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Whether you’re brewing a cuppa or cooking a hearty meal, camp stoves can make a big difference to your outdoor adventures. There’s certainly no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing a camp stove and everyone’s needs will be different depending on where you intend to use it and what you intend to use it for.
When you're looking for the perfect camping stove, it's important to consider these seven key features:
Where will you be using your stove? Does it need to fit into a small backpack? How big are the pots you intend to place on it?
Do you travel ultralight or is weight less of an issue? This all comes down to personal preference
Gas, liquid or wood? More on that below
Do you like to keep your stops brief or do you like to linger?
Insulations decreases the time it takes to boil and limits the amount of fuel you ‘waste’.
The smallest annoyance can make a big difference if using the stove regularly over a long period of time.
Some stoves come with an integrated windshield and some even an USB charger.
When quick and easy hot drinks, soups and dehydrated meals are on the menu, then look for a backpack stove that's portable, light, quick to boil and easy to pack. If you're camping off-grid or in the wild, you might also consider a stove which doubles as a tech charger.
Recommended: Jetboil Flash Camping Stove
Long balmy evenings, BBQs, beer and fussy kids… if you're cooking for your family, a decent sized grill or double burner is a good idea so you can cater for everyone. Look for a lightweight model which, ideally, doubles as a firepit for marshmallow toasting and smores making! Also consider a model that's easy to assemble.
If you're camping solo and carrying your own kit, then lightweight and easy is key. Look for a portable camping stove which packs away easily. Ideally, look for a stove fuelled by twigs or wood to save you carrying extra kgs and leaving precious space for a home comfort or two. Chocolate anyone? For personal safety, you might also look for a stove which doubles as a charger. Finally, as no one's around to lend you a lighter, also consider a pushbutton igniter.
If you're staying in one place, consider a double burner or a medium sized grill for lazy meals and long chats. If you're hiking long distance though, lightweight and compact stoves are key.
Recommended: A lightweight accessory with multiple pots like the GSI Outdoors Pinncale Dualist
Camp stoves come in all shapes, sizes and suit all budgets. For a totally no-frills approach, consider a simple grate over a campfire. Another option is a simple grill and firepit combo.
Recommended: UCO Grillput Mini Flatpack & Grill
Fear not, whether you're a serious mountaineer, a family camper, or a bit of both, you can still enjoy a proper coffee under canvas. There are loads of accessories you can use with your camp stove like French presses, barista drippers and tea infusers. The most important thing would be a fast boiling stove so you don't have to wait ages for a brew.
Here are the answers to some common, camp-stove related questions:
Try online or reputable outdoors stores including the OS Shop.
Yes, you can cook on gas which is generally a mix of propane and butane. However, wood, twigs or bio-fuel pellets are better for the planet, because burning sustainably sourced wood is carbon neutral.
No, don't use a camping stove inside a tent because there is a high risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Only ever do so if the tent has a chimney, and the retailer specifically states that it is safe to cook inside with a camping stove.
Lots of portable gas stoves have single burners. They're ideal for quickly heating water, soup or dehydrated meals.
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