The Stove

The stove selection process was even easier than that of the sleeping bag. I know nothing about camping stoves – nothing at all. Therefore I have no idea what to look for, no preconceived ideas of what to expect, no baggage at all in the “I quite fancy…” department.

As such I went to my back issues of Trail and found an article in the March 2006 issue on stoves. I was just going to buy the one that was placed number one but that was £75 (MSR Whisperlite), so I dropped down to the number two stove and that was £60 (MSR Windpro). Now I have no doubt that these are excelent stoves, they scored 37 out of 40 and 33/40 respectively, but they seemed to be aimed more at the “professional” end of the market – the more demanding user, the travelling chefs of the mountains perhaps. So I dropped down to the number three stove.

Now thats more like it! £10 for the Gosystem Trail Classic. It weighs in at 148g (without the gas) and uses the propane/butane screw top canisters, which from reading up on these things, can be bought pretty much anywhere and are dead easy to attach/detach etc.

PhotobucketI reckon all I’ll be doing with my stove is boiling water or the odd soup or if I’m feeling really saucy, I’ll try Heinz beans with those little sausages, hmmm! I don’t need a top of the range, work in all weathers, stove. So when I read the “Buy it if:” comment in Trail, which reads: “You’re on a budget [yep thats me], need an efficient, basic stove [yep again], it will be ideal for most hillwalking situations” [three’s a charm]. I was sold, or more accurately the stove was.

I found it on for £9.99 with free delivery and ordered it straight away. Only to be told by email an hour later that they were out of stock and not expecting a new delivery for 3-4 weeks. That was over a week ago. I am going to give them a few more days then pop into Cotswolds and buy one off the shelf, as I’m not sure I can wait that long.

I have agreement from my wife Chris, that I can do my first overnight camping trip on the upcoming bank holiday at the end of March. So I now have a deadline to aim for. I still have some kit to source and a location to select and a route to plan.


Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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1 Response

  1. Easy Walker says:

    That is really cheap for a stove. but a windscreen is rather nice to have. Downside of this type of stove is that you need more gas to get to the boiling point. I myself have the MSR eta pack lite fun thing is that you have al you need in one pacage i found it money well spend.

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