One can find many types of camping stoves sold in Malaysia. From the ancient kerosene wick stoves to high tech (and VERY pricey) MSR stoves, finding a portable stove really is not difficult. It is a piece of outdoor gear one can get quite easily in Malaysia.
I probably have a piece of every type of camping stove available in Malaysia. From simple DIY methylated spirit stoves to multi fuels. I don’t know why I have this fascination with stoves but probably because there is a small voice in me that is very concerned about how food is cooked in the bush. Food after all is a BIG thing for me.
This is the WILD L7 camping stove. I purchased this through a fellow Gunung Online forum in Sabah. Plus shipping, it costs me around RM65 for this stove. I have been told that this stove is very popular in Indonesia and one can buy it there for around RM30 only. I was really amazed by its simplicity so I got my contact in China to find out more. It is definitely made in China and it costs so much more less than RM30. The only problem is that I needed to invest in an MOQ of 1000pcs to bring them into Malaysia…uh…uh…not happening.
Back to this camping stove, while I wouldn’t say that it is the best stove around, it really is a practical bit of kit. The stove packs small and uses the butane gas canister that can be found abundantly in stores all over Malaysia. The canisters costs around RM3-RM4 each.
Like many other canister fueled stoves, this WILD L7 stove comes with an adjustable flame. Great for simmering. The stove also has legs and pot stands that are foldable which makes them really neat. One thing however I realize is that the edges of the legs are rather sharp. Probably some filing would make them more ‘friendly’.
Using this stove is so easy. Just attach the canister to the stove, adjust the flame control and ignite. Oh…it comes with a piezo ignition as well! The stove gives out a blue hot flame and boils a pot of water in minutes.
I have recently been using this camping stove in most of my jungle trips. I find them very easy to use and fuss-free. Other good things include no priming needed, light and easily available fuels. Oh, and it is definitely cheap! A canister I reckon lasts me up to 5 meals. The canister can be detached between uses unlike some puncture canister that once attached needs to be completely used before it can be detached.
The downside is that the canisters are a bit bulky and probably not the best for the environment. On longer treks, probably 4 days or more, one can imagine the number of canisters required to last the entire trip. Empty canisters cannot be compressed or puncture and that means its gonna take up the same amount of space throughout the trek.
I would recommend this WILD L7 camping stove for use in Malaysia especially on shorter trips. It is very cheap, practical, light and the fuel is easily available. Especially for those who go into the bush ‘occasionally’. Why pay hundreds of ringgits for something we do occasionally?
SEE also other entries on outdoor gear by clicking on the following links:
- Choosing backpack for the Malaysian jungle
- Adidas kampung
- Jungle boots
- Leech socks
- Parang Ilang of Sarawak
Go to www.outdoor-gear-malaysia.com to find out more about camping stoves (and other outdoor gear) in Malaysia.