Getting ready for camping season? Need to still buy some camping equipment? What kind of camping stove do you have or need? What type of food and how much are you going to prepare? There are several types to choose from, which will suit your need? Are you lost when it comes to camp cooking? Do you just make the same boring meals time after time on camp-outs? Want to learn how to cook better when camping and backpacking? Great! We can help.
A lot of people think camp cooking has to be difficult and boring. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. First of all it is best to cook with a stove compared to a campfire. There are a number of reasons stoves are my primary choice for camp cooking: Stoves leave little or no impact on the land while improper fires can scar the land for decades, stoves are less likely to get out of control, stoves are more convenient. You don’t need to gather kindling and wood. Just turn on the fuel, light it, and you’re ready to go. When you are finished cooking all you have to do is turn the stove off and let it cool. When done cooking with a fire, you must take the time to put the fire out completely and make sure that it is completely out, no hidden embers, stoves are cleaner. You don’t have to worry about ash getting into your food when you’re doing the camp cooking, stoves are easier to cook with. You have more control over the flame and the amount of heat output with a stove, stoves can often be used where fires are not permitted. Always check with local land agencies prior to leaving for your trip. No campfires are enjoyable and I am not saying you shouldn’t have one, just evaluate your location and know how to make a well controlled fire.
Lets talk about the different types of stoves available to campers and backpackers: Canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves, and what we call family camping stoves.
Canister stoves run on canisters filled with propane, butane, or a butane-propane mix. They are a great choice for backpackers because they are quite small and very lightweight. On top of that, canister stoves are so easy to use. All you have to do is attach the stove to the canister, turn the gas on, and then light it. There is no need to prime them, and they require almost no maintenance.
If you want to make these stoves even easier to operate you can often purchase an automatic ignition device to attach to the stoves. Then all you have to do is turn the fuel on, press the button, and you’ve got a roaring flame.
There are some negatives with canister stoves. First of all, their performance in extremely cold environments is not as good as liquid fuel stoves. If you are going on an expedition where you will see very cold weather, you may want to do your camp cooking on a liquid fuel stove instead of a canister stove. One other draw back is the fact that most models have canisters that cannot be recycled.
Some models, however, use canisters that can be recycled. When the canisters are empty you can almost…