Choose the Right Stove

Choosing the right stove for camping and backpacking can be more complex than finding the right pair of running shoes. Instead of fretting about pronation and arch support, you have to worry about BTUs, boil time, fuel type and consumption, burner style, weight, size, and ignition. Why so many options? Can’t the world live with just one stove? NO!

Backpackers need a stove that is light and efficient. Alpinists need something that will fire up at full power within seconds. Car-campers usually need a stove that will cook larger quantities. Some people demand a stove with a built-in igniter, while others don’t want the extra weight and bulk. Personal preference or limited pack space may even demand a self-containing stove and cook set. Then there are those that rely heavily on the fact that their stove is windproof.

As the “Good Book” once said, “To every thing there is a [stove], and a [different model] to every purpose under the heaven.”

Luckily our friends at Olicamp understand this by catering to the various types of backpackers with five different stoves:

Super-Light | Super-Small | Super-Compact

Super-Light | Small

Built-in Ignition | Powerful | Compact | Light

Wind Resistant | Powerful | Light

Stable | Large Pot Compatible | Light

Like a tight knit family, each stove shares similar traits while holding strong to its individual characteristics. All Olicamp stoves are known to be small and light while some are compact, others powerful, some are made of stainless steel, and others made of titanium.

So how do you choose the right stove? Just ask yourself these two simple questions:

“When will I most use this stove?” 
Even if you plan on using the stove in various situations, it’s always a good idea to get a stove the meets the demands of when it will be used the most. If you find yourself regularly cooking for more than just yourself, you might want to consider a larger stove rather than the smallest one. If you do more car camping than backpacking, you don’t have to worry much about making sure you have the lightest stove.

“How do I expect it to perform?” 
Do you need a stove that can boil water in the blink of an eye, or do you need something that is better at simmering foods that tend to scorch easily? The answer to those questions will help determine what BTU, boiling time, and burner type the stove has. Stoves have various types of burners that either spread or centralize the flame for different results. Another thing to look at is the fuel valve. Some stoves have fuel valves that only allow the stove to function at full power or off while others provide a broad range of output for various styles of cooking.

Beyond those factors, everything else is a matter of personal preference. With a bit of hands-on-research, you’ll have no problem finding the right stove that will treat you well.

Happy Cooking.

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