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Picking The Right Stove


  • Never cook inside a tent or an enclosed shelter.  Tent material burns and melts easily meaning an accident can cause a field disaster.  Also, when a stove burns it uses valuable oxygen and emits carbon monoxide and other deadly gasses.  Don’t become a statistic, cook outside and never fire up a stove in a closed tent in an attempt to get warm.

  • Put a lid on it.  When you are cooking food make sure to keep a lid on those pots.  Doing so helps trap the heat and decreases cooking time.

  • Use a windscreen.  If your stove doesn’t come with one, some have duty foil around the stove can serve as an adequate screen to keep the wind from throwing the heat around, or blowing your stove out.

  • Keep your fuel warm.  If you are winter camping keep your fuel warm.  There are a number of things you can do to help this.  If your fuel bottles are small, you may want to keep them in a pocket of your jacket.  Duct taping a hand warmer around the bottle can help.  In extreme conditions putting your bottle in water will help keep it warm.  If the water is liquid, it is warmer than 32° F. (OK, with altitude and mineral content that number can fluctuate, but for the purpose of this discussion…).  In an emergency situation when temperatures are bitter cold, even packing it in snow is better than the ambient air.  Warm fuel burns more efficiently.

  • Don’t place your stove on frozen ground or on the snow.  As the stove runs it will melt the ground or snow around it, causing your stove to possibly tip over, dumping your meal.  Put your stove on a metal or durable surface like a rock or an unused lid of your cookware set.

  • Bring your cookware with you when you buy your stove.  When you buy your stove bring your cookware with you.  The burner of the stove, minus the tank should fit nicely in a 1-1/2 quart to 2-quart pot.  Any smaller and the stove may have problems heating larger amounts of water or food, any larger and the stove is probably too big for backpacking.  When traveling in the backcountry you can store your stove in the pan, this makes it easier to find when it is time to cook and the durable pan helps protect your stove.