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What’s cooking?

That depends on what your stove can handle. Most of these lightweight models pack considerable firepower.

Its weight (3 ounces), size (4 by 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches), required maintenance (none), resistance to wind, easy flame regulation and quick boil time (one pint of water in less than two minutes) make this a fine choice for backpacking below 15,000 feet and in temperatures above freezing. Drawbacks: The small stove surface requires often-tricky balancing acts, the fuel canisters are not reusable and fuel is limited to butane and MSR’s Premium Mix. $40. (800) 877-9677, www.msrcorp.com()
The WindPro works great in windy conditions, and it supports large pots well and comes with a windscreen and a heat reflector. Like the PocketRocket, the WindPro requires threaded canisters containing butane or MSR Premium Mix, cleaning is minimal and boil time per pint of water breaks two minutes. But the WindPro has more breakable parts than canister toppers such as the PocketRocket. Weight: 6.8 ounces. Size: 5 by 4 1/4 by 3 inches. $70. (800) 877-9677, www.msrcorp.com()
This stove can operate on white gas, gasoline, kerosene, even aviation fuel, and unlike butane/mix stoves, the MultiFuel accepts reusable bottles and can operate in extremely low temperatures. This stout Swedish product weighs 16 1/2 ounces and measures 6 1/2 by 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches -- a bit on the chunky side, but remember: White gas weighs significantly less than butane and MSR’s Premium Mix. Unlike butane/mix stoves, the MultiFuel requires regular cleaning. $90. (800) 543-9124, www.primus.se()
This German-engineered stove is inexpensive, compact (3 by 4 by 3/4 inches) and light (3 1/4 ounces), features two locking positions for optimum heat concentration and uses fuel cubes that emit no harmful odors, leave no mess and burn 12 to 15 minutes apiece. Unlike butane-fueled stoves, performance is not affected by heat or cold. The Esbit brings one pint of water to boil in 8 eight minutes (that’s slow). Excellent for day trips for one or two people and as a backup stove. $10. (800) 343-5827, www.mpioutdoors.com()