Stoves and Fuel
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We know that it is important to be able to cook a good hearty meal to keep your energy up in between long hikes and bike rides. In fact, some people even say that the best part of camping is the great food that you cook outdoors. Top Gear Camping has the stoves and fuel that you will need for any type of camping trip.
There are several different types of stoves and fuel to choose from for your camping, hiking, and backpacking needs. The proper stove for you can be determined from a combination of the following aspects:
- The number of people for which you will be cooking on your stove
- The temperatures in which you will be cooking
- The complexity of the foods, which you will be cooking on your stove.
Lightweight micro-stoves are ideal for a backpacker who will be cooking simple meals. These backpacking stoves are often small enough to fold up and fit in a pocket. Another thing to look for when buying a stove for use when backpacking is does it disconnect easily from the fuel supply. Stoves that disconnect from the fuel supply can fit better into packs and prevent breakage. Some camping micro-stoves are even designed to fit into popular camping cook sets. This will conserve space for backpackers and hikers.
Larger stoves are ideal for campers who plan to keep their main campsite set up throughout the trip. These large stoves or grills can be used to cook for numerous people. Large camping stoves are also great for cooking a variety of complex meals since they provide more space with which to work.
Top Gear Camping sells stoves, canister stoves, and liquid fuel stoves, which are fueled by a variety of different substances. For example, some stoves or heaters are fueled by propane, butane, or white gas. It is important for a camper to understand the different types of fuel that are available to a camper for use in stoves and heaters and the positives and negatives of each of these types of fuel.
Butane, Propane or Isobutene Blend Canisters:
Butane, propane and Isobutene blend fueled stoves are easy to light, burn hot quickly, and can be adjusted for simmering. However, a common downside with all of these types of fuel is that you must carry a large canister and dispose of this when it is empty. Additionally, butane and propane stoves do not work well in extreme cold.
Kerosene fuel is inexpensive and has a high heat output. Adversely, this fuel is somewhat messy, both because it lets off a slight smell when burned and because it can leave a residue behind on stove parts.
White gas is inexpensive, clean to burn, easy to light, and evaporates quickly when spilled. However, campers must use caution when using a white gas stove because this fuel will ignite quickly if spilled. In addition, for those who plan to travel out of the United States, this white gas fuel can be hard to find in other countries.
Denatured alcohol is a renewable fuel source that burns almost quietly. In addition, denatured alcohol burning stoves are less likely to break because they contain less moving parts than other outdoor stoves. A downside to this type of fuel is that it burns cooler, so outdoor cooking will take longer.
Unleaded gas is an inexpensive fuel, which is easy to find throughout the world. This is usually used as a last resort for backpackers camping in remote areas of the world where other fuels cannot be found.
Some outdoor stoves are designed to be used with more than one type of fuel. The added flexibility of a multi-fuel stove makes this a good choice for a camper or backpacker who plans to visit a wide range of locations.