I hiked more than half of the Appalachian Trail without a stove. I did not suffer, and at the time I was more than content with my cold diet for dinner. Move forward more than 15 years and I am not of the same mindset. For me, going without a hot meal for dinner is just not going to happen. What I enjoy most is a nice hearty meal of Lipton noodles with a packet of chicken as I settle in for the evening.
For the past 15 or so years I have been using the Primus TiLite canister stove. The stove weighs in at 3.6 oz and is one of the best purchases that I have ever made. The stove packs down small and is easy to use. An adjustable flame makes it possible to simmer my meals when needed. This stove is not cheap, but it has been a very reliable asset.
In conjunction with the titanium stove, I have a choice of three sizes of titanium cook pots. Each size has a specific use and function. My largest cook pot made by Evernew has a volume of 1.3l and weighs 4.6oz. This was my first purchase after hiking the Appalachian Trail and has served me well on multi-day trips where I am cooking for two or more. My intermediate sized is made by Snowpeak. The pot weighs in at 6.2oz with a volume of 900ml. This pot is used for cooking my Lipton noodles on my solo trips. The smallest sized pot is made by Toaks and has a 600ml volume and weights 3.80z. This is the perfect size for prepackaged freeze-dried meals.
Canister size has vastly improved since I first purchased my stove. In the past, I traditionally carried an 8oz canister. Today you can get canisters that only weigh around 3.5oz. I find that a 3.5oz canister will last me about 10 days of cooking my dinners. Normal use for me is bringing water to a boil and cooking my Lipton noodles/chicken for about 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes is up, I cap the noodles and let my meal sit for 10 or so minutes.
To shovel in the delectable meals, I prefer a small lexan spoon. I keep a bandanna to clean up any spillage, grab the handles should they get hot, and to dry the pot after cleaning. The end of a spatula is used to clean out any remaining food before I clean and dry my cook pot.
So what is your choice of stove and why?