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Choosing Camp Stoves Advice
by: Jason Jones

This article may answer questions for those searching for information about camp stoves. Which camp stoves are best to choose for backpacking, hiking or car camping?

Backpackers will be looking for a lightweight camp stove that fits in the best compact manner possible for the backpack. The car camping family will be looking for something that cooks sufficiently to provide a good meal 2 or 3 times a day without concern about weight and room.

Camp stoves come in various shapes, sizes, weight, fuel types and performance. Knowledge is king when choosing various camping gear items needed. This applies to finding the best stove for the kind of trip to be taken.

For the more serious camping, hiking and mountaineering trips only the best stove and research will cut the mustard.

Performance/ Fuel Types

Performance will vary depending on the type of fuel used. Propane camp stoves performance is measured in BTU's (British Thermal Unit). Put, simply for a propane stove the higher the BTU's in the 1000's the better output (heat).

Propane is probably the most widely used fuel for a stove. The positive aspect of a gas stove is the lack of maintenance needed and ease of use. Although, most propane stoves will cost more to refill. Unlike the liquid fuel camping stoves.

Liquid fuel stoves run on white gas (Coleman fuel) available at various camping stores. However, travelling out of the country may prove more difficult to find white gas. This is the place where multi-fuel stoves make there move to become the best option. Other liquid fuels used run on Kerosene, alcohol, and unleaded gasoline (petrol).

Using liquid fuel stoves will require priming, preparing and maintenance that proves easy enough with the many available instruction guides to use. In short, a fuel like kerosene will create much unwanted filthy soot. Liquid fuel has many advantages including, low costs and performance in low temperatures.

Awareness of what stoves and fuels perform best in various weather condition's will support choosing the best stove.

Buying a camp stove

You do really have a wealth of very good choices for a quality stove. Investing in a good brand I believe is key. Two of my favourite brands are MSR and Coleman. I rate the Coleman for family camping without a doubt and MSR for solo camping, hiking and backpacking.

I have found it has paid to invest, otherwise I end up buying again. As the old saying goes buy cheap , pay twice.

For the family

A stove with two burners will be the best option to allow enough room to cook a couple of pots for a meal. They may already have a wind shield fitted or you may have to provide your own. Setting up a stable stove is important before cooking. Especially around children.

A few Safety Thoughts

Whichever stove you choose be as safe as possible. Most safety is common sense although it is the common sense things that get many in to trouble. Your stove will come with instructions to use. I would always have a blast before setting out. This helps with becoming familiar with the functions of the stove and to also check everything is in working order.

When refilling a stove with fuel allow the stove to cool down to prevent burns. With solid fuel camping stoves allow spilt fuel to evaporate before igniting. Using a funnel for fuel will help prevent spillages.

Before leaving home do a camp stove safety check. This definitely is advisable for all camping gear if it has been stored away for the winter season or a long period of time. Check hoses and valves for cracks or leaks .

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My passion for backpacking, hiking and camping started many a year ago. Needing the right infomation has been vital for all my trips. For more information about camp stoves you may wish to visit This is a great article from my website

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