if weight was less of an issue...

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if weight was less of an issue...

Postby DarenN » Fri May 30, 2008 3:37 pm

lets just say for a minute that weight is less of an issue, and volume only a passing concern.

would you still use alcohol as your fuel?

would you go to a canister stove just for ease of use?

would use a colman fuel stove for faster cooking times and good control of temp?

there are some very good white gas stoves available these days. Optimus has the two Nova burners. Primus has the Vari-fuel and Omni-fuel. MSR has the Dragonfly (hate the plastic pump!) that simmers like a dream. then there's the Svea 123 for the retro folks.

the MSR Pocket Rocket is a nice canister stove that packs very small.

i'm just wondering if we are using alcohol stoves only because of weight.

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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby russb » Fri May 30, 2008 3:48 pm

Instead of IF, I will say WHEN... when I am canoeing weight/volume are not much of an issue (portages can be a little rough) so sometimes I will bring my coleman two burner propane stove. This is more true if I am with a group and there is group cooking. I still do bring an alcohol stove as a backup.

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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby Tony » Fri May 30, 2008 5:04 pm

My stove of choice if weight was not an issue would be the JetBoil with the GCS (1.5l) pot. It is the most efficient system that I have tested, it has the fastest boil times that I have measured 2m 30s and has the lowest fuel usage, low 4g's/500mls, it is just as efficient on the highest flame setting as it is the lowest setting, it can simmer, packs and unpacks quick and easily.

I have not used an alcohol stove on a walk for many years as prefer to cook with gas.


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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby oops56 » Fri May 30, 2008 6:24 pm

I just love my 2 ducth cast iron pots on top of the other put cha cloa bbq on top and bottom walk away done 3 or 4 hrs.
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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby Ridgerunner » Fri May 30, 2008 10:57 pm

I just love my 2 ducth cast iron pots on top of the other put cha cloa bbq on top and bottom walk away done 3 or 4 hrs.

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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby zelph » Fri May 30, 2008 11:18 pm

oops56 wrote:I just love my 2 ducth cast iron pots on top of the other put cha cloa bbq on top and bottom walk away done 3 or 4 hrs.


You'll need one of those mules and a cart to haul your kitchen and grub 8-) :P
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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby Mags » Tue Jun 03, 2008 11:56 am

Part of the reason why I go lightweight is simplicity.

Complex equipment, besides being heavy, is not simple.

By going simple, I am able to enjoy and experience the woods, mountains and streams more. There is more emphasis on enjoying what is around me and less time spent worrying about gear.

So, if weight is not an issue, I suspect I would still use an alcohol stove for most backpacking. It is quiet, it is simple, it is something I don't have to worry about. It is all about KISS.

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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby zelph » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:02 pm

I would stick with alcohol. I no longer feel comfortable with pressurized stoves, they give me the willy's. :D
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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby lite hiker » Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:56 pm

i would stay with alcohol because there are so many other things that i would bring . Like russb said when i went canoing weight wasnt an issue potaging was a a bitch but we brought a double burner propain stove and a dutch oven. I'll see if i can find a picture of the stove from another trip.
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Re: if weight was less of an issue...

Postby lite hiker » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:06 pm

heres a picture of that stove from a trip my troop and i took to maine

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll290/lite_hiker/83806279_578ny-M.jpg
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