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 Picking The Right Stove


Double Burner

Some stoves come with two burners.  These stoves typically give you the option to use one, or the other or both, and at different temperatures.  For feeding a group, car, walk in, or going to the cabin, a double burner stove is an excellent choice.  For backpacking or when room is an issue, this probably isnít an option you should be looking for.

Push Button Ignition

Push Button Ignition, also called Piezo ignition lets you start your stove with a push, well maybe a couple pushes of a button.  Long term these push button ignition systems can loose their ability to light, and if exposed to too much heat can melt.  If your stove comes with the convenience of push button ignition, always carry an alternative source to get it started up, like matches or a lighter.


Some stoves come with an outer loop of aluminum to protect the flame from wind to keep it burning efficiently and keep the heat focused on warming your food and not being carried away in the breeze.  Some stoves have a thin bar around the burner itself that protects the flame, and doesnít do as good of a job.  If your stove keeps itís fuel canister under the burner, never use a windscreen that reflects the heat back down from the top, as you can overheat your fuel, damage the pump, and melt your push button ignition system.

Hard Shell Case

A hard shell case helps protect your stove from the rigors of the trail and the trunk.  They also can add weight to your pack.

Stuff Sack

The lightweight version of the hard shell case, the stuff sack holds all of the parts of your stove together.  Lighter than a hard shell case, make sure your stove is completely cooled off before stowing it back into itís stuff sack.

Repair Kit

Some stoves come with a repair kit that provides all the necessary parts to do minor repairs and keep your stove burning efficiently in the field.  If your stove doesnít come with one standard, you should consider buying one if the option is available.

Dual Fuel or Multi Fuel

Some stoves will burn a variety of fuels.  Although not many will burn say propane or white gas, a stove that can accept a variety of fuels may burn white gas, kerosene or gasoline or it may burn propane or isobutane.  If your stove burns a variety of fuels it increases the range of locations you can use it based on what fuels are available.

Fuel Bottles

Most stoves do not come with a fuel bottle.  Bottles typically come in a variety of sizes and are measured in ounces or milliliters.  Make sure the capacity of the bottles you select if your stove uses refillable bottles will meet your needs without weighing you down.