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Choosing the Best Ultralight Backpacking Stove

Keeping a backpack lightweight while traveling is important since carrying a heavy backpack is no fun. Thankfully, in the last few years, many backpacking stoves have become much lighter. An  ultalight backpacking stove can make any backpacking trip better, as it takes less time to cook food. The major problem is that there are so many lightweight backpacking stoves on the market. This makes it difficult to pick the right one for your backpacking trip. Here are some critical factors to consider when you are looking at buying a ultralight backpacking stove.

Which type of ultralight backpacking stove?

The first thing that you need to consider is what type of backpacking stove that you need. There are canister, liquid fuel, solid fuel, wood, and alcohol stoves. Each type has pros and cons and work well in different environments.

Canister stoves are the best option for most backpackers. They are both light and compact, work fast and are easy to use. Solid fuel stoves are another great option since they are also light and simple to use; however, the major problem with them is that they only burn for about 20 minutes. Wood stoves are like a campfire and are very popular with lightweight backpackers. The fuel is easy to find since it is just dry branches and it is easier to control than a campfire.

Alcohol stoves were the dominant choice in the past, as they were cheap and easy to get. In the last few years, they have become less common to find. Alcohol stoves also have issues in the cold and have slow cooking times. Liquid fuel is the best option, especially if you are looking for cooking or boiling for a long time; however, they are bulky and heavy to carry.

The next thing you need to consider is how much you are willing to spend on both the ultralight backpacking stove and the fuel it uses. Backpacking stoves have a wide range of prices. If you are backpacking a lot, spending more up front could save you money in the long run.

Weights also vary greatly from stove to stove. Ultralight backpacking stove can be as little as under an ounce, to over two pounds. The amount of weight that you are willing to use up by a backpacking stove is going to affect your choice.

Stability is another important feature since no one like to waste food. If you are looking at using a large pot, make sure that the stove has a wide base. If you are planning to use a smaller stove, make sure to be careful when cooking with larger pans.

What you will be using the ultralight backpacking stove for is another question that needs to be answered. The reason for this is that most stoves are designed to boil water quickly, and not for cooking. Simple meals like soup, rice, noodles, and ramen are great for backpacking stoves that are meant for boiling. Simmer controls are needed for more complex trail meals. Some canister stoves and liquid gas stoves have this feature.

Picking a backpacking stove takes a lot of thought about what you are going to be using it for, and how much room and weight you have available for it in your backpack. The amount of backpacking stoves is increasing every year, and the market is very competitive.

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