Compressed Gas vs. Liquid Fuel Stoves
One burns more fuel than the next. This one weighs less, but this boils water faster. You’ll be in windy, sub-zero temperatures at the top, but basecamp is in the desert and you want one stove to do it all. Or, one for each. In this video, Mountain Safety Research (MSR) and Tahoe Mountain Sports talk with Tahoe Rim Trail Guides about the various camping and backpacking stove options, edited down to everything you could ever want to know in 12-minutes:
Lightweight and compact. No spills means no cleaning. Best flame control. No fuel odors or priming/pumping required.
Greater heat output. Unaffected by altitude or cold temperatures. Most affordable. Reusable and easily disposable. Widespread fuel choices.
Empty canisters must be packed out and disposed of (check with your local recycling center). Difficult to gauge fuel level (pack an extra canister). Performance decreases as canister empties. Usually less stable.
Heavier/bulkier. Require pumping/priming. Fuel lines can clog. More field maintenance required. Leaking fuel requires wiping. Soot builds up on cookware.
Group camping. Winter camping & melting snow. High altitudes. International travel.
– Use a windscreen with liquid fuel stoves to enhance performance, but be careful doing so with canister stoves because they can overheat and explode!
– Always pack an extra lighter and/or waterproof matches.
|Product||Fuel Type||Weight (oz)||Boil Time||Burn Time|
Snow Peak Gigapower
|Canister||3.75||3 min 48 sec (1 Liter)||50 min||10,000||$49.95|
Snow Peak LiteMax
|Canister||1.9||4 min 25 sec (1 Liter)||50 min||11,200||$59.95|
|Canister||14||2 min 30 sec (.5 Liter)||120 min||4,500||$99.95|
Jetboil Sol Titanium
|Canister||10.5||2 min 15 sec (.5 Liter)||120 min||4,950||$159.95|
MSR Pocket Rocket
|Canister||3||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||60 min||10,000||$39.95|
MSR Reactor (1.7 L)
|Canister||17.5||3 min (1 Liter)||104 min||9,400||$199.95|
|White Gas||14||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||42 min||10,500||$139.95|
|Kerosene||14||3 min 54 sec (1 Liter)||51 min|
|Diesel||14||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||46 min|
|White Gas||13.2||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||37 min||10,500||$159.95|
|Kerosene||13.2||2 min 48 sec (1 Liter)||33 min|
|Diesel||4 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||57 min|
|White Gas||11||3 min 54 sec (1 Liter)||46 min||9,500||$89.95|
|White Gas||11.5||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||110 min||9,500||$139.95|
|Kerosene||11.5||4 min 24 sec (1 Liter)||155 min|
|Canister||9.5||3 min 48 sec (1 Liter)||75 min|
|White Gas||10.9||3 min 30 sec (1 Liter)||110 min||9,500||$99.95|
|Kerosene||10.9||3 min 24 sec (1 Liter)||155 min|
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