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The stove, whether gas, gasoline, multi-fuel or even wood, is an essential piece of equipment for all outdoor activities: camping, hiking, bivouacking, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, etc. Check out different types of stove!
Cook hot dishes and boil water with the stove in diverse conditions.
This stops you depending on shelters, eating cold food only or eating food found on trails.
These are our tips!
Firstly, it’s important to know what you need and what's available based on different criteria:
It all depends how you use your stove. We will see the differences later depending on different activities and usage.
The stove power is determined by two elements. First, the heating rate, this is the time required for water to boil, i.e. at a temperature of 100°. This can of course vary outdoors depending on the altitude, wind, temperature, etc. Second, the number of watts, this corresponds to the power of your stove. This data is the closest to reality. The higher the number, the more efficient it is and therefore the heating time will be faster. This data, usually between 1200 and 3000 watts, is a technical measure of the amount of heat released. It represents its power but it also influences its consumption emitted (g/hour).
The battery life of your stove is an important criteria. Its compatibility with cartridges, connection, fuel, all need to be taken into account depending on your battery life.
When it comes to accessories, there are several options that may or may not be useful for your activity.
A few examples: a built-in windbreaker or not, a smaller or bigger saucepan stand, a remote stove (the stove is not on the cartridge), a storage bag or a carry case, flame setting level, etc.
During your regular cleaning, the more the different parts can be separated or removed, the easier it is to wash them such as grills or hobs for example.
You will generally use your stove when you’re away from home. Therefore, it will be transported or carried. If you're travelling by car you won’t have the same restrictions as if you're leaving on foot with your backpack.
The size of your pots and the number of people to feed will affect your choice of what capacity you need. You should look at the litres of water to heat, the size of your saucepan and the number of burners.
The multi-fuel stove is often used by trekker or explorers on a big adventure and don't know what to expect on their tip. They can mix various fuel sources, anything that can possibly be burned : gas, oil, paraffin, petrol, etc.
The petrol stove has various names, it is a bit like the cousin of the multi-fuel stove. It can be found under the name of alcohol stove or liquid fuel. It is mainly used by experienced people because it is more expensive and more technical, but some models are also very easy to use. The gas stove is very versatile and offers good autonomy because it can be used with different combustible liquids.
As its name suggests, it runs on electricity and therefore requires a connection: The most popular model are hobs, whether electric or induction. They offer comfort to put pots or pans and do not have flames.
It is prohibited to transport gas cylinders by plane.
There are cartridge standards. Decathlon Forclaz cartridges (100 g, 230 g, 450 g) comply with standard EN417.
Be sure to check their compatibility with your stove during your purchase.
There are 3 volume types depending on what you need:
Butane is the most used amongst the different gases. It is recommended up to around 10°, it will be less efficient below that.
Can easily go down to 0°.
It’s the most used in the United States but isn’t available in Europe. If you are going to destinations with negative temperatures then it's highly recommended to take specific cartridges: "severe or extreme cold". They are supposed to be identifiable.
Have you heard of the optimized stoves?
The optimized stove is a combination, a complete set including the stove, an integrated wind screen and the cooking pot. It offers very good performance because it minimises heat loss. However, the cooking pot only works with the corresponding stove and vice versa. Moreover, they are often in formats designed primarily for heating water and rehydrating freeze-dried dishes. It will be more complicated to do great meals with this type of stove.
What is the best stove for camping?
If you go to a camp-site by car, motor home, van, you have the possibility of cooking with gas stoves. There are many models in varied sizes (with 1 or 2 burners) to adapt to all sizes of families and saucepans. They are perfect for preparing good dishes in your roaming kitchen.
You can also take a wood stove if you are camping for several days in the same place and you don’t have to carry it. Be careful, however, to follow the various regulations in force.
Another alternative, is to choose an electric stove, it requires a 220V connection but does not use flames and can therefore be used indoors (in a tent or awning for example).
Which stove for hiking, bivouacking or for trekking?
When you go hiking with your backpack and you have to carry your stove, it is recommended to choose compact and light stoves even though they are narrower and therefore less stable.
The most versatile and accessible stoves are still the different types of gas stove. It's the system with the most diversity. You can choose the size, power or stability depending on your needs.
Your activity or route is set, are you going trekking in the high mountains? Opt for small stoves or optimised stoves to get to the point and have the least possible weight.
If you are going on an adventure for several weeks and you do not know what to expect, then it is best to take a multi-fuel stove so that you are as independent as possible.
To fully enjoy your adventures and the meals you will make with your stove. Here are our practical tips that can help you in the great outdoors :
Don't hesitate to insulate your cartridge in your clothes or sweaters in order to keep the gas at an ambient temperature. The performance will then be better and the full power of your stove will be at its maximum capacity.
Have you forgotten your wind-shield ? Don't worry, you can dig around the stove or surround it with stones to protect it from the wind or different weather conditions.
And finally, remember your lighter or flint, so you always have a spark.