Originally Posted by porkchop401
Fellas , I am trying to figure out what stove to have in the pack when the truck parks and the hiking begins. I am planning on being by my self so carrying every thing in on my back , though I will probably be only about a mile and a half it is exstremely steep and all up hill. I wanted to hunt these areas this past season but was only able to hunt at the lower elevations and listen to bugles up there due to the needing to leave at 2:30am to make it up there buy daylight . Elevation is in the neighborhood of 11K and am not sure what will work best for mtn house meals (16/oz of boilling water) and need to be able to carry enough fuel for 4-5 days . Alcohol, butane ,hard fuel ect. your thoughts please.
Any of your typical stoves should work fine. Most of the cannister stoves take cannisters that are a isobutane/propane mix that should work fairly well especially if you warm them up with you in your sleeping bag before use in cold weather. How cold are you talking?
Good reading with some good cold weather info on cannisters part way down:
One quote from above article: "Altitude offsets the effect of cold temperatures. The lower atmospheric pressure (with higher altitude) makes it easier for the liquid fuel to vaporize in the canister and supply the burner with gas."
White gas stoves will work as well, but are typically heavier.
Right now my 'go to' ultralight stove/pot system is:
Stove:MSRŪ MicroRocket Ultralight and Compact Canister Stove
This stove has its own igniter, but always bring a lighter just the same.
Pot: MSRŪ Titan™ Kettle - Ultralight titanium with pot, mug, or bowl versatility
Then use an MSR 4oz. isobutane/propane cannister. The cannister and stove easily fit inside the quite small Titan Teakettle for a very compact, very lightweight cooking system at under 1 lb. If I just boil 2 cups of water a day for one dehy meal, a cannister will typically last about a week or more.
The MSR Reactor or the JetBoil will boil water faster, but they are much bulkier and heavier systems and I've had little problems (wind--make a windscreen out of available materials if need be) with this system.
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