Currently the GF and I use a MSR Pocket Pocket and some crappy stainless pans for overnight tramping, bike trips, car camping and all sorts.
The burner is compact sure, but has a too-concentrated flame, gives the pan a very high centre of gravity and the pans slide around on the burner. Not ideal!
Ideally I want something primarily [b]more compact[/b] but also overall lighter and more stable for overnight bike trips. Needs enough size to serve 2 people. Porridge, quick cook pasta, dehydrated Backcountry Meals.
I’ve seen an emergence of JetBoil type systems, which seem great for boiling water quickly and efficiently… but can I cook my morning porridge in one? Can it heat a pasta sauce without welding it to the bottom?
What about getting a small burner on a rope? They’re stable and nearly as neat as the Pocket Rocket but my overall package is still quite bulky.
I could improve my overall size with a better pan set – the old one has integrated pivoting handles, which are great.
Overall – a jetboil thing might be most compact for lightweight overnight but I’d have to be more selective about what we could eat on those trips?
What are your solutions? What might work for me?Posted 4 years agorwamartinMember
My son and I walk the local hills occasionally with a bit of wild camping – nothing too severe. We’ve tried the pocket rocket but have come to the conclusion that gas isn’t the way to go. Our preferred solution is a trangia burner, either with the mini trangia pot stand or a honeystove. The “pan” is a Zebra billy (I think 12cm).
The burner is controllable, I feel I can manage the fuel better than with gas, the honeystove folds flat or alternatively the burner/potstand can go inside the billy. The billy has enough capacity to cook for two.
More compact than your current setup? Don’t know. I honestly don’t think there is a perfect solution. All have their advantages and disadvantages and you either need different setups for different circumstances or pick the best compromise.
Rich.Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
very similar to the kovea spider is the thing I’ve always used in UK and Alps and buy the cannisters from Boyes/B&H/Wickes. Added a heat shield thing which holds together with a paperclip. The one I have completely dismantles which is useful for packing.Posted 4 years ago
Used Trangia for many years and couldn’t stand them, my heart always sinks when someone turns up with one, which thankfully is infrequently these days. still use the kettle tho.
I use an Optimus Crux – bought as a package with a “Weekend” pan set.
It folds away to sit in the concave base of a gas canister. The larger of the weekend pans has a heat exchanger type thing built in to make it a bit more efficient too.
I don’t seem to have any problems with stability, though I am using it solo.
Invest in making a pot cosy out of silver bubble wrap and duct tape. That will let you boil water into which you then dump your pasta (or whatever) bring back to the boil, remove from stove and sit in cosy for the requisite cooking time.
For the likes of porridge, make up your own portions with oats, powdered milk and a touch of salt all measured out into store-bought cook-in bags. Just add boiling water, stir and leave to cook. Saves on washing up and means you can have some water on the go for coffee etc while you wait on it cooking.Posted 4 years agopslingSubscriber
I’m a bit like B.A.Nana, have used Trangias and various others with various fuels but prefer my propane mix fuelled spider/hose type stove; low, stable, convenient. Convenient and easy to use seem to be my priorities; no cut down coke cans with holes in for me. Always use my Trangia kettle though!
Having said that, most of my lightweight camping has been for max. 3 or 4 nights and generally not in sub 5’C temperatures.Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
Having said that, most of my lightweight camping has been for max. 3 or 4 nights and generally not in sub 5’C temperatures.
I’ve never had an issue with winter, either turn the cannister upside down for direct feed or put the cannister on top of the pan lid to give it a boost of heat. I know that sounds a bit dangerous, but I’ve always done it and still have my own eye brows.Posted 4 years agopiemonsterMember
I’m a big fan of the Caldera Cone stove by Trail Designs if you already have a pot to fit (MSR Titan for me). So long as it’s just for boiling water.
Some prefer Jet Boils etc for faster boil times. But I’ve never found myself in that much of a hurry.
Set it off, and it’s boiled long before I’ve ever finished faffing around even when bivvying. You get an eye for using the right amount of fuel and compensating for temperature quickly enough too.Posted 4 years agobobloMember
In the olden days, you couldn’t get gas stoves with preheat tubes or Propane mix. They were a bit sluggish as temps dropped. These days, a Primus Express Spider (or equivalent) plus Propane mix and you’re good for cold weather
This is my little lot at the moment. I’ve added a Micro Rocket for 3season bike/back packing.Posted 4 years agoMounty_73Member
I love my Trangia, have it used it for many years but it has been retired to car camping as its too heavy/bulky…
I bought a Honeystove; http://www.backpackinglight.co.uk/bushcraft/RD103.html
I have removed some of the components to save weight, but I still get to use my Trangia burner, plus I have also tried burning wood/twigs etc on the stove.
I will be using it a lot more this year to see how it performs….Posted 4 years agoTiger6791Subscriber
Meths or Gas? (we’ll discount petrol, paraffin, diesel & wood for simplicity)
Easy to get hold of
Easy to use
Very light & efficient
Stinks if spilled
Slower to cook on
Not as controllable
Should be easy to get hold of
Fast to cook on
Can be heavier
Hard to tell how much you have
Empty canisters need to be carried
Doesn’t work as well when really cold
Trangia is big and heavy for the bike but they work well if your cooking for more than yourself and on multi day trips. Would be stable and work well for 2. They are big and heavy though.
If you want to go silly light and minimal then Stu at Bearbones makes some brilliant tiny meths stoves that weigh nothing and teamed up with Alpkits Titanium mugs can make a really versitile cook set but maybe better as a solo set up.
If you want stability I’m sure if you talk to Stu at Bearbones he’ll come up with something 😉
Most of them unless they are a cartridge stove are unstable I’ve lost my dinner too many times on the Pocket Rocket type stoves. You can get bigger feet for the cartridge however http://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/stoves-c12/stove-accessories-c132/gas-cartridge-foot-rest-p228
Pots & Pans
It’s really hard to look past Alpkits Titanium stuff. For 2 of you 2 x MyTiCups & 1 x MyTiPot and a couple of Snapwire Sporks to eat and stir with.
What do I use?
Snowpeak mini Solo Pans with a Caldera Cone Wind shield. Super stable, fast and efficient.Posted 4 years ago
800ml pot and a 330ml cup that sits on the outside leaving inside for burner meths, windshield, matches, snap wire, cleaning pad.mcmoonterMember
Have a look at the Primus Eta range of stuff. I’ve used their Express, Paclite and their EtaPower MF. All three have been used on multi month bike tours with no issues. They are very efficient on gas, they can boil a mug of water in under a minute. I’ve only had one issue with the push button ignition on the Paclite, Primus replaced the whole stove and pan set.Posted 4 years agoandytherocketeerSubscriber
Easy to find meths next to white spirit in the DIY/painting section. Mine usually comes from Asda, and one bottle lasts ages.
Use my Trangia all the time, but that’s cos it get transported by car, not bike. Would prefer something less bulky for bike packing, though.
Used it in US too, and found a tin of alcohol in Walmart. Would probably run off vodka too, or the contents of a hipflask in an absolute emergency.Posted 4 years ago
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