Q. I am looking for a nice backpacking stove that doesn’t use too much gas or weigh too much. What can you recommend?
— Stoveless Steven, Phoenix, Ariz.
A. If you’re just getting into backpacking, choose a canister-type stove. These are just small burners that screw on top of butane fuel canisters. They are simple, reliable and some are also very lightweight. These are two of my favorite canister stoves that’ll have you cooking in no time:
Mountain Safety Research PocketRocket ($40, www.msrgear.com) One of the most durable ultralight canister stoves on the market, the palm-size PocketRocket weighs just three ounces. It has a small but hot flame and is best for smaller pots.
Brunton Raptor ($61, www.brunton.com) This five-ounce stainless-steel butane canister stove features an automatic lighting system, and though it’s super compact, its three fold-out arms can support a surprisingly large pot.