/ Stove recommendations.
I have no idea about them at all so please fire suggestions with any reasons at me!
Need to make sure you can get appropriate fuel at destination
for that period and liquid gas thats easy to procure, consider a soto muka.
expensive, but very good build quality, small and light.
good for planes as it burns so cleanly theres negligible build up of gunk. keeps you stuff clean too.
i pair mine with the pot from a reactor. heavy, but thermo efficient.
if supply is no issue then a jetboil sumo ticks a lot of boxes.
runs off meths,,, mate has one super light and simple
I swear by my MSR whisperlite international. Burns petrol- cheap and widely available. Heats up fast unlike meths and compaired to gas much better in bad weather, much cheaper to run and dosnt loose power as the cylinder gets emptied. About 500 g i think, there are a number of similar variations made by MSR and primus.
Jetboils are great if you just want hot water, but any complicated cooking is much harder.
I would go for steel or hard anodized pots over super light titanium or aluminum as they stand up better over time and are less likely to burn your dinner. You could also consider buying a cheap frying pan when you arrive and ditch it before you fly back.
The Soto stoves look good, trying to justify the cost! Maybe I need to actually be going on a trip where I'd use it first.
You will have to buy fuel when you are there, so why not make life easy and buy a gas stove when you get there. Decathalon or somewhere will have them. Petrol stoves are great if you are going somewhere remote or cold, but if you are going to France for the summer a gas stove would be easier and cheaper to buy, although gas is more expensive.
Msr dragonfly. 12 years on, still runs perfectly, rapid boil, easily controlled flame intensity, unleaded petrol widely available...!
I didn't realise that there was a Decathlon in Gap either, does anyone have an idea how much a stove might cost out there (compared to UK prices)?
100% agree with this. If you can get one with a "preheater" or "anti-flare" system it means you can get the most out of each cannister (turn them upside down when they are running low) and it makes it a lot safer (if the cannister is knocked over the stove doesn't flare up).
This one has that system (you can see the brass pipe next to the burner head):
but you can get cheaper versions that still have this feature.
Looks like you can get the crew on cannisters easily enough in Decathlon (they sell stoves that use them) but if you're worried you can get an adaptor that lets you use the blue piercable ones with a screw on stove.
Unless you're REALLY struggling for weight I'd probably get the stove in the UK rather than have to go with whatever Decathlon have in stock when you get there.
Does this look okay? http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/primus-gravity-ii-ef-pz-stove-97210017?_$ja=tsid:45886&gclid=CMyi...
Comes in at £55ish with student discount. Had a look at one earlier and it seems to have a good solid base and has decent features.
Has anyone used one before?
They are pretty good as gas stoves go. Not a bad price either.
Primus Omnifuel - runs on anything :-)
> Does this look okay? http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/primus-gravity-ii-ef-pz-stove-97210017?_$ja=tsid:45886&gclid=CMyi...
Looks perfect for what you want IMO.
I've used very similar stoves and the only thing I can possibly think of to look out for is using it on dry grass - it'll burn the grass under the burner but I've never had a real issue.
If you're going somewhere remote then a multifuel stove makes sense - but I never use mine in the UK / Europe any more - gas is so much cleaner and more convenient.
Next, to find some pans....
There are alternatives to be found on auction websites. Fire Maple, for instance, make a range of decent stoves (including manufacture for 'named brands'), and they're often to be found. Google the name for reviews; quite a few of these sort of stoves have been tried out by the stovies on OutdoorsMagic, including bulk buys for youth groups, etc. e.g.
Another OM discussion on cheap stoves
Whatever you get, make sure you get some good practice with it before hand as they can be a little fiddly until you understand them fully. If you're reliant on it in a big way then take a spare parts kit (seals, grease, jets etc).
If you're flying with it, make sure it is spotless and smell-less before you pack it away. The smell of petrol in a bottle is fairly good way of not getting your stove on the plane. I pack the stove spread around my bag, i.e. stove, pump, bottle, bottle lid all in different areas. Not hidden, just scattered. Apparently coke is good for washing out fuel bottles and stoves, but I've not tried it. You may want to clean the bottle and stove and wrap them in a sealed plastic bag, as if you've just bought it new from a shop. Just an idea, but I'm paranoid about having important bits of cookers confiscated!
MSR Whisperlite - easy to service and quick boil time but there is an art form to getting food to simmer....
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