I researched on the internet as to the best lightweight camping stove. I kept coming back to the Whisperlite stove, which a lot of people were happy with. So I ordered the model which ran on Shellite (White Gas). The stove itself has performed pretty well. Just need to make sure it is maintained and it will be very reliable. One drawback I have noticed with the stove over the last year or so in Australia is that Shellite seems to be be harder to find outside largish sized towns. So I might be looking at replacing the stove with the new Whisperlite Universal, which can use many different types of fuels, which I know are available in smaller towns here in Australia.
Pots and pans
After using a pot designed for one person on my first major tour, I realised I wanted something a little bit bigger. As I would always be eating a larger meal after riding during the day. I ended up getting a GSI cookware set. It came with two pots (1x2l and 1x1.5l), frypan and strainer. I only take the larger pot and strainer with me on tour. If I was touring with a couple of people I would take the extra pot along. I have found them to be well made and a big plus is that I can fit my camping stove inside the pot when travelling. So saving a lot of space in the pannier.
I really missed having a good coffee on my Perth to Adelaide trip. Was interested in trying an Airspresso, which I noticed recently. It relies on using a bike pump to put pressure through the hot water and coffee. After a few practice runs at home I was happy to take it with me on my Mittagong to Dungog tour. What a great idea, when I was camping many kms from anywhere I was able to have a real coffee. A fantastic start to the day. If you like coffee I would certainly recommend the Airspresso to help with your daily fix.