Being able to harvest farm fresh goodys and having a way to steam items such as mustard greens or kale is pretty nice with rice and butter.
I have always appreciated the small lightweight design and non toxic fuel cubes of the Esbit Pocket Stove (pictured at right). The cubes are very inexpensive and work well for heating water for tea, coffee and other quick camp meals such as your favorite instant noodles and the like. I have also safely used this in a semi enclosed area with ventilation of course without concern of breathing toxic fumes. A very nice option for weathering a storm in a tent and cooking under a vestibule.
Another nice feature I found is that when I noticed I was running low on fuel cubes I simply added small dry twigs to easily extend cooking methods. Very small, folds flat for storage and small enough to fit in one's pocket.
Because I'm not a big fan of many of the starchy instant noodle products I prefer to cook organic Jasmine rice which cooks in 15 minutes or less. Easy to flavor with dehydrated goodys and soy sauce packets. (Separate blog article for that later) However, cooking rice requires a gentle controlled flame in which case I prefer a different type of stove that is much more convenient when planning a bike tour with more meal preparation involved.
Coleman line of multi fuel stoves are very well made. I have two, the first one I found while backpacking. Someone left it I'm guessing frustrated that it wouldn't work. I was able to repair it with a new fuel plunger. Loaned that to my former brother in law and not sure what happened to it. Speaking of Ex's, the Exponent Dual Fuel Stove from Coleman is what I used to replace the Multi Fuel Stove I had found. Dubbed "Dual Fuel" as it will burn Coleman Fuel or unleaded gasoline. My experience has been that the "register" tends to malfunction and may need to be cleaned or replaced when burning unleaded gas with it.
Filling the tank of this stove is enough for a typical weekend of average cooking needs.
For longer bike tours I use a fuel bottle from MSR with handy dispenser spout for refilling. Whereas the Esbit is non toxic, safe to handle, Coleman fuel or white gas is awful stuff and should be dispensed carefully. This product from UCO dispensing cap is nice and doesn't require use of a funnel for filling my stove. Suggest getting a replacement round gasket for the cap as well. Another good option might be the Trangia 1 liter fuel bottle which comes with dispenser and is well reviewed.
One of my favorite finds is the Stanley 24oz. Adventure Camp Cook Set with vented lid it works very well with my Coleman for controlled cooking temps. Also, due to the vented lid I can also make rice on the Esbit stove. Handle and lid lock shut with storage for the two insulated plastic cups and other small items can be stored as well. Such as a small "spork" (pictured above) or a small "hobo tool" from Coleman or Ozark Trails (also pictured above)
The fold out handle of the Stanley cooker stays cool enough for safe handling and is made of stainless steel.
If you're a gourmet coffee hound, just can't do without your cup o' joe and appreciate well designed coffee preparing medthods, this model from Bodum is a fairly durable product with chrome wrap around glass. Good Stuff.
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Cheers! To quality dining and fun riding. Rideon.
For even more cooking options and for the gourmet in all of us a nice two person cook set is fun to play with. With a lid that can double as a plate, mad of stainless steel with a copper bottom and built in rubber coated handle, this model from Stansport is very nice to have when you want to kick back and relax with a well cooked meal. With the Coleman Stove described earlier on low heat I can load that little pan up with all sorts of goodys, put the lid on it and relax while the food simmers. Then use the frying pan and lid as plates to eat from, very nice and less dishes! Quality, well made to last for several years.
For clean up and just wiping things off as needed to feel clean and sanitary I use a small towel from Sea to Summit. Durable, packs small, very absorbent and easy to clean. A very nice thing to throw into a pack or pannier for any outing.