[at-l] Stoves and fuel

Mara Factor mfactor at gmail.com
Tue Nov 3 09:32:04 CST 2009

Not much time to write a full response...

Check out my stoves page for a chart of types of stoves with the pros
and cons.


Then consider what's likely to be your cooking style.  If you're a
boil water once or maybe twice a day for simple meals, I would
seriously consider alcohol.  You can make (or buy) a homemade
soda/beer/sports drink can stove and get to know it now.  They're
cheap (or free) so if you decide it's just not something you can work
with, then you can spend the bucks to buy a more expensive option.

More when I get better internet access - soon, I hope.

Stitches, AT99

On Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Cody Girl <codycodygirl at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is one of those topics that I'm in WAY over my head!  Never owned a
> stove, don't know much about them.  What I know is what the REI guy showed
> me last week, that's it.  He showed me cannister types and white gas types
> where you refill the tank.  He was really pushing the cannister because it's
> so simple.  I'm not thrilled with the idea of carrying cannisters, either
> full or especially empty, and I think they cannot be recycled?  Not exactly
> sure about that.  One person has recommended Caldera Cone system, which I
> will see in a couple of weeks.  Other than that, nada.  I don't know a thing
> and I'm a little nervous that I might blow something up.
> Anybody want to do a basic primer?  Then I can get to advanced stoves,
> including beer cans, starbucks cans, etc as have been discussed here.
> Thanks!
> Tortoise
> On Mon, Nov 2, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Dennis <gassd at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> Stoves are almost a religion to me, it is one of the reasons I enjoy
>> backpacking.  There is nothing more fun for me than getting “stove stare” at
>> dusk.  I don’t care if it is my burn anything including unleaded gasoline
>> and canister fuel stove…my really easy to use Snow Peak…or my little
>> homemade alcohol stove…I love staring at the warm blue flame.  You know…fire
>> up the stove and stare at it while boiling water for whatever I am cooking.
>> It is one of the highlights of the day.  Of course, getting a nice warm pot
>> cozy to hold in my cold hands while my food cooks feels good…as does the
>> warm food going in to warm me up from the inside out.
>> You can probably figure out that if you have a campfire and I am in the
>> vicinity I may show up to enjoy those beautiful glowing flames.
>> JJJ Wrote
>>   I do like the "no stove" approach, particularly for summer.  But I like
>> my morning coffee too!
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