At the end of a long day on the road, I usually can’t face getting back on the bike and searching for a place to eat.
Therefore, on each multi-day tour or camping trip, I carry a backpacking stove, lightweight metal pot, and several packets of freeze-dried backpacking food. BTW: “Backpacker’s Pantry” makes the best food. They have interesting, great tasting entrees. At the end of the day, I boil a couple of cups of water, pour it into the foil packet, and wait a few minutes before eating, usually accompanied by water from my camelbak. I’ve even done this in a hotel room, after a very wet day when all I wanted was to get warm and go to sleep.
Unfortunately. the camping stove I’ve used for the last two years wasn’t actually mine, so I left it in California with it’s owner.
No fear! This last weekend, REI had a 20% off one item sale for members. I’ve been eyeing the Jetboil camping stove system for the last few months. This was my opportunity to knock a significant chunk off the purchase price.
I haven’t actually tried it out yet, but I unpacked it to see how it all fits together.
The neat thing about the Jetboil is that the stove, fuel canister, and pot (insulated metal cup actually) all fit together for light and compact transport. It will trim the size required to stow my cooking system by half! It’s easy to use too, with an ignitor button and little black knob to control the flame. To cook, you just screw it on to the fuel can, turn the knob to get the gas flowing, and press the button. Presto! Hot water in minutes. Caffeine junkies can even buy an accessory that lets you brew coffee in the cup (not my thing).
The stove + a fuel canister came out to ~$60 with the sale. Check out Jetboil’s Official Website for more info.