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M Alcohol Stoves REVIEW SUMMARY and GEAR GUIDE OVERVIEW

by Will Rietveld

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Article Summary:

Maybe they would be more popular if they roared, were more complex, more expensive, used a more expensive fuel, or had more problems. But alcohol stoves are simple, quiet, lightweight, and reliable, and don't get all that much attention - except by ultralight backpackers, who happen to like those attributes a lot.

Backpacking Light rounded up 13 alcohol stoves that are available for purchase, tested them under standardized conditions (calm and 12 mph wind), and then tested them in the field. Lab tests are detailed in our Performance Comparison Testing of Alcohol Stoves. In this Review Summary, we define the three types of alcohol burners; tell you what to look for when buying or building an alcohol stove; provide performance ratings, specifications, and links to reviews for 13 alcohol stoves; list our favorites; and define terms.

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