I have my ultimate hiking stove, but for some reason camping stoves are just not a good as they could be….
Simonl wrote:Hi Gnarly.
There is for me. Last year I bought one of these for hiking:
http://www.primus.eu/omnilite-ti-fuelbottle and have used it quite a few times. Runs on LPG, sheltie, petrol, diesel, kero, you name it! Has 3 different jets which can be field changed depending on the choosen fuel. Being partly made from titanium it's reasonably light. Comes with a 600ml fuel bottle and it's all I need for hiking when my wife and I venture out, oh and kayaking which is really just hiking on water.
When it comes to camping weight and space are less of an issue. Also I camp a lot with my family and so often cook larger group meals and so a bigger stove with 2 - 3 burners is better. I don't need a multifuel stove for car camping as a 1.25Kg gas bottle is easy to take. I'm also partial to a nice steak cooked on a cast iron hotplate too. Mind you I only cook on gas if it's either inconvenient to cook on open fire or the rules/regs don't allow open fires, as can be the case in many Nat. Parks or if it's a total fire ban.
So, my ideal camp stove will be bigger, be more inclined to take a bashing and be a bit heavier. Most likely be made of stainless steel so that I can use a scourer on it to clean and know it's never going to rust, have recessed knobs that won't break, melt or poke out and be made of a thick enough gauge of sheet so as not to bend when I pick it up. Oh, and have a removable tray that will be dishwasher proof so that when we get home I can really give a good clean.
In a desparate effort to find a decent stove I imported one from the states. It's entirely made of stainless steel. It looked good on paper but i was once again to be disappointed.
I am in the process of building a 1200mm sheet metal folder. Once I finish it, my first project will be to design and make my own decent camp stove. One that I can use to park my car on!
Now, that will be a camp stove!!!
Simonl wrote:Your about the second or third person to ask me that! No I haven't actually considered a weber Q mainly because they are bulky compared to a regular camp stove. I do recognise that they cook very well indeed but I also need an open burner for boiling water for pasta etc.
Maybe I do need to revisit such an idea. WRT adapters, I have a similar adapter that allows me to attach a coleman type LPG canister to my hiking stove. Not terribly suitable for hiking but last year we did a 3 week trip up to Fraser Is. and space was at a premium so I took the hiking stove and made up a small foldable stainless steel frame to hold a hot plate over the hiking stove. It all flat packed but still gave me the ability to cook some steak snags etc without the weight on the little hiking stove.
mick M wrote:I like the colman shelite stove, it looks like an old primus, i had one bolted on the back door of a cruser for a number of years it was beter than cariying gass
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