One of the key things will be cooking on the expedition. Standard gas stoves would not be feasible in madagascar as getting hold of the gas canisters out there would be impossible therefore we will be taking several multi fuel stoves.
There are a number of different multi fuel stoves on the market such as MSR’s “Whisperlite” and “Dragonfly”, Optimus’s “Nova”, Primus’s “Gravity” all which come in at £100+
While researching multifuel stoves I also found one made by a chinese company called “Fire Maple”  who make a multifuel stove costing £70 (£45 if you buy it from china however I did not have time for it to arrive from china). Initially I crossed it off a cheap chinese rubbish however after reading a number of reviews including this one  I was more interested.
The “Fire maple FMS-F5 Turbo” is apparently not a burn anything type multi fuel stove however it reportedly runs best on petrol or white gas. It also has some rather impressive weight specifications:
Stove and pump – 240g
330ml fuel bottle weighs – 112g
Spare parts kit weighs – 24g
Carry pouch weighs – 16g
Total packed weight is 392g which makes it considerably lighter than any of the other multi fuel stoves on the market. The lightweight nature of the stove made it quite attractive for an expedition where we will likely be carrying our boats and kit for several days to access new rivers. For this every gram counts and I am shaving as much weight out of my boat and kit as possible. I therefore i finally decided to risk it an get one of these stoves from ultralight gear .
It arrived in 2 days. My initial thoughts were that the stove felt very compact and solid and the fuel bottle was very small and compact (330ml) the pump was the only bit that looked rather cheap and chinese. Made mostly from plastic you have to be careful when screwing it on to the bottle so as not to cross the plastic threads.
Following recommendations I bought a litre of primus powerfuel (a super clean burning petroleum spirit) for £6.30 from Cotswold and tested the stove. For the stove to work it requires primed by pressurising the fuel bottle and then heating up the preheat tube by burning a small amount of fuel <1ml in the priming dish beneath the burner. Priming is very quick (around 20 – 30 seconds) and then you can open up the fuel valve allowing the liquid fuel to pass through the preheating tube and be vaporized as it comes out the burner, Igniting as it is mixed with the air.
The stove burns with a rather scary/satisfying roaring (very hot) blue jet flame and rapidly heats the steel burner to almost white hot temperatures.
I ran a quick test to measure how quickly it boils 1L of water in a pan with a lid and also how much fuel was required to boil one litre including the fuel used to prime it.
The stove boiled 1L of water in 5:45 minutes and used 22g of fuel (~29ml of fuel) This means an entire fuel bottle could boil 11L of water and run continuously for around 1 hour.
I have not tried cooking food on it yet however I will write another post once I have used it more.