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Stoves and Cookwear for High Sierra Backpacking
What do you cook it in, what produces your fire, and why?
I always say that "everything will happen to you on the trail if you are on the trail long enough."
I've added another "happening" that was harrowing but informative. I frigging caught on fire. Let me set the scene.
See the High Sierra Stove Section for all aspects of Backpacking Stoves suitable for the wide range of conditions we will encounter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the course of a year..
The backpacking stove information and experience you post up informs us all.
Here's a couple of examples of very cheap homemade ultralight self-contained alcohol backpacking camp stove systems.
Below we have Aaron's excellent system seen in the Tuolumne Meadows Backpacker Camp during the Summer of 2009.
MSR XGK II (Pre Shaker Jet) White Gas Stove backpacker review
About 18 years as of 2014, and I bought it used.
MSR reactor stove system reviews
Winter Conditions 2010, five nights from Tahoe Basin to Round Top and back via Round and Showers Lake.
Fall 2011, four nighs (?) Carson Iceberg Backpacking Loop. Cold Temps!
MSR Reactor Stove on Round Top
JP's Experimental Backpacking Stove Manufacturing and Development Process
If you are curious about how things are made, you will be facinated by JP's fabrication of a multi fuel stove on his computer numerical control lathe.
We follow JP's development process as he cuts out a series of stoves to manipulate the performance characteristics of his stove.
To fabricate this stove, JP programmed the lathe's computer with a series of instructions that guide the cutting tool, set the RPM of the spindle, and control the lubricant flow.
There are many ways to make an aluminum can alcohol stove. Grousetales has a good design, well laid out on the video, and effective (I've seen similar designs work well in the field for years). Grousetales video walks you carefully through the whole construction process.
Check out the video, gather your tools, drink a few canned beverages, and then get to work.
Every year when I hit the long trails, I see a wide variety of stoves in use. From old school MSR all fuel devices, to the modern stoves that seal the heat source within a custom titanium pot.
From Jet Boils to Beer Can stoves, eveyone has a stove they love and a stove they hate. The stove that's right for you is a product of your preferences and applications.
In my case my old MSR white gas-any gas-stove became my #1 stove after one of those Blu-gaz stoves failed to work properly at 11,000 feet on a real cold night.