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Some years ago, camping used to be all fun until it got to the cooking part – where you would literally have to delicately balance your pots over the log fire, potentially risking some awful burns when stirring the food.
Fortunately, cooking during a camping trip doesn’t have to be much of a fuss these days, thanks to all the convenient camping stoves in the market. These are specially designed for outdoor use, with most options being small enough to fit on an ordinary picnic table.
Our team went out and practically tested some of the most highly rated camping stoves around and compiled a report highlighting the best 9 of them. Our top pick is the Primus Tupike Camping Stove, closely followed by the Eureka Ignite Plus Stove. But before we get to that, here’s a simple general guide to follow when buying a camping stove.
Here are the best camping stoves you can buy:
- Best Overall - Primus Tupike Camping Stove
- Runner Up - Eureka Ignite Plus Stove
- Best Multi-Functional - Koblenz 4-Burner Gas Stove
- Best Backpacking Stove - Snow Peak BiPod Stove
- Best Lightweight - MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
- 2nd Best Lightweight Stove - Martin Portable Outdoor Propane Stove
- Best Windshields - Coleman Triton 2-Burner Stove
- Fastest Boiler - JetBoil MiniMo Flash
- Best Output - Camp Chef Everest 2 Burner Stove
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9 Best Camping Stoves Reviews of 2020
1. Best Overall - Primus Tupike Camping Stove
A very sleek and stylish look and design
Built like a case - you can simply put everything inside the case, lock up and get going
It has two windshields
Can use both standard-size and smaller gas canisters
Stainless steel body with oak lathes and brass detail
Sturdy steel handle for easy portability
Comes with a black non-stick griddle plate for easy sizzling
Quite an expensive purchase
- Material: Stainless steel
- Output: 10,200 BTU; 3000W (x2)
We’ve been in countless outdoor cookouts and seen numerous camping stoves, but none of them come close to the 9-pound bundle of greatness that is the Primus Tupike Stove. You will especially love this if you prefer making gourmet meals on your camping trips.
So, what’s so amazing about the Tupike Camping Stove? You may ask.
First, the stove has two powerful burners, all powered by frontal piezo igniters. And since you’re probably wondering just how “powerful” this unit is, each burner produces 7,000 BTUs on full blast, which is more or less what an ordinary home cooker will give you. In layman terms, it takes 4 minutes (give or take a few seconds) to bring a liter of water to a boil when working on full blast.
In terms of functionality, the stove is quite flexible, as it can run on both regular gas canisters and the much smaller cans used in newer stoves. If you’re set up in an open area, you can make use of the windscreens on the sides, as well as the steel back cover to keep the wind at bay.
The stove also has an amazing and well-thought-out body design. The body is encased in stainless steel, which is reinforced with oak lathes (to protect against dents) and black brass detailing for aesthetic purposes.
2. Runner Up - Eureka Ignite Plus Stove
The 10,000 BTU burners provide great power when needed
Two-turn simmer controls make flame adjustments easier and more precise
Thick-gauge steel body means you can use the stove for a long time even in rugged sites
Fold-out windscreens help you keep cooking even when the wind gets messy
The high thermal capacity means that the (relatively small) gas canister depletes even faster
- Color: Dark green
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Output: 10,000 BTUs
- Material: Stainless steel
If the Tupike stove is out of your budget, you might want to check out the Eureka Ignite Plus Stove, which comes very close in terms of functionality and design. The stove is also a two-burner, and is large enough to accommodate two large pans (10-12 inch diameters) simultaneously. Each of the burners produces 10,000 BTUs at full blast and hence can boil a liter of water in 2-3 minutes.
Instead of the standard piezos, however, the Ignite Plus has push-button igniters that although not as dynamic as the piezos, offers simpler and faster starts. There are also two simmer controls in case you need flame control to an accuracy the igniters cannot provide.
The cooker comes in a dark green color that will fit in perfectly with most camp surroundings. Talking of camp surroundings, the windshields on the side make this stove a perfect fit for even the windiest of campsites. And if you’re a grill person, you will find the black stainless steel grill on top of the burners very useful for placing larger steaks.
3. Best Multi-Functional - Koblenz 4-Burner Gas Stove
Four burners come in handy when you need to prepare multiple meals
It has a cool design and color
Very cheap, considering its power and features
Lightweight and doesn't take up much space
- Color: Bronze
- Output: 16,000 BTUs
- Weight: 15 pounds
- Material: porcelain enamel
Camping in the woods for a weekend does not mean you have to sacrifice your everyday comfort and convenience in terms of meal preparation. If you’re used to cooking with a four-burner gas stove at home, why not do it in camp too?
The Kablenz 4-Burner Gas Camping Stove is not only as light as most camping stoves, but also as powerful as most home cookers. At full blast, the assorted burners can pump up 16,000 BTUs. That, combined with the manual switching systems, means you can turn the heat up on one burner to boil water or rice while another burner simmers your soup at a low heat.
The glossy brown color mixed with some black details looks very cool on any surface, and you will probably like the fact that the stove doesn’t heat up any surfaces you put it on, thanks to its enamel porcelain body. What more, the grill covers on top of the burners are easily removable for cleaning purposes.
Notably, this unit is not sold alongside a gas canister. The upside to that is, you can hook it to your ordinary propane tank as there are no limitations.
4. Best Backpacking Stove - Snow Peak BiPod Stove
Ultra-lightweight and can fit into the smallest of backpacks
The four arms on the burner provide maximum support even for bigger pots
Adjustable height gives you added freedom and flexibility
Near perfection flame control system
Very expensive (for a backpacking stove, that is)
- Material: stainless steel
- Dimension: 7″ x 12″ x 5. 75
The Snow Peak BiPod Stove is essentially built for backpackers and light campers. It’s body consists of a stainless steel adjustable bipod structure that effectively turns into a tripod when a canister is attached. That basically means you have to use the tiny GigaPower canister that Snow Peak includes in the packaging if you want some stability.
Another thing we liked about this unit is that it has four arms around the burner. This provides more support and stability for your pots and pans during cooking than the ordinary stoves, which normally have three arms. It also has super precise flame control – better than you will find in most backpacking stoves – courtesy of a sturdy brass igniter.
5. Best Lightweight - MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit
A really lightweight solution for a solo backpacker
The burner can produce up to 11,000 BTUs on full blast
Comes with cooking and eating utensils, which can all fit in a small bag
Ultra-fast and powerful - can boil a liter of water in less than 4 minutes
It has a compact but flexible burner arms
Is only suitable for solo campers
- Output: 11,000 BTUs
- Weight: 10 ounces
If you are a light camper, you will surely love the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe. It is ultra-lightweight – the full setup weighs about 10 ounces – and exceptionally compact as well. Both the burner and the (admittedly tiny) MSR ISOPRO canister stand as one and can fit on any surface.
The MSR PocketRocket is also surprisingly powerful with a maximum potential output of 11,000 BTUs. Consequently, it can boil a liter of water in a flat 3.5 minutes when put on full blast.
The compact burner is supported by 3 arms, which can spread wide enough to fit a medium-sized pot. An in-built igniter makes it easy peasy to get things started, but a bit harder to control a flickering flame, which you will probably note when sauteeing.
Also sold with the pot is a black 0.75-liter aluminum pot, a transparent lid that can also work as a strainer, a lightweight mini-pot lifter, and a 16-ounce plastic bowl. If you’re doing a solo trip, the bowl and pot combo will serve you quite well for a couple of days, unless you are into really heavy portions.
6. Second Best Lightweight Stove - Martin Portable Outdoor Propane Stove
Ultra-lightweight and detachable, making it easy to pack and carry
Produces very powerful flame at full blast
It comes with an built-in windshield
It has a great shape and design
Large extendable base works well to support both the canister and cooking meals
Flame control could be better
- Color: Combination of black, gold, green, and yellow
- Output: 10,000 BTU
While the MSR PocketRocket ranks higher on the functionality scales, the Martin Portable Outdoor Stove outdoes it on the looks front. Its body is a seamlessly flawless combination of black, gold, green, and yellow colors that work well to make the stove seem more expensive than it actually is.
Beyond the color scheme, the functionality is also quite good. An extendable hard plastic base ensures that both the weight of the 16-ounce cylinder above it and that of the food under preparation are well supported at all times.
Despite its small stature, the stove is surprisingly very powerful, being able to pump out 10,000 BTUs on a high setting. That’s enough power to boil a liter of water in under 4 minutes, although whether the base can actually support a pot with that amount is doubtful.
The stove’s best feature is arguably its built-in windshield, which not only helps to keep the flame steady at all times but also improves heat protection and efficiency considerably. And that is really commendable for a stove of this particular price range and type.
7. Best Windshields - Coleman Triton 2-Burner Stove
Very affordable for a 2-burner stove
Compact and lightweight enough to fit in a large backpack
Windshields help a lot in windy conditions
It has very powerful burners
Pressure control makes for good and consistent performance under different conditions
The valve connectors that link to the gas canister are extremely brittle
- Color: Green and silver
- Output: 11,000 BTUs
The Coleman Triton 2-Burner Stove is an amazing and well-designed piece of work that will serve you as better as most 2-burners while being compact enough to fit under your front seat. Further, each of the burners can put out 11,000 BTUs at the maximum, which is more than enough to fry and boil all foods.
If need arises, you can pull down the metallic wind-shields to protect your flame(s) on 3 fronts. You can also tune up the flames on each burner to specific sizes, thanks to dynamic temperature control knobs. There’s also a pressure regulator to maintain optimum performance at all times, even under challenging conditions.
8. Fastest Boiler - JetBoil MiniMo Flash
It is ultra-light and very compact
Based on FluxRing technology
It comes with an insulated cooking cup
Exceptionally powerful, especially when it comes to boiling water
Easy to switch on and off, thanks to the push-button igniter
JetBoil proprietary regulator provides smooth flame control
The recommended gas canister is too small, even for a lightweight stove
- Weight: Weighs 14.6 ounces
The JetBoil MiniMo stove is made using FluxRing technology (that involves increasing the surface area of the bottom part of a pot), meaning minimal heat loss, and consequently a superbly fast boiling rate. Basically, it boils a liter of water in just 2 minutes 15 seconds – faster than any outdoor stove we’ve ever come across. To achieve that, you have to boil your fluids using the specially designed cooking cup that also comes with a plastic bottom cover that can double up as a bowl.
The functionality of this stove is over and beyond what you would expect in such a small unit. An easy push-button igniter takes care of the starts and stops while a highly reliable simmer control knob helps you adjust the heat, with settings ranging from a light simmer to a full blast flame. The only downside with this stove is that it only works with a 3.5-ounce canister and as such, won’t last you long unless you carry multiple cans.
9. Best Output - Camp Chef Everest 2 Burner Stove
High power output makes it suitable for cooking all types of foods
Very compact and easily portable, thanks to a strong carry handle
It has a large cooking space that can fit two big pots
Windshields create for a seamless cooking experience even in extreme conditions
It has an automatic ignition
It is relatively cheap
Heightened gas depletion due to exceedingly powerful burners
- Size: 13.5 X 23.5 inches
- Weight: 12 pounds
- Output: 20,000 BTUs
- Material: Steel
The Everest 2-Burner Stove combines both relative compactness and explosive cooking performance, which makes it an amazing option for car camping trips. This Camp Chef product measures 13.5 X 23.5 inches in length and width respectively, and despite weighing 12 pounds, feels quite light on the hands.
The stove’s biggest selling point, however, is its super-powerful burners, each of which can give you up to 20,000 BTUs of heat. These are fired up by a push-button auto igniter, in combination with a manual temperature control knob that lets you fine-tune the heat to your desired levels. At full blast, it can boil a liter of water in 3 minutes max.
The Camp Chef Everest’s body is well designed, with a fine balance between utility and aesthetics. The outer body is made of red steel while the drip tray (cooking area) is all stainless steel and hence easier to clean. Metallic wind blockers offer flame protection from three sides, while a sturdy steel locking lid and carry handle combination give the stove added portability.
After trying out all the above options, and seeking out the opinions of our camper friends for good effects, we can conclude that the Primus Tupike Camping Stove offers the best value for money. Although it’s a bit pricey, its features and overall design are out of this world, and arguably the best you will find in any picnic or camping stove.
It has an in-built stand, meaning you don’t need to carry a table or flat surface. Encompassing windshields keep the unit steady when things get too blustery, while hard oak laths add an extra layer of protection against dents and damage from accidental falls. The stove also comes with its own non-stick griddle plate in case you need some BBQ-in-the-woods experience.
Nonetheless, if you find the Primus Tupike a bit extravagant, you may choose to buy the similarly impressive Eureka Ignite Plus Stove, the Koblenz 4-Burner Stove, or even the MSR PocketRocket – whatever tickles your fancy.
Important Factors to Consider Before Buying a Camping Stove
It is worth noting that portable outdoor stoves come in all makes, shapes and sizes to fit the needs and requirements of different types of people. That means even before leaving your house – or picking up your phone if online shopping is your thing – you need to clearly define your personal needs.
For instance, do you go camping with only your spouse or with several other people? Do you have a car or you trek (or hitchhike) to your camping destinations? Your answers to these and other similar questions will essentially dictate your choice of stove. And if you’re still confused on where to start, here are 4 key factors to consider when choosing a camping stove:
As pointed out above, having an idea of how you want to use your future cooking stove is the first, and most, important step in the decision making tree. If, for instance, your camping trips involve lots of grilling and open fire cookouts and you just need a stove for cooking side dishes, a single burner model would be the best choice. On the contrary, if you are looking for a stove to prepare all, or most of your campsite meals, look for a cooker with 2 or more burners.
Size is another key consideration when buying portable stoves, and it’s for the most part determined by the type and nature of your camping trips. Basically, if your camping endeavors involve hiking somewhere in the mountains for a weekend, a small, one-burner stove would be fitting. Alternately, if you mostly take your whole family on your trips, you may want to look for a unit with multiple burners.
Type of Fuel Used
Different types of stoves use different types of fuel, and you need to decide what you’re comfortable with before setting out for the store. There are, for instance, stoves that use liquid fuel in cylinders (mostly the larger units), while others use the same but in smaller canisters. Other models can even be fueled with the small sticks found in many campsites. In essence, find out the most convenient solution for you then base your search on it.
Lastly, you need to consider the retail price of any unit, relative to your intended mode of usage. If you’re a regular camper, a more durable – albeit expensive – stove will make more sense in the long haul. If camping is something you do once in a couple of months, there’s no need of denting your pockets by buying a fancy stove where a smaller and cheaper one would do just perfectly.
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