S. Fk. Deep Creek
Pine Creek H,C
Passage Creek Falls
Big Timber Area
Creek Falls H,C,V
Boulder Meadows H,C
Twin Lakes H,C
Lava Lake H
Little Belt Mountains
MT Railroading V
Gap Wind Farm V
Beartooth Highway V
Rocks Rec Area V,C
Lake State Park V,C
Selecting a Camp Stove
One of the most important camping
equipment purchases you will make is a stove to cook on. There are many
different shapes sizes and styles of stove available. Generally, most
people will be well served by a standard two-burner camp stove. These
stoves function much as a gas range does in your home. Liquid gas and
propane are the two fuels that are most commonly used in these stoves.
Each of these fuels has both advantages and drawbacks.
Liquid gas -- liquid gas stoves have
been a staple for campers for many years. The old reliable Coleman
stove is the typical example of this type of unit. These stoves have
been used by millions of people with great service. They typically run
on Coleman fuel which is available at almost any camping or sporting
goods store. The fuel is really quite reasonable when you look at the
amount of time a stove will burn on a tank full of gas. Liquid fuels
stoves require a mechanism through which the fuel is delivered and
vaporized to go to the burner. It is in this fuel delivery system that
people have experienced problems. Over time the fuel lines
can clog, seals can deteriorate or other types of actions can be
impaired. However, if you perform routine maintenance these stoves can
be very dependable for many, many years of service.
Propane - propane stoves operate on canisters of
pressurized gas that are used to power the stove. The propane bottles
are widely available from camping stores as well as hardware stores.
They are easy to use, there's no possibility of spilling fuel and they
are very convenient. However, they can be more expensive than liquid
fuels stoves to run, some models do not heat as quickly or as hot as a
liquid fuels and there is a significant amount of energy waste
generated by propane stoves. The waste I am talking about comes from
the disposable canisters that are thrown away when they are empty.
Unfortunately, they do not pump all of the contents of the bottle out
as part of a normal and being processed. Typically, when they stole
will no longer run, there still remains as much as 10% of the original
gas in the bottle. Without a doubt, it is wasteful to both throw away
these disposable bottles and to throw away the unburned gas that
remains in them. There are a few disposable propane bottle recycling
areas in the country. However, there are only just a few and it is very
difficult to find such a place. Except for the fuel waste problem,
propane stoves are an excellent choice for most campers.
The Coleman two-burner propane stove has long proven to be
an excellent product and one I highly recommend. If you are looking for
a car camping stove, this is a great one. You can support
montanahikes.com by purchasing this stove through our site Learn
How to Choose – If you don’t have much
camping experience and don’t expect to camp frequently propane is
probably the best choice. They are simple to operate and will provide a
very familiar cooking experience. If you plan to camp frequently and
don’t mind a little extra effort the liquid fuel stoves are an
excellent option. Finally, if you camp frequently but want the
advantages of propane without the waste consider purchasing a kit that
will allow you to run your propane stove from a refillable bottle.
Get A Stand - I highly recommend that
you purchase a stove stand or a camp
kitchen which will allow you to create a
cooking area that makes camp cooking a lot easier and keeps your camp
area much better organized. Even if you are camped where there is a
picnic table, a stand or camp kitchen is a very welcome addition. Camp
kitchens and stove stands fold up and store easily and they really help
to make for
a comfortable camp.
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