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M Comparative Fuel Efficiency and Carry Weight for Six Lightweight Backpacking Cooking Systems: Part II
Calculating Fuel Usage, Carry Weight Analysis, and Cost/Efficiency Considerations

by Will Rietveld

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Article Summary:

Introduction

In Part II of this article I address the premise: If I chose the lightest stove in each category and used it as efficiently as I could, how would the cooking system carry weights compare for different usage levels and trip lengths?

In Part I of this article I assembled six different cooking systems (white gas, remote canister, top-mount canister, integrated canister, alcohol, and fuel tab) to be compared for fuel efficiency and carry weight. Then I tested the cooking systems under controlled conditions so the data would be as comparable as possible.

My goal was to answer the following questions:

Now in Part II of this article, I get down to the real “meat” of the issue. The questions posed above are difficult to answer completely, and for all situations. There are many variables involved, and the answers depend on the type and length of trip you are taking and local conditions. No matter. This project provides a lot of insight into the issues, and will increase your understanding of how the weight and efficiency of different cooking systems compare, how they affect the weight you carry on your back, and how they affect your wallet. In this article you will find information to help you choose the cooking system(s) that meets your needs, and dial in the amount of fuel that you actually need to take on your trips.

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