Choosing his stove to go on a hike, this is a small matter. It is the season of great escapades, showers in streams, nights under the stars … and lyophilized dishes, which you will cook with love. Gas, gasoline or even wood, different types exist so that you do not have to feed on your nose droppings. With your notebooks, here is our guide to choose well his hiking stove!
Choosing your stove:gas, alcohol, gasoline or wood?
There are several types of stoves. The star of the stoves is of course the gas stove, carried away by most hikers.But it all depends on the use you want to make of it. To choose your hiking stove, you have to start by asking yourself what you want to do with it! Gas or gas, choice of burner, new models come out every year, some ultra-light. But whether you go to the top of the Alps or camp in a meadow with cows, it is not necessarily worth investing in competition products! Choosing your hiking stove means choosing between the following types of products:
Choosing a gas stove
These are the simplest to use. Gas stoves are chosen by the majority of hikers. They work with mostly disposable cartridges, which contain a mixture of butane and propane. A gas stove may be chosen because it provides a significant amount of heating power and is less hazardous than other types of stoves due to cartridge packaging. However, be careful, the gas can not withstand the low temperatures and the gas reserves can weigh heavily in an already shielded bag!
It is the everyday stove, and its performances are those sought by most hikers:speed, heating power and no head catch, hop, we plug the cartridge and we do not talk about it anymore! Note that some models, in addition to being ultra-light, allow the gas cartridge to be upside down, which improves their performance when the gas pressure decreases in the cartridge.
Choosing a gas stove (multi-fuel)
They burn pressurized and vaporized gasoline. This type of stove is very reliable:one operates a pump that will pressurize the fuel and send it to the burner. This is less practical than a gas stove but they can also be larger and accommodate larger pans. We also have weight management:we can predict the amount of fuel that exactly meets the needs of the expedition, and do not carry around tons of fuel that will not be used. In addition, these stoves operate at any altitude and at any temperature. Still a good point for gasoline against gas! On the other hand, these stoves are quite heavy and can be dangerous in case of misuse or lack of maintenance. Attention also to the type of fuel used: many different types exist but not all are compatible. Read the leaflet carefully!
It is the stove of the “pros”. It offers a foolproof performance, works anywhere anytime, but due to its weight and clutter, it must be chosen for big adventures, at high altitude or on expedition.
Choosing an alcohol stove
It is the “featherweight” stove. Ultra light, it allows to leave the debate gas or essence by cutting radically:alcohol! Not to drink this time, it will allow to heat your breakouts during your small exits. Its advantage is therefore its weight and the fact that you can adapt the amount of alcohol embedded to make it match your needs. Side disadvantages, on the other hand, its speed of heating is worse than that of other models and especially, it does not resist well to the wind. Find a sheltered place!
Short outputs. Due to its characteristics, the alcohol stove will be perfect for small needs. You will not heat up the meal for a regiment but for your tea or your individual meal, its very small weight will seduce you!
Choosing a wood stove
It is the most natural stove, but also the least used! And for good reason:under certain conditions, when there is wood to harvest for example (you guessed it not?) It is perfect because it does not require to carry reserves of fuel. On the other hand, it requires some know-how to use and can turn into a nightmare when the wood is of poor quality or wet. Attention also, this type of stove is quite messy, because of the soot created by the combustion of wood. You’re going to scour the pots.
It will be perfect for long hikes in wooded areas. Some models can accommodate solidified alcohol when wood is missing. For the rest, opt for this type of stove if you are sure to find wood (dry !!) and you are not afraid to play it a bit “survivor” and spend time learning to the ” light up! Little more, it’s the most environmentally friendly stove! As you have been told, choosing a hiking stove is a matter of choice.
Where to buy your stove?
You can of course buy your stove in any good outdoor equipment shop. We give you some tips on our articleBuy outdoor equipment.
But on the stove side, we give a special mention to this shop of craftinlearning.com. What’s better than a shop that only presents stoves to buy one. You will find almost all brands as well as everything that revolves around the large kitchen in bivouac: popote, lyophilized dish, etc. And as a bonus, tips to buy the stove that suits you best to complete the ones we just gave you!