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1:51 a.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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I'm wondering if, given all other things equal for a backpacking trip in temperate wooded area, you'd take an alcohol stove, canister stove, multi-fuel stove, wood stove, something else, or none of the above?...And why?

1:32 p.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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As long as the temp will remain above 45 in the day time I take my Alcohol stove. Below 45 my canister stove. I realy love cooking with alcohol for some reason, maybe becouse it makes no noise.

2:15 p.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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I take a liquid fuel stove - I'm tempted by the weight savings, but deterred by issues of determining the amount of fuel remaining, canister disposal, issues in cool weather, etc.  The liquid fuel stove is a little less convenient, but it "just works" :).

8:06 p.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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Canister stove for mild weather, white gas for the cold trips.

Ed

10:59 p.m. on November 6, 2011 (EST)
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alcohol stoves, simple, easy to use, nothing to go wrong.  I used to love playing with white gas stove, but alcohol stoves ruined that for me.

12:24 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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Grill,

it is the lightest,

can put two pots on top of

12:26 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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Open Country Explorer 12 x 6 Grid  (0.797lbs)

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12:28 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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1:13 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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Soon to be the Whisperlite Uni. Flexibility not much more too add other than when its realeased in Jan my order will be in.

6:06 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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MSR Whisperlite.  I haven't got into stoves (so far).  One stove.  One option.  No thinking about it involved.  I like it.

9:40 a.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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pillowthread said:

I'm wondering if, given all other things equal for a backpacking trip in temperate wooded area, you'd take an alcohol stove, canister stove, multi-fuel stove, wood stove, something else, or none of the above?...And why?

 For shorter trips where I want to move fast and light I will probably take an alcohol stove & wood burning stove to save on weight.

For longer trips, or trips where I'm staying put for a few days I will probably take a canister or white gas stove for the heat output & control.

However I often find that as I stand there packing my gear those criteria don't always rule my choices, sometimes I just "feel like" using a particular stove for various reasons.

I may take a canister stove & an alcohol stove. This lets me brew coffee or tea on the alky stove while fixing breakfast on the canister stove IF I am doing something besides just boiling water.

I might just take my MSR Whisperlite 'cause I have plenty of white gas, and I would have to drive across town to get a fresh canister.

At the end of the day I pick an appropiate stove that will get the job done, but my decision is influenced by many things.

Mike G.

11:28 p.m. on November 7, 2011 (EST)
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I like cooking (steaks etc) over a campfire when I'm someplace where I can have a campfire.  But all but one of the places where I backpacked this summer had prohibitions on fires - and even if they hadn't, there wasn't really enough down wood to burn anyway.  e.g. most were at higher elevations in wilderness areas.  The one place where I could have had a fire, I didn't want to, because I wasn't camped near water.  So for the places I've been going backpacking in the Sierra, it's a stove or raw food :).  Campfires have been a "car camping" thing.

12:28 a.m. on November 8, 2011 (EST)
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same stove year-round for me, always white gas.  i freely admit that there are lighter weight, simpler options.  for me, it's a matter of familiarity and reliability more than anything else.  i have used the same stoves so often that setting them up and firing them up is second nature, even if it's dark, rainy, windy, etc.  they always light.  also, i usually hike with other people, so i like having a stove that can boil a lot of water quickly.

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