Monday 4 May 2015

Preparing for a backpacking stove test

A cool breeze, air temperature +5C, light drizzle - just right for a group test of backpacking stoves for the June issue of The Great Outdoors.


  1. Hi Chris,

    Interesting to see you test the new Optimus Polaris. Compared to the Nova it has a significant perfomance boost from 2850 to 4200 Watt according to Optimus website. I wonder what that will do to fuel efficiency.


  2. The little fire maple stove is excellent and a very stable backpacking stove. I also have used the Vango stove just in front of it in the photo and it too performs very well. The weight is a touch high but it’s good value for money.

  3. Wot - No Trangia? I know it's not the lightest stove in the world but, in my experience, it scores in so many ways:
    - Easy to pack and unpack, and compact to stow in the rucksack (bearing in mind it's a complete cooking system, not just a stove)
    - Very stable on uneven ground
    - Very resilient in the wind
    - Bomb-proof. Unlikely to get damaged.

    It may not be the fastest to the boil, but I'm rarely in a rush on the hill. I wouldn't be without mine!

    My two cents..

  4. Mark, I've reviewed the Trangia many times over the years and probably will do so again but not in this test, which is of new stoves apart from one model. Here's one of my Trangia reviews

  5. Now that the market is jam-packed with every kind of stoves, one could surprise what would best suit him/her and the way to create certain s/he chooses the proper stove. There area unit many transportable, compact, lightweight and simple to use stoves, that it’s not possible to not feel confused.

  6. Hi Chris,
    camping stove is very useful for backpacking. But that is not all that good backpacking stove. All of the bad backpacking stoves are also in trouble. This is important to know the backpacking stove test. It’s a very useful post. thanks for the efforts.