fbpx

The Top 15 Best Camping Stoves to Make You an Outdoor Chef

Best Camping Stoves of 2021 Quicklist

We know your time is valuable so here is the list of camping stoves we have chosen. Each of them is reviewed below but we understand if you just want to see the product.

  1. Outland Portable Camping Stove - Best Car Camping Stove
  2. BioLite Campstove 2 - Best Backpacking Stove
  3. Coleman Classic Propane Stove - Best Budget Camping Stove
  4. Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Modular Cooking Stove
  5. Camp Chef Deluxe Barbecue Grill Box
  6. FIREDISC Overland Bundle
  7. Blackstone Tabletop Grill
  8. Country Smokers 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle
  9. Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove
  10. GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Carrying Case
  11. GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove
  12. Jetboil Genesis Base Camp Stove
  13. Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System
  14. Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner
  15. CANWAY Camping Wood Stove

You gotta eat.

Even when you are in the back country or the woods and far away from your home kitchen. You could gather firewood and build a fire, but then you need to figure out how your going to cook on an open flame.

While there are camp systems that allow for this such as a folding camp grill that make this process easy, you still need to spend time properly preparing your fire site.

This means you need to make sure the area is flat, far enough from combustible timber as not to start a forest fire, and then you need to spend time gathering the right kind of wood.

Have you ever tried to start a fire with wet or damp wood? Good luck.

The advantage of a camping stove is the fire is ready when you (and your family) are ready to cook. You get to spend more time enjoying your time in the great outdoors and less time working in the great outdoors.

This list was constructed as a buying guide and the products chosen for this list were picked to suit as many camping styles as possible. You will find large basecamp cooking stations to individual stove for the weekender and backpacker.

Best Camping Stoves of 2021 Reviews

1. Outland Portable Camping Stove - Best Car Camping Stove

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

The Outland Portable Camping Stove is the perfect basecamp stove for car campers. 3 individual 30,000 BTU propane burners in a easily portable form factor. You will be hard pressed to find a better camp stove.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

We love how this stove offsets its weight by incorporating wheels. This means that there is minimal lifting and and as long as the terrain is not too un even you can drag the Outland Portable Stove to your desired location with minimal effort.

Set up is easy. The legs fold out and are locked in place with pins. The tray table fold out and lock in place for extra food prep area. Then put the wind screens up connect your propane tank and you are ready to go.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

This camping stove is large enough to be a full sized backyard grill and at the same time portable enough to go where you want to go.

The cooking area is massive. You have a 568 sq inch grill area that measures 36.9 inches by 15.4 inches. The foldable prep stations are 18 by 15 inches each and support up to 60lbs.

Specs

Burners: 3x 30,000 BTU Aluminum with Dial Control and Auto-Ignition
Weight: 57.8 lbs
Cooking Area: 568 sq inch grill area L 36.9" x W 15.4"
Food Prep Area: 2x L 18" x W 15" prep surfaces that hold up to 60 lbs each.
Accessories: Supports various 14" grill top accessories

Pros:

  • Controlable 30k BTU burners
  • Ultra portable for its weight
  • Massive cooking surface
  • Fits standard propane tanks 

Cons:

  • Heavy

2. BioLite Campstove 2 - Best Backpacking Stove

BioLite CampStove Campstove 2 Wood Burning USB Charging Bundle

A backpack portable stove that doubles as a biofuel generator. The BioLite Campstove 2 is one of the best solo camper stoves you should consider if you are looking for something that doesn't require you to carry gas.

You will however, have to gather firewood or carry wood pellets to use this stove, but the ability to save space normally reserved for propane canister is fantastic for backpackers.

The main draw of this system over other wood burning camp stoves is that this stove also works as a thermoelectric generator. As you are burning wood the BioLite is using that heat to charge a 2600 mAh battery.

This power can be used to charge your phone or GPS devices at night. This is especially helpful as a backup power source to a solar power pack.

BioLite CampStove Campstove 2 Wood Burning USB Charging Bundle

The entire stove system fits into the kettle pot and the cooking surface comes with a cover and takes up very little room in a backpack.

This is a wood burning stove, and a small one at that. You will need to baby sit the fire and make sure to keep it well fed. There is an LED indicator that lets you know what your fire is starting to lose its flame.

With this stove you need to be sure not to over feed the fire, it relied on fan driven circulation to keep the fire hot and concentrated and if the canister is over stuffed the fire might not be able to breath and a fire starved of air is soon no longer a fire.

If you are looking for the best possible wood burning backpacking stove, this might be the stove for you. 

Specs

Burners: Single wood burner, powered by a 4 speed fan for air circulation.
Weight: 1.02 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits up to 4 burgers or 6 hot dogs
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Comes with a kettle, Portable Grill, and a USB LED Light

Pros:

  • Doubles a portable biofuel generator
  • Hot concentrated fires from wood
  • Very small backpack footprint 
  • No need to carry fuel tanks 

Cons:

  • Babysitting a small fire
  • Not cheap

3. Coleman Classic Propane Stove - Best Budget Camping Stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

The classics. You probably remember your grandfather using one of these. The Coleman Classic Propane Stove is a tried and true design. It is ultra portable, and uses a small screw in propane tank. 

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

The lid pops up the sides fold out and you have instant wind screening for your 2 10,000 BTU burners. In order to ignite the burners you should probably have a long lighter or match. This stove is not self igniting. A 16.4 ounce propane tank will last 1 hour if the adjustable burners are on high.

The cooking surface is large enough for 2 large pans so you will easily be able to cook up some breakfast for camp. This stove offers the best in terms of reliability and features for its price.

If you are new to camping and are looking for your first camping stove, we could not recommend this stove enough. This was my first camping stove, it was also the one my grandfather kept at deer camp.

Coleman still produces and sells this model and that is a testament to the quality of this basic camping stove.

Specs

Burners: 2x 10,000 BTU adjustable burners
Weight: 9.8 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. and 10-in. pan at the same time
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Cooks your food 
  • Built in windscreen
  • Easy to store
  • Fires up nostalgia 
  • Best price for performance in a small stove. 

Cons:

  • Lack of featuires and accessories 
  • Not free standing
  • No autoignite

4. Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Modular Cooking Stove

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 is designed to be the base of a great outdoor cooking experience. This stove allows you to customize how you want to cook. You can even put a Pizza Oven on this thing.

The Explorer 2 turns up the heat with two 30,000 BTU burners. Each burner is independently adjustable. You have a total of 464 sq. inches of cooking space and its two burners can accommodate pans, griddle surfaces, and other cooking stove options from Camp Chef that are 14 and 16 inches.

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

The Camp Chef Explorer 2 weighs 31 pounds. However, the stove comes apart easily and can be stored in a carry bag. You can purchase the stove without the bag, but you should really get the bag.

This would have been our pick for the best car camping stove, but it lost out to the outland portable stove because of its lack of portability options. If you don't mind a little extra hassle then this stove is an amazing choice for the campsite.

Specs

Burners: 2x 30,000 BTU adjustable burners.
Weight: 31 lbs
Cooking Area: 14" x 32" for a total of 464 sq. in.
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Everything from grills to pizza ovens.

Pros:

  • Designed to be modular 
  • Lots of available attachments
  • High power independant burners

Cons:

  • Cooking surfaces sold separately 
  • Heavy 

5. Camp Chef Deluxe Barbecue Grill Box

Camp Chef Professional Grill Box 30

The Camp Chef Deluxe BBQ Box is not a full camp stove. We wanted to cover this accessory for the above mentioned Explorer 2 Stove. This box turns your camp stove into a BBQ pit and a pellet smoker. 

A problem with camp stoves is that many of them are propane and the flavor of your food lacks that smoky essence that many people associate with campfire food.

You cook on gas at home, many of you have a propane grill. But with this BBQ box you can grill up burgers and hotdogs and have that wood grilled taste.

Camp Chef Professional Grill Box 30

The BBQ box accomplishes this by using wood pellets. After the box is heated you throw in the pellets then put the meat on the grill close the box and smoke away. The box defuses the heat and smoke evenly and the box is shut and locked for cooking.

The best thing about this box is its use during hunting season. Imagine you get a deer. You field dress and take out the backstraps. The next day you start your Explorer 2 and slow smoke the meat all day.

You could have brought a full on smoker for this but that's extra equipment you would have to manage that requires it's own fuel source. Instead, you simply put this smoker box on your stove and you are good to go.

If you are thinking about getting a Camp Chef Explorer 2, this is one of the best accessories you can add to it.

Specs

Burners: None
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Cooking Area: 14" x 16" cooking surface (224 square inches)
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Is an accessory

Pros:

  • Wood flavor on a propane stove  
  • Easy to add a BBQ/Smoker without having a separate cooker.

Cons:

  • No drip tray 

6. FIREDISC Overland Bundle

FIREDISC Overland & 4X4 Bundle | Original 24

The FIREDISC is a fantastic camp cooking solution. It is essentially a giant skillet that is attached to a propane burner. This is probably one of the most versatile cookers on this list. It will allow you to cook any sort of meal you want.

Fry eggs and bacon in the morning. Burgers for lunch. And stir fry for dinner. This thing will season like a cast iron skillet and when you are done cooking you just need a rag and some water for clean up.

One of the best aspects of the fire disk is how it cooks. The center is your high heat, and then the gradient shifts to lower heat as you get closet to the edges. The disc itself has a 22 inch diameter gives you a surprising amount of room to cook. It can hold up to 5 gallons of liquid.

This allows you to cook multiple foods at once that require different amounts of heat. All from a single burner stove. As the stove is heating up you will be able to visually see the heat gradient in the form of FIREDISC rings.

The FIREDISC system is designed to run off of either a 16.4 oz propane tank or a standard 20 lb tank with a 4ft adapter LP hose. This cooker is powder coated so you do not have to worry about rust. However it is heavy, the skillet is section is engineered for heat distribution.

Think of it as a literal giant cast iron skillet and you will understand. Thankfully the rubberized handles make for nice and easy carrying.

If you are looking for a giant ass skillet that will cook anything and is easy to set up and take down then the FIREDISC is the camping cooker for you

Specs

Burners: Single 40,000 BTU burner.
Weight: 58 lbs
Cooking Area: 22 inch diameter cooking surface
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: Lots, This bundle includes a hood to protect against the wind.

Pros:

  • Multiple heating areas
  • Cook anything from burgers to stews 
  • Works with multiple propane tanks
  • Easy setup and cleaning 
  • Powder coated 

Cons:

  • Heavy 

7. Blackstone Tabletop Grill

Blackstone Tabletop Grill - 22 Inch Portable Gas Griddle - Propane Fueled - 2 Adjustable Burners - Rear Grease Trap - For Outdoor Cooking While Camping, Tailgating or Picnicking - Black

The Blackstone Tabletop Griddle is an amazing option for a camping stove. This table top griddle runs on a propane tank and grants you ultimate control over your food temps.

Griddles avoid flare ups and this Blackstone griddle also allows for easy grease management. The cooking space is massive at 330 sq. inches and allows you to cook a full meal and not have to set up a full grill. Simply put this on a picnic table or other sturdy surface and you can grill away.

Another thing we love about griddle cooking is no flare ups and even heating. The Blackstone has a large variety cooking temps and is probably the closest you will get to cooking on your home stove while cooking outside.

If you are looking for a simple to set up, high quality cooker then you can never go wrong with a Blackstone.

Specs

Burners: 24,000 BTU from 2 burners.
Weight: 32 lbs
Cooking Area: 330 sq. inches
Food Prep Area: No extra food prep area
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Easy Setup 
  • Complete cooking control
  • Large cooking space

Cons:

  • Requires a flat surface for setup 

8. Country Smokers 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle

Country Smokers CSGDL0370 Horizon Series, Plains 2-Burner Portable Gas Griddle, Black

Country Smokers Horizon Portable Gas Griddle is a cheaper alternative to the Blackstone above. Just because it is cheaper does not mean it is worse. Infact, we love this griddle.

This griddle can be set up anywhere as it comes as a foldable grill. This griddle has a massive 373 sq. inch cooking surface. and has a grease trap. This griddle is very portable. It does not require a picnic table or other sturdy surface. As long as the ground is relatively flat this griddle is ready to go.

You will need a full size propane tank with this griddle.

Specs

Burners: 22,000 BTUs from two burners.
Weight: 31.9
Cooking Area: 373 Square Inches
Food Prep Area: No extra cooking area
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Massive cooking area 
  • Griddle cooking anywhere
  • Easy setup without the need for extra surfaces

Cons:

  • Requires a full size tank

9. Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

The Coleman Fyre Captain Propane 2-Burner Stove is almost the perfect small camping stove. Boasting Coleman's 3 year warranty this is a reliable and easy to set up cooking option.

What makes this stove great is its telescopic legs. They are independently adjustable which means you can set this stove up on almost any terrain. This also means the stove is height adjustable.

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

With this Coleman stove you have access to two 11,000 BTU burners that utilize their HyperFlame technology. These burners are designed to withstand up to 35 mph winds. You also have access to auto ignition so no more manually lighting the burners.

This stove allows for a 12 inch and a 10 in pan at the same time. This allows you to prepare a woodland feast for you and your family in no time at all. And when you are done, the stove collapses down for easy storage with the legs storing neatly under the stove.

Coleman, Stove Propane Fyre Captain 2-Burner

If you are looking for a full featured small camping stove. This could be the stove for you. Think of this item as the modern take on a proven classic.

Specs

Burners: 2x 11,000 BTU adjustable burners
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. and 10-in. pan at the same time
Food Prep Area: None
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Telescopic legs
  • Independant burners
  • Wind resistant burners
  • Folds down for easy storage 

Cons:

  • Flame Regulation can be touchy

10. GAS ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove with Carrying Case

GAS ONE GS-3800DF Brass Head Burner with Dual Spiral Flame 11,000 BTU Portable Gas Stove with Heavy Duty Clear Carrying Case, CSA Listed

The Gas One GS-3800DF is a great single person stove or something to add to a bugout bag. Set up is easy, simply insert the Butane Fuel canister and you are ready to cook.

This stove has a single 11,000 BTU burner. One can of fuel will last 4-6 meals or more and the fuel is cheap and usually sold in 3 packs. The burner has a wind guard to prevent flame outs.

The flame is adjustable and the stove itself is easy to ignite with an auto starter. If you are looking for an affordable little one person stove that is perfect for camping or bug out bags then this is a stove you should consider.

Specs

Burners: Single 11,000 BTU adjustable burner
Weight: 3.8 lbs
Cooking Area: 1 Burner fits up to a 12 inch pan
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Lorem dolor sit amet consectetur 
  • Adipiscing elit sed do eiusmod tempor 
  • Incididunt ut labore et dolore magna
  • Labore suspendisse ultrices 

Cons:

  • Lorem dolor sit amet consectetur 
  • Adipiscing elit sed do eiusmod tempor 
  • Incididunt ut labore et dolore magna
  • Labore suspendisse ultrices 

11. GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

If only all camping stoves could be so grossly incandescent. Are you ready to praise the sun? Because the GOSUN Portable Solar Stove lets you do just that. This stove is great for backpackers or emergency kits and requires no fuel. Just a clear view of the sun.

The GOSUN uses parabolic mirrors to focus sunlight and can reach temperatures of 500 degrees fahrenheit. You can cook most meals in about 20 minutes. The stove also allows you to boil water for dry food pouches. All using solar radiation.

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

The entire stove zipes into a hardshell case that can be easily stored in your ruck or strapped to the outside of it.

GOSUN Solar Oven Portable Stove - GoSun Go Camp Stove Solar Cooker | Camping Cookware & Survival Gear | Outdoor Oven & Solar Powered Camping Grill | Camping Stove & Sun Oven For Backpacking & Hiking

The obvious downsides here are its lack of cooking space. You will not be feeding a family with the under 1 pound of food cooking capacity. Much of your food will need to be pre measured and cut in order to fit inside the cooking tube. Hope you like eggs because this thing is great for cooking eggs.

Ideally you would carry this and some MRE or Mountain House food pouches and use it to boil water either for cooking or drinking. It is a great survivalist or backpacker stove, but if you need more cooking capacity there are far better options.

Specs

Burners: 1 Giant Fusion Reactor sitting about 93 million miles away.
Weight: 2 lbs
Cooking Area: Will cook 13.5 oz of food
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Trays and cleaning brushes

Pros:

  • Cook with the power of the Sun
  • Easy Storage
  • Boils Water with no fuel
  • Cooks with no fuel 

Cons:

  • Doesn't cook much, good for one meal for one person. 
  • Hardshell case can be difficult to clean
  • Can take up alot of space in a backpack

12. Jetboil Genesis Base Camp System Stove

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Backpacking and Camping Stove Cooking System with Camping Cookware

Camp kitchen in a bag. The Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System is exactly what it says it is. This is a portable 2 burner stove system that comes with frying pan and pot with a strainer. All of which collapses into compact travel bag.

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Backpacking and Camping Stove Cooking System with Camping Cookware

The two 10,000 BTU burners are completely independent and have separate ignition triggers. They also each have an adjustable flame control. The entire system can even be expanded to run additional burners off the the same 16.4 oz propane tank.

The Genesis comes with a 10 inch frying pan to cook whatever you need. It also includes a 5 liter cooking pot. You can boil water, make coffee, cook stew in this thing. Both pot and pan are enameled and non stick for easy cleaning.

This system is what I would consider the upper limit in terms of bulk for a backpacker. This stove is perfect for someone that is cooking for more than one person such as a small group of backpackers. 

When this system is stowed the bag dimensions are 8.5 inches wide and 10.75 inches tall. This is going to take up some room in your pack. The entire system also weighs 9.1 lbs. You will also have to carry propane tanks with you. This stove is also well suited for Survival camping as it literally comes with everything you need to cook and boil water.

Specs

Burners: 2x 10,000 BTU adjustable burners
Weight: 9.1 lbs
Cooking Area: Includes a 10 inch frying pan and a 5 liter cooking pot.
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Fits other Jetboil ecosystem items.

Pros:

  • All in one quality cooking station 
  • Non Stick cookware included
  • Independant Burners
  • Is modular and can extend out to more burners. 

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Little Large for Backpacking

13. Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System

Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System, Carbon

This is was almost our pick for the best backpackers stove. The Jetboil Flash Backpacking Stove is amazing and many backpackers swear by this powerful little cooker.

This stove comes with the heating ring and can, as well as the fuel container. However there are extra accessories that you can purchase such as a skillet and cooking pot that are manufactured to work with this system.

Using a Jetboil is easy. Everything locks in place and once you start the Jetboil with the push button starter you just sit and wait for your water to boil. This system is ideal for heating foods that require hot water.

The system doesn't take up much room and weighs just 13 ounces. Fuel Cans are available in 100 grams, 230 grams, and 450 grams. One 100 gram fuel can will give you about 24 boils.  So if you are eating Mountain House, or other similar food, on the trail one can will last 24 meals.

The initial system is not cheap, but if you want a reliable way to boil water ultra fast on the trail you will not find a better backpacker stove than a Jetboil Flash.

Specs

Burners: 1 Jetboil Burner that Boils Water in 100 seconds
Weight: 13.9 ounces
Cooking Area: 1-liter Jet Boil Can
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: Skillet, FluxRing Cooking Pot, Coffee Press, and Utensils

Pros:

  • Fastest trail water boil 
  • Ultralight weight
  • Many accessories
  • Autoignition 

Cons:

  • Premium backpacker stove, premium price 
  • Official fuel cans are more expensive than similar fuel cans.

14. Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner

Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner, Coleman Green - 2000020931

Simple, affordable, and gets the job done. The Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove is the OG minimalist camping stove. You get a single burner with a flame adjust knob. This burner runs uses propane and needs to be hand lit.

The burner can fit a 12 inch pan and will let you boil water on it. The 7,500 BTU burner is the weakest on this list but this stove can usually be found for under 40 dollars.

One 16.4 ounce propane cylinder will last 3 hours if the burner is left on high. Typically one propane cylinder will last a few camping trips but it is always a good idea to pack at least 2. 

This makes the PowerPack a great stove for someone that is considering solo camping or backpacking but is not ready to spend the money on more expensive cookers.

Some issues with this stove. No wind guard to speak of so you will need to make sure you set this stove up someplace where you can block the wind. Flameouts are not fun while you are waiting for your food to cook or your water to boil.

Other than the lack of a windguard this is a solid little backpacking stove that won't cook your wallet.

Specs

Burners: Single 7,500 BTU Burner
Cooking Area: Fits a 12-in. Pan
Food Prep Area: None, requires a surface such as a picnic table
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Simple in design, light and cook 
  • Fits full size cookware
  • Adjustable flame in a backpacker stove
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • No wind protection 

15. CANWAY Camping Wood Burning Backpacking Stove

CANWAY Camping Stove, Wood Stove/Backpacking Stove,Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove with Nylon Carry Bag for Outdoor Backpacking Hiking Traveling Picnic BBQ

This is a stove that any ultralight camper should look at. The CANWAY Camping Stove weighs a litter over a pound and doesn't require you to carry fuel canisters with you. When you are not using it, the stove store into a form that can fit in the palm of your hand.

The stove itself is large enough to fit a 10 inch pan. All you need to do it put some wood in it and light it. Granted since this is a wood burning stove you will need to keep the fire going.

CANWAY Camping Stove, Wood Stove/Backpacking Stove,Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Stove with Nylon Carry Bag for Outdoor Backpacking Hiking Traveling Picnic BBQ

What makes this backpackers stove adaptable is you can also configure the stove to burn solidified alcohol. This means you can carry fuel pellets with you that are not bulky like propane or other fuel tank based stoves.

Another great thing about this stove is the cost. You can usually find these for under 25 bucks. They are cheap, effective, and great for campers that don't mind a little extra work to keep a fire going. Unless you opt for the solidified alcohol, then its simply light and cook.

This might be the best backpacker stove for you. Especially if you are new and do not wish to spend a lot of money to cook your food on the trail.

Specs

Burners: Single Wood or Solidified Alcohol Burner
Weight: 1.25 lbs
Cooking Area: Fits a 10 inch pan
Food Prep Area: None, Be sure to setup on level ground
Accessories: None

Pros:

  • Cheap and easy backpacker stove 
  • Supports a full size pan
  • No need to carry bulky fuel sources

Cons:

  • Stability issues on uneven ground
  • Does not boil water as fast as gas powered options

Camping Stove Accessories

Camping Stove Buying Guide 2021

A camping stove is essential. You need to eat, and many people like to eat hot meals. A campfire can be a hassle and you can spend a good chunk of your day gathering wood and trying to start a fire.

What if it rained the day before? Starting a campfire with damp wood is frustrating at best and impossible at worse.

We gave you our suggestions, but maybe you want to look beyond this list. So we want to provide you with a method to analyse and chose the best camping stove for you.

Freestanding Vs. Tabletop Camping Stoves

Tabletop Camping Stoves

A vast majority of camping stoves are built for ultimate portability. This means they tend to sacrifice the ability to be freestanding. As long as you have a level surface at your campsite this you should be fine.

Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove

* a tabletop camping stove.

You are essentially trading a little convenience to save weight and set up time.

Freestanding Camping Stoves

The flipside to tabletop grills are free standing grills. These are more heavy and bulkier and really only suitable for car campers. You are basically bringing a portable version of a backyard grill with you.

Outland Portable Camping Stove - 3 Zone Propane Gas Burner Controller With Auto Ignition - 2 Folding Cook Stations - Adjustable Leg - Traveling Camp Stove Great for Backyard, Picnicking, RV, Hunting

* a freestanding camping stove.

The benefits are larger free standing stoves are comfort, and cooking space. You can cook as if you were in your backyard even if you are hundreds of miles from home.

Amount of Burners

Multiple burners allow you to heat your food and boil water at the same time. Simple math, the more burners the more things you can cook in a shorter time frame. 

You need to ask yourself, how many burners do you need? Are you camping with your family? You might not want to cook everything on a single burner stove. Backpacking by yourself or a partner? You can probably get by with a Jetboil Flash and Mountain House Food Pouches

What's a BTU

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. This unit of heat measurement is a way to describe how powerful a flame is when it comes to cooking equipment. A BTU is how much energy it take to heat one pound of water by 1 degree celsius. 

So the more BTU's your stove can output, the hotter its flame and the faster it can boil water. You can checkout wikipedia for more information on BTU's.

A good camping stove should output at least 10,000 BTU's for efficient outdoor cooking.

Fuel Type

This is where you have to consider how you want to cook. If you are using gas driven stoves, you will have to make sure you have enough fuel tanks to last your trip.

When purchasing a camping stove that runs on gas, you should ask things like how long does a typical fuel canister last? Are the canisters one time use or multi use?

Some fuel comes in the form of tablets that are single use. Others stoves actually use wood that you are either expected to bring with you or find around your camp site.

When considering a camping stove, you need to analyse what type of camping you're doing. Backpackers, for example, probably dont want to lug a full size propane tank with them and will often opt for smaller more portable stoves. 

In contrast, car campers just have to transport the fuel in their vehicle and larger cooking systems become more viable, yet they do not want the family huddled around a single burner backpackers stove waiting for food one meal at a time.

Camp Stove Controls

Cooking has a great deal to do with flame temperature. Just because you can cook on high doesn't mean you should. Ideally you want to find camping stoves with adjustable flame controls. 

Cooking foods at lower temperatures allows for more even cooking and less fuel used per cook. But, at the same time, if you want to boil water you are going to want that high and hot flame.

Some camping stoves have simple flame controls, while others have controls just like an outdoor grill. A key aspect to look for here is how well do these controls work. Is the stove perciese or is the control really for low and volcano?

Windy Weather

Flameout can ruin camp cooking real fast. When evaluating a camping stove you probably want to look for stoves that have wind guards in place to prevent a strong gust from blowing the flame out.

A good rule of thumb is to look for cooking systems that can withstand a 35 MPH gust. If the winds are stronger than that, you probably shouldn't be cooking and seeking shelter is now the priority.

If you are looking at stoves that do not have wind guards, look at their burners. Some burners are designed to be wind resistant. Otherwise, setting up your stove will require placement in an area where the wind can't kill your flame.

Cooking Space

Cooking space is definitely an area that is sacrificed in cooking stoves. Many stoves will require placement on level surfaces which means you will not have access to food prep areas attached to the stove itself.

There are models that do over some prep space, but largely you will need to pre prep your food prior to embarking on your camping trip. There are portable kitchen you can purchase such as the one highlighted above.

Ignition Type

Auto ignition stoves are great. Turn the gas on, push a button and you are ready to go. They are also safer to use. When looking for a stove, auto ignition is a feature you should always consider.

As you get into the realm of smaller backpacking stoves, this is a feature that is often lacking. This does not mean these are bad products, only that they are optimised for weight and not convince.

If you are considering a cooker without auto ignition, you will need long matches or a BBQ lighter which can be lost or misplaced. Matches can also get wet. Unless you are living that ultralight life. It is always better to have auto ignition.

Grates, Grills, and Griddles

How many cooking surfaces can your stove accommodate? This is not a priority question, but one of comfort. Camping is supposed to be enjoyable. One of the best part of it is getting up at the crack of dawn and cooking some breakfast for yourself and others.

Some stoves come with griddles, others are simply burners that you put a pan on. Other cooking units are only griddles. When you are looking for your perfect camping stove, you need to ask yourself how you want to cook outside. Look for stoves that offer accessories that accommodate this.

Some stoves even have attachments that allow you to have a pizza oven at your campsite.

Weight and Packing Size

You don't want a stove that is back breaking to transport. Even with free standing models you want to look for cooking systems that are easy to transport over land. Just because you are car camping and your vehicle is on site with you doesn't mean you will want to cook right next to it.

Packing and unpacking your stove should be a concern as well. You want to be able to set up and take down your stove quickly and simply. How it packs down is important as well. You only have so much space and a bulky cooker means you will have to sacrifice bringing other camping equipment.

Camping vs. Backpacking Stoves

Camping and Backpacking are basically the same thing. When most people talk about camping they think about setting up tents, gathering around a fire and telling ghost stories.

Backpacking is hiking in the wilderness and camping overnight, sometimes for multiple days.

These different types of camping have different types of cooking needs. Camping, or car camping, usually means you will have access to your vehicle. This allows you to bring heavier equipment, because you have transportation.

Backpackers are carrying all of their equipment on them. Every piece of equipment adds to the weight they must ruck on their trip.

In terms of camping stoves, a car camper can afford a full size cooking solution. If you are backpacking, however, you want to keep your cooker simple and light. More often then not you are cooking easy meals that only require hot water.

Wrap Up

We hope this article has helped you in deciding the best camping stove for you. If it did please comment, like, and share! If it did not, please tell us how we can improve our article in the comments below.

Spread the love

Leave a Comment

x Logo: ShieldPRO
This Site Is Protected By
ShieldPRO