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Poll: Which is most economical to cook with for multifuel stoves?
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Which is most economical to cook with for multifuel stoves?

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Petrol isn't dirty with the muka stove. Leaves no soot
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As for fuel - obviously petrol is easiest to get a hold of but it's dirty to burn. Canister gaz is clean and I think in the Americas, Europe and probably Asia it's easy enough to come by. Downside is leaving a trail of those empty cans behind you.
Alternatively instead of leaving a trail of empty cans, why don't you just leave them in the bin at the next garage when you buy your spare replacement? That's what I do after each 3-4 weeks of camping.
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That still leaves a trail of rubbish of a single use item.
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Multi fuel stove users: what have you burnt?

Yes of course I don't toss them wherever! But as tmotton points out, they're still gonna end up in some landfill site somewhere (probably side of the road if Bolivia, Peru are anything to go by)... Well I suppose just running a motorcycle is a pretty terrible thing for the environment.
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So why add to it. Nothing wrong with petrol stoves.
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So why add to it. Nothing wrong with petrol stoves.

I have yet to find one that will simmer.

My little gaz stove will have tea made before the omnifuel has even got the water hand hot. NO mess. No smells and will simmer stews/curries without burning.
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Most can turn down the flame. But gas canisters suck outside of the developed world, and even then they do. Petrol stations everywhere
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Most can turn down the flame. But gas canisters suck outside of the developed world, and even then they do. Petrol stations everywhere
Maybe in the third world it is different, but gas cooking is common in most places.! I carry two cannisters, a full one does three weeks. so I have one on the burner and a spare. so always have three weeks to find a replacement. On a trip around Europe with my Omnifuel, it was so much hassle I never bothered to fire it up for a brew up the entire trip. so missed my lunchtime brew up. It seems to me there is unreasoning hysteria about carrying a spare cannister. Really they are no bother at all, being smaller than the petrol burners fuel bottle. But even that isn't the real problem, because I don’t bother with the petrol burner when I do trips by car and then a spare 10 litres for the stove would be easy. It is just that petrol stoves are a lot more bother and so much slower to deploy. Compared to gas not nice to use.
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True. I use gas as a backup during winter backcountry trips. I hope never to have to use it, but to me the time spent with setting up the petrol stove (which is really just pumping up the bottle which I try and leave pressurized a bit) far outweighs looking for a camping store that sells the gas canisters. Horses and courses.
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When possible and I have the time, I like to cook over a wood fire when there are just coals. Adjust the temp by moving the pan closer or further away from the coals.
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When possible and I have the time, I like to cook over a wood fire when there are just coals. Adjust the temp by moving the pan closer or further away from the coals.
How do you move a saucepan or casserole closer or further?
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Comme ca mon vieux! New can now looking a bit more dinged and burned!
p.s I agree with you that gas is quick and a bit less messy and I tend to use that in my 4x4 (but still carry my Omnifuel) but on 2 wheels, it's always the Omnifuel.
The problem you have with simmering may well be due to your over pressurizing the fuel bottle. I am sure I've suggested this to you before
Making tea is a Zen exercise and should not be rushed !
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How do you move a saucepan or casserole closer or further?
Left, right, forwards, backwards, up, down etc etc.

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Left, right, forwards, backwards, up, down etc etc.

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I don't bother with too many cooking fuels. For quite some time I've used my Trangia meths burner and it does what I need it to do.....boil water and heat stuff up. It probably has limitations for the more discerning outdoor chef but I'm not too bothered.
Recently I bought a super cheap and very small gas burner that screws onto the top of a small Coleman gas bottle. I think it cost about £3 (the gas was twice that price) just to try it out. It was good and it was fast for boiling water and of course it can be adjusted etc. so I don't think I need to explore any other cooking options.
It's too easy to get carried away with this kinda thing however I understand that those of you who travel in very remote areas for extended periods may benefit from alternatives.
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