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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009

Gear School: Liquid Fuel Stoves

These workhorse cookers are ideal for long expeditions, cold weather, and foreign adventures.

by: Kristin Hostetter, Illustration by Don Foley

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air pressure does not drop with temperature but the gas pressure inside the tank drops since the liquid gas does not evaporate anymore or at least less.
Check your physics text book

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Sep 18, 2012

To the Toms: The Svea 123 is Old School, man, and for those of us with watches taped to our noses, it takes WAAAYYYY to long (6-8 minutes!) to boil a quart of water! That's like ETERNITY, especially when you're all in a hurry in the backcountry rat-race... And the fact that the design hasn't changed at all in decades just 'cause it's reliable proves how undesirable it is: Gotta keep up with the times and get rid of the old and go with the new and "improved." Besides, consumerism is what keeps us all employed.

ted Liversidge
Sep 18, 2012

I've had a whisperlite, I've used for a lot years of and as a member of a search and rescue team have used it under all kinds of conditions. When I spent a month on a walk about in NZ, I had no problem finding fuels that worked well (some did soot up my pot up a tad). One point, if you fly, your fuel bottle can not smell of fuel when opened. I always put a little cooking oil in the empty bottle and coat the inside. My bottles have aways passed inspection at airports. To clean, add a little fuel, shake and dump.

josh
Aug 28, 2012

i love my denali but to correct the article the denali does burn canister fuel too and i have never changed my jets i burn what is available and this stove has kept me safe from hypothermia on a trip before so not only do i enjoy the denali but i owe fingers and toes to it too

Laguna Hiker
Aug 28, 2012

I just took an MSR pocket rocket on a Sierras backpacking trip at camp altitudes of 10K to 13K feet. One canister was good for five nights and days for two people, and the stove performed well at altitude and cold. My water was boiling while my buddy was still priming his white-gas stove.

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Aug 28, 2012

The article mentions the multifuel stove having interchangeable jets for the different fuels. Don't know about the others, but my MSR international burns all its fuels through the same jet.

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Twice on separate visits over the last two weeks Ive seen someone pull a fire blanket on a flaring liquid fuel stove in Pelion hut. We dont spend a lot of time around the huts so im wondering how often this happens.
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Jan 16, 2012

Jet fuel? Where would you buy jet fuel?

Marmottwo
Jul 26, 2011

I've been using the MSR pocket rocket exclusively for probably 12-15 years ( right after they came out) I know all the short comings that people talk about but if one is careful those can be overcome. Yes it is wobbly, I've used it mostly for snow camping at around 8600'. If you keep the canister warm it puts out a good flame and by the time you've preheated your liquid fuel stove I'm having breakfast. The Rocket replaces my Wisperlite and a Coleman peak one, burned great but a little heavy. The other down side of the peak one was it's tendency to light the operator on fire on an alarmingly regular basis.

Still hang onto the wisperlite but always take one of my Pocket Rockets. Just wish the canisters were more environmentally friendly.

Eugene Groshong
Jul 26, 2011

The article didn't answer the question posed by the lead in: "Do I need a liquid fuel stove?"

Dondi
Feb 23, 2010

I've used a several brands of stoves and so far my fav is the Primus (Himalaya) Multi Fuel - it's an old but reliable design. It offers finesse and rock n roll flames for all types of cooking style and most of all at a non-premium price.

Jamesdon
Feb 17, 2010

In regards to a liquid fuel stove on an airline...
Get yourself an MSR WhisperLite internationale!!! Same as the normal WhisperLite but burns almost anything! Then, just find some Kerosene or Gasoline when you arrive at your destination. I've lived in Uganda for the last year and trek plenty! My MSR destroys all the other guy's canister stoves!!

http://cascadedesigns.com/MSR/Stoves/Expedition-Stoves/WhisperLite-Internationale/product

Tom Mc Kay
Feb 16, 2010

I have had a SVEA Stove and SIGG Cookset for at least 40 years now (It must be a Tom thing!) - It goes thru years of disuse but starts right up every time I need it. The priming cup is trickey business - so I always carry an eye dropper (same one I got in 1969) and never start or use the stove inside a tent (as careful as I am I usually manage to set something on fire during the starting process). I drewal over MSR Dragonflys and MSR Whisperlites and would love to find a cooking set like the SIGG made of high quality Stainless Steel. I would prefer to buy high quality goods made in USA.

Ron King
Nov 22, 2009

The MSR Dragonfly is the best stove available. It can simmer easily, which means that you can do more than just boil water. It's fuel efficient too. It will hold pots and pans without accidentally dumping them and that's especially helpful when using the stove on uneven surfaces. Highly recommended!

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