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have anybody use those light weight fuel containers while camping? ( MSR fuel bottles )
Most people who camp over night down her brings a propane tank and attach this to their coleman burner top. I wouldn't mind a smaller pkg like a simple fuel tank and burner. I only plan on cooking a small pkg or meats or warm up some beans. Nothing major.
any cons with MSR style tanks?
If your talking about the disposable, backpacker types then the only drawback is that you throw them away when empty thereby filling a landfill. I use them only for lightweight ATV/ backpack trips. Other than that they kick-butt over coleman fuel types.
If your talking about the refillable, screwtop bottles for Coleman fuel, those work well also. I have had a few leak when the o-ring deteriorated but that is easily fixed.
At altitude, an issue here in CO, the disposables just plain work better and are quite a bit hotter. I've had the coleman types at 11K feet and was barely able to get a pot hot enought for coffee.
In either case, use the heavy tinfoil windblocker that comes with most lightweight stoves. It helps alot.
Hope that helps.
Of the 2 main fuel sources (liquid and canister) there are a bunch of different models of stoves out there, but 2 basic types.
One type is basically a blow torch. The MSR pocket Rocket is one of these. This is the one I use the most. Basically it's good at boiling water for dehydrated meals and tea/coffee. It sucks for simmering or slow cooking something, but will heat up a few cups of water in no time flat. It looks weak, but is surprisingly stable. This is the ultralight option.
The other are more in tuned for cooking. The one I have is the Primus Omni Fuel. I can use both canister and liquid fuels with it and it has a larger flame area so it works better for cooking. The drawback to this type is weight and size. Liquid fuel stoves take a bit of learning on how to prime it in different conditions, but you can run just about any type of gas through them in a pinch. That's where the Omni Fuel kicks butt. If you run out of canisters on a long trek, you'll find some kind of liquid fuel that will work.
A friend of mine has the MSR Wind Pro. It's only canister, but it's pretty compact and does a good job cooking.
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