M Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 1
Introduction and Test Method

by Roger Caffin

An online subscription (Annual or Lifetime) is required to view this article.

Not yet a Premium Member? Subscribe now.

Already a Premium Member? Please login using the form to the right.

Not ready to become a member, but need the article? Buy access to just this article.

Article Summary:

One of the problems a walker faces in choosing a stove is how to compare their performances. The claims by the manufacturers are notorious for spin, hype and, in a few cases, a bit worse. In this series of articles we will present solid scientific measurements of the performance of a wide range of canister stoves, principally in terms of heating efficiency (grams of gas required) and heating rates (aka boil times). The series will include a 'shootout' between most of the heat exchanger stoves currently on the market to see under what conditions, if any, they deliver a net reduction in weight.

Part 1 of the series (this article) will explain how we make these measurements, including a test rig developed especially for the task.
Part 2 will survey a good range of conventional canister stoves for performance, thereby setting a baseline.
Part 3 will survey heat exchanger stoves and see if and when they offer a weight reduction over the baseline.
Part 4 will examine the effect of pot diameter on stove efficiency.

ARTICLE OUTLINE

# WORDS: 5370
# PHOTOS: 9

Buy Access to This Article

If you do not want to subscribe and get access to all BPL articles, you may instead opt to buy this single article: "Heat Exchanger Stove Shootout: Part 1
Introduction and Test Method"