Raft Stove Needed

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  1. drotsma

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    I have a 14ft raft used for steelheading and camping and want to find a good small or backpacking stove to keep in the camping kit in the raft. I have a folding Coleman that just does not heat water for coffee and maybe chili for the gang quickly. It takes 15minutes to boil a quart of water. Any suggestions for something light and compact? Thank Don
     
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    It would be hard to beat the MSR Reactor for heating liquids.
     
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    slim Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!

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    On the last trip I had my MSR Whisper lite go head to head against my buddies Optimus Crux and his blew mine away on boil time, weight and fuel effeciency. That will be the next stove I purchase without a doubt. He also mentioned that on a previous trip he was able to control the heat enough to cook pancakes.
     
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    Do you have a preference for liquid fuel v. canister stove?

    I have this one: http://www.rei.com/product/660004/snow-peak-giga-power-stove-manual and I have been completely happy (even impressed) with its size and performace for the price. I haven't come close to using every stove out there, but I've used a few and I always seem to come back to the Giga Power.
     
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    noooo.... never turn ur back on the alllmight whisper light. how dare u disgrace its name!

    ok i admit there is some other good stoves... but i<3 whisperlight.

    btw, i can teach u how to cook pizza, pancakes, cake, etc on a whisperlight. basically, u prime the stove, let out the pressure from the bottle, relight it with opnly 2-3 pumps of pressure, then take ur windscreen and make it into a burger king crown that ur pot sits on (3-4 inches higher then normal) then you build a small twig fire on the lid. you can have some really great results with this method for low heat baking.
     
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    If you just want to boil water for coffee or heat up chili or soup, Jetboil is tough to beat and extremely convenient. Everything packs into the pot/canister, even the fuel can. Lightweight, low bulk, and fuel efficient. Did I mention the convenience?

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    Yea, i would recomend a jet boil to if u are just heatin water down and dirty. will fit in the boat REAL easy.
     
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    I used to be a jetboil hater until using a buddy's almost exclusively for 5 days. That thing boils water in probably half the time my stove at home does. It's incredibly efficient. I hear they're kind of a bitch to cook on - but haven't had much experience in that area.
     
  9. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Quit being wusses. Just carry a real stove with you. ;)

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    Thanks for the ideas and input guys. I have at least narrowed it down and now off to REI to see how far my money goes. Jerry, I tried carrying 3 different real stoves and kept getting bitched out buy my coffee drinking buddies. They just need to start drinking beer in the morning and get over it. Thanks everyone. Don
     
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    LOL, was just giving you crap. Thankfully, when I ran the cargo boat for a whitewater crew, I got to carry whatever I wanted (since it was my boat and my gear). Customers never bitched about food or coffee. :) I will toss that 2 burner explorer under the seat of my driftboat, and my poly propane tank weighs less full then most small metal tanks do empty. :)

    On another note. Try the Everest 2 burner stove by Camp Chef. Small, lightweight, can use small propane or bulk tanks, and has 2 20,000 BTU burners. So will cook up anything just fine and get coffee going in no time.
     
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    slim Fish or Ski...Fish or ski....fish!

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    +1 on the Jet Boil - especially for coffee in the morning or quick heat and eat type meals. I have the french press attachment for the Jet Boil and it makes coffee as easy it gets.
     
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    Jerry, I love the bulldog! You dont see many of them as fishing buddies though.