I've always lugged a heavy, two‑burner Coleman stove along on my trips, but the last portage I crawled over convinced me that the time had come for me to lighten up. What are my options?
Simply put, you can pack heat or scrounge for it. Wood fires are welcome on cold nights, and they're a venerable backcountry tradition, but they're flat‑out illegal in many places, and even where (and when) they're permitted, they're both fussy and time‑consuming. A lightweight, single‑burner stove is usually a much better bet. The following articles explore both approaches:
That's it. I hope my summary has shed some light on this most important subject. Bon appétit!