One of the problems every 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 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).
- Part 1 of the series explained how we made these measurements, including a test rig developed especially for the task.
- Part 2 (this article) surveys a wide range of conventional Upright and Remote canister stoves for performance.
- Part 3 will survey Heat-Exchanger stoves and see if and when they offer a weight reduction.
- Part 4 will examine various aspects of stove efficiency, including pot diameter.
- Test Measurement Principles - Recap
- Interfering Effects
- Inverted vs Non-Inverted Feed
- The Stoves
- Test Results
- Uprights vs Remotes
- Stove efficiency vs Flame Diameter
- Stove Efficiency vs Power Output
- Burner Heads
- Comments on Individual Stoves
- Snow Peak GST-100 (Ti)
- Snow Peak GST-120
- MSR Pocket Rocket
- Optimus Crux (also Brunton Flex, Fire-Maple FMS-109)
- Primus Micron Ti 2.5
- SOTO OD-1R
- Brunton Raptor
- Vargo Jet-Ti
- MSR WindPro
- Kovea Moonwalker
- Primus Gravity II EF
- Optimus Stella +
- Brunton Vapor AF
- Snow Peak GS200D
- Kovea Expedition
- Coleman Fyrestorm Ti
- Coleman Xtreme
- Coleman F1 Ultralight
However, the reader should note that 'performance' is certainly not the only criterion to be considered in selecting a stove. Pot stability has a high ranking, as does the ability to simmer very low. Reliability - or fragility, is also important if you are doing anything more than weekend trips. The list goes on, but we are only concerned here about 'performance'.
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