Wow! Lot’s of info on how to choose a backpacking stove right? What’s the best, which one is the lightest, or the fastest too get water to a boil. It really is a daunting process if you are new to backpacking. We put this video together to explain how to choose the right one for YOU!
Backpacking stoves are pretty simple in their logic right? Small, packable, and they need to boil water. Where it get’s complicated is which one do I use? Or better yet, what fuel is the right one?
Ask yourself 3 basic questions first:
Where am I going?
How long will I be gone?
Is weight important?
Where you will be going is important because it will automatically help you in choosing the right kind of backpacking stove. Why? Will you be in cold weather, warm weather, low elevation or high elevation?
How long will you be on the trail is important also since it’s the amount of fuel you may need to carry.
And of course, is weight important to you. Why? Because there are plenty of stoves out there that are extremely light weight and you can make yourself.
For new backpacking just getting started, we recommend the MSR Pocket Rocket. It’s sturdy and easy to use. Not a lot of moving parts so it won’t break down in the field. The drawback is the MSR fuel canister that is NOT refillable. Yes, you can recycle if you rip the can apart and separate the metals. But they are NOT environmentally friendly.
However, there are much lighter stoves and fuel that is better for the environment. We love the White Box Alcohol Stove for people that don’t have to boil water in under a minute. You can also make your own alcohol stove with a little DIY project and some creativity. Why not?
Do you have favorite backpacking stove? We would love to hear your story or see your comments. Let’s talk stoves!!