From our section about the safe usage of Camping Stoves, we now move on to the things to consider when buying Camping Stoves for Canyoning and general camping.
There are several considerations when buying a Camping Stove. For one, you may want to consider its weight. You wouldn’t want to lug around a heavy Stove along with your backpack that’s just as heavy. Availability of fuel that your Stove uses is another thing to think about. It’s bad enough to be short on fuel, but it’s even worse to be without any source of extra fuel when the need arises.
In this section, we will be discussing those considerations in addition to several others when buying a camping Stove.
Everything starts with the fuel when buying a camping Stove. It is because the choice of a Stove depends a lot on the availability of the particular fuel it uses. Some kinds of fuel are only available in particular areas, so you might want to check out first the fuel’s availability in your area. An example of which is white gas which is more commonly found in the United States.
Meanwhile, some kinds of fuel generate heat faster than others. This factor can be important when you want to cook your food or boil water in the fastest possible time while using as little fuel as possible. An example of which is the Butane/Propane fuel which generates its maximum heat output immediately.
If you would like to know more about the different fuel types available in the market, you can check out our section on the different Types of Stoves.
Efficiency is a factor that is closely connected with the fuel type that your Stove uses. You may be using a Stove that generates the greatest heat, but are you using a reasonable amount of fuel to achieve that threshold of heat?
How do you measure a Stove’s efficiency then? There are several ways to do that. A common method is by determining how quickly a particular Stove can boil a certain amount of water. The faster the stove can boil a certain amount of water, the better. A variation of that method is by measuring the amount of water a Stove can boil in a certain amount of fuel, say a gallon of Kerosene. By knowing these things, you would be able to determine how much fuel you have to bring depending on the length of your trip. It can save you a lot of pain from bringing too much or too little fuel on a trip.
As we have mentioned at the beginning of this section, you wouldn’t want to be adding extra weight to your backpack that’s already heavy. This is where the factor of portability comes in. Camping Stoves come in different sizes, so choose which among them you can carry with the least additional weight while performing the needed functions for your camping needs.
Several factors come into play when buying camping Stoves. Look for the right combination of fuel type, efficiency and portability. That way, you can save yourself from the hassle of carrying unneeded weight during your camping trips. Aside from that, you can also save yourself a lot of money in buying the right kind of Stove for your particular needs. Choose wisely!