Gas burning stoves are much more sophisticated today than they used to be. They come equipped with a windbreak to keep the flame from being extinguished as you are trying to cook. Peter Drake, author of "The Complete Practical Guide to Camping, Hiking and Wilderness Skills" recommends cooking stoves that use methylated spirits, paraffin, petrol and solid fuel if you are uncomfortable using burning butane or propane.
Rob Beattie, author of "The Campsite Companion," recommends bringing a cooler along, especially if you know you will be able to make a quick trip to a nearby convenience store to replenish your supply of ice. A cooler can be used to keep your beverages cool, but it also means you can bring along perishable food items that could cause illness if they are not kept refrigerated--things like mayonnaise, hot dogs or chicken.
Pots and Pans
You will need pots and pans for your camp kitchen and what you choose can mean the difference between a sore back or not. Avoid buying any camping cookware that cannot be nested within each other. Nesting allows up to four or five different-sized cooking pots and pans to fit within each other. "Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide" author Buck Tilton advises that stainless steel cookware is one of the best choices because of its durability and even heating surfaces. Tilton warns that while aluminum pots and pans are much lighter to carry in your backpack, they are not as durable, don't warm as evenly and are hot to the touch.
Utensils are a necessary part of your camp kitchen supply list, but are easy to overlook and forget. The lightest and most convenient choice is to buy a bag of plastic forks, knives and spoons, but you need to make sure you'll be camping somewhere with a dumpster so you aren't tempted to litter. Mess kit utensil combos that feature a knife, fork and spoon attached to a ring are readily available. Remove the utensils for use and then put them back together after you wash them so that you don't lose one.
Mugs, Bottles and Bowls
Backpackers will want to use an insulated mug with a lid that fits tightly and securely so that it won't come loose as it gets tossed around inside your pack. It always helps to have two water bottles so that at least one is filled at all times. Small plastic bowls can hold and protect food from spilling better than plates.