Spring and summer are just around the corner and many of us will do some camping. This is a great time to try out some of the equipment that we have been accumulating. This last few summers I have been able to try a number of different backpacking stoves.
I have had the chance to try out quite a few different types of backpacking stoves and have narrowed it down to the styles that I like. Personally, I like ones that use available biomass for fuel. I have avoided the ones that use various camp fuels and butane or propane. In an emergency, it will be hard to get additional fuel.
After playing with quite a few different stoves over the past few years the stoves that I prefer are the SilverFire Scout Biomass Stove The SilverFire Scout Biomass Stove is very Efficient and the Solo Stove The Solo Stove. Of the two, I think that I prefer the SilverFire by a slight margin. However, the windscreen made by Solo is the best I have ever found. It can be purchased separate from the stove. Both of these stoves are very efficient and will get the job done.
The only backpacking stove that I would use other than one that burns biomass is one that uses alcohol for fuel. Two stoves that I have found to work well are the Esbit Alcohol Stove A Review of the Esbit Alcohol Stove and Cook Set and the Trangia Swedish The Trangia Alcohol Stove. Both of these are good stoves and will put out a lot of heat for the amount of fuel you need to carry. They burn denatured alcohol. This can be found in most auto part and hardware stores.
Recently I heard of a counterfeit Trangia that was manufactured in China fail by melting. If you decide to purchase one of these backpacking stoves make sure you get the real thing. A lot of the ones on Ebay are counterfeit.