The fresh air feels nice today. The birds sing with the anticipation sensation of the coming Spring. Life is good. You sit down on the log by your tent and fire up the stove. It is a good thing you brought the best one along with you or you would have sure been cooked. In this article, I help you learn How to Choose the Best Ultralight Backpacking Stove for You. It might seem daunting, but you should be able to choose the right one in no time flat.
Let’s get started.
What Kind of Backpacking Are You Doing?
There is a big difference between a three-day trip and a week-long excursion. You might be going with a lot of people or just by yourself. Each stove is meant for different conditions, circumstances, and numbers of people. Think of what you will encounter where you are going. Will it be chilly most of the time? Are you high up above the ground? How many people will you need to feed?
If you envision the scenery and the conditions beforehand, then you can make you decision much more easily. Not all backpacking stoves work the same. Some will work excellent in particular conditions, but completely bomb in others.
What are the most common type of conditions you will be heading into? That will be your most important consideration.
Important Factors to Consider Before Making Your Decision
If you are backpacking, there are going to be three important factors to consider. As you pick up a stove and judge it in your hands, you need to keep an eye out for these three factors.
Weight – Because Heavy Things Take a Toll on You.
When backpacking, weight is an essential consideration. Not all fuel weighs the same. Some fuels are heavier than others. If you are carrying a wood stove, then you can pick up all the fuel you need on the trail. If you are only backpacking for a few days or a couple of nights, weight does not matter as much, but it matters a lot more when you are backpacking for a week. Your fuel needs to last you a while in that instance.
Efficiency – You are Less Stressed When Your Stove Works.
If your stove uses less fuel to produce the same amount of heat in a shorter amount of time, then you save weight. You can carry less knowing your stove needs to operate on less fuel compared to a lower quality stove. This factor matters the most above. Everything else hinges on efficiency.
Functionality at High Elevation and Cold Temperatures.
If you are mountaineering, then you are going to need a different type of stove from someone backpacking through Yosemite. In the former case, you are high up above the ground and you need a stove that responds to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels. Some stoves can adjust better to those conditions than others can.