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Are you confused about the different types of camping stove? Fear not, we are here to run you through the pros and cons of canister, liquid fuel, wood burning, solid fuel and alcohol burning camping stoves.
There are five main types of camping stoves – canister camping stoves, liquid fuel camping stoves, alcohol burning camping stoves, solid fuel burning camping stoves and wood burning camping stoves. Choosing the right one for you can be somewhat confusing – I know it was for me!
To help you to make your mind up about which stove is right for you, I have popped together some pros and cons for each. If you want more information about which is the best camping stove to buy, then check out my guide to the best camping stoves on the market right now.
Best for: Those who like an easy life.
Since trying the MSR Reactor Stove several years ago, I have become a firm fan of canister camping stoves. You simply screw the fuel to the stove and you are good to go. They are also very quick, compact and easy to use.
Pros of a canister camping stove:
Cons of a canister camping stove:
Best for: Cooking for large groups.
If you are planning on cooking for a large group and are not too concerned about weight or space in your backpack than a liquid fuel stove will work for you.
Pros of a liquid fuel burning camping stove:
Cons of a liquid fuel burning camping stove:
Best for: Long-distance hikers on a budget.
Alcohol burning stoves have been a long-standing favourite amongst long-distance hikers, however the canister stoves are now knocking the alcohol stoves off their pedestal.
Pros of an alcohol burning camping stove:
Cons of an alcohol burning camping stove:
Best for: Weight conscious adventurers who don’t mind gathering their fuel.
No need to carry fuel with this option. Instead, you can gather sticks as and when you need them.
Pros of a wood burning camping stove:
Cons of a wood burning camping stove:
Best for: Lightweight lovers with time on their hands.
Solid fuel stoves are super light and very simple, but they are not quick. You simply light an Esbit fuel tab, pop you pan on top of the flame and weight. There is not much more to them than that.
Pros of a solid fuel burning stove:
The fuel tabs are easy to transport and you’ll never risk and spillages.
Cons of a solid fuel burning stove:
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