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g5smoke21 31-Mar-15
steveo 31-Mar-15
kota-man 31-Mar-15
Mule Power 31-Mar-15
g5smoke21 31-Mar-15
IdyllwildArcher 31-Mar-15
g5smoke21 31-Mar-15
Beendare 31-Mar-15
CD 31-Mar-15
Grunt-N-Gobble 31-Mar-15
Backpack Hunter 31-Mar-15
Ambush 31-Mar-15
snapcrackpop 01-Apr-15
Kurt 01-Apr-15
IdyllwildArcher 01-Apr-15
TD 01-Apr-15
Kevin Dill 01-Apr-15
brettpsu 01-Apr-15
Truckie 01-Apr-15
Scoot 01-Apr-15
Mad_Angler 01-Apr-15
Backpack Hunter 01-Apr-15
Beendare 01-Apr-15
MathewsMan 01-Apr-15
samman 01-Apr-15
g5smoke21 01-Apr-15
muskeg 01-Apr-15
muskeg 01-Apr-15
Barty1970 02-Apr-15
Ambush 02-Apr-15
JayG@work 02-Apr-15
Cheesehead Mike 02-Apr-15
Cheesehead Mike 02-Apr-15
Ermine 02-Apr-15
TD 02-Apr-15
snapcrackpop 02-Apr-15
snapcrackpop 02-Apr-15
TD 02-Apr-15
Cheesehead Mike 02-Apr-15
g5smoke21 02-Apr-15
muskeg 02-Apr-15
g5smoke21 02-Apr-15
GDx 04-Apr-15
Bowhunter374 05-Apr-15
Surfbow 07-Apr-15
DiamondD 23-Apr-15
DiamondD 23-Apr-15
WapitiBob 23-Apr-15
Baxter 29-Apr-15
Ace of Spades 29-Apr-15
Butternut40 11-Feb-18
standswittaknife 11-Feb-18
APauls 12-Feb-18
LINK 12-Feb-18
Butternut40 12-Feb-18
jsgold 12-Feb-18
Native Okie 13-Feb-18
Jaquomo 13-Feb-18
APauls 13-Feb-18
Ermine 13-Feb-18
Butternut40 13-Feb-18
Teeton 13-Feb-18
Jaquomo 13-Feb-18
Butternut40 13-Feb-18
Z Barebow 13-Feb-18
From: g5smoke21
31-Mar-15
Hey guys i am looking for a new pack stove for some out west trips. I am looking for something small and easy to fit in my pack. Looking to boil water as fast as possible to preserve fuel. Also for use making coffee during breaks from deer hunting. What can you guys suggest for me? Thanks!

From: steveo
31-Mar-15
I've been very happy with my pocket rocket. Small, boils water fast and doesn't cost an arm and leg.

From: kota-man
31-Mar-15
MSR Pocket Rocket works great.

From: Mule Power
31-Mar-15
JETBOIL! Boils water for Mountain House meals so fast that a fuel canister last forever.

From: g5smoke21
31-Mar-15
U have heard good things about both...has anyone had any experience with optimus units? I was looking at the crux weekend he unit

31-Mar-15
If you're mainly looking to boil water, get a Jetboil.

From: g5smoke21
31-Mar-15
That is the main plan for mountain house meals and coffee...ill have to look onto them. Thanks for the advice

From: Beendare
31-Mar-15
I like my optimus Crux unit...super compact.... stove, cannister, everything- fits in one of those small Ti pots

its maybe 10 seconds slower boiling vs my buddies bulky Jetboil

From: CD
31-Mar-15
Esbit stove with fuel tabs

31-Mar-15
How long will a fuel canister last on a jetboil?

31-Mar-15
Soto Windmaster works well. Works even better with a heat exchange pot.

From: Ambush
31-Mar-15
I've been using a Snow Peak Giga Power for several years. That with a titanium pot and home made wind shield is fast and efficient. Simmer is nice to have. You can also regulate the heat and use a pan for cooking, fish, meat, etc. The auto-igniter is a real handy addition to.

From: snapcrackpop
01-Apr-15
How many days away from base or the truck?

From: Kurt
01-Apr-15
Fuel use with a MSR Pocket Rocket boiling about 2 liters (2 qts) of ice cold creek water per person per day amounts to around one ounce per day per person That supplies plenty of hot water for the morning hot tang/tea and oat meal and the evening mountain house and hot Gatoraide, tea etc. I utilize old Mt House packages for wind screens besides locating the stove adjacent to strategic rocks and use a titanium pot with a cover.

Pre-weigh your full fuel canisters, then you can determine exactly how much fuel is left in them if you don't consume it 100%. I log the weights on the bottom of the canisters in Magic Marker. Over the past 5 years that data has heled me refine how much fuel to take. I like to have a few new 4 ounce, 8 ounce and 16 ounce canisters to chose from. Long back pack trips really challenge you to minimize/optimize what you take so you are as light as possible but not run short of supplies. If you are melting snow or ice you will use a lot more fuel.

As per a scale, Walmart sells nice digital scales that read out to the nearest 0.1 ounces. They are excellent to weigh food and gear on. A spread sheet helps track totals if you want to be really anal versus just climbing on the bathroom scale with and with out your loaded pack and hunting equipment.

01-Apr-15
Ambush, I have the same stove and it's awesome. But I've boiled equal amounts of water next to a Jetboil starting at the same time and they're not close. Jetboils get water boiling so dang fast.

But I carry the Snow Peak on every trip since its extra weight is negligible, it's more versatile, and you can start a fire in the pouring rain with one by making a double teepee of firewood and lighting the bottom with the stove. Slightly dangerous in theory, but I've done it several times without blowing my hands off.

From: TD
01-Apr-15

TD's Link
For just boiling water jetboil is fastest, a bit more efficient. But heavier. I don't think the weight vs fuel savings (fuel weight) evens out unless you are using it for several days. The time savings remains the same.

Pocket rocket type stoves are light, cheap and boil water. If you are only going to be out a few days they are likely a bit of a weight savings.

I'm a big fan of the "spider" stoves as they normally have a larger burner that spreads out the heat more evenly, a larger footprint coupled with a lower center of gravity for much better stability. If you are doing more than a cup or two of water the rockets and jetboil stoves are a balancing act.

Plus from time to time I really cook on my stove, trout, grouse, one year I made rabbit omelets with freeze dried eggs and a nice tender bunny de jour.... elk tenders from time to time...sure breaks up the freeze dried.

Yes it's a heavier stove, but will easily boil for two or three MH meals in one (non-stick) pot/pan at one time. And the preheating fuel coils are very efficient when it gets cold as well. Mine is an older model from the one in the link, but same idea.

From: Kevin Dill
01-Apr-15
As per TD's link:

I just bought a new Primus ETA Spider which includes the all-in-one cooking system. I happen to think it's a phenomenal stove and system, but the entire rig would likely be a bit more than a solo backpacker would want or need to haul. The nice thing is that the unwanted components can be left in basecamp (or home) and take just the stove + pot or cup. This unit will be my stove for AK this fall on a bush plane drop in the mountains.

From: brettpsu
01-Apr-15
With my Jetboil two small cans of fuel typically last two guys 5-7 days. That's a mountain house for breakfast and dinner everyday.

I also use an esbit stove and fuel tabs but they can be a bugger if its really windy or cold out. I mostly use them on summer pack trips.

From: Truckie
01-Apr-15
Look at the wind boiler from MSR. I just bought one so I can't say how well it works but everything I read said it was like the jet boil but faster and less issues. Similar price point too.

From: Scoot
01-Apr-15
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned an MSR Reactor- I've heard good things about this unit. I currently run esbit, but have considered something different. Esbit is so light, small, and easy though...

From: Mad_Angler
01-Apr-15
I like the Jetboil. You can get smaller/lighter versions if you want.

01-Apr-15
The Reactor is very nice, and built to last which means it is a bit heavier. Generally boils water faster than a Jetboil, definitely beats it in the wind.

From: Beendare
01-Apr-15
I've never seen that Spyder- looks cool, thks TD for the link.

I can go 5 days, 2x uses per day solo is all I care on a small canister with my Crux- with fuel leftover.

From: MathewsMan
01-Apr-15
New jet oils are awesome. However for remote air travel most commercial and floatplanes do not allow them, so if that is in your plan you should look at non canister fuels.

From: samman
01-Apr-15

samman's Link
My wife just got me one of these BioLite Camp Stoves. I haven't tried it yet, but looks pretty cool. Plus it can charge USB powered devices. No need for fuel, just burn some twigs.

From: g5smoke21
01-Apr-15
Thanks for all the responses...i will have to check them all out and see what i like best between the msr...jetboil...and optimus once i get ahold of them

From: muskeg
01-Apr-15

muskeg 's Link
adventures in stoving blog has years of field research on backpacking stoves of all kinds ... comparisons, weights, cooking and burn times and much more.

You can spends days reading this guys blogs. I've been following him for years. Look in the archives.

For my remote hunts, which are a lot of years experience, I use the Jet Boil an older one and a new one and the Reactor. On all stoves I figure about 3 days per can of gas for a 2 person hunt.

Sometimes get a little more sometimes a little less. That is making coffee & oatmeal or Mt House for breakfast and having Mt House and hot chocolate in the evenings. If it's a weather day we drink more hot chocolate or tea during the day so use a little more gas. If dead tired when getting in from a hard day of Mt Goat hunting sometimes just Mt House and one cup of hot chocolate, then bed, the gas lasts a little longer.

I like the Reactor better than the Jet Boil as it has a larger water pot and boils faster. But both are good products as are several others on todays market.

I always have a Pocket Rocket along as a back up as well as extra fuel containers, stashed at base camp.

From: muskeg
01-Apr-15
In reading over some of Jim's new stuff I see there are two new stoves on the market ... the MSR Windboiler & the Jet Boil Flash Lite.

I would check those out ....

From: Barty1970
02-Apr-15
'Somewhere' on the world wide interweb is Aron Snyder's side by side by side test of a Jetboil vs an MSR vs [another stove I've forgotten the name of] where he sets them all going and times how long it takes to get water boiling; remember Aron is at 10000 feet in CO...

From: Ambush
02-Apr-15
Boiling time is not the true measure of efficiency. The objective to cut back on weight and bulk.

If one stove is very fast but over the trip you have to carry more overall weight in stove and fuel combined, then that's not "back pack" efficient.

One stove may boil faster, but actually uses more fuel per boil. So over the trip, if you have to carry one more canister, that weight and bulk has to be counted against that stove.

I really don't care if my MH meal is going to be thirty seconds or a minute longer. It's what on my back that matters to me. Kurt has the best program with the scale and a log.

Just like with bows. Speed isn't everything.

From: JayG@work
02-Apr-15
When I was in the service we used the MSR Whisperlites. They worked great in all conditions, from jungle 110 degrees and rain, to arctic, -50 above the arctic circle. It is really efficient as well as quiet. Most days we had to melt snow for water and also heat food. On average a bottle of fuel would last about 3 1/2 to 4 days when used for 4 guys, three stoves for 12 guys. They are small, easy to pack and easy to use also. I now have a bigger Coleman Peak 1 stove. It is bigger, but I also transport my stuff by car, and not on my back. Good luck with whatever you get.

02-Apr-15

Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Although not the fastest, it's hard to beat the Esbit stove for cost, compactness and weight if all you're doing is boiling water. And I have fried trout and grouse with mine.

02-Apr-15

Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Cheesehead Mike's embedded Photo
Crazy, I don't know where the photo above came from!

From: Ermine
02-Apr-15
I like liquid stoves over gas. The MSR dragonfly is nice or the PRimus omnilite

From: TD
02-Apr-15

TD's Link
Funny no one has mentions beer can alcohol stoves yet. Very popular with the ultralite backpacking crowd.

At one point I almost went with one, but didn't and have no experience with them. Lots of plans and easy to build one yourself for next to nothing. One I was looking at to buy featured an adjustable flame where as most of these stoves are either on or off. It had several other features as well.

If a person was looking for ultralite gear and the weight savings those would be a consideration.

From: snapcrackpop
02-Apr-15

snapcrackpop's Link
Alcohol is a good choice for boiling water and a few frying meals, but only for a few days. If you are going for a week or more then it's less desirable. And if you're "up high" an alcohol WICK stove will always perform with a windscreen. Use the Yellow bottle of HEET for cheap, no mess fuel.

Check out www.minibulldesign.com for a start...

From: snapcrackpop
02-Apr-15
Here is a good explanation of the limitations of an alcohol stove.

From: TD
02-Apr-15
Mike.... looks like your "stove" is alcohol fired too.... =D

Great info in that video. Thanks.

02-Apr-15
Yeah TD, it helps pass some time while water is heating ;-)

The guy in the video above makes great points about the size of the pot and using a lid. My small aluminum pot from a cheap Coleman mess-kit that cost less than $10 and only weighs a couple ounces works great.

I experimented with a beer bottle stove and the yellow bottles of HEET and worked but it seemed a little treacherous to use with the burning liquid alchohol and knowing how much to use. With the Esbit I can blow it out when I'm done and relight it next time.

From: g5smoke21
02-Apr-15
Thanks again all for the advice...i think im going to try the MSR windboil out. I watched a few you tube videos about some mentioned and thats what i think will work best for me...thanks again!...Nick

From: muskeg
02-Apr-15
Great choice .... I would like to know how it works for you.

From: g5smoke21
02-Apr-15
I plan on testing it out this weekend...i will post what i think

From: GDx
04-Apr-15
i have found a cannister stove works best for me. current stove is a primus micron. i can use this stove with a pot, a fry pan and as a fire starter.

to get more efficency out of your stove: dont use a pot that is too big get a titanium pot with a lid use a windscreen dont overheat your water (coffee water doesnt need to be boiled) only boil the water you need

i can normally get about 10 days per cannister on an elk trip.

have tried the esbit tablets. they are stinky, they blacken your pot, you still need a pot stand. they are bulky if you go for a week.

jetboils types are cool but they are single use and take up more room in your pack.

alcohol stoves while cheap and light are not practical to me. tough to simmer, hard to only use the amount of fuel you need. you cant always dump the unused fuel back into your bottle. they are a good overnight alternative once you figure out the fuel.

propane stoves are great if weight is not an issue

From: Bowhunter374
05-Apr-15

Bowhunter374's embedded Photo
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Primus Eta Solo...best pack stove I have ever owned...boils water in a matter of a minute or two...

From: Surfbow
07-Apr-15
I really like my Pocket Rocket, and my buddy likes his Esbit.

From: DiamondD
23-Apr-15
I like these little wood burning stoves. Fuel everywhere and don't have to carry any of it with you.

http://www.amazon.com/Innovative-Products-Foldable-Pocket-Cooker/

From: DiamondD
23-Apr-15

DiamondD's Link
Sorry let me try that link again.

From: WapitiBob
23-Apr-15
Soto windmaster out boils a jetboil. Watched it with my own eyes every day for two weeks. Buy a jetboil cup and it's an all inclusive pkg just like the jetboil.

From: Baxter
29-Apr-15
Kovea Spider remote inverted canister stove. Can fit it, a 4oz MSR canister and MSR spoon in SnowPeak Ti 900. Kovea makes almost all of the Korean made MSR/Giga etc stoves. Inverting the canister allows you to use it when it is very cold as a liquid fuel stove. But do not try this with a stove not designed for inverting the canister. The remote feature allows you to use a wind screen on the stove, something you can't do on a top-mounted canister stove. I also plan on getting a Kovea Hydra multi-stove because I like white gas too. My Whisperlite pump has failed and the replacements do not inspire confidence. Good luck.

29-Apr-15
MSR Pocket Rocket

From: Butternut40
11-Feb-18
ttt

Any other stoves come out since this thread was first posted. I'm looking for a portable stove for base camping at truck for elk and also one to pack in boundary waters. Kinda like the idea of the one Mike posted where wood can be used.

11-Feb-18
If you can locate an Ed T Stove, you cannot go wrong.

From: APauls
12-Feb-18

APauls's Link
If you just want to boil water you can't beat the ones on ebay for $6 shipped to your door. I have bought several of these and have never had one fail. Before you start laughing the reason I have bought several is because they are cheap enough to give away in stockings and other gifts. It's practically the price of a starbucks coffee!

Other reason I first bought one was because of reviews from bowsite. These stoves flat out work. The only thing a person could complain about is that they don't hold a large pot well. They just aren't very wide.

From: LINK
12-Feb-18

LINK's embedded Photo
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I have used the exact one Paul links. Does it boil water as fast as the jet boil? No, it takes 30 seconds longer. Boiling water for 3 meals and coffee the smallest canister lasts about 6 days. You don’t get to hear the jet but you don’t pay airline prices either.;)

Ohh and a two dollar pot from Wally World.

From: Butternut40
12-Feb-18
Sounds like a good option.

From: jsgold
12-Feb-18
Pocket rocket....

From: Native Okie
13-Feb-18
“Instant coffee can be prepared cold. Ramen noodles can be prepared cold if crushed ahead of time.”

To each their own. There are a lot of things you can cut but hot coffee is off that list for me.

From: Jaquomo
13-Feb-18
Life is too short and hunting days too precious to live like a prisoner of war.

I want to hunt as effectively as possible. That means well-fed and well-rested so I can keep going for weeks at a time. For two or three days I could get by on bugs and worms and sleep in my clothes in the dirt. But why? To save a few ounces? Sounds like TBM is back with us.

From: APauls
13-Feb-18
Also, if speed is a need, make sure you get one of those pots with the heat reflecting ribbing on the bottom. Saves fuel as well as it captures all the heat.

From: Ermine
13-Feb-18

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I use a MSR liquid fuel stove. I prefer it over the canister type as I can use white gas, unleaded, etc. I also like the range of adjustment. I can simmer and slow cook food or full bore boil water.

From: Butternut40
13-Feb-18
I like the idea of the msr liquid stove to handle multi fuels and a bigger pot. I see that the MSR Dragonfly Stove burns DG Jet: white Gas and Unleaded Auto Gas | DK Jet: Kerosene, Diesel and Jet Fuel. I believe it comes with both jets.

Ermine which fuel have you found to burn the cleanest?

From: Teeton
13-Feb-18
I use the same stove and I'm pretty sure same pot as APauls and have for years.. Works great for me.. I use mine a lot just hunting in Pa and never a problem at 10k when I'm out west hunting.

I keep coffee, ramen noodles, mountain house and a few cans of soup in my truck all of hunting season. That way I always have lunch and a hot one. Just throw my stove, pot and what ever food I have in the truck, into my pack and go.

Ed

From: Jaquomo
13-Feb-18
I've used a liquid stove off and on for many backpack trips below and above timberline. I use white gas, have not tried av-gas (jet fuel). I do run that in my snowmobile and it works great. If you use unleaded gasoline be sure to get ethanol-free.

From: Butternut40
13-Feb-18
Jaq something about using unleaded gas scares me. In doing a bit more reading white gas seems to be the cleanest burning option.

From: Z Barebow
13-Feb-18
I did a cold camp on first elk hunt. It is not for me. A few ounces are worth a warm meal in my stomach at night. I live and hunt in America. I am not in a North Korean "reorientation" camp.

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