Podcast Episode February 19, 2024

Episode 98 | Canister Stoves in the Winter

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In episode 98 of the Backpacking Light podcast we’re going to learn how to get the most out of your ultralight canister stove for winter backpacking.

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Main Topic: Canister Stoves in the Winter 

  • 3 unique challenges for backcountry cooking in the winter – (1) water is frozen, (2) cold and windy weather places demands on your stove system, and (3) the consequences of cooking system failure are more severe
  • Higher capacity stove pots make snow melting more efficient
  • Pros and cons of liquid gas and liquid petrol stoves
  • How to keep your fuel canister warm in winter conditions – warming prior to use, warm water baths, using hand warmers under the canister, infrared reflection screens, using copper wire and Moulder strips to transfer heat from the flame to the canister
  • Advantages and disadvantages from integrated canister stove systems, remote canister stove systems, and inverted canister stove systems

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    Chase Jordan


    Locale: Northeast US

    Companion forum thread to: Episode 98 | Canister Stoves in the Winter

    In episode 98 of the Backpacking Light podcast we’re going to learn how to get the most out of your ultralight canister stove for winter backpacking.

    Jon Fong / Flat Cat Gear
    BPL Member


    Locale: FLAT CAT GEAR

    Great overview.  One thing that I would mention is that with melting snow, the pot size tends to go up and the burn times increase.  The additional weight and heat generation can determine what kind of base you may need to support your stove in the snow.  If I use my Kovea Spider and a large pot, a large base plate is required.

    Deliverable power also can become an issue.  If I did a lot of winter camping (invertible stoves), I might choose the MSR WindPro or the Fire Maple Blade II over the Kovea Spider.

    BTW, you mention the MSR WindBurner, you should mention the concern about CO emissions.  Particularly if you talk about cooking inside your vestibule.

    Mark Ferwerda
    BPL Member


    Locale: Maryland

    Just listened to this. I thought the audio quality was was a bit louder and better than the last podcast. I could hear it ok. Thank you Ryan and Chase

    Mark Ferwerda
    BPL Member


    Locale: Maryland

    I thought this was a good review. I would be interested in some detailed reviews of various remote inverted canister stoves.

    Alan W
    BPL Member


    Yes, please, a comparative review of various inverted cannister stoves. Observe that the Gear Shop does not seem to include any stove of this type.

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