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Backpacking stoves?
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:34:33 AM »
Since we camp with our dogs, they (and us!) have found that we really like going out on long hikes on the trails around the campgrounds.  I started looking into taking some lightweight gear with us in a backpack so we could have a nice lunch out on the trail. We made a Cat Stove out of cat food cans and denatured alcohol fuel and cooked dinner on it the other night to test it. It was pretty neat and cooked the meal fine, but wonder if some of the other lightweight stoves may be a better choice? Anyone with experience with these little stoves?

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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 09:10:45 AM »
I used to make stoves out of soda cans in college but they would take considerably longer than a store bought backpack stove to heat. 

I bought a brunton canister stove that works pretty awesome and fits in my pocket without the canister.  I think it was around 30 bucks and is super light.  Canisters don't work that well in extreme cold though and can be difficult to fly with.

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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 10:07:39 AM »
Esbit makes a compact camp stove that works with "fuel tablets" I've used this at high altitudes (above 7300 ft) here in Ca. with very good results and best thing, nothing to spill in the backpack. The stove sells at REI for $10.50 but if you look around you can get it for cheaper...spent $6.00 for mine. The fuel tabs are $6.50 a box. Below is a link... hope this helps ! :o)

http://www.rei.com/product/653343/esbit-pocket-stove?preferredSku=6533430010?cm_mmc&mr:trackingCode=8382071B-81F9-DE11-BAE3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA&{copy:s_kwcid}=&mr:adType=pla&gclid=CMyD1rWJ5K4CFQlbhwodgy0VWg

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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 10:13:22 AM »
MSR makes a slew of hardworking backpacking burners.  I've had a Whisperlite.  My last one lasted well over 20 years.  They're not the cheapest thing on the market, but they're easy to work with.  Definitely shop around, prices vary according to the seller.
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012, 10:17:33 AM »
The esbit stove looks pretty awesome.  For that price I may pick one up for a back up.  It looks super light too.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2012, 01:00:53 PM »
MSR makes a slew of hardworking backpacking burners.  I've had a Whisperlite.  My last one lasted well over 20 years.  They're not the cheapest thing on the market, but they're easy to work with.  Definitely shop around, prices vary according to the seller.

We have the same stove and LOVE it!  It has been through it all.  Definitely worth the cost. 

To "simmer" I would advise not pressurizing the canister as much.

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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2012, 01:22:36 PM »
Thank you for the stove recommendations, they all look good in different ways. It will be hard to choose one.

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2012, 01:40:18 PM »
Ad me to the whisper lite crowd I have one that is 15yrs and running strong!
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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2012, 02:00:08 PM »
This is bad.  I've found myself on eBay drooling over more MSRs.  (Bad to my wallet, that is.)

I do need a new one for this summer's backpacking expeditions.  Elle, I'm blaming YOU!
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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 02:22:13 PM »
Then there is all the cute little pots and pans sets to go with it. ;D I have a huge list of camping wishlist things, now I will have to add all the cool backpacking things to the wishlist. To think I wanted to camp to save money on family fun ha ha!

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Re: Backpacking stoves?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2012, 02:26:42 PM »
Simply put, you get what you pay for.  In backpacking it's about weight and durability.  For camping you can lessen the weight worry as you're not hauling it on your back.  Regardless, MSR makes some kick a55 burners.  I'll be going back to them for sure.
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2012, 09:05:32 PM »
Speaking of "cute" little pots and pans the msr blacklite is where I store my stove when I backpack they are kind of AWESOME! Nothing like being 5 days from seeing your last person and whipping up some pancakes in your non stick easy clean SUPER light cookware! Carefull with the pot tool though you can bend them easily. Uh I mean I heard you can bend them;-) I don't work for msr BTW! Just love my gear!
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