June 29, 2010
If you've ever been backpacking, talked to anyone who's been backpacking, or heard about anyone who has spent the night outdoors, you're probably familiar with the good old WhisperLite stove. MSR released these stoves more than 20 years ago and since then they've been incredibly popular with hikers and touring cyclists alike. I have one, and an unscientific office poll revealed that almost everyone within immediate shouting distance of my chair at Adventure Cycling has one as well. The reasons are clear: the stoves are relatively small, they're light (-er than some), the Internationale model is particularly good for traveling abroad, and the craftsmanship is good. The fuel bottle can be refilled and reused, which cuts down on waste. And, on a good day, without a breeze, you can boil water in no time flat!
Of course, folks have their gripes with the omnipresent WhisperLite. The biggest complaint tends to be that there isn't much of a "simmer" option, although, with a lot of practice, I've found that if you pressurize the fuel bottle correctly you can get a nice flame. I'm curious, however, to hear about other cyclotourists' stove options. Do you use MSR stoves? DIY aluminum can/alcohol burning options? Or something different?
Ted enjoys the not-so-light Adventure Cycling grill; photo by Josh Tack. Whisperlite photo courtesy of MSR.
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