How To Choose a Stove for Winter Camping | Things To Consider

How To Choose a Stove for Winter Camping | Things To Consider


Hi I’m Eric Hanson and on this episode
of Backpacking TV I’m looking at one of the most important tools—if not the
single most important tool—for your winter camping arsenal… it’s bright! One of your most important tools for winter camping is actually going to be your
stove. A stove makes a big difference and it’s important for many levels. Basically,
it’s not just for your food like it is typically for your summer camping trips,
but it’s also your lifeline with water. so you’re often not going to the creek
and filtering water because everything is frozen, so you need to be using
something that’s a high-efficiency stove that is going to be able to melt your
water quickly and efficiently without burning through all your fuel. This is a
Reactor from MSR, it’s one of the best in terms of its efficiency. Basically what
it does is it minimizes your heat loss that you’re gonna get between the
stove and the canister itself. A big mistake that people make is just taking
their Pocket Rocket or whatever kind of small, lightweight stove that they use
for their lightweight adventures and taking that into the backcountry for
winter and realizing unfortunately that they’re just spending way too much time,
that they’re burning through their fuel in terms of just even boiling one pot of
water, so having something like a JetBoil or something like this high-efficiency butane canister is really a great way to go. One important
note that I do recommend is knowing that butane is actually less efficient than
liquid fuel when it comes to winter and the cold temperatures but it’s worth it
for just getting that heat transfer that goes straight into a pot or something
like that that goes right to your food right to your water and maintaining that
fuel and conserving it and yeah your stove is basically your lifeline when it
comes to winter camping so choose the right one!

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