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gotwins
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04/16/2021 05:37PM  
I love camping stoves. I have a ton. Not as many as Butthead, but more than my wife thinks any man should have.
Current roster:
MSR Whisperlite
MSR Dragonfly (I have 2 with burner caps to quiet them down)
Beer can stove from antigravity gear
Trangia stove and cookset
Coleman 533 Sportster
Coleman 2 burner suitcase stove circa 1978
Coleman 3 burner suticase stove circa late 1950's
Coleman 2 burner suitcase stove circa late 1950's
Coleman 2 burner propane stove circa 2005
Primus Yellowstone canister stove with piezo ignighter that sometimes still works, circa 2002
El Cheapo Amazon Chinese canister stove with remote tank and piezo igniter that died afer one use

If I could only have one, I'm not sure what I'd choose. I'm curious to think what people would choose if you had to only have one. I'll make the conditions that it's for BWCA use, rather than backpacking, for example where you're trying to save every ounce you can. If I could only have one, it would probably be the MSR Dragonfly. Good temp control, will burn pretty much any fuel, it's loud, but the dragon tamer helps! Plus they are easy to repair in the field.

Curious to see what others like. I'd love to take the coleman 3 burner up, but I'd have to hide it my buddie's duluth pack ;)
 
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PVnRT
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04/16/2021 06:19PM  
My Coleman Peak 1 served admirably for 30 years! until sent to Davey Jones locker. Not sure my current go to, the Jet Boil Mini Mo will last that long. Invested in a Primus 2 years ago and has proven to be a bit finicky. So, the Peak ! has my vote.
 
gotwins
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04/16/2021 06:24PM  
Ideal Gas Law, you just reminded me that I forgot to list my Jet Boil!
 
04/16/2021 07:06PM  
JetBoil Sol . . . or similar.
 
SevenofNine
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04/16/2021 07:37PM  
Whisperlite universal or Primus Omnifuel. I’ve had my Primus for years and am quite happy but the MSR has additional features.
 
Argo
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04/16/2021 07:40PM  
I met a family in Quetico last summer that drove up from Toronto. They intended to buy their fuel canisters somewhere along their 17 hour drive. They started to panic as they couldn't find cannisters anywhere such was the scarcity of camping supplies last summer.

It made me think that my Primus Omnifuel stove had a great feature in that it will burn almost any available fuel including gasoline and diesel. It's not quiet though. But it's rugged.
 
lindylair
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04/16/2021 08:39PM  
Primus Classic Trail Stove. Not the lightest or most compact but sturdy, dependable, effective and efficient. Wider flame pattern to eliminate hotspots. No Piezo lighter, this is a no frills stove that just works. Bulletproof.


Currently not available on Amazon, not sure why but hopefully available somewhere. 4.7 stars on 429 reviews, read some for support to what I am saying. It's a great stove, the only one I would own if I could only have one...heck the only one i do own because it's all I need.

Primus Classic Trail Stove

Oh, did I mention the price? Typically available for 20 bucks.
 
04/16/2021 08:55PM  
Nice thing is having a choice. But if limited same as you gotwins, a Dragonfly.

Although out of all my stoves the hottest burning, fastest snow melting, quickest water boiling, best cold weather stove I have is a modified Whisperlite 600 universal, only stove I have melted 3/16ths aluminum plate over

butthead
 
04/16/2021 09:00PM  
MSR Whisperlite international if I had to pick.

But simmerlite and dragonfly aren't far behind
 
04/16/2021 10:08PM  
My Vargo ( Pocket rocket Type) Titanium is all I need. Been serving me well for many years.
 
gotwins
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04/16/2021 10:17PM  
butthead: "Nice thing is having a choice. But if limited same as you gotwins, a Dragonfly.

Although out of all my stoves the hottest burning, fastest snow melting, quickest water boiling, best cold weather stove I have is a modified Whisperlite 600 universal, only stove I have melted 3/16ths aluminum plate over


butthead"


Do tell us more about this stove! I’m curious!
 
gotwins
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04/16/2021 10:19PM  
lindylair: "Primus Classic Trail Stove. Not the lightest or most compact but sturdy, dependable, effective and efficient. Wider flame pattern to eliminate hotspots. No Piezo lighter, this is a no frills stove that just works. Bulletproof.



Currently not available on Amazon, not sure why but hopefully available somewhere. 4.7 stars on 429 reviews, read some for support to what I am saying. It's a great stove, the only one I would own if I could only have one...heck the only one i do own because it's all I need.


Primus Classic Trail Stove


Oh, did I mention the price? Typically available for 20 bucks. "


These are good looking stoves. When I bought my Prius Yellowstone techno trail, it was between it and your stove. I’ve always admired the Classic. Simple design with a nice spread on the flame.
 
billconner
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04/17/2021 05:59AM  
Dragonfly for me. With dragon tamer.
 
HappyHuskies
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04/17/2021 06:34AM  
My preferred stove for the last 10 years or so has been a Caldera Cone Fissure Ti-Tri sized for the 640ml Evernew pot.
 
TipsyPaddler
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04/17/2021 07:08AM  
Blatz: "My Vargo ( Pocket rocket Type) Titanium is all I need. Been serving me well for many years."

+1 (specifically a MSR Pocket Rocket II) all the stove I need for my cooking needs.

I used an MSR Dragonfly for two seasons but when I stopped running the BWCA equivalent of a food truck it was way more stove than I needed.
 
04/17/2021 07:36AM  
"Do tell us more about this stove! I’m curious!"

The MSR Whisperlite 600 International, a large fuel feed tube with an extra thick heating section and interchangeable jets for kerosene or naphtha. I removed the shaker needle weight assembly installed a slightly enlarged G jet and an extra waffle burner plate for more flame.
I use a 5.5 inch 3/16ths thick aluminum plate as a diffuser/hot plate, used to boil water the pot and plate could be removed from the burner to the fire grate would keep boiling for 5+ minutes. After he mods tried some baking at home and melted one of the al disks, turned it into a kinda butterfly looking thing where the al slagged over the pot supports.

9 minutes in length of my 600 assembling priming and running.

butthead

 
gotwins
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04/17/2021 09:06AM  
Is the 600 different than a regular MSR international? Nice mod. That thing looks really hot!
 
Banksiana
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04/17/2021 09:30AM  
Dragonfly, hands down. Boils fast, simmers well, robust, reasonably efficient. Mine doesn't seem that loud.
 
04/17/2021 10:08AM  
Old version from 70's.

butthead
 
gotwins
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04/17/2021 10:45AM  
Nice flame control in that stove, too, butthead. Looks like you could even simmer.
 
Banksiana
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04/17/2021 12:57PM  
You can simmer with a Whisperlite but there is significant lag between valve adjustment and flame response- it is cumbersome if most of your cuisine requires simmering.

If I just had to boil water I would choose my recent vintage Whisperlite International over the Dragonfly. Quieter, a bit quicker and more efficient.
 
gotwins
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04/17/2021 01:02PM  
Banksiana: "You can simmer with a Whisperlite but there is significant lag between valve adjustment and flame response- it is cumbersome if most of your cuisine requires simmering.


If I just had to boil water I would choose my recent vintage Whisperlite International over the Dragonfly. Quieter, a bit quicker and more efficient."


Agreed, Banksiana. I've been able to achieve it, but it's tricky. I wonder if the newer pump that butthead has helps. Mine is the old gray one with a dial instead of the wing thing.
 
04/17/2021 04:25PM  
Another help with Whisperlite simmer/flame control is removing the shaker jet.

butthead
 
gotwins
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04/17/2021 04:50PM  
butthead: "Another help with Whisperlite simmer/flame control is removing the shaker jet.


butthead"


Mine’s a pre shakerjet whisperlite, so just the regular jet. Another tip is to not pump up the tank too much.

I met Will Steiger at a party last year and asked him why he liked the whisperlite over the Dragonfly. He said, well, the whisperlite is a lot more quiet :). We also discussed that he is mainly melting snow and boiling water so simmering wasn’t important to him on the Arctic expeditions.

My style of BWCA camping is more like gourmet cooking, lots of fresh foods, not really dehydrated so I like the simmer. Butthead, you had a photo of your food for a one week trip that all fit in a bear canister. What is on your typical one week menu? Mostly backpacking food? I was curious and impressed when I saw that post.
 
Oldtown13
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04/17/2021 08:19PM  
I'm no expert on all the stoves, but the Whisperlite International would have to be my pick if truly on one option.
 
Oldtown13
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04/17/2021 08:19PM  
I'm no expert on all the stoves, but the Whisperlite International would have to be my pick if truly only one option.
 
04/17/2021 09:10PM  
I pack food like stocking a pantry. Single ingredients dried/freeze-dried. Starches carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, noodles. Veggies and fruits dried. Milk products most all powdered, sour cream, cheddar cheese, whole milk, buttermilk. Dried meats beef, poultry, pork, fish. Mix with water sauces, spices, drinks, candy. Bisquick mix. I can bake breads, and full meals from beef Stroganoff to andouille sausage/shrimp gumbo with dumplings.

butthead
 
blackdawg9
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04/18/2021 08:32AM  
i have a few stoves, some i adore and some i just dont appreciate.

if i could only have 1 type of stove, it would be a wet gas stove.
my nomination, for the must have is the old svea 123 slant valve stove. from there. if it had to be a seperate bottle stove. it would be a optimus polaris or msr xpg. i like the jet bell burners.

i have 2 sveas 123. slant valve and current production
msr whisperlite. i dont love it. i think it drinks to much and the pot stand stinks and dont like teh msr pumps. they need to be metal.
coleman 442 feather weight
$6 iso burner
trangia. it is a novelty.

i may be looking for a better quality iso burner, i just dont love them.
 
04/18/2021 10:15AM  
Dragonfly.
 
gotwins
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04/18/2021 04:52PM  
butthead: "I pack food like stocking a pantry. Single ingredients dried/freeze-dried. Starches carbohydrates like potatoes, rice, noodles. Veggies and fruits dried. Milk products most all powdered, sour cream, cheddar cheese, whole milk, buttermilk. Dried meats beef, poultry, pork, fish. Mix with water sauces, spices, drinks, candy. Bisquick mix. I can bake breads, and full meals from beef Stroganoff to andouille sausage/shrimp gumbo with dumplings.


butthead"


One of these trips I'll try the super lightweight style like this. I did it in my backpacking days when I lived out in California in the early 2000's hiking around the Sierra Nevada. Maybe for my someday trip to Angleworm that I dream of trying someday. I'd still probably sneak in a first night ribeye :)
 
04/19/2021 09:06AM  
"it would be a optimus polaris or msr xpg. i like the jet bell burners."

That's a XGK and the Dragonfly uses the same jet, plate, and bell.
Far as the MSR pumps, the newer versions are Composite nylon filled and as strong/stronger than the Primus which still has plastic internal parts. You may be over priming the Whisperlite as both mine use the same amount of fuel on average as my Nova and all the other liquid fuel stoves I have.

butthead
 
gymcoachdon
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04/19/2021 02:11PM  
WindPro II, because it IS the only stove I have.
 
Lawnchair107
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04/19/2021 03:37PM  
Another Dragonfly vote here.
 
CRL
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04/19/2021 03:56PM  
Silky Tsurgi, a sharp Hudson Bay axe, and dead black spruce 4" dia.
OR leather gloves and dead and down jackpine or spruce with loads of 1/2"- 1.5" branches
 
OCDave
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04/19/2021 04:34PM  
I also have several stoves but, if limited to just one it would certainly be the MSR Whisperlite Universal.

It is not the first stove I grab for most trips but, it is too versitile to not be the first choice if I can own just one. I burn white gas in the winter, canister fuel when temps are more accomodating. I could burn korosene or gasoline post apocolypse.
 
tarnkt
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04/19/2021 07:31PM  
lindylair: "Primus Classic Trail Stove. Not the lightest or most compact but sturdy, dependable, effective and efficient. Wider flame pattern to eliminate hotspots. No Piezo lighter, this is a no frills stove that just works. Bulletproof.



Currently not available on Amazon, not sure why but hopefully available somewhere. 4.7 stars on 429 reviews, read some for support to what I am saying. It's a great stove, the only one I would own if I could only have one...heck the only one i do own because it's all I need.


Primus Classic Trail Stove


Oh, did I mention the price? Typically available for 20 bucks. "


This was always my vote too. When I tried to buy another last summer I couldn’t find one anywhere and I think it might have been discontinued. This GSI copycat is just as good:

GSI Stove
 
04/19/2021 07:59PM  
If it had to be just one stove, this would be it! Cooks a great breakfast and keeps the coffee warm at the same time.
Hands down, my favorite stove.

 
chessie
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04/19/2021 08:16PM  
Trangia. Simple. Quiet. Burns denatured alcohol.
 
mgraber
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04/19/2021 09:04PM  
MSR Windpro 2, it is the best I've found in the canister category that I prefer, and I've tried a lot of them.
 
04/20/2021 03:36PM  
Whisperlite international but I've been eyeing up a stick stove for a trial run this summer.

(Note: I think I need to go to the Butthead school of tinkering :) That stove mod setup is impressive.)
 
mr.barley
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04/21/2021 04:20PM  
I'm a dragonfly guy. I have a dragon tamer on mine which really quiets it down.
 
Voyager
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04/21/2021 07:41PM  
I just received a new stove today from Amazon for about $16.00. It's amazingly tiny and only weighs .9 oz. with the pouch. It makes my Pocket Rocket look monstrous. I'm strictly a" boil the water for a pouch dinner cook." It's called a Hawk Zing.
 
HistoryDoc
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04/21/2021 08:20PM  
Have several stoves, and use the Jet Boil and MSR Expedition a lot. For car campng, it is the 1980's vintage Coleman 2-burner. For pure nostalgia and in keeping with my thrifty Scotch heritage, my Optimus 8R purchased for $15.00 at the Maine Mall Woolworths in 1974 is my sentimental favorite. Still works fine and with Coleman fuel, eliminates the issue of empty canisters.
 
Savage Voyageur
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04/21/2021 09:16PM  
Dragonfly stove. That thing burns about 5 different fuels. Only problem is noise.
 
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