If you’re headed to your favorite mountains for an adventure, you’ll likely need a way to boil water, or perhaps even COOK food to keep you fueled and at your backcountry best. Picking a new backpacking stove can be a daunting task with as many opinions as there are models to choose from in the arena of backcountry burners.
Let’s demystify it just a bit.
For most stoves used in the backcountry, their primary function is to boil water. In spite of their almost singular function, there are several things to consider that might steer you one way or another.
- How many folks will you be cooking for?
- Will you boil water for prepared meals only, or will you require the stove to
simmer at low heats for more elaborate cooking sessions?
- Where will you travel, domestically or internationally? And what fuel will be available to you?
- Are you counting grams to keep your base pack weight down?