Most backpackers use a lightweight stove of some type for cooking food and heating beverages. Choosing the right stove can be confusing. By my count there are five stove alternatives: canister stoves, alcohol stoves, white gas stoves, fuel tab stoves, and wood stoves. Some backpackers choose a sixth alternative, no stove, for some or all of their trips. A seventh option, not discussed here, is cooking over a twig fire. Which type of stove (or no stove) is better? The answer is that there are advantages and disadvantages for each option.
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