Burning To Buy A Stove Then Read This Stove Buying Guide



Gone are the days when you have to​ bring a​ very bulky and very dangerous stove when you go camping. The stoves of​ today are small, lightweight and very efficient, not to​ mention very safe. One of​ today’s portable stoves would probably be your best buddy when you go out camping.

Here are a​ few factors that you might want to​ look at​ when choosing your very own stove.

Price

Generally stove prices can range from $20 - $200, depending on the brand and fuel; however, you can probably find a​ good quality type at​ around $50 - $90, or​ maybe even cheaper if​ you’re a​ good bargain finder.

Efficiency

Efficiency is​ often measure in​ BTU or​ British thermal units; however, you’d be hard pressed to​ find someone who actually understands the terminology. Generally 25,000 – 30,000 BTU is​ a​ good range. Another measure of​ efficiency however, is​ boiling time. This is​ the measure of​ how long your stove can run on high with a​ full tank of​ gas. But watch out for this figure, your stove might boast a​ 1 hour running time, but on 32 ounces of​ fuel. 10 minutes of​ burning time with one ounce of​ fuel is​ a​ fair measure.

Performance

Performance is​ measured by the time it​ takes for the stove to​ boil a​ quart of​ water under ideal conditions (ideal fuel, new stove) both at​ 70 degrees Fahrenheit and at​ sea level. a​ good range would be 3-5 minutes. a​ good performance stove will ensure faster cooking especially if​ you’re on the go.

Fuel

Most stoves come in​ either solid, liquid or​ gaseous fuels, here is​ a​ profile of​ each.

Alcohol

Pro: Clean burning, stable and safe.
Con: Alcohol burns at​ a​ cool flame so it​ doesn’t pack much heat when burned, you’d be hard pressed to​ find stoves that burn with alcohol. in​ addition, alcohol burns with invisible flame, so there is​ a​ danger of​ a​ fire spreading.

Blended Fuel

It is​ a​ mix of​ butane propane and/or isobutane. You can buy it​ in​ disposable canisters and tanks.
Pro: if​ it​ is​ blended with isobutene, the fire is​ more efficient even if​ the pressure in​ the canister gets lower. Blended fuel is​ more dependable than simply butane or​ isobutene and safer than simple propane.

Con: it​ loses efficiency if​ used in​ temperatures below 30 degrees Fahrenheit and higher altitudes.

Butane
Butane is​ sold in​ disposable canisters and is​ pressurized when bought; this type of​ fuel is​ typically popular in​ Europe.

Pro: it​ is​ very efficient and provides a​ high temperature
Con: it​ cannot be used in​ cold surroundings, mainly temperatures below 5o degrees Fahrenheit and it​ doesn’t burn as​ hot as​ blended fuel

Gasoline

Gasoline is​ the liquid fuel that powers most cars, however stoves like this should only be used as​ a​ last resort and you should make sure that the fuel has an​ octane content that is​ below 86 and is​ unleaded.

Pro: Burns fast and very hot
Con: This fuel is​ very poisonous, even the fumes can be a​ bit nauseating, not to​ mention the soot being toxic. The soot may get into the food you are cooking so it’s best to​ keep the food covered at​ all times. it​ is​ also hard to​ keep gasoline going in​ extreme cold. There is​ also a​ need for an​ extra pump to​ increase the pressure because of​ its liquid form.

Isobutane

Isobutene ha a​ chemical structure close to​ butane, it​ is​ used for plane fuel. Isobutene comes in​ disposable canisters.

Pro: it​ burns more efficiently than butane and can be used in​ temperatures down to​ 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kerosene
Kerosene is​ probably the oldest type of​ fuel and is​ also used in​ jet fuel because of​ the heat it​ generates.

Pros: it​ is​ available anywhere and burns very hot in​ any condition.
Con: Like gasoline, the soot from kerosene is​ also very poisonous. it​ also burns with a​ lot of​ soot. Generally kerosene burners get clogged quickly because of​ the excess soot. And like gasoline, needs an​ extra pump because of​ its liquid form.

Propane
Propane is​ a​ highly combustible, clear gas that is​ used in​ most household stoves and barbecue grills. Propane comes in​ disposable canisters.

Pro: Propane burns with a​ very hot and steady flame. There is​ practically no soot with a​ propane flame. in​ addition to​ that it​ has good cold weather performance.
Con: Not very good for very trepid and high altitude locations.

White Fuel

Pro: This fuel is​ very inexpensive and can be bought by the gallon at​ almost any supermart. it​ burns in​ almost any weather condition and unlike others can withstand low temperatures and high altitudes.
Con: The fuel is​ a​ liquid and will therefore need a​ pump to​ keep the pressure steady.

Wood

Pro: Wood is​ as​ old fashioned as​ you can get, but if​ you have an​ excellent source like for example the twigs on the forest floor, a​ wood stove would be a​ good idea.
Con: a​ wood stove would be hard to​ use during rainy season because wet wood is​ hard to​ heat up.





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