The Top 7 Camping Stoves Reviewed
- 1 The Top 7 Camping Stoves Reviewed
- 1.1 The Best Camping Stoves
- 1.1.1 1. GAS ONE GS-3000 PORTABLE GAS CAMPING STOVE
- 1.1.2 2. Coleman Guide Series Dual-Fuel Camping Stove
- 1.1.3 3. CAMP CHEF EVEREST 2 BURNER CAMPING STOVE
- 1.1.4 4. ETEKCITY ULTRALIGHT PORTABLE OUTDOOR BACKPACKING CAMPING STOVE
- 1.1.5 5. COLEMAN PORTABLE BUTANE CAMPING STOVE WITH CARRYING CASE
- 1.1.6 6. ESBIT 11.5G (0.4 OUNCE) ULTRALIGHT FOLDING TITANIUM CAMPING STOVE FOR USE WITH SOLID FUEL TABLETS
- 1.1.7 7. CAMP CHEF EXPLORER DOUBLE BURNER CAMPING STOVE
- 1.2 Your Camping Stove Setup
- 1.1 The Best Camping Stoves
Oh yeah, now we’re cooking! Or at least you can be once we show you the best camping stoves for your outdoor adventures. There is something about camping food that tastes magical and satisfies deep in your soul. Yes, marshmallows around the campfire are a requirement for camping, but let’s face it, you can’t survive on perfectly toasted marshmallows alone.
To cook your meals during your outdoor adventures, a camping stove is a must-have. I am pretty sure just the act of being outside increasing your appetite. At least it does for me. When you throw in some adventurous activities like hiking, biking, swimming, and fishing, you are sure to work up your appetite. You are going to need a camping stove to get that grub cooking to ease your rumbling belly.
You have a lot of different choices when it comes to cooking your meals. Choosing the right camping stove depends on several things. If your camping journey is a lightweight solo backpack trip, you will want your stove to be compact and light. On the other hand, if you are camping at a drive-up campsite with a family of 5 and three teenage boys, you will want a heavy-duty camping stove that hooks up to a 5-gallon portable tank. For a great all-around camp stove, you just can’t beat the Coleman Guide Series camping stove.
For those that are just looking for the quick answer, the best camping stove is the Coleman Guide Series Dual-Fuel Camping Stove
The Best Camping Stoves
Roughing it up in the great outdoors doesn’t mean you have to live on canned food and biscuits. And with the Gas ONE GS-3000 Portable Gas Stove, you’re guaranteed to enjoy warm meals every time. Weighing just 3.1 pounds, this single-burner features a compact design that you can haul around the campsite with ease.
What I love most about this mini wonder is that it’s equipped with a ton of safety features. At the top of the list is its automatic shut-off system that turns off and ejects the butane canister when irregular gas flow is detected. Leakage won’t be an issue either, because it has a built-in mechanism that locks in the canister only when the dial is turned off.
The first thing you’re sure to notice when turning on this camping stove is its slow fire, but it does have excellent simmer control that makes up for the slow cooking speed. It works best for eggs, bacon, and popcorn. And the best part? You can lift the drip pan off the stove for a no-fuss clean-up after every use.
What We Liked
- Extremely lightweight and easy to carry around
- Excellent simmer control
- Flame is consistent
- Easy to clean
- Lots of safety features
- Comes with a free carrying case
One thing to consider is the lack of wind protection like the Coleman camping stove.
- Fuel Type: 8 oz. Butane canister. Portable, Easy to use, reliable for camping or home emergency kit (fuel sold separately)
- CSA (US & Canadian Standards Association) Approved
- Piezo type electric starter with safety shut off system; No matches or lighters required
- Comes with carrying case in 'Color/Retail Packaging' (Complete with user manual)
- Heat Output: Up to 9,000 BTU/Hr
For years, the Coleman Guide Series Camping Stove has been a mainstay of campgrounds across the country. And it’s easy to see why with its large cooking surface and excellent heat output that gets the job done every time.
This time-tested camping stove always delivers a stable fire with the precise amount of heat for cooking with its easy adjusting burner. Even better, it will do this without burning through your butane canisters. It’s smaller compared to other stoves of the same design and price range, but it’s still a decent double burner with just the right amount of space to fit two medium-sized pots or pans.
We can’t talk about this stove without mentioning its excellent wind protection feature. It’s fully equipped with wind-blocking panels on the sides and back, so you can keep going even in high winds. Its built-in adjustable temperature control is also a great addition to this stove because it keeps the heat consistent even in cold weather – a great choice for your winter camping trips.
Pros & Cons
- Excellent wind resistance
- Double burners help you get the job done faster
- Good choice for family cookouts and group cooking
- Stable and precise heat
- Not too heavy
One thing to consider is the left burner can’t be turned up higher than the right burner. Also, there’s no stainless steel pan under the burners, so it’s a little difficult to clean.
The Coleman is our choice for the best camping stove.
- Cooking power: Up to 20,000 total BTUs
- 2 adjustable burners: For precise temperature control
- Wind-blocking panels: Shield burners from wind
- Pressure regulator: Pressure-control technology for consistent performance, even in extreme conditions
- Runtime: Up to 1 hour on high on one 16.4 oz. Propane cylinder (sold separately)
- 3-year limited warranty
The Camp Chef Everest 2 Burner Stove stays true to its brand name – it brings a whole new level of gourmet to your camping experience. With two high-pressure burners that pump out 20,000 BTU each, this stove gets your cooking done in half the time. Despite its powerful output, it maintains a flicker-free flame all throughout for even cooking no matter the weather.
With a shining stainless-steel body and nickel-coated grate – this stove has that classic rustic look that is worth showing off. It’s also easy to store because it packs into a carrying case with a grip handle, so you can move from one campsite to another with ease.
But what definitely tops its list of features is its ignition system. No need to worry about matches or burns – this stove comes to life with just the push of a button. There are just two parts to worry about – the stove body and propane adapter. This makes the set up extremely straightforward and predictable, making it an excellent choice for every newbie camper.
What we liked
- Rustic and solid design
- Powerful output
- Easy to store and carry
- Separate controls for each burner
- Easy-to-use ignition system
- Excellent heat distribution for even cooking
One thing to consider is the latches on the front are made of plastic so they may not be as durable as metal ones in the long run.
Built to meet the needs of the budget-conscious backpacker, the Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove is a whale of a deal. It retails for less and comes with two stoves – all for the price of one.
When it comes to portability and convenience, this one sets the bar high for the rest of the camping stoves on the market. The end of the supports folds up while the end of the wire valve tucks into a little notch on the pot to form a small package – shrinking into almost half its original size.
This stove may be tiny, but it packs a lot of power and durability. Its strong build features aluminum alloy that can withstand the highest outdoor temperatures. It even has screens that not only keep the wind away but also condense the flame for steadier heat. By combining these features, it doubles as an emergency stove that makes an excellent addition to your survival kit.
What we liked
- Strong construction that’s built to last
- Its stainless steel build prevents rust and corrosion
- Folds into almost half its size for easy storage
- Good ground support
- Steady flame and fuel-efficient
One thing to consider is the compact nature of this small stove doesn’t hold up to the same cold windy conditions a larger stove would.
- Durable material: made of aluminium alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight
- Compact and collapsible: portable design (with small dimensions: 1. 81"X 2. 36" X 3. 15") is perfect for ultralight camping and backpacking. Fit for pots or pans with diameter up to 7". Come with carrying case for enhanced portability
- Broad compatibility: Compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed Fuel canisters (EN 417)
- Flame control: Adjustable control valve for fast maximum heat output all the way down to a simmer quickly and efficiently
- Leave no trace: adheres to “leave no trace” principles set forth by the US forest Service, bureau of land management, and national park service. Burns clean, with no debris or smooth left behind. 1 year provided by Etekcity
Enjoying warm food while hiking or backpacking is a game-changer – and the Coleman Portable Butane Stove with Carrying Case is a lightweight and portable way to cook while on the road. It’s a solid stand-alone stove that has enough power to reach boiling temps steadily and has the best flame control for its price range.
Like most modern camping stoves today, this one runs on butane fuel. I personally prefer it over propane because it’s lighter, less toxic, and typically lasts longer. Its standout feature is its easy temperature control via a rotating dial. The knob is big and turns smoothly for easy adjustment.
This compact stove features an easy set-up that makes on-the-go cooking so much easier. You’re ready to go in just three easy steps: align the canister inside the compartment, lock it in place, and turn the knob to ignite. I would definitely recommend this stove to anyone who digs simple one-pot meals.
What we liked
- Affordable price tag
- Easy to set up
- Simmers and boils well
- Handy compartment keeps the butane fuel out of the way
- Accurate flame controls
One thing to consider. It does not have a windscreen like the classic 2 burner camping stove. Normally this isn’t an issue, but something you should be aware of.
- Instastart ignition for matchless lighting; 7,650 total BTUs of cooking power
- Fits up to a 10-inch pan
- Lasts up to 1.25 hours on high on one 8.8 oz. butane gas cylinder (sold separately)
- Adjustable burner gives precise temperature control, and large base offers stability for easy stirring
- Durable porcelain-coated grate is easy to clean, and aluminum burner is rust-proof for years of use
- Carry case included
- 1-year limited warranty
6. ESBIT 11.5G (0.4 OUNCE) ULTRALIGHT FOLDING TITANIUM CAMPING STOVE FOR USE WITH SOLID FUEL TABLETS
The Esbit Ultralight Folding Titanium Camping Stove is the perfect solution for every minimalist and ultralight hiker. Weighing only 0.4 ounces, this mini stove packs down super small. To give you an idea of just how compact that is – it’s a few ounces lighter than a golf ball!
What makes this camping stove unique is that it doesn’t have fuel canisters and runs instead on solid fuel tablets. Each square tablet – which looks like a large sugar cube – is placed in a small tray in the center of the stove. It has three arms that spread wide when it’s open – keeping your pots and pans stable as you cook.
What we liked
- Ultralight build makes it easy to carry around
- Comes with a mesh bag for easy storage
- No fuel canisters; only fuel cubes that are much more convenient to use
- Three-arm cooking surface adds stability and precision to cooking
- Entry-level price
- Minimalist design
One thing to consider is that it will not support extra-large pots and pans. As a result, it is not recommended when cooking for larger groups.
- Constructed from ultralight titanium for hikers and backpackers
- Lightweight, foldable design for portability
- Use with Esbit solid fuel cubes; tablet tray holds solid Esbit fuel tablet in place
- Works well with the Esbit titanium pot, and can accommodate a variety of pots and cups
- Stores in included mesh bag; measures 3.3 x 1.1 inches (8.4 cm x 2.8 cm) folded; weighs: 0.4 oz. (11.5 g)
Whether you’re a first-time cook or a serious camping chef, you’ll definitely appreciate the versatile design and reliable performance of the Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove. It definitely beats out the competition when it comes to power output because of its two aluminum burners with 30,000 BTUs each.
This double burner is a classic jack of all trades – you can remove the legs for tabletop use or stretch them out to use as a free-standing stove. The decent height and larger cooking surface mean that it helps you feed a decent number of people – perfect for family cookouts and scout jamborees.
While it’s not the lightest camping stove on this list, it’s still an extremely simple stove to maintain. It’s fully equipped with a 3-sided windscreen to stand up against those extra windy camping days. The design is open and airy without a drip tray, so you don’t have to worry about food crumbs sticking in between the stove. With this double burner in tow, you’re definitely a step closer to becoming a campfire cooking master.
What we liked
- Versatile design with removable legs
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Large surface gives you lots of cooking space
- Recommended for big groups
- Stands on its own at the right height
One thing to consider is the camping stove is heavy and bulky, as you would expect of something heavy-duty.
- Includes 3 ft. hose and regulator
- Includes detachable steel legs and 3-sided wind screen
- Compatible with most 14 in. Camp Chef accessories
- Two 30,000 BTUs/Hr. cast-aluminum burners
- Appliance-style temperature controls
- Propane tank not included
Your Camping Stove Setup
So what are you waiting for! Grab the stove that makes sense for you and the type of camping you will be doing. The nice thing is that they are all fairly inexpensive. If you plan to do a decent amount of backpacking, you may want to pick up a compact, light-weight camping stove separate for those types of trips. Camping for a week with a big group? Then don’t struggle by getting a stove that is too small. Get the right stove for the right situation. Most importantly, enjoy yourself and the delicious food you can cook.
See how easy it is to set up your camping stove and some guidance on cook time for your propane canisters.