How to Maximize Camp Stove Efficiency

There's nothing like a hot meal after a full day of hiking. Cooking on a lightweight backpacking stove is the perfect way to refuel your body on a camping or backpacking trip. Follow these tips to maximize the fuel efficiency of your camp stove.

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Tips for Best Camp Stove Performance

  • Cook Site Selection - Increase your stove's performance by selecting a cook site that is completely level and one that provides some protection from the wind.

  • Keep Your Fuel Canisters Warm - A warm fuel canister burns more efficiently. In cool weather place the canister under your jacket to warm it up for a few minutes before using it.

  • Insulate Your Stove From the Cold Ground - Use a small piece of cardboard or a bandana to separate your fuel canister from the ground. This will significantly increase the performance.

  • Turn the Fuel Down - There's no need to crank the gas all the way up, turn it down slightly below max output. This won't effect your cooking time but it will save fuel.

  • Always Cook With a Lid - Cooking with the lid on will help the water boil faster and will save you fuel.

  • Use a Coozie to Shorten the Fuel Time - For meals with a longer cook time, you can remove the pot from the stove and place it in a coozie (as seen in the video). This will shorten your need for fuel but allow the food to hydrate sufficiently.


Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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