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Few things are as satisfying as finishing a day of exploration by sitting down to prepare a solid, delicious meal. Good food and the outdoors simply just go hand in hand. But a worthwhile stove set-up can add both bulk and weight to your kit, so many ultra-light travelers often opt to go without hot food at all.
I’ve done that myself. I didn’t like it. So over the course of many backcountry adventures, I’ve tested out a wide array of cooking techniques. Relying on campfires isn’t the best tactic, as good wood isn’t always available. Canister stoves are more reliable, but the extra bulk and weight of the canister can become a real pain (this is especially true on bikepacking trips, where space is at an absolute premium).
As an alternative, I’ve turned to Vargo stoves and pots. The Vargo Titanium Converter alcohol/gel tab stove, Vargo Titanium Hexagon wood stove, and Vargo Titanium Ti-Boiler two-piece kettle set have come to find a place in my kit for nearly every adventure.