Follow me into the outdoor stove jungle among the gas, spirits and multi-fuel stoves! There are many different types of stove to choose from. Colour, configuration, function and accessories can be combined in almost infinite ways. If we were to make it simple, one could say that there are two main things to choose from. The question is whether you should use gas or spirits for fuel. Which is best depends on what it will be used for, the environment in which the stove is to be used and the temperatures at which it will be used.
Spirit Stove – The outdoor kitchen classic that always delivers
If you have plenty of time on your hands and mostly use your Trangiakök in the summertime, T-red is a good fuel. It’s noisy but not as powerful, so the water takes longer to boil than the gas equivalents. But it does not matter when you are out for enjoyment. Sprit stoves also have fewer parts that can break.
Multi-fuel – A winner in winter and on a long journey
Multi-fuel is the collective name for the type of stove that can be powered by almost any fuel. This type of stove can work with petrol, kerosene, aviation fuel and diesel. One positive thing with Multi-fuel is that it works very well in the winter. How to use Multi-fuel? Fuel must be pumped up using pressure to move it from the tank to the fuel cap. Those traveling a lot often prefer to use Multi-fuel because it is possible to refuel with fuel from basically any gasoline tank, though it can be difficult to find the right fit on cylinders abroad.
Gas stove – Effective, cheap and quiet
Sole gas cookers are very efficient to use, they are also quiet and relatively cheap to buy and use. You can choose between a top-fed or spider model. Most people buy the top-fed model. It is practical because it is possible to build on pots, wind protection, etc. directly on the gas bottle. If you want to reduce the weight in your rucksack, in true gram-hunter spirit, this type of stove is preferable. The advantage of using the spider variant is that it works better in winter.
Expert Tips: Keep the gas inside your jacket so it warms up. This makes it easier to ignite in cooler weather. Or buy Primus Winter Gas, which is made to handle cool temperatures, down to – 20 degrees.
Accessories – New generation of energy efficient pots
Think about what you want out of your equipment, that’s the most important advice when it comes to choosing from each of the available accessories. A hiker who usually walks for shorter stretches and appreciates long fika breaks in the wild will appreciate having a coffee maker among other accessories for the stove. But for hikers who go a long way and need to keep the weight down, that is not the case. It is a good idea to have a light one litre pan for two people to cook and eat freeze-dried food. The choice of saucepan can be important for the efficient use of fuel. There is a new generation of pots named ETA from Primus where the bottom structure of the pots reduce fuel consumption. Using a gas cartridge, it is possible to boil 30 litres of water instead of the 15 litres of water using a traditional version.
Checklist when buying a stove
Consider these questions before you start looking for a stove and remember that there are skilled and knowledgeable staff in your local outdoor store that will help you find the right stove in the outdoor jungle.
- Should you use gas or spirits for fuel?
- What will it be used for? Boiling water for freeze-dried food or to do more advanced cooking?
- In what environment will the stove be used? Mountains, forest or desert?
- What temperature will it be used in? Will you use it mostly in the summer or are you going to use the stove even at minus degrees?
- How many are you going to cook for? Just yourself or for the whole family?
What stove do you use when you’re out? Do you have any favourites? Gas or spirits?