Choose the Best Canister Stove For Your Trip
The stove you choose for backpacking should be lightweight, have all the bells and whistles, and be able to stand up to nature’s weather conditions. There are many kinds of backpacking stoves, each with its own set of benefits, features, and shortcomings. The main types of Backpacking Stoves are:
Stove Type 1: This type of stove requires much more maintenance than other types of backpacking stoves. Some types of wood stoves require much more work and attention than others. However, if you are going on long day trips in remote areas, this type of stove may be your best bet. Wood stoves burn slow and cleanly, providing a very pleasant experience for all of your meals. You will also save money because most wood stoves require little or no maintenance.
Pros: As with any kind of backpacking stoves, you have to decide between gas and charcoal. If you are going on long trips where you plan to stay for more than a couple of days, then it would be better to go with a gas stove. On short trips where you will be visiting less remote areas, an amicus stove is the better choice, since it burns slower and drier than the competition.
Pros and Cons: Gas and liquid fuel stoves both have their pros and cons. Gas is by far the cleaner option, but it does require a bit more maintenance. Liquid fuels on the hand are much easier to use, but they do require more fuel and can melt snow quickly. It all comes down to comfort and price. If you are going to be backpacking in extreme cold weather conditions, gas backpacking stoves are best, while liquid fuel stoves work great if you are going somewhere warm.
The major difference between the two stoves is size. Backpacking stoves that are larger than three inches in height can easily fit into a backpack, while smaller stoves need a special “cooktop” or “soup pan” made specifically for backpacking stoves. MSR PocketRocket 2 models come in stove sizes medium, large, and extra large, and these are perfect for backpackers who are planning longer trips. Even if you only bring a couple of cups of coffee, it will be much cheaper than buying two separate smaller stoves.
There is one more thing to consider when you are looking for the best canister stove. One of the most expensive stoves on the market, the MR. Pocketrocket 2, is also the most powerful. That is why it is highly recommended for backpacking and long day hiking trips where you might need to cook food from camp. On shorter day trips, you might want to consider a stove with a smaller footprint.