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camp stove/fuel in Africa...?

hey all....wondering which is the best camp stove/fuel combo to use in Africa? Can you buy butane canisters everywhere? is white gas the best to use?

thanks for any input....and always keep yer knees in the breeze!
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Please define "best".

Best .. in what way? Cheapest (to buy, to run, both ???). Lightest (dry, with fuel for xx BTUs ???). For cooking for how many ? Over what length of time?

White gas ? Best in what way ? Certainly good for heat per unit weight (energy density). Alsao a cleaning agent so if spilt it won't mark your cloths .. makes them smell though.

-------------------- I use a Coleman 422 petrol stove .. refils from the bike. No looking for other fuels, good for one .. or slow for two. Does not leak .. smokes for about 30 seconds on start up .. after that it is ok. Does not flare .. well unless I've been careless.
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stoves, etc.

sorry 'bout the vagueness there.....i guess what we're after is a reliable, QUIET, economical stove that is ultra east to set-up/take down, and can run on anything. i know using bike fuel can be pretty dirty but at least you can use it.
i'll research the coleman's...cheers!
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If you're traveling via moto with limited space, I wouldn't imagine using any stove that didn't burn gasoline.
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Hey Todd & Christina
Are you the same Todd & Christina with the two XT 350s than went last year over my friend Oscar in Viedma ARG and talk few times with me by phone last year (2006)????
Yes, can’t be other possibility…..
We remember you very well
Isn’t nice see you here in this great community of TRAVELLERS!!!!

Frank: Im sure they mean cheap to buy. Cheap people look for cheap staffs!
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i guess what we're after is a reliable, QUIET, economical stove that is ultra east to set-up/take down, and can run on anything.
The vagness is normal. We all do that.

The MSRs tend to be noisy, the coleman is quiter. The coleman also simmers better .. I've got both. I use the coleman. The MSR stays at home.

Cheap is a relative term .. you have to evaluate it over time. I'm happy with the coleman 422.. You need good reliable stuff, not stuff that can/will let you down. Save money by not travelling as fast, that saves a lot over time.
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I would think something like these 'firebox' types would be good...you can use 'natural' fuels (wood, charcol briquettes, etc..) or pop in a tangia alcohol burner.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...firebox+stove+

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I would think something like these 'firebox' types would be good...you can use 'natural' fuels (wood, charcol briquettes, etc..) or pop in a tangia alcohol burner.

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...firebox+stove+

https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ve+with+tangia
I think that after 8 years they have find a fuel stove.......
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I think that after 8 years they have find a fuel stove.......


I didn't notice the date... yah, pretty sure they (hopefully) got it worked out by now.
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hey all....wondering which is the best camp stove/fuel combo to use in Africa? Can you buy butane canisters everywhere? is white gas the best to use?

thanks for any input....and always keep yer knees in the breeze!
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I had a Primus Omnifuel in South America. It was fantastic, bit heavy maybe but not too bad. Used everything from butane canisters to airliner fuel. I never used the liquid option as Butane was everywhere I went and butane is much cleaner and far less hassle, but having the option to use petrol could be useful for when you can't find any butane
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Africa is a pretty big continent. With lots of different countries. Some of which are a bit more developed than others. But in general; trucks run on diesel, cars, motorbikes and generators use petrol. People cook their meals on wood. So I really doubt if you'll ever find something like a butane canister. In South Africa you'll probably will. But i'm not even sure and we never checked it as for us a stove on petrol was a no-brainer.
We used the Coleman 533 in Africa, but replaced it as the pump started leaking. Had relative few issues with the stove though. But would prefer something (very serviceable) like the Primus Omnifuel we are carrying nowadays. Sometimes fuel can be very shitty, especially if you are travelling West side (Guinea, Benin and DRC are probably the worst).
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Having used a variety of stoves over the years I find my single burner gas stove using cv250's 300's or my preferred 470's to be way above all other stoves including a bigger twin burner + grill we use in the car and an omnifuel.

you take it out of your luggage and use it, nothing to connect.
as soon as you light it is is at full power and always absolutely clean.
It will simmer for sow cooking, ( which the omnifuel wouldn't)
a cannister lasts me more than 15 days and I always carry a spare which is half the size of the omnifuel petrol cannister.

the gas is a mix of propane and butane so has no problems in cold weather.

I can have a cup of tea with it before the omnifuel would burn clean.

and cost about £10, so if my 18 year old stove should break it wont cost a lot to fix it.

I am sure you can buy equivalents all over the place so dont worry about availability of gas.

It and the spare cannister packs smaller and lighter than an omnifuel.

There is no down side.
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