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The One Stove to Rule Them All

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If I had to recommend someone purchase a single stove to cover the largest number of situations, it would be the MSR WindPro II. Hands down.

Need something that can actually simmer/cook food? Check.
Need something to boil water fast? Check.
Need something light-ish? Check.
Need something that can be effectively protected form the wind? Check.
Need something that can perform reasonably well in winter or colder weather, too? Check.
Need something that requires no maintenance and can keep going for years? Check.

This stove may not be the perfect choice for any single situation (I probably wouldn't bring it as my first choice on an expedition to Everest or as my super ultralight choice), but it does better than most in many circumstances and can cover just about any situation needed; and do it well.

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Canister stoves actually do even better at higher altitudes. The lower pressure outside allows the canisters to vaporize the fuel at lower temps than they can otherwise. And, even if it's REALLY cold, you can just invert the canister. This'll do it all, except in VERY, VERY cold climates. Or, unless you want to go lightweight. But, in those cases, you'd consider other more specialized stoves. I'd still assert this is the best, single, all around stove. If I had to sell everything and keep just one, this'd be it for sure.