Backpacking Stove?

Which stove should I get for a month long back packing trip.

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06/05/2012 at 00:38
Hey all,

Im going backpacking for a month across Europe, so im trying to keep my pack weight down aswell as cost as funds are low at the minute. What would you recommend for cooking? Im looking at a trangia set at the minute, or a cheaper copy as they are quite expensive, this is mainly due to the ease of getting the meths and Ive used one a number of times but its been borrowed.

Any advice would be great, also links to good deals if you have any!

Thanks!

Badger!
06/05/2012 at 00:50

I've never used a Trangia, but my "go to" stoves are all meths fuelled, and i'd trust them over any other type/fuel, so the Trangia may well be the best choice for you if you don't mind -

The relatively slow boil/cooking times.

The bulk.

The weight.

Gas does seem to overtake the weight savings over meths after around 6/7 days, but if gas carts aren't available.....?

Also, maybe a multi fuel stove would be the best all round option. ?


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06/05/2012 at 01:01
Which stoves do you use? Are they heavier/lighter than a trangia? Do they have pots, etc with? I just dont want to be in the middle of Europe and struggle to find the right kind of gas canister. Were as meths can be bought easily, anywhere!

Any advice is welcomed!
06/05/2012 at 01:08

I use home made meths burners with Caldera cone clones, not off the shelf kit, and i gave up on gas 2 years ago now as meths suits the one/ two day trips i mostly do, but in your position i'd go for a multi fuel stove probably, main reason being petrol and diesel are available everywhere, and i'd more than likely forget the French term for "meths".

Each have their merits, it's where and how you'll be using it that counts.


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06/05/2012 at 03:46
A multi-fuel stove for backpacking round Europe? FFS, he'll just be eating frites and baguettes on the rare occasions he's not breeding a new super-strain of chlamydia with his fellow backpackers.

If you feel you really need a stove, just get a little alcohol job that doesn't need a bulky support, a big metal mug and a spoon. You'll be fine.

http://fuel.papo-art.com/
http://www.mark-ju.net/juliette/meths.htm
06/05/2012 at 07:24
Have you considered something like the Honey Stove? This would let you burn meths, hexamine and twigs. The new Ti version is quite pricey but you'd be saving on fuel costs wherever twigs were available, not to mention saving fuel weight too... Some esbit tabs as backup and wood is a great way for longer trips...
06/05/2012 at 09:08
Montgomery Wick wrote (see)
 he'll just be eating frites and baguettes on the rare occasions he's not breeding a new super-strain of chlamydia with his fellow backpackers.

 Aussie Rules (gap-year) backpacking then?

06/05/2012 at 10:14
Super strain of chlamydia? Your idea of this trip sounds like alot more fun than mine! To be fair, I would eat like a king if I ha the money to facilitate, but this is going to be a very low budget affair! Pasta/rice with beans for a month! Maybe the occasional bit of bacon as a treat!
I'll have a look into the Honey stove, but as I said, the money situation is very low!
Anyone tried one of the "Swedish army surplus" trangias'? They seem to be very cheap wondering what the quality is like?
06/05/2012 at 10:44
Quality is solid & heavy.  Can be used on open fire as well.  Popular, but not universally,  with many bushcrafters. They take a different burner to the Trangia (they are not Trangia's)  & need a slightly bigger seal in the burner cap.  If you get one & the seals perished give me a shout as I stock them.
Edited: 06/05/2012 at 11:00
06/05/2012 at 10:53
Stainless steel Honey Stove version is much cheaper than Ti version and still reasonably lightweight at about 360g or so.
06/05/2012 at 14:45
Genaa wrote (see)
This would let you burn meths, hexamine and twigs.

Include a little history in your walks. Pecsaetan - Ancient Derbyshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire - http://pecsaetan.weebly.com/

06/05/2012 at 19:41

Mini Trangia every time for me. Not that expensive (about £22 on Amazon). Not too bulky in rucksack. Meths available anywhere. Just write down the foreign names on a bit of paper. No worries carrying a drop of fuel in hold luggage as far as I know.

Maybe someone can confirm or clarify the last bit.

07/05/2012 at 08:53

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Home-made SBS - Every time! Meths is available throughout Europe, but rather annoyingly, you have to know what its 'local' name is from country to country. It's no use doing a 'Google Translate' search for 'meths' or 'methylated spirit', because that won't call up the 'local' name, which will usually be something quite different. In France, for example, it is 'alcool a bruler'... literally 'alcohol for burning'. In Denmark it is 'husholdnings sprit'... meaning 'household spirit'.
Edited: 07/05/2012 at 08:54
07/05/2012 at 09:27
Clas Ohlson have a stove/pan combo that is similar to a Trangia set but lighter and cheaper.
07/05/2012 at 17:37

I like Paddies solution for a meths burner. But it does'nt seem possible to burn wood with it. However it retains and distributes the heat likely very nice.

For a month trip and not wanting constantly to hunt for fuel a combo of woodburner and meths burner will suit you fine. Indeed something like a Caldera cone, Bushcooker or whatever as long as the woodburner supports pans and also can contain a meths cup (a trangia or whatever brand of cup).

Edited: 07/05/2012 at 17:38
07/05/2012 at 20:10

Have a look at this site. Meths info for about 25 to 30 countries.

http://www.trangiastove.co.uk/trangia-fuel-names.php

Also lots of other useful stuff.

08/05/2012 at 14:29
Paddy's stove is a titanium version of my SqueezeBox Stove.

http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/forum/forummessages/mps/dt/4/UTN/28610/
08/05/2012 at 15:05
Aha so your the brain of that thingy. Nicely done captain!
08/05/2012 at 16:58
Don't get mini trangia. There are clones out there for £10 and 30 g lighter too. Plus you'll need a windshield as it's support isn't adequate in wind ime. you can probably pick up a Caldera cone for £40 but need the matching pan. A better system but out of your price range I suppose.
I'd end up with gas and just make sure I have a stock. Not ameths fan myself.
11/05/2012 at 09:34

I just went for a Trangia 27 - 2 UL, bigger than I was hoping for, but at least I'll have comfort cooking each night. And I got it at a bargin price, just happened to catch one on ebay. Waiting for it too arrive, then test it out at the weekend. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Im thinking I may try out a few when the money situation is better, the Honey Stove has some fantastic reviews, as for making my own, yesterday Imade a can burner and its own wind sheild, good fun, made a brew on it.

Thanks again all.

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