Camping Gear Guide
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|A Backpacking Stove...this one from MSR.|
There are two primary types of backpacking stoves available...the liquid fuel stove and the canister stove.
The liquid fuel stove is similar to the one in the photo to the right. A fuel bottle holds the fuel. The fuel generally consists of white gas, coleman fuel or, on occasion, unleaded gasoline. The fuel bottle itself can be refilled.
By contrast, a canister stove is a miniature version of the popular campground stoves. The canister comes "pre-loaded" with fuel. Once the canisters fuel has been used up, it can't be re-filled.
Which one to get? Liquid fuel stoves have a lower cost of ownership. Additionally, the fuel bottles can be refilled from many sources (depending on what types of fuel the stove can burn). However, they can be harder to light than a canister stove. Shown below are some backpacking stoves that are available through Backcountry.Com.