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Cooking outdoors in an intrinsic part of the camping experience and at Tiso we understand that you need to have the right stove to work with.
Whether you are cooking up a storm at a campsite or rehydrating your food on top of a Munro, the right camping stove will make all the difference.
This guide is designed to highlight the differences between the various categories of stoves and why these differences make them more appropriate for the various
styles of camping. There are five main types of stoves that Tiso range – Personal Stove Systems, Fast and Light Stoves, Multi-Fuel Stoves, Family Camping Stoves, and
Alcohol and Other Fuel Burning Stoves.
CONTENTSAll-in-One Stove SystemsFast & Light Canister StovesMulti-Fuel Stoves
Family Camping Setups
Alcohol BurnersAlternative FuelsAbout FuelsEssential ExtrasFAQs
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If you are mainly boiling water for dehydrated meals and warm drinks, and it will be just you or one other person then a Personal Stove System could be a great option.
These are amongst the most efficient stoves and allow the burner to screw directly into the top of a gas canister, and the cooking pot to attach directly onto the burner,
meaning the whole system is connected, stable and sheltered from the wind.
Personal Stove Systems are designed to ensure maximum performance when it comes to boiling water rapidly, and are best suited for solo backpacking, wild camping,
use at altitude, and four-season use.
OUR PICK | Jetboil Flash 2
Efficient, reliable, robust. This is a firm staff favorite offering fast boil times in a very user friendly design. As the name suggests, it's quick and efficient even
in the breeze and with the lightweight pot, lid & stabiliser included, it's got everything you need for comfortable & light camping.
Fast and light stoves include top-mounted gas stove systems where the burner screws in directly to the top of a gas canister, and remote systems connected by a hose.
For weight-conscious campers that are predominantly boiling water, Fast and Light Stoves tend to be the lightest and most compact stoves. However this doesn’t mean that
they are the least powerful, in fact they have been designed to be as efficient as possible. Ultralight and with a tiny pack size, you will hardly notice a stove like
this in your backpack.
The canister stove is best suited for solo, ultralight backpacking trips, wild camping, and three-season use.
OUR PICK | MSR POCKET ROCKET 2
A design classic. Simple, extremely light & compact, and great value too. As a do-it-all stove the Pocket Rocket 2 suits any camper.
Multi-fuel stoves do exactly what they say on the tin (or bottle, or canister!); they can run on a variety of fuels including LPG gas, White Gas, Unleaded Petrol,
Diesel, and Jet Fuel without having to change anything on the stove (check individual stoves for which fuel sources can be used). The top category choice for
international travel, expeditions, and at altitude due to their reliability, multi-fuel stoves can be used with various different pots making them infinitely more
versatile than other systems. Furthermore, the cooking set up has a lower centre of gravity than top-mounted gas stove systems, allowing you to utilize a windshield
to maximise heat retention without the risk of the fuel canister overheating.
Best suited for: expedition use, mountaineering, international travel, cooking for larger groups, and year-round use.
OUR PICK | OPTIMUS POLARIS OPTIFUEL
The Optimus Polaris Optifuel is the benchmark for maximum versatiliy and ease of use in outdoor cooking. The Optimus Polaris delivers excellent cooking performance with LPG Gas, White Gas, Kerosene, Diesel, and Jet Fuel without having to change anything on the stove!
Family Camping Stoves are more suited to adventures that don’t take you too far from the car, where you want to replicate the experience of cooking in a kitchen,
but outside. These stoves are generally bigger and sturdier with a wider base that allows you to use heavier pots and pans for elaborate meals and more diners.
The burners also have a larger diameter in comparison to other stove systems, which ensures a more even spread of heat rather than a small hotspot in the middle that
runs the risk of burning your food. Although portable they are not suited to be carried over a long distance.
They come in different shapes and sizes – from a single burner to two burners and a grill. This allows you to cook up a storm in the outdoors whether it’s a romantic
dinner under the stars or a cooked breakfast for 10.
Best suited for: campsite camping, car camping, group cooking, and three-season use.
OUR PICK | DYNASTY COMPACT II
The Go Systems Dynasty Compact II is a single burner, self-contained burner stove perfect for camping trips. Supplied with its own carry case, this single burner stove operates from a click in bayonet cartridge. It has wide ranging flame control and Piezo Auto-start ignition.
Alcohol burning stoves are a popular choice amongst long-distance hikers due to the fact they are lightweight and compact. However, boil times are a
lot slower than canister stoves such as the MSR Windburner and PocketRocket, but they are simple, dependable, and highly durable. Often equipped with a
simmer ring to provide better temperature control and a screw lid to save any unused fuel, these are simple, safe and effective stoves.
Best suited for: wild camping, long-distance hiking, and three-season use. Alcohol burning stoves are also popular with Duke of Edinburgh Groups and Scouts
due to their safe & container operation.
OUR PICK | Trangia 27 1UL
A 1-2 person cook set featuring everything you need to cook up fine dinner in the wild.
Stoves/Kettles that use naturally-sourced solid fuel such as sticks, pine cones, bark, dry grass, dry animal dung, etc. As long as you can forage
some fuel then you will be able to boil water for dehydrated meals and warm drinks, irrespective of the weather conditions.
Best suited for: camping, fishing, trekking, hiking, car camping, base camp expedition use, backpacking, disaster kits, and four-season use.
OUR PICK | Kelly Kettle
Probaby the most comprehensive cookset we sell, offering all the extras in a neat package. For base camp use and feeding groups, the Kelly Kettle is
hard to beat.
A key consideration when buying a stove is what type of fuel it needs and how readily available that fuel is in the location you need to buy it.
The right accessory can go a long way towards improving the efficiency of your stove:
WINDSHIELD | Purposely designed windshields are usually made with reflective materials such as aluminium to help reflect
any escaping heat lost to the wind back towards the pot in order to maximize efficiency. However, it is important to remember that if your gas cartridge gets
too hot then it can explode. To avoid this, try and allow a degree of ventilation around the cartridge and monitor it closely.
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FLINT & STEEL | Lighters can break, matches can get wet, but with a flint and steel you always know you have the means to
light your stove. Added to that the fact that they will last for thousands of strikes, and you can see why a flint and steel is worthy of a place in your stove
kit. Finally, nothing looks so cool as striking a spray of sparks - you will feel every inch a proper camper.
CARTRIDGE STABILISER | Sometimes included in a stove set, but if not then it is worth investing in one. They accommodate
more than one cartridge size and will add stability to your set up when camping in windy conditions or uneven terrain.
FUEL BOTTLE | For use with mutlifuel stoves. You may not be able to fly with fuel but you can fly with your bottle and get
it filled when you land. They can also handle the pressurization you need to efficiently operate your multifuel stoves.
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