This episode of the Backpacking Light Podcast features highlights from our recent round of canister stove reviews.
Canister stoves are notoriously difficult to compare accurately. Variations in testing conditions and methodology make any head-to-head comparisons suspect at best, especially when using manufacturer generated data. That’s why we developed StoveBench and spent hundreds of hours applying the methodology to virtually every sub-four ounce upright canister stove on the market.
The result is a 15,000 word gear guide chock full of graphs, charts, raw data, and our purchase recommendations for a variety of needs. In this podcast Ryan and Andrew use both StoveBench and the Upright Canister Stove Gear Guide as a springboard for their conversation.
After that they spend some time laying the groundwork for stove comparisons: how they define the category, how they judge stove performance, and how they went about testing those performance considerations.
The last half of the pod is a convo covering a few of the stoves that stood out in the gear guide (good and bad!). As the episode unfolds, Ryan shares his thoughts on how design features affect performance, and Andrew gets into cost considerations. The guys wrap the episode with the champs: the two stoves that stood out in nearly every test. Spoiler alert: they aren’t the lightest.
- Intro to episode
- Recommend that listeners go check out the StoveBench Podcast and article
- What is an upright canister stove canister (how do we define the category)?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages to using an upright canister stove?
We put the stoves through their paces. Not all of them survived unscathed.
- Control Test
- High Volume Test
- Wind Test
- Cold Test
- Stress Test
- Stability Test
- Compatibility Test
- Noise Test
- Ignitor Test
All our stoves were special, but one one of them had to get the rose!
- Cost – %5
- Weight – 10%
- StoveBench Score – 50%
- Ignitor Durability – 5%
- Pot Stability – 10%
- Compactability – 10%
- Noise – 5%
- Simmering Grade – 5%
What stood out? We break it down for you (and discuss design considerations along the way). For an entirely comprehensive look at the upright canister stove market, check out the gear guide.
- The BRS-3000t
- The FMS-116T
- The Snow Peak LiteMax
- The Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0
- The Kovea Supalite Titanium
- The Kovea Titanium
- The PocketRocket 2
- The Soto Amicus
- The Soto Windmaster 4Flex
- The PocketRocket Deluxe
Feedback, Questions, Tips?
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- Ryan Jordan – Director and Host
- Andrew Marshall – Producer, Host, and Editor
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