'DNA in Mollies Ridge Shelter
I'm cooking up dinner on my tiny whisperlite stove. Most hikers had similar gear. Our stoves were usually 'white gas' models that burn purified gasoline. A half ounce would be enough to boil a full quart of water. The photo shows the red fuel cylinder (22 oz).
The pot of water is atop a fold-out tripod that is the stove burner, along with a loop of fuel line that runs next to the burner, heating the liquid fuel within to pressurize the burner jets. A small valve on the side controls the heat and burn rate. A thin aluminum foil sheet wraps around as a wind guard.
Heating up a pot of water depends on altitude, but in general it only takes a couple of minutes to bring things to a boil. Cooking up pasta, beans, rice, or heating up water for tea, hot cocoa or hot jello (a favorite cold-weather dessert of mine) -- all of it done from this little stove. The stove legs swivel around the base so that the stove and fuel line fit right in the pot. Wrap the wind break around the fuel bottle and your kitchen is packed.