How to choose a camping stove

 

A camping stove ensures that you can enjoy a hot meal, even when you are spending a night or two outdoors. There are several types of camping stoves to choose from, and here are a few tips I learned when I was looking for my own.

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Type of Fuel

One of the first things to consider is the type of fuel the camping stove uses, and there are several to choose from. Overall I recommend propane, simply because it is the easiest to use and usually the least expensive. Propane tanks are also refillable or can be exchanged for a full one, and this can be easily done at most gas stations and sporting good stores. You can choose 5, 10 or even hefty 20 gallon tanks, though most camping stoves use smaller ones so they are easy to carry.

 

Size

The next aspect to consider is the size of the camping stove, and this will depend on the number of people you are trying to feed. If it is a solo trip then a one burner model will work great for you, and you might even want to consider a backpacking stove. These one burner stoves are lightweight, inexpensive, easy to use, and extremely convenient to carry on long hikes to the campsite.

Most camping stoves come with two burners, which is usually enough for you to feed up to 7 people at a time. If your group is larger than you will probably want to choose a model that comes with three burners. This will help ensure that everyone gets to eat at the same time, which can definitely make the camping trip a more pleasant experience for everyone. It is important to remember that the size of the camping stove will affect its price, along with how easy and convenient it is to carry with the rest of your gear.

 

Features

All camping stoves are capable of boiling, but some can also simmer. Just because you are camping it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t enjoy some variety in your dinner. Some top rated camping stoves can actually perform almost as well as your large appliance back home, but this will also affect the price. Wind resistance is another convenient feature to look for, and it can make the difference between a hot and cold meal depending on the weather.

 

 

Why an electronic dart board is better than a conventional one

Last Christmas, my wife got me an electronic dartboard and I have to say, it was the best gift ever. I wasn’t much of a player before that, but every now and then I did get together with the guys for a game night, and poked holes into my old, cork dartboard. The problem with that dart board was that eventually, someone would start to see less clearly and begin throw the darts at my walls, and even at my furniture. I’m not sure, but that might have been the sole motivation of my wife’s purchase.

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In any case, having an electronic dart board not only saved me from that problem, but it kind of relit our passion for the game. If you don’t know how this electronic thing works, let me try and describe it for you. First of all, you should know it’s not made of the usual materials, but out of a plastic that has hundreds of tiny holes. When you throw the dart, the tip enters one of these holes, reaching a sensor of some type, that indicates the internal computer of your hit. The computer will then calculate your score and you will see it on the display.

1Some of my friends protested at first, saying they didn’t feel they were playing darts anymore, but as soon as they realized the score was now calculated more accurately and remained untampered with throughout the entire game, they became more and more satisfied. And that’s not all. This model can keep score for about 10 different variations, so there’s really no occasion for us to get bored.

Aside from how easy playing has become for me, I would warmly recommend replacing the conventional dart board with an electronic one to anyone who has children. This type of board comes with darts that have a soft plastic tip that cannot even sting, not to mention stab someone. I think this is a safety measure worth considering, especially if your little ones have the habit of running around the game room.

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I also think there is a clear difference in durability. While the regular board suffers constantly from being hit by rough metal, the electronic board is treated much kindly by the soft tips. By the time I replaced it, my old dart board was partially discolored, and there were certain spots where you could clearly see the points where the darts had entered repeatedly. I just don’t see that happening with an electronic dart board.

Weekend camping trips

If we want a cheap and fun activity the whole family can do, it’s going on weekend camping trips. However, there are quite a few supplies that we would have to pack if we are to manage life in the outdoors without making everyone regret coming to the family activity. For everyone to have a really great time outdoors on weekends, we should make sure we have the following ready:

Shelter and living essentials

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The whole point of weekend camping is enjoying the outdoors and being one with nature for the weekend. Unless campers own an RV or camper or intend to sleep under the stars, a tent should always be part of the camping equipment we own. The needed stakes, poles and rainfly should be undamaged and ready for use. The tent/s should fit as many people as are coming for the trip, with room to spare for other camping essentials. We can also bring sleeping bags or cots, camping pillows, sleeping mats or air mattresses. We should also bring several flashlights, some camping lanterns or perhaps an emergency radio. Camping or beach chairs, camping cookware, plates, cups and flatware, cooking utensils, and camping stoves are also essential.

Clothing essentials

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Everyone should be wearing good hiking boots or footwear. Sunglasses can keep our eyes protected from the rays of the sun. Waterproof gloves are sensible but not necessary. A wide-brimmed sun or rain hat is good if we intend to go exploring. Everyone should have their own jackets or sweaters, vests, hiking socks, quick-dry swimsuits or pants and shorts, standard underwear and shirts, depending on the location and the planned camping activities. Plastic garbage bags are a smart way of keeping the campsite clean.

Activity essentials

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If we plan to do some fishing, we shouldn’t forget to bring fishing equipment such as fishing poles, bait and tackle gear. For hunting trips, we can choose from hunting bows and hunting rifles or hunting pistols. Treestands and blinds may also be needed. A hunting knife can come in handy for kitchen duties, rope cutting and other purposes. We just need to make sure any weapons we take along won’t be within easy reach of our children. We should bring a camera and film if needed, batteries for our portables, cell phones, water bottles and water purifiers, toiletries such as facial cleanser, soap and shampoo, etc., insect repellent, personal hygiene items such as shavers or razors plus shaving gel, toothbrush and toothpaste and others. A GPS, fish finder and fishing boat can be helpful as well.