Podcast Episode March 20, 2023

Episode 78 | Stove System Performance (Flame Power vs. Fuel Efficiency)



In this episode, we’re going to address stove system performance and specifically, flame power versus fuel efficiency.

In this Episode:

  • The Gear Swap turns 20 this year – Watch the Video!
  • The new Backcountry Tenkara Fishing Masterclass will be offered live on March 28 at 6-8 PM US MDT – enrollment opens on March 21 – sign up for the newsletter to get notified.
  • What’s the difference between stoves vs. stove systems vs. cook kits?
  • The fundamental characteristics of STOVE performance are NOT boil time and fuel consumption.
  • How are burn rate, energy density, and flame power related?
  • Why is high flame power so important?
  • Why is low burn rate important?
  • How StoveBench is used to evaluate stove performance.
  • Why a stress test will reveal more about a stove than a kitchen counter test.
  • Showdown: MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe vs. Soto Amicus.
  • Upright Canister Stove Reviews, StoveBench Tests, and Gear Guide

About the Backpacking Light Podcast


More Episodes

Feedback, Questions, Tips?


  • Backpacking Light - Executive Producer
  • Ryan Jordan - Director and Host
  • Chase Jordan - Producer
  • Look for Me in the Mountains - Music


  • This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast is supported and kept advertising-free by Backpacking Light membership fees. Please consider becoming a member which helps support projects like this podcast, in addition to a whole slew of other benefits!


You can contact us at [email protected], or follow us on social media -


  • Some links on this page may be “affiliate” links. If you click on one of these links and visit one of our affiliate partners (usually a retailer site), and subsequently place an order with that retailer, we receive a small commission. These commissions help us provide authors with honoraria, fund our editorial projects, podcasts, instructional webinars, and more, and we appreciate it a lot! Thank you for supporting Backpacking Light!
Free Handbook

Get ultralight backpacking skills, gear info, philosophy, news, and more.

Home Forums Episode 78 | Stove System Performance (Flame Power vs. Fuel Efficiency)

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • Author
  • #3776379
    Backpacking Light


    Locale: Rocky Mountains

    Companion forum thread to: Episode 78 | Stove System Performance (Flame Power vs. Fuel Efficiency)

    In this episode, we’re going to address stove system performance and specifically, flame power vs. fuel efficiency.

    Jon Fong / Flat Cat Gear
    BPL Member


    Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR

    In fair weather conditions, all stoves can perform pretty well: 6g-8g fuel consumption to boil 500 ml of tap water. You may have to dial in the burn rate (power output), but it can be done. As you stated, specifications are not very helpful in gauging if a stove will meet your needs. The real difference is when stove systems are stressed: wind, temperature, water volume. This is where you can determine if your stove is a fair-weather stove or robust.

    With respect to wind, some clues can be ascertained by the geometry of the stove in particular the burner head. In my experience, the Pocket Rocket Deluxe and the Soto WindMaster have been to 2 most wind robust canister topped stoves, with an edge given to the Soto WindMaster. Interestingly, the burner to pot distance on the WindMaster is less than the Pocket Rocket Deluxe (0.27” compared to 0.34”). The worst performing stove has been the BRS 3000t. The burner to pot distance is closer to double the gap of the Pocket Rocket Deluxe.  My 2 cents.

Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Join Our Community

Become a Backpacking Light Member

Forum Access

Unrestricted access to all forums, plus the ability to post and start new threads.

Premium Content

Unrestricted access to all 2,300+ articles, gear reviews, skills, stories, and more.

Community Posts

Post new content to the community including gear swaps, reviews, trip reports and more!

Online Education

Get unlimited access to all our online education (*Unlimited membership required).

Pack less. Be more. Become a member today!

Get Started