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 OutdoorPlaces.Com Cookware Buying Gear Guide


 Picking The Right Stove

Gone are the days of the bulky camp stove and the kerosene tank.  Today’s stoves are compact, lightweight, and fuel-efficient.  As the demands on the backcountry puts more strain on the outdoors, and changing weather patterns make long term burning bans a reality in some parts of the country, the portable stove hasPrimus Stove become a key part of your camping equipment.

This guide has been designed as a stove 101 primarily to help you select the right one for all kinds of camping.  OutdoorPlaces.Com makes a strong attempt at having an agnostic approach to our gear guides, and we do not endorse or recommend one particular brand or style.  Stoves can range from $20 to $200.  A fair price to pay for a quality unit is from $50 to $90, although bargains can be found for less and units can be found for much more.

One of the biggest effects to how efficient your stove is the type of fuel it uses.  Today’s stoves use a wide variety of fuels, and many stoves are capable of burning more than one fuel type.

Another consideration is the efficiency of a stove.  Some stoves measure their efficiency in BTU, or British Thermal Units.  The higher the BTU's, the hotter the stove is.  Your gas grille at home probably creates between 25,000 and 30,000 BTU's under ideal conditions.  A better gauge is boiling time.  Most stove manufacturers will publish a boiling time which is the time it takes to boil a quart of water.  The faster the boiling time the more efficient the stove.

Size can be an issue also.  If you are going into the backcountry you don't want a big heavy stove that takes a lot of fuel weighing you down.  Likewise your stove needs to be big enough to feed the masses.  So click on through and learn everything you wanted to know about stoves, but was afraid to ask.