- Nov 9, 2018 at 6:21 pm #3563347
John SBPL Member
I’ve been volunteering with a local Troop for 30 years. After cycling through MSR & Primus Liquid Fuel stoves; we now use Brunton Raptor isobutane canister stoves. (rebadged SOTO compact foldable stove https://sotooutdoors.com/product/od-1bs-compact-foldable-stove/ ) No argument that it’s not the lightest possible option. But hands down the easiest, safest, most versatile, durable and robust.
I’ve been using 4 or 5 these stoves with my Troop for backpacking for the last 15 + years. We paid $30 or so for them. Great deal for something that holds up for 15 years of Boy Scout use.
Mine is always in my cook-kit , ready to go. No problem fitting it inside the nested pots with the usual cook-kit pot lifter ‘n’ stuff. Simmering performance is very good. The ignitor is very handy, but it is the one weak link. If you drop the stove in a creek, the ignitor quits. You can still light it with a match, though.
If you want to show Scouts the art of the possible in light-weight, build the homemade alcohol stoves as a demonstration. They can make some cocoa or oatmeal. I think that’s great idea! For Scouts it’s a onetime use stove most likely.
If you need a tiny, bombproof, low-cost stove – that you can confidently cook a wide variety of backcountry meals on for years and years – in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with a canister stove.
Dec 6, 2018 at 6:22 am #3567749
- This reply was modified 1 month ago by John S.
Christopher VBPL Member
My opinion – just keep it simple. Use MSR Pocket Rocket for 3-season and MSR Windpro II for winter use. Windburner group cooking system is also good for larger groups (say 12 on a Sierra Nevada trek). No liquid fuel, period.
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