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WhisperLite International Multi-Fuel Stove

MSR WhisperLite International Multi-Fuel Stove

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Cooking on the Trail

How to Choose a Backpacking Stove

When you're on the trail for days at a time, every ounce of weight and square inch of space in your pack matters. Backpacking stoves are lightweight, compact stoves that won't take up a ton of space in your bag. Most fall into one of two basic categories: canister stoves and liquid gas stoves. As a general rule, canister stove systems are the go-to choice for summertime excursions, trips that require you to keep your pack weight as low as possible, and campers who want an easy-to-use system. Liquid gas systems are preferable for harsh winter conditions (such as a multi-day ski tours), cooking for larger groups of people, high-altitude expeditions, and international backpacking trips.

Canister Fuel:

Canister stoves attach directly to a pressurized fuel canister via a screw-threaded valve. This makes them easy to use and lightweight, which is ideal for backpacking. However, they can be unreliable in cold weather.

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Liquid Fuel:

Although not as lightweight or user-friendly as canister stoves, liquid gas stoves aren't affected by cold temps or high altitudes which makes them invaluable for winter camping and mountaineering.

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