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post #16 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 06:55 AM
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Trangia. Light, cheap and completely reliable. Fine for summer trips but no good for melting snow. Try it - you'll like it.
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Backpacking – UK Pocket Stove, Trangia Spirit Burner
Kayaking – Kunzi Magic Flame, Brunton Flex (Primus) Canister.

The Pocket Stove (http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/bushcraft/RD104.html) and the Magic Flame (http://www.kuenzi.com/home_e.htm) have to be ordered in. Modern Outpost in Courtenay, BC (http://www.modernoutpost.com/shop/60-stoves) is about the only Canadin company I know that has any kind of wood stove selection.

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It works well like any other stove for 10$ rather than spending at least 4 times as much on the same product to serve the same function.

http://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?...20131115074731

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post #19 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 09:13 AM
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I've owned a JetBoil for years. Always worked well for me solo or with 2. Dehydrated meals only.

I wanted something else that I could "cook" simple meals in (as in doing couscous, noodles, quinoa, oatmeal etc) so I just bought a MSR MicroRocket and MSR Titan Kettle. The combo was pricy - but I will be able to cook very simple meals as long as I don't wander off and do some stirring. The MicroRocket, from what I've read, can be turned way down to the point of almost off for simmering. Be grabbing a larger pot at some point when I'm out with 2 or more.

Whole kit will fit in the Titan with a small canister of fuel. Total weight will be in the area of 355g.

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You already have one of the best!
We will probably never come to a conclusion of the very best stove. MSR Whisperlite International may even run on canisters, and I have tested a really old first generation MSR Whisperlite with a home-made adapter, and it runs nice on canister gas.

I have far too many stoves, and you may visit many other crazy stove addicted people at spritburner.com

I'm nut sure you will feel better with a new one, but among my favorites are Coleman Apex ii and Optimus Nova (not nova +)

Just be sure the hose and the pump of your old stove are good, or replace them.

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post #21 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 04:23 PM
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Good advice here. Makes me want to upgrade my kit. Although it still works just fine.
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post #22 of (permalink) Old 11-15-2013, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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So much good advice, thank you.
I find the whisperlite almost a pain to prime the stove before I use it.
Are there any stoves that don't need priming?

I wouldn't use the stove much in winter( maybe sometimes) and would prefer to simmer instead of just boiling water.

Also I would just be cooking for myself, and perhaps one other.

Hope this narrows down the results a bit, I'll need to scan more of the stoves posted here.
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post #23 of (permalink) Old 11-16-2013, 12:13 PM
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Butane (Isobutane) (butane -propane mix) stoves does not need priming, but might not work in cold wether. Propane stoves does, but the tubes are heavy. Some white gas stoves may work well without priming down to about 0 deg C. Typical stoves in this category are the Coleman 550 stoves. A little bit more tricky, but still OK the Coleman Apex ii. Actually the same burner, but with separate pump/bottle like your stove. (The kerosene generator needs preheating so you will only use this on white gas) The Coleman stoves, are pretty silent, and simmers like a charm. Definitely worth the little extra weight.

If you go for the more heavy Coleman like the 400: http://tinyurl.com/pl9xtzu
you may get it for small money. This one are just now at US $15.49 (Ebay)

I will still say go for the 550, its still made, and a great stove. but you have to spend a little more. Used stoves could need a new generator, so calculate that extra cost if you want to bid on Ebay.

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Could not resist to take a trip close to home today.
My good old 550B bought in Canada many years ago. 25?
Just topped it up to 3/4 full with Coleman fuel, pumped 50!strokes, and fired it up.
after a minute or so even some more pumping.
With my toast iron the lunch was simple and tasty. (The toast iran weighs far more than the stove, so its not often, I drag it out

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quote:Originally posted by wildtrekker

So much good advice, thank you.
I find the whisperlite almost a pain to prime the stove before I use it.
Are there any stoves that don't need priming?

I wouldn't use the stove much in winter( maybe sometimes) and would prefer to simmer instead of just boiling water.

Also I would just be cooking for myself, and perhaps one other.

Hope this narrows down the results a bit, I'll need to scan more of the stoves posted here.
Canister stove for your needs

If you want something that works in mild winters get the remote canisters that can flip ... Such as the msr windpro and the optimus vega

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post #26 of (permalink) Old 11-17-2013, 07:01 PM
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I'm a big fan of Snow Peak's Gigapower stove. I've used the stove in a variety of conditions; from in the snow at -5*C to gusty wind at the side of a lake. It's never let me down! It's simple to use and always works well.

I love how compact it is! It fits inside our pot (1.7L Primus EtaPower), along with the fuel canister, MSR Universal Canister Stand, pot handle, lighter, pot scraper, and a couple of sporks. It's a great lightweight, compact package all together.
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post #27 of (permalink) Old 11-17-2013, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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quote:Originally posted by dsk

Could not resist to take a trip close to home today.
My good old 550B bought in Canada many years ago. 25?
Just topped it up to 3/4 full with Coleman fuel, pumped 50!strokes, and fired it up.
after a minute or so even some more pumping.
With my toast iron the lunch was simple and tasty. (The toast iran weighs far more than the stove, so its not often, I drag it out

dsk
Where is all the snow...?
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post #28 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 10:49 AM
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We had a little, but this November has been much milder than usual.
The ice on the water was not melting in the shadow this weekend, but we had nice weather.

This temperature are just were you may fire up your canister stove, but need to turn it upside down, or heat it to remain pressure.

Gasoline stoves were prohibited here for years, deemed to be dangerous by the certification authorities. We have less rules now, and follows EU regulations. Still some China stoves are banned in EU and Norway. Coleman stoves are proven to be good enough, and so are MSR too among other known makes. That's why mine are from Canada.

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post #29 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
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quote:Originally posted by Marc

I'm a self-professed gear ***** and something of a stove junkie, I think at this point I own 8 different one-burner, backpacking stoves.

My questions would be:

How many seasons of the year do you plan on using it?
Are you just boiling water or do you want a stove that simmers?
How many do you normally cook for at one time?
What are the average length of time (or how many meals per trip) you'll be away for?

For just boiling water - Whisperlite or a JetBoil
For all season use on a stove that simmers and is a true multi-fuel (no switching jets required) - Optimus Nova
For easy summer use - Optimus Crux
First stove I ever bought - Coleman EasyLite
Newest stove in arsenal - BioLite
Marc, what do you think of the Biolite?
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post #30 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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Trangia. Light, cheap and completely reliable. Fine for summer trips but no good for melting snow. Try it - you'll like it.
The only thing I am concerned about is not being able to adjust the heat.

On a side note, while trying to look up prices for it, I found this sweet new stove.

Check out this Firebox stove- looks pretty sweet, but not sure I would spend $70 on it

http://www.canadianoutdoorequipment....box-stove.html
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