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Message posted by Pilfred-Poirot on 22/3/2014 at 6:55am
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What are your thoughts on a compact light weight cooker for solo camping, not overly priced? I am partial to the Crusader cooking system, is it good for cooking tees valley meals either in the bag or out? Is it fine with cooking food items in? YouTube only show cups of liquid so I'm not sure about it. Any advice appreciated.

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Message posted by spiritburner on 22/3/2014 at 10:28am
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For versatility I'd go for a Trangia 27-6 non-stick with kettle. & look out for a gas convertor on ebay for even more versatility.

Great for boil in bags & some actual cooking & not bothered by a breeze if you cook outside. Stable & reliable. Not the fastest in still weather but fast enough - it's a Zen thing - what's the rush? In a hoolie on a mountainside it will beat the fastest of stoves as it needs no protection & just goes faster in the wind - it's a Karma thing. Revenge for being called slow.

Not universally popular now we have the jet-boil generation. I have around 300 stoves. Mostly vintage collectable one's but several expedition multifuels & modern ultra-light alcohol set ups. If a law was passed that I could only have one stove for all circumstances it would be a Trangia. Happy user since 1977.

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Message posted by Bramston on 22/3/2014 at 11:47am
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I cycle/hike camp in France, I use a Camping Gaz butane/propane stove and a non stick aluminium mess kit. I travel without any gas and buy it when I arrive, since I may not get to any open shops I carry a couple of days rations that can be eaten hot or cold, dry sausages (cabanas) are good for this.
I love this stove, the top goes red hot and it cooks fast. The gas is available in supermarkets and hardware store anywhere in France. I liked it so much I bought a second one and a matching gas light.

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Will look into these ideas.. Cheers folks (''')

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http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/151260495424?nav=SEARCH

But I'm biased.

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I really can't add any more info than what's already been said. I'll stick to my Swedish Trangia because it's never let me down. It's not to say that I won't vary it from time to time.

300 stoves, spiritburner?!? Do you tend to cater for a lot of people, or are you just indecisive?   

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I have an old folding Optimus pressure petrol stove. When it runs it roars. When I used it at Camping Le Pin Sec the camping French looked terrified and rushed over offering to lend me their safer stoves.
There are reasons why I went over to gas.

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This is my system
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FpWBdJ5SY
Along with an eight panel folding wind screen

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I use a coleman stove with a Blacks solo cooking set. The gas canister, matches and a triangular base all fit inside the stove set so its nice and compact. I tried the Trangia mini but found them fiddly. I generally go for pretty simple stuff at the moment, usually either Uncle Ben's Rice and some chilli/mince or soup for meals, and drinks/porridge that just need boiling water added to them. Basically things that can be heated up with a minimum of effort.

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at Bramston
which model?

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Indecisive stove choices and stoves on fire in france did make me chuckle... It's great hearing what others use for their camp set ups... Or am I just odd... Hehe

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I think its always good to get other people's set up ideas so you can get ideas for your own

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Quote: Originally posted by heather + phil on 23/3/2014
300 stoves, spiritburner?!? Do you tend to cater for a lot of people, or are you just indecisive?   



I keep them tidy!









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I have had a Trangia meths stove for many years and I also have a Coleman F1 gas stove which runs on Coleman resealable canisters.
I use them both depending what time of the year and how quick I want a pot to boil for a brew.

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Message posted by heather + phil on 24/3/2014 at 7:24pm
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Spiritburner, I think I'm beginning to understand how you came by your handle. Mate, that's impressive!!

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Spiritburner I am impressed!!!

I too love my Trangia

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