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Stoves AGAIN.... :-)

I almost chose the stove.

but now I saw a "new" one that cost the same. It's the Optimus Hiker Multi-Fuel stove. It's contained in a protective steel case.
it burns the same was the omni fuel except gas.

so what to chose? the light Primus Himalaya Omnifuel stove or the Optimus Hiker Multi-Fuel stove?

Any comments? Please…. :-)


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Hi. Iv used the Hiker in the army.. its heavy and not always the easiest to fire up. Its mulifuel, but works best on parafin (?)
Check out the optimus Nova. Its about the same prise, lite, easy to use and repair, and work perfectly on unlead gasoline.
Iv had a Nova for about 3 years and think its great!
The only dovnside I found is that its really noisy..

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Bernardo, please correct your email - it bounces, no such domain.

Click on "profile" above to correct.

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grant:

I already changed the email... thanks

Yngve:

thanks for your opinion.

I just bought the primus omni fuel. It’s a very good stove and it will burn even diesel. I was afraid it didn't start well with diesel but no problems.... even with strong wind.

We will see how it will work in the next expedition.


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Hi, I have an MSR stove, first bought it about 10 years ago and it works well on whatever fuel I have in the bikes tank, leaded,unleaded whatever octane, it carries on working even in strong winds the only draw back is that it can't be used too near the tent for fear of a fire. It is very rugged and easy to clean. Regards Chris
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And then there's the Coleman Peak - runs on petrol - no problem. Not sure about leaded though - but so far I've been lucky, I've had mine years - totally reliable.

Cheap, reliable and simple.

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Most stoves can be used whit both lead and unlead gazoline, buth, lead gazoline gives more dangerous fumes than unlead..
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so which one?
Reading web sites and posts till I see double I still am not suer which stove to use.
The Nova and msr XGK seem to have the least critical comments but the whisperlite and dragonfly came after and should be better so what's it to be?
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hi

I’m using the primus omni fuel.

Normally I use benzine. I already test it with 0º and with lots of wind. always ok and very powerful. Much more powerful then all the others that I've seen.

Also test with gas, diesel, petrol, etc... with diesel it work much better them I was expecting...but leave a black mark on the pan!! :-)


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I'm pleased to tell all of you you can stop looking for the perfect stove.
I think I may have found it.
It burns hotter than gas or petrol or deisel.
It is fueled by material easily found in most places, especially in the middle of nowhere.
It is quiet and believe it or not quite fun to use.

What's it fueled by?
Wood.
How does it work?
A small battery powered fan blows beneath the receptacle where you got the fire going.

Oh, it's also pretty cheap.

The Sierra Zip Stove.
http://www.zzstove.com/
I also found another stove that works on a similar concept the Markill Wilderness Stove (even better because it has a varialb reostat and a jack to connect it to a solar panel to recharge the battery.

I heartily recommend this stove. It works like a little forge. Hot as heck.

I've used a load of different other stoves, the Optimus NOva being the last one. Great stove, noisy, get's clogged but easily clearable. But nothing comes close to the convenience of wood.

check it out.

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Follow on from Scotts wood stove idea.
Here is a link to more info on the wood burning stoves and info on how to make your own. I havn't got around to making one myself yet so cant comment on them. I like the idea.
http://hikinghq.net/sgt_stove/sgt_stove1.html
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Hi,

@Andy, what a great link! I'll give it a try whith the one or other idea.

Currently I'm using either a Trangia with methelated spirits or an older Whisperlite with my bike fuel.

I like the Trangia best. Works perfectly, doesn't get clogged, needs very little fuel - but alas, no bike fuel.
So, when on a trip to more remote countries I prefer the Whisperlite. Very compact, but gets clogged often. Maybe the new models are better where the jet is cleaned by shaking the stove.

Next I'll try the cat stove ;-)

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I have also a Siera Zip Stove.
It works great and has a high fun-factor.
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".... the Coleman Peak - runs on petrol . ....... I've had mine years - totally reliable."

My experience exactly - I've only ever used Afro leaded and it s never clogged. take it out, give it a pump, turn it on,. its lit.

I like the idea of using natural fuels and combustable waste (I'm a big v-kettle fan) but let's face it, on a bike you will always have petrol - though I've ridden to places where there is no wood (or dry wood) for miles.
Zip stove sounds interesting though.

(I've found Nova and MSR-type 'red bottle' stoves clogging unreliable).

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My favorite stove is by far the Trangia. The one problem is that it is hard to find methanol in more remote places.
But we (my girlfriend and I) can go for about 10 days on little less than a liter. And that is hot breakfast and hot dinner in wintercamping conditions (wintertrekking in mountains). So we can manage most of the time long enough before we get resuplied.

On my last trip (to the Polarcircle) I bought a whole new Trangia in Sweden. Including a gasdispenser to be used in the Trangia set up. Payed close to half of what I would have paid for the whole set in Belgium!
I was hoping that the gas option would make it easier to find cookingfuel on longer trips planned in the future.
Auch, a major miscalculation. You can find gas almost anywhere... But seems that there are so many different sort of connections between the gascan and the burner that it becomes hard to find the correct one.

Now I am wondering. Is there anybody who has an overview over all these different connections.

For ex in Marocco this would be very very handy. I know there is one specific type of gascan you can find almost anywhere. But what type of connector do you need?
Same goes for Spain, France, Scandinavia,...


Would really be interesting to get an online overview pieced together. And then next to it the pieces you need to connect it to for ex. the Trangia gas burner.
I can imagin there are other folks who have for ex. a gas stove in there 4x4 build in who would be interested in this stuff.

My only problem is that I have no idea how you descripe these pieces (kind of thread, measurements,...) so that any shopowner can sell you the correct stuff.

Who can help out.

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