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Old 05-20-2017, 10:38 AM
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For various reasons, a planned backpacking trip has been put off until mid June. Fire restrictions go into place Tuesday. I normally cook over a campfire, but that's right out -- and so are solid fuel (twigburner) and alcohol stoves. Petroleum products -- propane and white gas -- are allowed.

I have an ancient white gas stove from the 1980s and somewhere around here, there's a propane stove that's seen a few thousand miles of trail use (not all by me) and is nearly as old.

I don't really trust either of them (and I seem to remember the o rings on that white gas stove leak), and since I don't fancy live crawdads or cold backpacker glop for dinner, does anyone have a suggestion for a stove? Note that I'm often hiking over 7000 feet of altitude. I also I frequently bring a quart sized pot of water to boil, so it needs to be capable of safely supporting the pot.
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The good old MSR wisperlite has always been good to me. Next to no maitence and its light. Yes theres newer and more fancy stoves out there but lets face it a stove is a controlled leak of gas with a pot stand and thats about all it takes to work.
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+1 for the MSR.
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I've been doing no fire camping for years and my MSR has always been enough.
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Another vote for MSR.
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And another vote for the MSR. They're all good, but I'm partial to the Whisperlite.
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Another vote here for the MSR Whisperlight! If you want a multifuel version go for the Whisperlight International!
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I have an ancient white gas stove from the 1980s and somewhere around here, there's a propane stove that's seen a few thousand miles of trail use (not all by me) and is nearly as old.
Does that ancient white gas stove happen to be Svea 123R.?
In case you don't know what is Svea 123R, it self pressurized petroleum fuel stove, and after priming it has the sound of turbine engine (I really like that stove)

If you doesn't need to adhere to light & noise discipline during your excursion then you could always use that Svea 123R which is extremely reliable stove as long you don't intend to use it at high-altitude.

Other than that there are multiple options ranging from the cheapest alcohol stove (pepsi can), or those alcohol stove that came with their own cookset (Trangia, Esbit). On the high end of the spectrum if you comfortable with extra weight and operational complexity of the stove then you could always go with multifuel stove such as Polaris Optifuel (this particular stove could take literally any petroleum based fuel including diesel safely)
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I like the trangia stove set up http://trangia.se/en/camping-stoves-series-25/

i then carry a fuel bottle w yellow bottle HEET....

the other option is this coleman dual fuel stove: https://www.coleman.com/sportster-ii...000003654.html

the coleman has never failed me.......
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Can't go wrong with a whisper lite(multi fuel) or pocket rocket (Butane). If you are primarily using just add boiling water type foods check out the Jet Boil series of stoves. I have used all three in all conditions including winter with great results. For butane 20-30 seconds at a time of a lighter under the canister works wonders in cold weather.
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The MSR Whistperlite or MSR Pocket Rocket are a great option. If hiking for 7 days or less, the Pocket Rocket (http://amzn.to/2iISZmc) may save you a little weight and priming frustration since it uses the isobutane canisters.
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Another MSR vote, except different model. I really enjoy my MSR Micro Rocket. It is so cool how small they pack down. They put some thought into their products. The piezo electric igniter that fits in the poly storage tube is a very handy addition.

Glad to see someone mentioned the Svea stoves. Was just thinking about those as I perused the thread headlines. I have always wanted one of those, but have yet to pull the trigger. Have handled them in the outdoor stores and they definitely win with the "cool factor".......and wow, what a successful history behind them!
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The Svea 123 or 123-R are tops in my book. Get one with a cap that goes with the manual small pump and you have a winning combination. Try it a few times before you go backpacking because the 123 series needs to tested at home to understand how to best use it in the field.

Alternately the Optimus 8R or Optimus 99 (smaller) are great little stoves. Essentially they're square Svea 123's and you can also get a cap and and a manual pump for them. I have several of each that are decades old and they're very dependable.
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The Svea 123 or 123-R are tops in my book. Get one with a cap that goes with the manual small pump and you have a winning combination. Try it a few times before you go backpacking because the 123 series needs to tested at home to understand how to best use it in the field.
I believe OP unknowingly already have Svea 123R since he did state "ancient white gas stove from 1980's"
Although I believe stove like Svea 123R might be too hazardous for younger generation to use
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Old 05-21-2017, 11:42 AM
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Jetboil. Light & quick if you have your meals squared away.
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msr whisperlite works fine. To go lighter make a DIY soda can alcohol stove. Easy to do:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB1CB1CYhFU
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I too have a SVEA 123. Haven't used it in years. I did rebuild it about a year ago though just to have as trusty backup. I mostly use the JetBoils now--quick and easy.
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I think the biggest issue is weight and how long will you be out? A coleman 400/peak1 series stove is little and powerful. An isobutane stove works well and is lighter. If you want a multi fuel stove an msr international or a coleman 550b are good.
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I like the trangia stove set up http://trangia.se/en/camping-stoves-series-25/

i then carry a fuel bottle w yellow bottle HEET....

the other option is this coleman dual fuel stove: https://www.coleman.com/sportster-ii...000003654.html

the coleman has never failed me.......
Those can't be used during fire bans. That's the whole point of the OP .

During fire bans, the only things which are allowed, are the things you can instantly shut off.
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Probably to heavy at 3lbs but I have used this type stove for 20 years and its been great. Never had to do a rebuild. Its made by Optimus any of their stoves would be a good choice.



I did paint mine as it was pretty banged up when I got it. Worked fine but the body was shot.
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