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One of the problems a walker faces in choosing a stove is how to compare their performances. The claims by the manufacturers are notorious for spin, hype and, in a few cases, a bit worse. In this series of articles we will present solid scientific measurements of the performance of a wide range of canister stoves, principally in terms of heating efficiency (grams of gas required) and heating rates (aka boil times). The series will include a 'shootout' between most of the heat exchanger stoves currently on the market to see under what conditions, if any, they deliver a net reduction in weight.

Part 1 of the series (this article) will explain how we make these measurements, including a test rig developed especially for the task.
Part 2 will survey a good range of conventional canister stoves for performance, thereby setting a baseline.
Part 3 will survey heat exchanger stoves and see if and when they offer a weight reduction over the baseline.
Part 4 will examine the effect of pot diameter on stove efficiency.


  • Introduction
  • Stove Performance Criteria
    • Ease of use
    • Cost
    • Mechanical Stability
    • Burner Shape
    • Weight
    • Boil Time
    • Fuel Efficiency
  • Test Measurement Principles
    • Fuel measurement
    • Temperature Measurement Overview
    • Other factors
  • Appendix: the Test System - Technical Details
    • Temperature
    • Weight of Gas
    • Data Interfacing and Logging
    • Data Analysis
  • System Stability
    • Temperature
    • Weight
    • Summary of Accuracy

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