Richard Bucker

alcohol stove vs isobut canister stove

Posted at — Nov 9, 2016

Pictured below are my RUCAS alcohol stove and my Olicamp ION canister stove. I started cooking with my RUCAS but quickly frustrated with the flames reaching up the side of my Stanley pot.It’s possible and even probable that my flame size is related to the way I use the stove; resting the pot directly on the stove; or maybe it’s the fuel. In the intervening months I abandoned the RUCAS in favor of the canister stove.But recently I was watching a video prepared by RevHiker and he mentioned that either his pocket rocket or his replacement had a tendency to quirt fuel when disassembling his stove. That got me to thinking about a number of things related to Survival. In recent weeks I have been rejecting “survival” as an offshoot of bushcraft a real thing. My hypothesis remains, not much will happen in 3-4 days on the AT or FT if your food get’s eaten by a critter or your stove malfunctions.Now that I have one spare canister and 3 on the way I find myself concerned about malfunctions. Realistically you never hear anyone complain about serious canister malfunctions. This biggest risk is likely the 4th season and it’s effect on the gaskets but since this is Florida and I’m not planning to hike in the winter that should not be a problem.Out of curiosity I checked the pricing of the Toaks Stove kit. The discount price is nice although they are sold out and they are not offered on Amazon. It’s important to note that the same rules still apply. Alcohol stoves do not have an off switch, they can spill and start a fire, and are simply not allowed in some high risk parks.So like everything else in my pack… it’s all about well organized planning.