If you’re into backpacking, hiking, and the great outdoors, you probably already own a camping stove. If not, you are seriously missing out. There is nothing like a hot cup of coffee or a fully cooked meal while traipsing around the wilderness. Having warm food in your belly can make all the difference.
With a camping stove, you can boil water, fry bacon, roast marshmallows and much more. Thanks to these nifty devices, you are no longer resigned to cooking over an open fire. As any camper knows, getting a fire going when it's rainy and wet is darn near impossible. This means that you're out of luck right when you need a hot meal the most. Don’t miss out on good food just because you're camping and the weather isn't cooperating. Invest in one of the best camping stoves and take your outdoor experience to the next level.
After a long day of hiking, fishing, or other camping activities, there is no better feeling than to kick back and put away some hot food. Whether you love smores or BBQ chicken, a camping stove is one piece of equipment you don’t want to go into the woods without. Most of them only weigh a few pounds and are easily stored in your backpack. You’ll forget it’s even there until you're ready to set-up camp.
Long gone are the days that campers had to rely on a stone fire ring and scavenging for branches to burn when it was time to heat water or cook breakfast. Today, the market is saturated with modernized camping stoves that make preparing food outdoors a breeze. Whether hiking into the backcountry, setting up at the local KOA or RVing across the country, a camping stove will make your adventure more pleasant.
Camping Stove FAQs
Here are a few frequently asked questions above camping stoves that may help you make a well-informed purchasing decision.
How many types of fuels do camp stoves use?
Butane, propane, and wood are the three most common types of fuel used by camping stoves.
What is the difference between propane stoves and camp fuel stoves?
Propane stoves run on bottled propane. Camp fuel stoves run on liquid petroleum fuel.
What's the difference between standard and commercial grade?
A standard stove is for individuals or small groups. A commercial grade stove is for cooking meals for a more significant number of people.
How much does a camping stove weigh?
Camping stoves generally weigh anywhere from one or two ounces to several pounds.
The Best Camping Stoves
Here are the top camping stoves of the year. You’ll find summaries of each product including features and warranties if available.
This classic propane stove comes with a removable chrome-plated grate, wind blocking panels, and two independent burners. It is capable of 20,000 BTUs of heat, it fits 12-inch and 10-inch pots and pans, and comes with PerfectHeat and PerfectFlow technology. That means that it can cook in even the most extreme weather conditions. Its dimensions are 23.25 inches wide, 5.5 inches high, and 14.75 inches deep and four ounces of weight.
- STURDY STAINLESS STEEL: Crafted with high quality stainless steel, this portable camping stove will steadily burn...
- STABLE AND SAFE: Geared with a 3-arm base support system, even the grassiest fields will be your personal cooking...
- FUELLED BY NATURE: Mother Nature presents the best fuel catalogue, with the abundance of dried twigs, leaves, pinecones...
The Ohuhu camping stove is perfect for backpackers and old school campers. It is lightweight, runs on twigs, leaves, and small pieces of wood, and has three sturdy legs. The stove consists of high-quality stainless steel. It is also collapsible and comes with a mesh carrying bag. Its dimensions are 5.3 inches wide, 3 inches tall, and 5.3 inches deep and it weighs 12.8 ounces.
This portable camp stove is similar to the stove at home in your kitchen. The only thing it lacks is an oven compartment. It comes with four burners and a porcelain enamel stove top. There is a manual ignition, adjustable burner flames, and 16,000 BTUs of heat. This stove runs on gas. Its dimensions are 23 inches long, 20 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.
One of my favorite pieces of outdoor gear, the Canway camping stove is a classic. It uses twigs, grass, and other debris as a fuel source. This stove is constructed of durable stainless steel and has three arms for stability. It is easy to clean and breaks down to only 5.5 inches tall when you're ready to pack it away. The product is 7.08 inches tall and has a diameter of 5.11 inches. It weighs just under a pound.
- Propane version - Matchless Ignition
- Heat Ring technology increase efficiency by 30%, reducing fuel consumption
- Boils .5 liter of water in 2 minutes - Pot Volume: 1.3 liters
The first Camp Chef on our list is the Everest two-burner camp stove. The stove comes with carrying handles, a drip tray, and consists of stainless steel. Each burner is capable of producing 20,000 BTUs of heat. Its dimensions are 4 inches high, 23.5 inches wide, and 13.5 inches long. It weighs 13.65 pounds.
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Etekcity’s ultralight camp stove is portable and constructed of stainless steel and aluminum alloy. It is excellent for backpackers who like to keep their packs light. Butane or butane-propane mixes fuel the stove. The flame is fully adjustable and it takes no time to heat things up. Its dimensions are 3.5 tall, 2.3 inches wide, and 1.8 inches deep. It weighs less than four ounces.
- GRILLING POWER: Up to 20,000 total BTUs
- 3 ADJUSTABLE BURNERS: With improved burner technology for more precise temperature control
- LARGE GRILLING AREA: 285 sq. in.
The second Coleman camp stove to appear in our list is the portable road trip grill. It’s a full-size propane grill which is perfect for camping, tailgating, and more. The grill has two independent burners, an instastart ignition, a grease-catching tray and is fully collapsible. It consists of a cast iron body and porcelain coating. Its dimensions are 33.8 inches high, 13.5 inches deep, and 19.1 inches wide. It weighs 35 pounds.
- GEAR OF THE YEAR WINNER
- PATENTED DESIGN - LESS SMOKE. The patented design features a unique double wall that creates ultra-clean gasification...
- FUEL IS FREE. No more spending money on white gas or expensive liquid canister fuel
Another twig burner, this one has a patented design for reducing smoke. It’s collapsible, lightweight, and built from stainless steel and nichrome wire. Water takes less than ten minutes to boil. The stove weighs 9 ounces, is less than 5.7 inches tall, and is 4.25 inches wide. It even won the Gear of the Year award from 50 Campfires & Section Hiker.
The BioLite Basecamp is one of the most innovative camp stoves ever created. It has a 138 square inch surface capable of cooking up to 8 pieces of meat at one time. The units also have a grill-to-boil switch, an ashtray, and a fuel rack. The Basecamp runs on sticks, branches, and small wood. Its dimensions are 21.1 inches wide, 13.2 inches deep, and 23 inches tall.
Perhaps the coolest thing about this stove is that it converts heat into electricity and stores it in a Lithium-ion battery. It also has a USB port for charging your mobile devices and an LED indicator light for when the battery level is low. The Basecamp weighs in at just under 18 pounds.
The outdoor camp oven by Camp Chef is the only full oven and stove combo to appear on our list. It runs on propane and cooks for as long as five hours on just one pound of canned fuel. The burners produce 7,5000 BTUs of heat, while the oven is capable of an additional 400 degrees and 3,000 BTUs. The oven’s dimensions are 12.5 inches long, 21 inches wide, and 18 inches high. It weighs a whopping 35 pounds.
Another classic among campers and hikers is the MSR PocketRocket 2 camp stove. It operates on an isobutane-propane mix and takes less than four minutes to boil water. The stove is ultra lightweight, compact, and easy to carry wherever you go. Its dimensions are 4.8 inches long, 4.8 inches wide, and 3.6 inches high with a weight of 2.6 ounces. With its carrying case, the stove weighs an extra 1.6 ounces.
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This camping stove from Lixada is built to last with hardened stainless steel, making it an excellent selection for hardcore backpackers. Also a plus for backpackers, the stove runs on twigs, leaves, and other wood particles, so you never have to take up space in your bag with fuel. It has an extra full mouth for larger pieces of wood, is eco-friendly, and fully portable. It weighs 7.2 ounces and measures 4.1 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide.
- COOKING POWER: Up to 10,000 total BTUs
- PRESSURE REGULATOR: Pressure control for consistent performance, even in extreme conditions
- PERFECTHEAT DESIGN: More efficient cooking with less fuel
Another legendary piece of camping equipment from Coleman is their top propane stove. Thanks to PerfectHeat technology, you can heat more using less fuel, it has 10,000 BTUs of cooking power to be precise. The top fits pots and pans up to eight inches in diameter. The base separates from the adjustable burner for more comfortable carrying. It also comes with PerfectFlow and wind baffles which allow you to cook even in extreme weather. Its dimensions are 7.8 inches long, 7.8 inches tall, and 6.6 inches wide. It weighs just under one half of an ounce.
- Turn fire into electricity! CampStove 2 generates 3 watts of usable electricity, stores it in it's internal 2600 mAh...
- USB charge output with 50% more power than our previous CampStove 1, with updated thermoelectrics creating even more...
- Internal jets have 4 fan speed settings to circulate air for improved combustion and efficiency to boil 1 liter of water...
The CampStove 2 from BioLite is perhaps the best cooking stove I have ever personally had the pleasure of using. I really can’t say enough about this product. It’s capable of boiling water and cooking food, it is super lightweight, and it even has a portable FlexLight attached. The stove also functions as a mini-power generator, using internal jets to displace enough heat to create power to charge your mobile devices. It also comes with a LED smart dashboard that keeps you informed on how much energy is left, the strength of your fire and more. Its physical dimensions are 5 inches wide, 5 inches deep, and 8.3 inches high. It weighs in at just a hair over 11 pounds.
The Hottest Camping Stove Of 2018
As far as backpacking or old fashioned camping goes, the BioLite Campstove 2 is hard to beat. Not only does it boil water in under five minutes, but it generates electricity and stores it in a power bank with USB ports. It also comes with an LED light, dashboard, and has foldable legs. Perhaps the best part is that it only requires natural fuel such as twigs, wood chips, and tree bark.
In the case that you’re vamping (camping with your van or car) or RVing, the Coleman Road Trip Portable Grill is an excellent choice. It is full size produces 20,000 BTUs of heat, it is easy to clean and it fits into the trunk or storage compartment of your car or recreational vehicle. This Coleman grill is perfect for roadside or tailgate cookouts.
Did you recently purchase a camping stove that wasn’t featured on our list but deserves to be? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments section below!