When picking a stove it is important to take note of which supply of fuel and vessel type it attaches to. There are several varieties, but among our range of technical camping stoves you’ll find cannister stove systems and multi fuel stoves. We have picked these two varieties because we believe they are the most accessible and easy to use.
Cannister stoves screw in to a specific type of cannister which contains commonly a blend of isobutane and propane. This type of stove includes top-mounted gas systems where the burner screws in directly to the top such as a JetBoil Flash Cooking System. These also include remote systems connected by a hose like the Primus Easyfuel II. For weight-conscious campers that are predominantly boiling water, cannister stoves tend to be the lightest and most compact option.
However, this doesn’t mean that they are the least powerful, in fact they have been designed to be as efficient as possible, though a multi-fuel option using a pump bottle will generally be more powerful. The canister stove is best suited for solo, ultralight backpacking trips, wild camping, and three-season use. It should be noted however that the specific canister is not always readily available internationally.
Multi-fuel stoves 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. Useable with both a pump bottle or the same cannister as your standard cannister stove, multi-fuel stoves are your go to for versatility.