid this would not hold up. Great post though. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Some of the comments are pairing apples with oranges. You really need to learn the basic principles behind white gas stoves, spirit stoves, and canister stoves and find the one that fits your needs.

    While I don’t have the stove in the review I do have a MSR Whisperlite International which is similar but can burn multiple fuels. For the stove above, MSR fuel is shown but you can also use Coleman camp fuel which is the same thing and is what I use in my MSR because it is cheaper than the MSR fuel. As for the instructions, I always carry them too but you won’t need them if you use your stove regularly.

    I also have an MSR canister stove called the Pocket Rocket where all you have to do is screw the stove onto the pressurized canister, turn on the gas and light. It is pretty instant compared to a liquid fuel stove.

    Cheaper still ($24 in Canada) and built like a tank is the Primus ClassicTrail stove which also uses a canister.

  3. That does seem like a lot of work but for some people, that’s the fun of it. There’s a minimalist way of cooking outdoors and that has an appeal as well. It just comes down to what you enjoy doing when you’re outdoors. I know people who go backpacking just because they love testing new gear. There’s nothing wrong with that…I personally enjoy the outdoors but to each his own.

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