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Livingston Area
  Elephanthead Mtn. H

Paradise Valley
  S. Fk. Deep Creek H
  Pine Creek H,C
  George Lake H
  Passage Creek Falls H
  Crow Mountain H

Big Timber Area
  Boulder River H,C,V
  Natural Bridge Falls H,C,V
  Big Timber Creek Falls  H,C,V
  West Boulder Meadows H,C
  Twin Lakes  H,C
  Prairie Dog State.Park   V

Bozeman Area
  
Chestnut Mountain H
  Goose Creek H,S
  Mystic Lake H
  Lava Lake H

Central Montana
  Little Belt Mountains H,C,V,S
  Castle Mountains H,C
  Central MT Railroading V
  Cooney Reservoir C,V
  Crystal Lake H,C,V
  Judith Mountains V
  Judith Gap Wind Farm V
  Moccasin Mountains V

The Yellowstone River
  Upper Yellowstone Floating
  Yankee Jim Canyon

Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
  Anvil Lake H,C
  Beartooth Lake H,C,V
  Beartooth Highway V
  Island Lake H,C,V

Western Montana
  Painted Rocks Rec Area V,C
  Salmon Lake State Park V,C
  Warm Spring Ponds  V


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.

 Coleman liquid fuel stove Learn More
   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.

  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 More
   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.

     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.

This Cabela's Camp Kitchen helps to organize your camp and makes a great cooking area.

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     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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