Best Multi-Fuel Stove for Hiking and Back-Packers

The benefit of choice is paramount when it comes to extracting value from a purchase, particularly with camping stoves where the focus for back packers and campers alike is often on small, compact and light weight.

Having the ability to choose from different fuel sources can make all the difference between one camping trip and another. Often a backpacker will travel for multiple days, the burden to carry the extra weight of fuel (not to mention the additional space in the back pack) is too much, and natural (wood) fuel is the best bet. But, burning wood is not always an option for portable camping stoves, and sometimes the convenience of fuel bricks, alcohol / spirits, or gel is too hard to ignore, particularly if you are hiking in winter and can expect natural fuels to be wet.

This article reviews the features of the most popular multi fuel camp stoves on the market today.
Contents
1. Firebox Bushcraft Multifuel Stove - Does it all.
2. Emberlit Titaniun Multifuel Stove – Very light.
3. Emberlit Stainless Steel Multifuel Stove – Very small.
4. Quickstove Portable Emergency Camping Stove – Emergencies and preppers.
Firebox Bushcraft
Firebox Bushcraft Multi fuel stove
Versatile
Stainless Steel
$$$
5.0 x 5.0 x 7.5 inches

12.7 x 12.7 x 19 cm's
2 pounds

907 grams
Emberlit Titanium
Light
Titanium
$$
4.4 x 4.4 x 4 inches

11.1 x 11.1 x 10.1 cm's
2.8 ounches

80 grams
Emberlit Stainless Steel
Emberlit Fireant Stainless Steel Multi Fuel Stove
Small
Stainless Steel
$
3.5 x 3.5 x 5 inches

8.9 x 8.9 x 12.7 cm's
6.5 ounches

185 grams

Firebox Bushcraft Multi-Fuel Camping Stove Review – Adjustable, robust, and very easy to operate - The Top Pick at My Cook N Ware

We will start off with the best multi-fuel camp stove we can find, the Bushcraft mutlifuel camping stove from Firebox. This unit is an essential for backpackers and campers, and rates as our top pick.

The Firebox Bushcraft stove is adaptable to multiple fuels and can burn wood untended for over an hour where the wood is loaded vertically, as per the Swedish Firetorch method.

Large diameter logs can be loaded in and will burn for a long time, giving consistent heat without the need to continually feed and adjust. Turned upside down it can be converted into a rocket stove, and is great for cooler nights when warmth is needed.

This unit comes a damper to control air flow entering the bottom of the unit and feeding the fire. It is also one of the quickest and easiest setup with hinged panels that fold flat for storage in a matter of seconds.

Firebox Bushcraft Multi-fuel Stove

Firebox Bushcraft Multi-fuel Stove

There is a good amount of engineering design gone into the Firebox Bushcraft, some of the engineering is put is focused towards reliability, robustness, and ease of use;

  • Small vent holes for some air but not so large that winds will effect the fire.
  • Strong hinges, that do not bend when heated, making setup and pull down consistently quick and reliable.
  • Solid stainless steel that stops warping after repeated use.
  • Dual fuel feed port meaning small ports stops burnt wood from falling out, and less uncontrolled wind from unsettling the fire.

Features

Too numerous to list everything, here are just a few of the  key features of the Firebox Bushman stove.

Collapsible

Backpackers and the space saving conscious will be thrilled with the hinged design that folds away flat with ease in just a few seconds.

Air Damper

Temperature and burn time is controlled by an adjustable air damper. Combined with the additional burn time when loading wood vertically this is an added level of comfort (often underrated) that ensures the Firebox Bushman will outshine all other multifuel stoves. It is possible with this setup to get a very hot fire, good for quick boil and cooking.

Comes with

Grill for direct grilling over open flames, no pan necessary.

Firesticks which can be used as a grate for a pot, multiple levels for different fuel sources, or to pickup and move the stove, or pull out the ash tray while it is hot.

Pot shroud (boil plate), flames will not be effected by wind. The pot shroud surrounds the pot when trying to boil water. Pot will fit snugly inside the wind shroud.

Travel pack, keeps the stove components neatly stored together when packed away.

Specification
  • Weight – 2 pounds / 900 grams
  • Size – 5” w x 5” d x 7.5” h / 12.7cm w x 12.7cm d x 19cm h
  • Material – Stainless Steel
  • Flat pack – 0.375” / 9.5cm
  • Fuel – Natural (wood), alcohol, gel, solid
Pro's
  • Easy and quick to setup
  • Solid construction, does not warp
  • Extra long burn time
  • Adjustable temperature, can adjust to very hot
Con's
  • A little heavier than some competitors

Final Word

The Firebox Bushcraft multi-fuel camp stove does it all. It is heavier than some stoves in this review, but if you can find a way carry a small amount of extra weight the benefits are enormous. This stove does it all with ease, it’s the Swiss Army Knife of multi-fuel camping stoves.


Emberlit Fireant Titanium Multi-fuel Backpacking Stove Review – Very small and the lightest multi-fuel stove you will find

The Emberlit Fireant multifuel stove is an ultra-light and very compact camping backpackers stove. It is a collapsible design and comes with a fabric carry bag to contain all the parts once they are collapsed. This makes for very economical storage and a very small weight burden.

This is almost no reason not to pack one of these units into the backpack for a hike in the woods.

Features

Small and Light Weight

Made from 100% titanium allows for thin wall construction while retaining strength and saving weight.

Collapsible

Quickly folds away flat and stores in a fabric bag so that parts are not lost. Flat pack storage allows for easy packing in backpack.

Tray for alcohol or spirit burner

If alcohol is available as a fuel an integrated tray can be used to raise the fuel pot closer to the pot or pan being heated.

Ultra Light Weight Titanium Construction

Titanium construction is very robust and allows for a very thin material making this stove very lightweight.

Specification
  • Weight - 2.8 ounces / 80 grams
  • Size – 3.5” w x 5” d x 4” h / 8.9cm w x 12.7cm d x 10.1cm h
  • Material – Titanium
  • Flat pack – 1/8” / 3cm
  • Fuel – Natural (wood), alcohol, gel, solid
Pro's
  • Very small and compact
  • Effecient wood burning design
  • Titanium, stront and will not rust
Con's
  • Fiddly to setup
  • Sharp edges
  • Wood can burn out fast

Final Word

If you are a serious backpacker and conscious of saving as much weight as possible, this is the only stove you will want to carry. Simply put, this is the lightest multi-fuel stove on the market.

Emberlit Fireant Titanium Multi-fuel Backpacking Stove

Emberlit Fireant Stainless Steel Stove Review – Lightweight and ultra-small multi-fuel stove

As per normal with the Emberlit Fireant series this is a very small, compact, and lightweight multifuel stove. In fact it is slightly smaller than the Emberlit Titanium multifuel stove, allowing for additional storage options. Stainless steel construction provides a solid material for continued use and robustness.

Features

Small and Light Weight

Made from 100% stainless steel, making it very strong and durable. Emberlit Fireant Stainless Steel Stove’s overriding feature and great strength is that it is very small.

Collapsible

Quickly folds away flat and stores in a fabric bag so that parts are not lost. Flat pack storage allows for easy packing in backpack.

Tray for alcohol or spirit burner

If alcohol is available as a fuel an integrated tray can be used to raise the fuel pot closer to the pot or pan being heated.

Stainless Steel Construction

Stainless Steel construction is very robust.

Specification
  • Material – Stainless Steel
  • Weight – 6.5 ounces / 815 grams
  • Size – 5.5” w x 5” d x 3.5” h / 14cm w x 12.7cm d x 8.9cm h
  • Flat pack – 1/8” / 3cm
  • Fuel – Natural (wood), alcohol, gel, solid
Pro's
  • No rust stainless steel/li>
  • Very strong, good for heavy pots
  • Effecient wood burning design
  • Smaller than Titanium model
Con's
  • Fiddly to setup
  • Sharp edges
  • Wood can burn out fast

Final Word

If you are looking for the smallest possible multi fuel stove to fit into your backpack, this is the stove for you.

Emberlit Fireant Stainless Steel Camp Stove

Quickstove Portable Emergency Camping Cook Kit Review – A cheap multi-fuel stove ideal for occasional emergencies and occasional backpacking Exceptional Value for Money

The Quickstove kit is actually a full camp stove setup, and includes all necessary accessories to be able to make hot water or cook a meal. Accessories include; the Multi Fuel Stove, 2 Fuel Disks, Stainless Steel Pot, Pocketknife Utensils, Food, Matches, and even a solar flashlight. This makes it ideal for those with an unreliable cooking source, such as cabins or anywhere with unreliable power or gas supply.

Features

Small and Light Weight

Made from Aluminized Steel, making it very strong very strong and durable.

Quickly folds away into a small box shape.

Adjustable

Easily and quickly adjustable to a different pot sizes.

Multiple configurations each optimizing the fuel source.

Accessories

Comes with everything needed to get cooking, except food and water.

Specification
  • Material – Aluminized Steel
  • Size – 6” w x 6” d x 4” h / 15cm w x 15cm d x 10cm h
  • Fuel – Natural (wood), alcohol, gel, solid, charcoal
Pro's
  • Sturdy and light weight
  • Kit incuds pot and other accessories
  • Stove closes to contain packed fuel source
Con's
  • Can be affected by wind

Final Word

As a cheap multi-fuel camping stove the Quickstove Portable Emergency Camp Cook Kit provides a lot for the money. The included extras make this a great value choice. Ideal for emergency situations where heating and cooking is unreliable, is a good option for the occasional camper / backpacker.

Quickstove Portable Emergency Camping Cook Kit

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