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23. dubna 2013 v 3:47

The choice of a camping stove is first dependent on its use and second depending on each individual desire. These two terms are interdependent. If I buy a camp stove for a hiking event, certainly the lighter the better, but some people like to eat, and they need more cooking capability. You can cook at a tailgate party with a single burner ( 10,000 BTU) stove, or you might want a three burner (30,000 BTU per burner per hour) stove which will allow all kinds of cooking and speed.

So first let us break down choice.

Under hiking, you will find ultra light, single burner, tablet and other light weight fuels such as alcohol or propane and butane gas stoves. There are some ultra light two burner stoves, but they do weigh more. You might be better with two, single burner stoves. Some of the very light weight stoves come in a kit form with a pan, lid and sauce pan, and pans that have graduated markings for more exotic cooking. Some even allow the stove to be folded up and it fits into or under oil machine a pan which then fits inside two other pans, thus giving you a very light compact system. If the pans are made of titanium or aluminum alloy it can be very lightweight. Some are even designed to hold heat and transfer it to the food quicker, and are even Teflon coated to allow cooking without a lot of washing. One of the alcohol systems has even added a burner that fits inside the alcohol burner ring and converts the system to butane. This very small burner might be a great tool for the tablet, alcohol and other small stoves that are not gas. It is a handy gadget.

Several companies have a stove that fits on the top of a gas canister. Thus you can easily carry a canister for your cooking and for a camp light. These are small low weight and easy to assemble. The pot and pans are usually separate. I have a very light two burner stove that uses butane or propane, but it does take up pack space. This stove allows for more cooking. Thus weight and space are important when we carry a pack, and additional weight and more pans are a choice. We tell our scouts to not carry more than one quarter of their weight. The military adds a lot more.

When we think of camping stoves we look at the old camp site fire, that old grizzled chief preparing biscuits and gravy, or beans and other trail fair. With the advance to a safer environment, we have sought to build a cooking machine that was both safe and functional. First the Japanese and Chinese had wood and charcoal stoves and then in the 1850s to 1882 came alcohol stoves, and then pressure stoves about 1900. WWII brought about stoves that used white or un-leaded gas. In 1882 Primus stoves were adapted from the blow oil press machine torch. Primus is still an important stove builder, today. Many others have followed and many different variations have been provided. Now we have the choice of many fuels, and systems. Some will burn almost anything. Some call themselves multi-fuel while truly being very limited. But most camp stoves will have one to two burners. Some have two burner heads, but both work off the same fuel source. One I know has a separate canister of gas for each burner, thus you really have two stoves in one. But in a nut shell you have more cooking capability. They will boil water rapidly, have wind shields, some have variable burner controls to allow simmer or max burner use. Some have a built-in-grill and others have a detached grill that can be added. Another thing you will find is larger burner heads and cooking space, and the handle for both stove and pots will be made so that they do not absorb heat, thus you can pick it up without burning your hand. Many of these stoves were hard to clean and maintain in the old days (Last Year), but times are changing and the systems are improved almost daily. Like cars, a new model comes out almost every year. Some of the stainless models are very easy to clean. Some use aluminum alloy or titanium which is very light and easy to clean.

Thus the two burner stove has become a standard for the old camp fire. The one burner stoves are made more for individual use or for couples. The range of one burner stoves has so many stoves and so many fuels that it is very hard to keep up with changes and with the different fuels. Even new wood stoves are appearing which will not scorch the earth or leave a trace. The single burner also brings out the purest who seeks the best of cooking, with the lightest load and the smallest space and weight. There are websites where you will find Zin Stoves and data for each along with fuels. If you are seeking the lightest and the best cookers, be sure and look for these sites. They are not traps that will force you to a new religion, but really provide some good and detailed information about camp stoves, their use and the best for any given situation.

When we talk about cookers we are looking at stoves that can cook for lots of people. There are high BTU single burner stoves that can quick cook a turkey or 100 pounds of catfish. Camp Chief has built a 3 burner stove with each burner producing 30,000 BTU This would cook a lot of food quickly, while allowing the cook to vary how much fuel he was using on each burner, and how much heat he needs. Here we equal the restaurants as far as cooking capability. Also we see the stove in an outdoors environment which allows some variety in the foods prepared and the types of spices used. Chili, comes to mind along with Catfish and some exotic brisket, hotdogs, hamburgers and many other fair that have come about because of outdoor stoves and charcoal cookers that have been developed. Again need has required a larger stove, not as portable, but not fixed in the house. Years ago, Army National Guard Cooks in Louisiana were taking the old Korea war vintage water carriers, called water buffaloes, and were converting them into charcoal cookers that could be hauled to anywhere, and unbelievable meals cooked. It was also a contained system. This was in the 1970 I have even seen some cooking while on the road, while moving to a new site. This sounds more like today and the modern charcoal grills on wheels.

The Party stove ranges from the 3 burner above to some charcoal and gas with up to six burners and which also include infrared systems and fire starters. Of course do not forget the rotisserie and maybe even a sink and a refrigerator. This has come about in the last 10 years. These are truly chef stoves for the outdoors. They range in price from the hundreds to the many thousands of dollars. Some allow the cooking of anything and even have an ovens.

To say this is all there is about stoves, is un-realistic. We need to talk about desire. Every where you look there is something different. This is caused by someone desire. Some people want this and others want that, One guy will want a open burner and a grill on the same stove. Thus a company will soon be producing the same. If sales are good, then we see this type of stove everywhere in the market. Someone will like a brand and see a feature on another brand at or stove. He will ask and soon it will be available. Choice and desire have a big effect on this market. We have a market that grows every year, and gets more competitive. I like the choice part. I like to be able to go to several stores and find camping stoves in several varieties. I enjoy a market that produces new things with emphasis on safety and on portability. That might be because of my age and the lighter weights, helping me. People might think this is innovation from the Far East, but most of the ideas are from backyard America and extreme campers. Some one will ask, and a company figures a way to build a new stove.

One more comment on ends and outs. If placed in a book, it would be a very big book, and most probably very detailed. Even the breakout into 4 categories, is not sufficient. You can easily break these areas down farther and add a few, like high altitude stoves, stoves that start in very wet climates or several different variants. Some of the pellet stoves will burn almost under water after they start, and some of them are very toxic, so be careful. Alcohol is light but does not get real hot. Thus the number variations of both choice and purpose continue to grow each day. People have designed stoves for Mt. Everest where altitude and pressure are critical as is weight. These all might then be broken into fuel types and by weights, Thus making many more categories and types.

We need stoves that work in the desert, at the lake, in storms or emergency. We need stoves that are ready for times like hurricanes when we find whole systems like water, gas and electricity are not available for days. Camping stoves will do the job desired, if you have the right stove. Maybe this is not perfect, because we are looking to take care of too many situations. We also need to consider times when fuel will be limited, Could we need more than one type of stove, to conserve fuel. On and on goes need and choice in determining the right camping stove. We may come to the time when gas is gone and only wood and solar systems are available. The market includes some truly wonderful solar ovens and wood stoves that channel the heat to conserve wood.

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As an avid life long camper, Bill Nolan, 75, had see a lot and developed as deep love for the outdoors and all aspects of camping. He currently writes and works at a website that sells Camping Stoves of every kind and seeks to provide one stop shopping for everyone and make us all happy campers. He. has your camping stove.

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