How To Choose A Portable Camping Stove

May 28, 2019Mandi Morrison

A camping stove is a highly necessary piece of gear for any great camping experience, but with such a large range, and so much variety, choosing the right one may prove to be difficult. Having the right stove by your side is essential in getting the very most out of your trip, so here are a few things to look out for and a few questions to ask when trying to make the best decision for you.

How To Choose A Portable Camping StoveBig or small?

Consider the size and the weight. When you’re picking out a stove, the type best for you is most often determined by how and where you are camping. If you’re backpack camping, you should look for something smaller and lighter. Your primary concern should be the portability of the stove. The smaller and lighter it is, the easier it is to carry. Include weight of your gas canister too. The downside of opting for portability is that you are risking the reliability of the stove. If you are camping with a car, you can sacrifice portability for efficiency and reliability. In this case, go for a larger, heavier stove.
How To Choose A Portable Camping Stove

Propane canister fuel or liquid fuel?

Check what kind of fuel your stove works with. Propane fuel is easiest to use, simply turn the gas on, ignite and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, when the canister is running out, the cooking time almost slows down to a halt, and in very cold temperatures, it stops working. Liquid fuel is more expensive than propane, and much heavier to carry around. The advantage of liquid fuel is that it burns much hotter, cooking quicker. Also, it will never let you down in cold weather.

How To Choose A Portable Camping Stove

Wind Screens

Look for whether or not your potential stove comes with a wind screen. Wind screens are not essential, but they really help in making the right choice. In windy weather, your stove won’t be of much use. It’s hard to ignite, and once you finally get there, the flame is constantly blown away from the pan making the cooking a slow and painful process. The use of a wind screen helps immeasurably, not only by blocking a lot of the wind, but also by reflecting and trapping the heat, actually quickening the speed in which you cook.

How To Choose A Portable Camping Stove

Automatic ignition and adjustable flame

Two important features in any stove, which you should definitely look out for before making your purchase. Automatic ignition is handy. It saves you carrying a lighter or a pair of matches which might easily get wet, or lost. It also makes the whole process easier, and neater. The adjustable flame becomes possible by a little bar underneath the hob. You can manually adjust the level of the flame, influencing the heat and cooking time.

If you are considering camping a s a family, check out Tips For Camping With Kids or Cool Camping Gear To Consider

Comments (9)

  • Lyndsey OHalloran

    June 3, 2019 at 9:39 am

    We don’t camp as we don’t have a car but I didn’t realise there was so many options

  • motherhoodtherealdeal

    June 3, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    We are going camping soon and as yet don’t have one but definitely considering it so this was a useful read to check out all the different options – thanks!

  • Sarah Stockley

    June 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    We have a small propane hob and we use our fire bowl for cooking on whilst we’re camping. We also have a frontier stove which is a wood burning stove which can be used inside our bell tent. We love camping so much, I am sure my husband would buy more stuff if he could.

  • clairelomax2018

    June 3, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    This definitely needs to be our next camping purchase. So I’ll be checking these suggestions out

    Have also pinned to refer back to x

  • Sabina Green

    June 3, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    We tend to use our hob, which uses gas cannisters. There are so many available now though, perfect for camping and outdoor cooking.

  • Nicola | Mummy to Dex

    June 3, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Such an informative post. We are hoping to do a lot more camping now Felix is no longer a newborn and we’ve never considered a camp stove before.

  • Lucy Mackcracken

    June 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I’m not a fan of camping however if we went I’d like a stove that is easy to clean. It would be lovely to cook hot chocolate to snuggle up in bed with.

  • Alexandra Cook

    June 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Me and my kids love to do camping and I invest so much to find the best camping stove so I can still make their favorite food even we are outside our house.

  • Nadia – Scandi Mummy

    June 7, 2019 at 8:27 am

    My little boy really wants to go camping so might have to look into these. Thank you for sharing.

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