Camping Stoves - Types of Camping Stoves
You may be having that burning desire to buy that dream Camping Stove of yours, but before doing that, you should first be aware of the different types that are available in the market. In this section, we will be discussing those types as well as the pros and cons of each type. By doing so, you would be able to decide which type you think is best for your camping needs.
Below is a list of the different Types of Camping Stoves divided according to the fuel that they use:
Solid Fuel Stoves
This type of stove uses fuel like alcohol gel or 'hex' blocks. The advantages of using solid fuel are that they are cheap to run, very safe and easy to use, simple and reliable, nearly zero maintenance and the fuel cannot spill or leak. However, solid fuel is inefficient, burns quite slowly, and is not widely available. In addition to that, you have almost no control over the heat output.
This type of stove is cheap, but should only be used in emergencies or for very few occasions.
Unpressurized Liquid Stoves
Methanol is usually used in this type of stove. Like solid fuel stoves, an unpressurized liquid stove requires very little maintenance and is easy to use. Aside from that, it is convenient to use since the stove and the pan are already combined. On the other hand, it has its drawbacks. It is slow, inefficient, the fuel can leak easily and the fuel is difficult to buy overseas.
But for those who want a simple, relatively safe and low-maintenance stove, this is a popular choice among youth groups, schools, and scout groups.
Pressurized Liquid Stoves
Typical pressurized fuel liquids are Coleman fuel, unleaded petrol, and paraffin. This type of stove is fast, efficient and cheap to run. The fuel is relatively widely available (although this depends on the model of the stove). But this is a high-maintenance stove since it requires priming (the method of lighting the fuel or another substance to warm the liquid fuel so it vaporizes and ignites) and regular cleaning. In addition to that, the fuel is dirty, smelly, and it can leak and flare up while you are cooking.
This is a good choice for those who want a powerful stove with widely available fuel that is cheaper to run than gas, and who don't mind the extra maintenance and hassle. This is likewise ideal for campers undertaking longer expeditions.
These stoves use gas fuel. They are very efficient, very easy to use, easy to clean, and very convenient. But they are relatively expensive to run and the fuel canisters are only available in developed countries.
This type of stove is a good choice for those who go on shorter trips and where weight is an important factor.
In this section, we have covered the different Types of Camping Stoves categorized according to the fuel that they use. Having read about this topic, we hope that much of your burning questions about the different Types of Stoves have been answered. But owning and using Camping Stoves also entails some knowledge in using it safely. Therefore, it would be a good idea to proceed to our Camping Stoves - Safety Tips and Usage section.