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Multi Burner Stoves.

Obviously, backpack or even the larger single burner type stoves are totally inadequate to serve the needs of a group of people whether camping, a weekend cabin stay, or disaster survival. Enter the multi burner stove category.

These stoves are portable and generally use either propane or liquid fuels.

Propane fuel is easy to use and store and burns very hot.

White gas or motor gasoline fuel stoves also burn hot but fuel storage can present greater challenge.

Alcohol type stoves lack the hot cooking temps but do have easy to handle and store fuel containers.

Propane vs Gasoline cooking.

General information on multi-fuel stove types and their use. ... id=1540789 ... toves.html ... ng-stoves/

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Two burner:

For most situations these compact stoves fill the need for not only the camping and vacation type needs but disaster situations as well when it comes to the small group of people.

Yes for fixed or long term larger group heavy use the cast type stoves will offer certain advantages.

Here are some excellent examples.


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The larger the group of people and or the more complicated the cooking tasks call for more than two burner type stoves.

Again, cast iron or heavier type stoves offer advantages for fixed locations and heavy use.

Lets look at three and four burner types.

Three Burner: ... stove.html ... toves.html ... -al-3.html ... 176&Cat=47

Four Burner: ... 176&Cat=47

· Cover your Six!!
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Nice Post! I too have been pondering on what kinda of stove is required in a 'Bug-out' situation. So this is what I have came up with.

Scenario 1: Bug-out! w/ no BOL! Only enough time to grab BOB and camping gear. WE already have back-pack dual fuel burner in one of the packs, a wood burning lightweight stove in one, and 'Sterno' type stoves in the other BOB's. We have BOB for each family member of four. In this situation we only have supplies for 72 hours. With a nice campfire, A Backpack stove is adequate. Hopefully we can return home once the "Big Freak-Out!" clears.

Scenario 2: Bug-out! w/ no BOL, but bring BOT! (Bug-Out Trailer) If time permits, I will hitch up my 13 x 7 ft. trailer, converted for camping. (looks rather plain as planned) It has all of my large camping gear as well as Campfire grill, LP gas grills and stoves, extra camping gear, generator, Solar Panels, microwave oven, food, water, gas, radio gear, ATV-4-wheeler, and all of my ammo and weapons. With all family members, BOB, and all of our preps. We can stay out in the wilderness and stay off the grid for at least one year. We would possibly be able to return home, but I doubt it.

Scenario 3: Bug-out! BOL, and bring BOT an all of our preps, providing we can get to BOL. (I do not have a BOL as of yet, but working on it!) If I had a secured BOL, it will already be stocked w/ ample cooking equipment, and supplies. We would possibly be able to return home, but I doubt it.

In short, it really depends on your situation and the time you put into preps. Hopefully your group has already taken the cooking situtaion under consideration. If you have a large group, if no gas stove is available, then a Mess tent w/ open fire cooking will work great!

I think that every survivalist out there has to have a game plane that is flexible. I would rather be able to stay home and Bug-In and cook on my regular stove!:thumb:

Just my 2 cents!

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IMHO one's survival plans and equipment should included not only several different types of equipment for at least the critical functions but back-ups for the back-ups.

· CabinBuilder/Author
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I bought one of those Coleman 2 burners. Man, that thing's awesome!
Got rid of the huge monster propane stove/oven that was in the kitchen of my retreat cabin. Built new shelves and placed the Coleman there. Really opened up the kitchen giving more storage space. Plus found the hole that i could never figure out where the mice were coming from. No more mice now.

Anyone used a Coleman long term? Wonder how long they last??

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Food My favorite subject

411 I use a backpacking stove for up to 5 people The trick is to get the dish almost cooked and take it off leave the lid on and put the next course on the stove My peak one expedition kit has lids that you can nest all the pots in that way one is cooking while the other is still hot. Works fine even for hungry backpackers. You will consume one course while the other(s) are cooking. I really don't know if propane stoves are a good idea because of lack of fuel and a propane cyl or tank is heavy. I would only need a siphon hose to get gas from a wrecked car. All my stoves run on auto fuel of some kind or another. I have an old coman 2 burner that runs on unleaded gas but only use it for car camping.


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Kifaru Late Season packed with my favorite goodies.
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Get a Smokey Joe grill, the little ones. Or buy JUST the grilling grid. Go to a hardware store and buy some metal rod. Bend that into foldable legs.

Keep these in your pack, or attach to the outside.

When it is time to cook, make a good sized fire, get a nice coal bed going, and set the grill up over the fire. it's fast, simple, reliable and light weight and never runs out of fuel so long as there is something to make a campfire with.

You can get smaller grill grids, and make these for every pack in your family, so everyone has one. For a family of 5, you are still lighter than a pack stove and fuel.

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Has anyone used the solar stove?
Yes. I have one that I made myself. They're cheap to make and work very, very well. You can cook anything in them.

Two cardboard boxes, one that can fit inside the other with a bit of space in between.
Tin foil
Insulation of some sort to put between the boxes. Newspaper works well.

I painted the outside of my box with black spray paint. The kind used on barbecue grills.

I use an old, very large picture frame for the lid. Picture removed (of course) and glass still in it.

I picked up an oven thermometer for $3 at the store.
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