The 10 Lightest Hiking Stoves available in the UK – June 2015



When you’re buying a stove, the weight of the actual stove is the least of your problems, unless it’s your grandma’s AGA. In all of the products I’ve listed below the heaviest cooking related item is always the fuel, so it seems pointless just to concentrate on the stove weight when the real issue is the cooking system weight.

In the list I’ve include the weight of the stove, the pot (MSR Titan Kettle in these examples), the windshield (if required) and the fuel for a three day hike. This gives you the total weight you need to carry to either cook something or brew up a cuppa a few times a day. I like to cook stuff. After a day of eating nuts, energy bars and sunflower seeds my taste buds are on their knees pleading ‘give us something to taste, yer cruel git.’ So I do.

If your taste buds are more understanding you could reduce the weight considerably by only cooking once a day – but that’s abuse if you ask me.

The stoves I’ve listed use three different types of fuel: solid fuel tablets, methylated spirit and butane/propane canisters. In general, the lighter the stove the longer it takes to boil a litre of water. The solid fuel stoves could take ten minutes, maybe longer, depending on the wind and rain. The meths usually slightly better, especially the caldera systems which are quite efficient. The canister systems can boil it up in three minutes, but you have to carry a canister.

The problem with canisters is that you always have to buy a new one because you don’t know exactly how much is left in the bottom and you don’t want to risk it. A quarter of a canister is useless. With the tablet and meths stoves, you always know exactly what you’ve got and you can be more accurate with what you carry.

The issue of how long it takes to boil has never really been an issue for me. The modern world has really got to you if you’re sitting on High Seat in The Lake District, with Thirlmere on one side and Borrowdale on the other, raging about that 7 minutes you’ve lost because you didn’t bring your Pocket Rocket.

Here's the top ten lightest cooking systems:

1. Trail Designs Caldera Keg1. Trail Designs Caldera Keg
Weight: 77g (includes windshield and pot)

Three days of fuel: Nine boils will use on average 9x15ml of meths with a little extra = 150ml Weight with bottle: 140g

Total System Weight: 217g

Note: the caldera stoves are more efficient than the other meths stoves so you don’t need to take as much fuel.
2. Esbit Titanium Folding Solid Fuel Stove2. Esbit Titanium Folding Solid Fuel Stove
Weight: 11.5g

There a quite a few varieties of this type of stove they are all very similar so I’ve only included this one because I think this is the best.

Recommend using a windshield. Windshield weight: 33g

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Three days of Fuel – Nine boils with a one extra =Ten tablets at 14g each - Weight: 140g

Total System Weight: 314.5g
3. Trail Designs Caldera Cone3. Trail Designs Caldera Cone
Weight: 60g (includes windshield)

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Three days of fuel: Nine boils will use on average 9x15ml of meths with a little extra = 150ml Weight with bottle: 140g

Total System Weight: 330g
4. Trail Designs Sidewinder with Inferno Wood Burner4. Trail Designs Sidewinder with Inferno Wood Burner
Sidewinder cone: 35g
Inferno Cone: 21g
Grate: 17g
Floor: 15g
Stove: 16g

Toaks 900ml pot with lid - 102g

Three days of fuel: Nine boils will use on average 9x15ml of meths with a little extra = 150ml Weight with bottle: 140g

Total System Weight: 346g

Note: the caldera stoves are more efficient than the other meths stoves so you don’t need to take as much fuel.

Total System Weight: 373g
5. Evernew Titanium Meths Stove5. Evernew Titanium Meths Stove
Weight: 36g

Recommend using a windshield. Windshield weight: 33g

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Three days of fuel: Nine boils will use on average 9x20ml of meths with a little extra = 200ml Weight with bottle: 180g

Total System Weight: 379g
6. Vargo Decagon Meths Stove6. Vargo Decagon Meths Stove
Weight: 37g

Recommend using a windshield. Windshield weight: 33g

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Three days of fuel: Nine boils will use on average 9x20ml of meths with a little extra = 200ml Weight with bottle: 180g

Total System Weight: 380g
7. Fire Maple Hornet FMS-300T 7. Fire Maple Hornet FMS-300T
Weight: 44g

Windshield not a requirement

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Gas canister I always take a Coleman C250 to be on the safe side – Weight: 345g

Total System Weight: 519g (349g)
8. Go Systems Fly Ti Canister Stove8. Go Systems Fly Ti Canister Stove
Weight: 50g

Windshield not a requirement

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Gas canister I always take a Coleman C250 to be on the safe side – Weight: 345g

Total System Weight: 525g
9. MSR Micro Rocket9. MSR Micro Rocket
Weight: 73g

Windshield not a requirement

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Gas canister I always take a Coleman C250 to be on the safe side – Weight: 345g

Total System Weight: 548g
10. Coleman F1 Cannister Stove10. Coleman F1 Cannister Stove
Weight: 78g

Windshield not a requirement

MSR Titan Kettle – Weight: 130g

Gas canister I always take a Coleman C250 to be on the safe side – Weight: 345g

Total System Weight: 553g

Thanks for reading.

Ian Young

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