Understanding the pros and cons of a kerosene stove and other liquid fuel stoves


There are no real differences between the kerosene pressure cooker, the single fuel stove and the multi fuel stove, except the fuel and fuel gas used to deliver the fuel to the combustion. The models are probably different, but we're still talking about a liquid fuel stove.

Most of the time, the fuel tank must be under pressure. So there is the initial pumping of the tank and then several times during cooking.

Details to look for in a kerosene stove and other liquefied petroleum stoves:

1. The style or design differs between the kerosene pressure cooker and the single or multi-fuel cooker.

2. Style and design also vary within each of the three categories.

  1. There are two basic patterns for # 1 and # 2:
    1. The burner and fuel tank are attached
    2. The burning and fuel tank are separated and connected to a hose.

3. Repairability: Can the stove be easily repaired in the field?

  1. Tools any tool required?
  2. Partsdo any spare parts required?
    1. How easy is it to get an exchange before you go on a trip?
    2. Are spare parts affordable?

4. How easy is the fuel tank to rise?

  1. Are the parts of good quality or cheap plastic? Remember that plastic is not always bad. It is lightweight and can be very durable.
  2. Do the fingers fit the pump or crawl or push off the road?
  3. It takes a long time to put pressure on? This varies based on the amount of fuel in the tank.

5. How easy is it to refill the fuel tank?

For stoves that have the fuel tank and the burner connected, you have to carry a spare fuel bottle to pour into the tank. This can cause fuel spillage; both in you and on earth.

For stoves that have burners and fuel tanks, the spare fuel bottle becomes the new fuel tank. All you do is remove the tops and replace the bottles.

  1. This means that there is no fuel spill.
  2. No fuel spillage
  3. Much less and less fuel handling.

6. A real pet peeve of mine is a shortcut to fuel regulation. On some stoves you almost burn your fingers when adjusting the fuel supply. Check out this feature and make sure you can adjust the fuel supply without sacrificing any figures.

  1. Check the stove base:
    1. It should be wide with 3 or 4 point long legs.
    2. The base must be stable and easily adjustable to get the stove level. This is usually done with a rock or piece of wood. Some stoves may have adjustable legs.

7. Look at the cooking surface:

  1. How big of a pot will it hold and remain stable?
  2. This also applies to the weight of the pot when full.

8. Remember the holding case.

  1. It should be lightweight, carry everything, including spare and flexible parts. Better packaged with a flexible case.

9. Finally, does it come with a reflection of wind / heat?

  1. It doesn't matter if you do or not, but you will still need one.

Kerosene pressure cooker


  1. It will not explode, flammable, and therefore safer than other liquid, flammable fuels.
  2. Available worldwide and free
  3. High heat to weight ratio
  4. The best stove to use in extreme weather
  5. Will not explode (flammable)


  1. It can be very messy
  2. It can smoke if not properly adjusted
  3. young
  4. It does not boil well unless you lift the pot over the stove
  5. Maintenance can be disturbing
  6. Fuel storage

Single and multi fuel stove


Uses different types of fuel:

* Naptha Type Fuels – Coleman Fuel, MSR Fuel, White Gas, Shell, Fuel, Zippo Fuel, Ronsonol Fuel, Heptane, Blazo, Cigarette Released Liquid and Some Light Coal Fluids

* Unauthorized gas – VERY NOT recommended; It emits very toxic fumes

* White gas – This is gasoline in its purest form, with no additives

1. Easier to find the fuel you need.

2. High heat to weight ratio.

3. The best stove to use in extreme weather


Multi-fuel stoves are more expensive than single-fuel models

  1. Less messy and evaporates much faster than kerosene or diesel
  2. It can smoke if not properly adjusted
  3. It does not boil well unless you lift the pot over the stove
  4. Maintenance can be disturbing
  5. Fuel storage
  6. It will explode (flammable) except kerosene and diesel

kerosene and oil can also be used in multi-fuel stoves. The same pros and cons are still valid.