So I am enjoying thinking about my sabbatical, still a whole year away. I know that I’ll be riding my gorgeous Bike for Life and I have a fantastic chair sorted.
So time to think about another key priority. Food! I’m not interested in going totally minimal (see Ultralight Cycling) where you either eat dry cold food or at a restaurant. I will be camping for at least 5 weeks and want to eat well, for the most part cooking food from real ingredients rather than packets of instant meals.
We don’t have suitable stoves at the moment. All we have are the very basic sort that sit on a disposable gaz bottle, the key two problems with these are stability (we have knocked them over several times) and lack of a windshield (because they sit on top of the gas bottle they are too high for the stuff you tend to have lying around.
After thinking about lots of fuel possibilities (meths, paraffin, petrol) I have decided to stick with gas for simplicity. In particular gas is more widely available in the UK than the liquid fuels (at least in the quantities I want to carry). However there are two main standards: Camping Gaz vs everyone else. Fortunately I have found a gadget to help with this: The Edelrid Valve Canister Adapter.
So I am free to choose any stove that has an EN417 screw gas connection and use either of the two main gas bottle standards (EN417 and Camping Gaz CV Clic system).
I have decided to carry two stoves. One as the main cooking stove while the other is used for boiling water and anything that does not need fine control.
At the moment I am looking at an Optimus Vega Stove as the main cooking stove and a MSR MicroRocket as the extra.
The Optimus can take a wide variety of pan sizes, is very stable and has a windshield. It allows the gas bottle to be turned upside down for cooking at very low temperatures where the gas becomes a liquid. It is still only 178 grams and folds very small.
The MSR MicroRocket is probably the smallest gas stove and weighs only 75 grams. Yet it is supposed to be very fast and very stable. Seems an ideal stove that will mostly be used for things in water (apparently it creates a local hotspot which without a thick pan is likely to cause food to burn in that spot).
That only leaves a few much less significant issues such as pots/pans to decide
Hoping to get these sorted for Greenbelt this summer.