Many stoves can work with just one kind of fuel, but that’s often a major drawback, for any number of different reasons. If you use a wood stove, for instance, then you might go camping somewhere that has a ban on wood fires, or where you just cant find any wood. Or you might find it difficult to get a certain kind of fuel for your liquid fuel stove, and end up needing to make do with another kind. Whatever the case, multi fuel camping stoves are the answer.
Multi Fuel Camping StovesWhat to look for when you're reviewing multi fuel camping stoves.
- Fuels – Whatever fuels that your stove is able to use, you should make sure that you will be able to utilize the alternative fuels. If you don’t have easy access to the alternative fuels, for instance, then having the ability to use those alternative fuels isn’t going to be of much use to you.
- Weight – Camping stoves can get heavy quickly, but there is no reason to haul around a heavy camping stove when there is a lighter option available. Many stoves are actually lighter than the fuel that they use, making them an excellent option for anyone who is concerned about having to haul around a lot of excess weight.
Best Multi Fuel Camping StovesSome of your best choices for a multi fuel camping stove.
- MSR WhisperLite Universal Backpacking Stove - The WhisperLite is a true multi-fuel stove. It will run on white gas, kerosene and even gasoline, but will also run on propane, or canisters, and even includes a handy little piece for inverting the canister for maximum performance, particularly in cold climates. So if you want maximum versatility, this is it. It will boil water in about 3.5 minutes for liquid fuels, and 3.75 minutes for propane. It weighs 11.5 ounces, or 326 grams.
- Primus Multi-Fuel EX Stove - This is another multiple fuel stove, though it sticks to just multiple liquid fuels, and not canisters, or propane. It does, however, burn quite a few different liquid fuels, including white gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and even aviation fuel if that's what you have. It also comes with a wind screen, which is a nice feature, and will boil water in about 3 minutes. The whole thing weighs 15.4 ounces, or 436 grams with the fuel pump.
- Evernew Titanium DX Stove - The DX stove will burn multiple fuels, but those fuels are alcohol, wood and whatever other solid fuels you can get your hands on. Since you don't have to worry about fuel bottles and the like this is a far less complex stove. The whole thing is also made from titanium, so it weighs a very reasonable 3 ounces, or 86 grams, which is considerably less than either of the stoves above, which makes it an excellent option for anyone looking for a lightweight multi fuel camping stove.