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What type of fires/stove can I use in Germany?

I am from Iran and in here, we are allowed to put up a tent and make fire almost everywhere, and it's up to us ourselves to take care of the jungle and leave nothing behind. I just recently moved to ...
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Coleman 2-burner Camp Chef stove leaks: Can't find suitable seal

A 15-year-old square o-ring has deteriorated to the point that it can't hold the seal, and propane leaks around it. I have exhausted myself searching for a suitable replacement. The seal in question ...
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Cooking: Is it possible to combine Primus Omnilite Ti Stove with Soto Stormbreaker Bottle?

Is it possible to use a Primus Omnilite Ti stove with a Soto Stormbreaker bottle? The Soto Bottle has several advantages over the Primus pendant (e.g. pressure indicator, power regulator, etc.) which ...
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What's the smallest (and simplest) practical DIY wood-burning back-/bike-packing stove?

I currently choose between an alcohol stove and a petrol stove depending on the trip, but I'm wondering about being able to burn wood for longer cooking. This would be to cook in a pan of about 12cm ...
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Which gas cartridges (fuel) can I use for Bluegaz Mobile Stove?

I have a Bluegaz Mobile Stove (product ID 470001) which I purchased in Sweden. The manufacturer's website doesn't list the right type of gas cartridge, however some other website seems to suggest it ...
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Will the foldable tent stove leak smoke during use?

Prepare for camping this winter. It is said that a folding tent stove is best when camping in winter, which can increase heat and hot food. But I heard that the folding tent stove will leak smoke, ...
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Primus Omnilite liquid fuel stove: can't prime with 0.25 jet

This is a verbatim copy of the email I've sent to Primus support (haven't heard from them yet), maybe someone here would be able to help?.. I’ve just bought an Omnilite TI but can’t understand how to ...
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Using "unusual" liquid fuels in a multi-fuel stove

I've got a Primus OmniLite Ti stove and am testing it with different fuels. Apart from having fun and experimenting, I'd like to understand how the stove behaves on such non-standard fuels. I'm not ...
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Could I have problems / obstacles with obtaining petrol / gasoline for a stove

I've been thinking for some time to buy a multifuel stove for use in cold and high-altitude camping as compressed gas might be unreliable, and, most importantly, difficult to obtain in remote location....
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How do you refill your alcohol stove while it's burning?

I'm collecting ideas on this topic. I'm using a DIY alcohol stove made of a soda can. I have seen a guy refilling the same stove using this, but he doesn't explain where he found it, or how he built ...
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What kind of material was used to make traditional stove jacks?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Modern-day stove jacks appear to be made of silicone fiberglass. However, it's my guess that silicone ...
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Why are stove jacks NOT normally made of metal?

A stove jack allows you to safely extend a stovepipe through the roof or wall of your tent. Our stove jacks are constructed of fire proof 17-ounce [0.48 kg] silicone-coated glass material (18" x ...
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What are the different names for and sources of alcohol for my stove?

What are the different names for camping stove alcohol and where can I get such a fuel? Note, this is not about white gas (aka "Coleman" fuel).
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Coleman Propane Stove not staying lit

I have an older coleman two burner camp stove, and I am having problems keeping it burning. It will generally light right up, but the flame seems low and it won't stay burning beyound a couple ...
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Is there a recommended type of can for building a penny stove?

Related to this question, I have had better luck with the smaller energy drink/V8 juice cans than standard 12 oz pop cans. The other question on the site mentions both beer and Redbull cans. Is there ...
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Is there a standard way of marking cooking alcohol containers?

The alcohol used for cooking is poisonous. Denatured alcohol, also called methylated spirit (methylated spirits in Australia and New Zealand) or denatured rectified spirit, is ethanol that has ...
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What can I add to alcohol to make the flame visible?

One of the downsides of an alcohol stove is that the alcohol is all but invisible when it burns, and so the danger is that you won't realize its going and burn yourself. I have heard that adding ...
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When building a penny stove how do you keep the cans from splitting?

Penny stoves are usually built from two soda cans and they look like this, Image source with some variations between the builder and so on. The basic idea is you have the bottoms of two soda cans ...
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How are canvas tents made to be fire retardant?

While reading through this question about adding a stove jack to a canvas tent originally lacking one, I wondered about the feasibility of making an existing canvas tent fire retardant. Is it simply a ...
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Do regular lighters not work at high altitude?

Here is what I would consider a regular Bic butane lighter. However I have noticed that you can buy High Altitude lighters such as this one. Is that just marketing or would a regular lighter not work ...
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What situations/locations would be ideal for using a solar stove while backpacking?

After answering this question, I am wondering when it would be useful to cook with a solar stove. It certainly wouldn't make sense in an area that is constantly overcast or when speed is of the ...
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Camping stove with plane allowed fuel

Is there a camping stove that works with fuel you are allowed to take on a plane? Often I fly somewhere without possibility to buy any fuel for my stove after landing. In those cases I take an Esbit ...
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Is it possible to buy gas cartridges on a Sunday in Reykjavik?

I'm visiting Iceland this august, will be arriving in Reykjavik. Since it's not possible to bring gas cartridges with me, I'll need to buy them there. I'll be arriving on a sunday. Is it possible to ...
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Which type of cooker to use above 6000m? [duplicate]

I'm an enthusiastic mountaineer and hiked up several 4000m - 6000m peaks till today. Now I'm faced to a problem I think many mountaineers are faced to: Which type of cooker do I use above the 6000m? ...
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How do you know how much isobutane is in a full canister (i.e., how much if fuel wht and not cannister)? [duplicate]

If a isobutane canister says 4 oz, does that mean it has 4oz of fuel or is that fuel+canister weight? And I assume that is 4oz of wheight, not volume, right?
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How many gallons of water can you boil with one isobutane cannister?

I'm trying to figure out how many cannisters of isobutane to bring on a 5 day family backpacking trip. I figure we'll boil about 1.5 gallons of water per day (use this as a unit of measurement: ...
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Can you boil water on top of Everest?

We recently had the question Can you get burned by boiling water on everest? and not to long ago the question Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't ...
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Is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove too good to be true?

I was looking for a loan on Kiva and found this loan in Lesotho (Africa) The product people are borrowing money for is the ACE 1 Ultra-Clean Biomass Cookstove which sounds fantastic. It is designed ...
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Why aren't there any electric stoves that can be used for cooking where you can't build a fire?

There are quite a few countries where you aren't allowed to make open fires in the great outdoors (I'm sure for at least Austria and Germany). I wondered why nobody has yet thought about electric ...
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What is the most efficient DIY alcohol stove for narrow pots?

I like to use a pot which is 8.9 cm wide (3.5 inches) - because anything bigger would be a waste of space and weight for my needs. It's identical to a Toaks 750ml titanium pot. Most of the stove ...
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Why do some prefer methane to cook food

It feels like methane is growing popularity to cook food while camping. I've only used the "classics" like methanol, propane and butane. Why would I prefer methane gas as my camp stove fuel?
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How would I identify between MSR Wisperlite and Wisperlite International stoves?

About three years ago, I picked up a used "MSR Wisperlite" for a great price. At the time, I was not aware of the difference between the classic and the International versions of the stove. Since ...
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The re-hydration time for deydrated foods

I've got a lot of backpacking trips lined up this summer, including one multi-week one. I'm considering picking up a dehydrator because: It probably would be more cost effective than buying freeze ...
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Road Trip food on the cheap

I'm planning my first road trip with a friend. We're going from UK through France, probably Germany or maybe Belgium to Denmark and over to Sweden, back down to central France and then back home. We'...
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Which camp fuel type is the easiest on your stove?

In reference to this question: Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles? What fuel type is the easiest on your stove as far as cleaning and maintenance are concerned? If you have a stove that can ...
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Avoiding leaks from stove and fuel bottles?

I used to use a liquid hydrocarbon-fuel stove for backpacking, but I hated it, one of the main reasons being that the stove and/or fuel bottle were always leaking and stinking up my car and pack. ...
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High Altitude Cooking - Most efficient fuel and stove type [duplicate]

We are planning a hike that will have us above the tree line for several days. I am interested in recommendations regarding stove and fuel types under the reduced oxygen constraints as well as weight....
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How much does a full/empty jetboil canister weigh?

I have a bunch of partially-full Jetboil canisters from various trips, and I'm trying to figure out approximately how much fuel is left in each of them. How much does a full canister weigh (fuel + ...
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Backpacking propane canister too tall and unstable

My propane/butane/isobutane canister with stove top attached is about 6" tall. When I put a cookware filled with liquid on top of it, the center of gravity seems very high and the whole system seems ...
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Carrying a portable stove

During a long expedition, how to safely pack, place and carry a portable gas filled stove? It looks something like this: http://www.climbing.com/gear/multifuel-stoves/
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How to use all the fuel in a bottle with a MSR Whisperlite Internationale?

I make heavy use of my MSR Whisperlite Internationale, the version from 2010 or so. Virtually always I use unleaded gasoline in the small 11 fl oz (325 mL) bottle. I carry a larger bottle for ...
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How can I test out my equipment before a backpacking trip?

I'm in the slow process of acquiring all of the gear I think I will need to do a week-long backpacking trip somewhere in the Midwest. Many of the more experienced backpackers I've spoken with or read ...
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Which fuel burns the cleanest? Can I use E85 for an MSR stove?

Does anyone have experience on which burns the cleanest, and would work best with the MSR? Kerosene Unleaded Gasoline / White Gas Alcohol ( isoprpyl, ethanol, methanol ) others? Naptha? I am ...
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How to get a top-mount cooking burner for 20 lb propane tank?

Currently, I use this cooking setup and it is pretty convenient when the travel space is tight: However, its BTU potential is understandably modest and I would sometimes like to cook a soup or beans ...
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What's a good back-up wood and alcohol stove?

I am looking for a back-up stove capable of burning wood and alcohol. Can you suggest one? I would like it to burn alcohol and wood (most important) be cheap be small be robust be light (least ...
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What material is the wick under the burner on a multi-fuel stove?

I've got an optimus nova stove and there is a round 'wick' under the burner that gets fuel on it when you start the stove. What is this material?
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Refillable camping stoves for use in the UK

When I was a kid and was still living in Poland, my parents used to have these few kilo rechargeable gas bottles and compatible stove, which we used during holidays. The nice thing about this was that ...
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Caveats of dual (propane, liquid) fuel stoves

My MSR Whisperlite has served me well for more than 10 years. It started leaking a few weeks ago, and I'm looking for a proper replacement. I've read some good reviews about dual fuel stoves (amazon....
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Fixing a Jetboil igniter

The electric igniter on my jetboil has been giving me trouble. It's not completely broken, but I'll only see a spark 5 or 10% of the time. This means I don't completely trust my stove, and have to ...
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How can you make a MSR WhisperLite stove simmer?

MSR WhisperLite backpacking stoves are ubiquitous, but they lack a key function: the ability to simmer easily. How can you set a WhisperLite to simmer without having to constantly watch the stove and ...
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