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post #1 of 21 Old 02-12-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Camp stoves?

I have a never used Jetboil if i can find it but...

What is the best propane camp stove for motorcycle camping? Size? Efficient? Accessories? Etc?

I need to buy one by the 2/18.

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-13-2010, 12:34 AM
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I use a whisperlite international stove when I backpack and I think that it would be great for the bike trips. It is easy on fuel (and I think can burn three types), compact and rock solid reliable. If you use the heat shields as recommended, it heats quickly. Never fails to light. Glad to loan you my stuff (stove, cookware, etc.) if you don't come up with anything better. I have lots of gear that you are welcome to use.

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We bought the Wal Mart el cheapo, because we will only use a few times a year. Worked great. We camped with a guy who had the jet boil, it certainly is faster. He also paid 4 or five times what ours cost. I understand the Jetboil will work above 11k ft where Im told ours will not. Ours heated a pot of coffee very quickly, and water for washing up. We usually only camp from the bike while traveling and plan on eating out, but coffee is a must.

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Jetboil is great if you have space and weight constraints. If you use an ordinary stovetop coffee percolator, a single burner using common disposible propane canisters is your best way. Fuel is relatively inexpensive and available most anywhere. I grew up using coleman camp stoves and always liked the single burner Coleman. I still have it around here somewhere. Not the smallest and never a problem with fuel.
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Jetboils are awesome. The benefit of a jetboil is you have everything you need in one small package that works perfectly together. The fuel can is stored perfectly inside the cup. With any other basic stove, you still need a cup and you are right back to the size of a Jetboil anyway. The Jetboil cup locks on to it's own base burner, unlike other stoves where the cup just balances on top. It's a nice unit, works extremely well and fast. No complaints from me. You can get pots and pans for it also.
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Tim,

I have two stoves. MSR Whisperlight for cold weather and extended use (2 or more weeks) but for quick applications (coffee or water for dehydrated meals) I have a snow Peak Giga Power.

The Snow Peak stows in about the same space as a salt shaker. Really small and the fuel canisters are available in two sizes, one very small and a larger base camp size which is also pretty small. REI for either; when traveling on a KLR or bicycle size matters. When camping in Alaska dependability matters. These two have proven themselves in the worst weather conditions I could have imagined.

If you look at the Snow Peak take it from the box and you will marvel at the size. They are however vulnerable to extreme cold because the fuel contracts with the cold. Also, make sure to pony up the extra 9.99 for the wind screen it boosts efficiency by about 1/3 over no screen.

The MSR I have been using since 1982 or 83, I keep a parts kit but they are indestructible. A tank of white gas lasts for weeks unless you wast fuel.

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I still use a Svea 123. I must be a Luddite, I guess. Or a Druid. The pagan ritual of getting the thing lit off is somehow rewarding.

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They are a classic Tom, stick with it!
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I still use a Svea 123. I must be a Luddite, I guess. Or a Druid. The pagan ritual of getting the thing lit off is somehow rewarding.

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Lighting your stove on fire....to light your stove I love my SVEA 123

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Lighting your stove on fire....to light your stove I love my SVEA 123
Heh, yeah. Jim Morrison's stove...c'mon baby...

Sure beats my experience with WhisperLite,though. I still get teased about the time I started kicking sand on the dang thing to try and put it out. Plastic fuel pump bits, something gave way, spurt, spurt, flame, flame, panic, panic. That was the last time it went anywhere. Good stove, I'm told, but it only takes one bad experience with campground napalm to put me off.

They made a good copy of a Sigg bottle, though. I recently went to REI to get a couple more, but found that they had some kind of goofy safety cap on them. I asked the granola runt with the REI badge where the regular bottles were. He kinda huffed up and told me "Well, after all, their middle name is 'Safety'." I gave him a short rant and then bought an Optimus bottle, even if it was neon green.

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