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Picking the Perfect Camping Stove

Often our experiences in the outdoors hinge on our level of preparedness, most importantly having the proper stove and tools for successful meals. At the end of a long day hiking, running, driving, or climbing, nothing beats a satisfying meal surrounded by good company (be that people, or the beautiful solitude of the Great Outdoors). There are a lot of factors that play into what type of "kitchen" you'll take with you on various excursions. Let's dive into some alfresco cooking options, including a few we sell at Laramie's Basecamp. 

 The Trusty Mule: Also known as a Coleman Double Burner stove. This cooking system allows you to get very creative with your outdoor cooking skills. It feeds many people efficiently, has side flaps to block the wind, and it can be set up easily in the trunk of a car or on a camping table. The propane canisters required can be easily obtained at fishing and hunting stores, outdoor gear shops, and even gas stations and the attachment hose makes it easy to use a larger propane tank if desired. During the summer when many campgrounds face bans on open fires, the double burner camp stove is a great option. Simultaneously, you can boil water for coffee while roasting s'mores or cook eggs separately, to varying degrees of sunnyside up-ness, for the picky eaters at your site. 

 The "Flash" Boiler: Known for producing the fastest boil in the backcountry, Jetboil cooking systems are compact, lightweight, and perfect for three-season backpacking trips. The "Flash" cooking kits (which we currently have in stock at Basecamp) advertise a "100 second boil"...that means hot beverages ASAP after a wet summer hike. The main body of the Jetboil stove neatly fits the 100 gram fuel canister, stand, and the burner inside, making short backpacking trips easy-peasy. Jetboil sells larger stove options on their website for your group needs, while the Flash system works perfectly for one to two people. Recycling the canisters can be a problem, but bring your old ones down to Laramie's Basecamp and we'll recycle them for you....or purchase a "crunch it" tool and learn how you can dispose of them safely on your own.  

 The City Slicker: For those who want a "campground" experience while being able to charge their electronics, this Biolite Camp Stove is for you! Once you pack the column with sticks and twigs you quickly have an almost smoke-free fire. 1 liter of water boils in about 4.5 minutes and you can find lanterns, solar powered panels, and other fun accessories on their website here. The CampStove 2 Bundle has attachments to grill, boil, and cook meals and offers up 3W of power to charge your devices. The system packs down very compactly and you burn biomass that you find around you. Pro- no hassle with fuel canisters or propane tanks. Con-you search out your own fuel after your long hike and if you live in a wet climate, good luck. 

  The Four-Season World Traveler: If you are planning long backpacking trips, traveling across international boarders, or keep finding yourself outdoors in colder regions of the world, this is your stove system. Looking first at fuel weight it would seem that isobutane canisters are lighter in a pack but you have to take into consideration how many you'll need for longer trips and the weight of empty canisters taking up space once they're used. Liquid fuel stoves cost about $1.50 per hour of run-time, whereas a canister stove costs you about $6 per hour and the environmental impact of a refillable container vs. a recyclable one is pretty obvious. In cold temperatures, especially below zero, you will be happily satisfied with a liquid fuel stove as they perform more reliably. And finally, if you plan to travel to remote places, liquid fuel is more easily attainable than gas canisters especially for the MSR WhisperLite International. Come on down to Laramie's Basecamp and check out our new MSR products as you prepare yourself for the 2019 hiking and camping season! 

Stove Breakdown

If you plan to camp out of your car or set up a basecamp for a few days go with the Coleman Double Burner. 

Short backpacking trips requiring lightweight, compact, equipment where you will eat freeze dried meals out of a pouch...Jetboil all the way. 

Long trips in the backcountry with temperature variation, you'll do well to have a liquid fuel stove. Also when traveling globally and focusing on the long-term economical and environmental factors. 

Backpacking trips or campsite camping that necessitate some lights or a phone charged will benefit from the Biolite Camp stove system.