Tech & Science : camping stove should be wind-resistant and reliable

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With piezo ignition, the flame on the camping cooker is created at the push of a button. This is comfortable - if it works. However, you should not rely on this and always have an alternative source of ignition in your backpack, advises the magazine “Alpin” (issue 09/22). These can be matches or a lighter.

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is to be used more frequently, a system with an external cartridge is an advantage. These devices are more stable and more economical in consumption.

Wind can put the consumption upstairs

Since the stoves can only be used outside the tent due to the carbon monoxide poisoning risk, wind susceptibility plays an important role.

Here there were sometimes big differences in the study: While some stoves had to struggle with a light breeze, which kept the cooking time and gas consumption skyrocketing, the wind in other models hardly influenced the performance.

Two wind buste test winners and a price tip

hardly susceptible to wind and also with regard to consumption, stability and regulability of the flame, the two test winners were convincing: the Soto Windmaster (around 75 euros) was the best screw-on cooker in the field, the Primus Primeteech Stove set 1.3 l (around 180 euros) was ahead with the cooking systems with external supply line.

Apart from the comparatively high gas consumption, the screw-on kocher BergTrekking MT500 Piezo of the DECATHLON brand forclaz was also able to convince: With around 35 euros it is quite cheap and thus for “Alpin” the price tip in the test field.

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