There are a lot of choices for cooking outdoors. Some of these choices are more appealing to people than other choices. But, those choices are limited to the types of fuel sources that can be used. Each product is specifically designed for the fuel source and may or may not be interchangeable with other fuel sources.
For example, if you choose a butane stove, then you are committing yourself to that buying lifestyle. You can’t burn wood or alcohol fuel with it. You are stuck with buying canisters of vapor gas for that style. I suppose some people are happy with buying butane cans all the time. Perhaps they are welders or use butane for other purposes besides outdoor cooking and grew comfortable with common usage of the family of products.
But for those people who have limited experience with welding and never really use butane or propane tanks, they may be a little more hesitant with the disposable or reusable canisters. It may not make sense to buy a flammable gas where you can’t see the amount of fuel you have left. Perhaps, people with a little more patience can live without propane canisters.
You can cook faster and at a hotter temperature with butane -without a doubt. Using a propane source is not a matter if you can boil water -but when. Many of the propane cookers can boil 1 liter of water in under 5 minutes, while a wood stove or alcohol stove can take up to 10 minutes.
The propane stove is instantly ready as soon as you light it. Whereas, an alcohol stove needs a few minutes to warm up. Also, wood needs a few minutes to warm up as well. If you are in a hurry, then the butane stoves will save you on time, but the cost will be insurmountable. Although you are trying to save yourself on time with cooking so you can get back to the job that will easily cover your cooking costs, right?
As a homeless, jobless, and penniless person, I have a lot of spare time. I also don’t have the money for a propane stove. I can’t fathom or rationalize the purchase to save time when I have spare time. The only reason I can see a need to save time in cooking, is if I have to illegally cook in the city and need to have as few witnesses as possible so the cops don’t get alerted. I don’t need to get a ticket for being hungry, just like I don’t want a ticket for being tired.
To have a couple of stoves for 2 conditions:
- in the city
- in the woods
might be a good way to go. I don’t believe that any of the propane stoves are a good option, even though they can save me the most time in cooking. I fear that a propane cannister could blow up inside my car on a hot day. A lot of things overheat inside my car on summer days, so I don’t have any kind of aerosol cans out of fear of a disaster.