The Best Camping Stoves

The Best Camping StovesCamp stoves let you cook hot foods without the need for electricity and large gas grills. They are compact and can usually fit in a small box. For camping, one- and two-burner camp stoves offer convenience instead of trying to cook over a fire. Larger camp stoves can have two or more burners that allow for simultaneous cooking of foods. Camp stoves use propane gas, white gas, alcohol, or sometimes another type of combustible liquid.

Coleman PerfectFlow Two-burner Propane Stove

Two burners that run on propane make sure you can cook without the need for frequent fuel refills. Each burner puts out 10,000 BTU, so food will heat up and cook faster than it would on smaller stoves. The stove can boil a quart of water in less than 5 minutes and can be powered off of larger, bulk cylinders or smaller 16.4-oz. cylinders. Like many Coleman stoves, this stove also has the Windblock technology to ensure you can get the maximum heat possible from the burners. As of 2009, this stove costs about $50, and is considered one of the best all-around camp stoves on the market. But at 11.8 lbs, it is best used for car camping sites, so you won't have to pack the stove in a long way.

Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Two-burner Propane Grill Stove

Matchless ignition is the highlight of this combination grill and stove. With InstaStart, you won't need to bring along lighters and matches or worry about the wind putting out your ignition flame. This stove is also built with nonstick components, so your food won't stick to the grill or burner. The grill and burner each put out 10,000 BTU, so food will fry faster and water will boil sooner. One advantage of using a grill and stove combination is the ability to cook larger meals without switching between pans, burners and stoves. You can make your burgers and hot dogs on the grill while cooking mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables on the burner. Combination stoves such as this one are quickly becoming popular, because they are versatile and durable; for $80 to $90 (as of 2009), it won't break your bank, either. Keep in mind that at 15.4 pounds (almost 50 percent heavier than other stoves), this stove grill is better for park cookouts and RV campouts.

Coleman Dual Fuel Two-burner Liquid Fuel Stove

Unlike most propane stoves, this two-burner liquid fuel stove puts out 21,000 BTU instead of the standard 20,000 BTU. Instead of two evenly distributed burners, however, you get one 11,500 BTU burner and a 9,500 auxiliary burner. On the larger burner, you can boil water about 30 seconds faster than on a conventional propane 10,000 BTU burner. The 2.5-pint tank will run both burners for about 2 hours on high. The stove also has the standard Windblock technology to encourage maximum heat output from the burners. Although it is more expensive than a propane two-burner stove ($80 as of 2009), the liquid fuel usage is slightly more convenient than propane. At 11.2 lbs, this stove is also appropriate for campsites that are accessible by car.


Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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