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 Picking The Right Stove

 MSR Dragon Fly Stove
PERFORMANCE

Stove performance is typically measure in boil time.  Boil time is the time it takes to boil one quart of water, using the idea fuel for the stove (for dual fuel stoves), at full throttle, at 70 F. and at sea level.  Performance can range from 2-1/2 minutes all the way to ten minutes or more.  A good range to look for in a stove is from 3 to 5 minutes.  Remember, the cooler it is outside or the higher you go, the lower your stove will perform.  A stove that can boil one quart of water quickly will have an easy time cooking larger portions of soup or stew, while a stove that takes ten minutes to boil water may not be able to get a soup for six up to an acceptable temperature.

EFFICIENCY

Stove efficiency is typically measured in how long it can run at full throttle on a fuel tank.  This figure has to be watched careful, a stove may have a 60-minute burn time, but it also may have a 32-ounce fuel talk making it a very inefficient stove.  A good formula to look for is about 10 minutes of burning time to one ounce of fuel.  For lightweight backpacking, assume 4 ounces of fuel per day to cook three quick meals.  For larger groups or more elaborate meals you may need more fuel.