When going on a trip, especially to cook at, say, a family event, buyers will often consider just how much weight they, personally, will have to haul around and this pertains to the size and weight of the stove. If a stove begins to weigh past a few pounds, it is probably too heavy for a casual trip on foot. The burners available will come with fuel cartridges and should be sufficient for the casual camper.
It is not unusual for burners to come with an easy method of ignition. Buttons are usually integrated in the system to make camping easy, but cautious campers often times bring a set of matches in case this method begins to fail. So long as there is a fuel source and a way to ignite it, the stove should be functional so it is not necessary to replace the stove if only the button refuses to work on it’s own after much use.
Propane, Butane and Isobutane canister fuel are all very easy to use. If the ignition is still functioning after repetitive use, all that needs to be done with these fuel sources is to push the button and watch it flame. There are, however, some disadvantages to using these fuels. If the weather is below freezing, it may not work properly and trying to cook a meal on the last remains of fuel in the tank can take a long time. While they last, they are excellent fuel sources. Keep in mind these products can be highly dangerous if the canisters which hold them are not properly disposed of and thus caution should be taken in doing this.
Another option for fuel is liquid fuel. Not so affected by weather and holding easily a steady, hot flame, they can make cooking very easy and relaxing but there is also a disadvantage. These fuels tend to cost a lot more than the aforementioned options, and it is up to the separate buyers whether the advantages tip the balance in its favor.