There’s nothing like the great outdoors. Sometimes you just need to get away, immerse yourself in nature and disconnect for a few days (or longer). Camping and backpacking are some of the best ways to experience everything the natural world has to offer, and thankfully there are many products out there to make this activity as comfortable and convenient as possible.
Does sleeping outside mean you have to go without delicious hot meals? Absolutely not! There are some excellent stoves designed for campers available, and we’ve gathered some of the best ones you can buy right now. Whether you’re looking for portability, power or maximum heat — these stoves have you covered, just make sure you know how to use it before you’re miles from civilization!
1. Coleman Gas Camping Stove
This stove has a cooking power of 20,000 total BTUs, two adjustable burners and can run for up to an hour on high using only one 16.4-ounce propane tank. It’s got wind-block panel flaps that protect the flame and your food from debris, and a pressure regulator so you’ll get consistent heat even in extreme conditions. It’s one of the bigger models on our list, which is great for camping in groups.
Pros: Double burners, wind-blocking panels, runs for a while on very little propane.
Cons: Bigger and heavier than other models, not recommended for backpackers.
2. Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove
The detachable legs and three-sided wind screen make this camping stove easy to pack and carry, and it burns hot so your food will cook thoroughly every time even in the most extreme conditions.
If you’re looking to car camp or plan more extended trips, this stove is the one for you. The larger burners and serious heat are great for larger camps and more long-term use. Just don’t forget the propane!
Pros: Large burners, a lot of heating power, three-sided wind screen.
Cons: Larger size means it requires more gas to operate and heat.
3. Coleman Portable Butane Stove with Carrying Case
This stove’s only got one burner so it’s smaller than the other models but it’ll still give you the cooking power you need from anywhere. It’s got Instastart ignition for matchless lighting, 7,650 BTUs of cooking power and can hold up to a 10″ pan comfortably.
The adjustable burner puts the temperature control in your hands, and the large base makes it easy to balance and stir without any messes. You also won’t have to worry too much about cleaning it because the grate is coated with double porcelain and it has a rust-proof aluminum burner which should last plenty of camping trips.
Pros: Adjustable temperature control, less gas needed for heat, rust-proof exterior, very portable.
Cons: Smaller, less cooking power.
4. GasOne Propane or Butane Stove
GasOne’s piezo-electric ignition technology eliminates the need for matches or a lighter in order to start a flame, and the adjustable heat dial makes the stove very easy to use.
They’ve thought of everything with this stove, it’s even got a pressure-sensor cartridge ejection system that cuts off gas flow when irregular pressure is detected. You won’t have to worry about wasting gas, leaks or accidents with the flame using this stove — no matter what the conditions are. All you’ve got to worry about is refueling before another great adventure outdoors.
Pros: Duel-fuel option, easy to use, smaller in design.
Cons: Propane connector hose is a little short.
5. Coleman Portable Bottletop Propane Gas Stove with Adjustable Burner
Cut out all the middleman and go straight from a propane tank, to a burner, to your pot without the need for any excess material or setup with this burner.
This burner features an 8” burner bowl uniquely designed to distribute heat evenly across the bottom of the pot. Simmer or full boil with this machine’s fully adjustable temperature output and enjoy 10,000 BTUs at its max.
Pros: Portable, small, easy to use.
Cons: Burner knob becomes loose occasionally.