Monday, November 28, 2011
Which is Better?
Coleman Fuel" or "White Gas." This fuel is lower on octane than pump gasoline and it also does not have the additives pump gasoline has. Now, the argument for liquid gas is that it is cheaper than canister gas, it is easier to store than canister gas, and you know how much you have with liquid gas. In a canister you have to go by weight and I am unaware of anybody that brings a scale on a backpacking trip. The down side to liquid gas is that it is heavy, can leak and create a nice odor on all your gear, and it boils water slower than canisters do. Personally I am a proponent of liquid gas. I feel it is just more reliable. Now my reliability factor is based on a stove my father had when I was growing up that ran on butane canisters and it just leaked and the flame was spotty most of the time. That was my first experience with canister stoves.
533 dual fuel stove. The 508 is probably one of my favorite stoves because of its durability. I used these same stoves as a kid and they are built like a tank. Then if you do break something on your stove, all the parts can be replaced. The stove in these pictures I picked up at a local pawn shop recently for ten bucks. Pawn shops are great to search once every month or so for camping equipment because people bring in lots of camping equipment to sell. The shop gets the gear at low prices for shelf filler pieces and they wheel and deal on them to any person willing to buy.
MSR windpro that leaked gas, and I felt was horrible in the wind (this was before the wind shields), and last it was hard to find a flat place to cook with it. That of course is the past and MSR is a quality product then and now. I just had a lemon and have felt burnt ever since. The other canister I had was the one mentioned earlier and that was a pile of dog doo to say the least. It was not a name I can even remember and just was plain old junk.
Jet Boil system and it really did impress me with their pots that lock to the stove and how the heat exchangers work. The Jet Boil system really seemed like something I would like to see in action again. The Jet Boil system uses the isobutane/propane canisters.