A camping stove lets you cook hot meals at tailgate parties or in the wilderness. You don’t have to suffer with under- or over-cooked foods charred over a campfire. And the best camping stoves are portable, easy to use, and easy to clean.
Table of Contents
- 1 Choosing the best camping stove for your needs
- 2 The top camping stoves
- 2.1 Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle, Gas Grill for Outdoors, Camping, Tailgating
- 2.2 Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
- 2.3 Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove
- 2.4 Stansport 2-Burner Propane Stove
- 2.5 Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range
- 2.6 Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE
- 2.7 Habor CP1 Meat Thermometer Digital Cooking Thermometer with Instant Read, LCD Screen
- 3 Conclusion
Choosing the best camping stove for your needs
There are many kinds of stoves that use various types of fuels and offer different features. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to pick the best one from all the ones on the market. Here is a quick overview of some things to consider when you’re shopping for a camping stove:
Number of burners
If it’s just you, and you’re happy with one-pot meals, a single burner may be all you need. If you’re cooking for two to four people, two burners are handy. If you are managing meals for a group, consider a larger stove with more burners…or plan one-pot meals in large pots.
British Thermal Units are still the way to measure heat when you’re talking about camping stoves. One BTU is the amount of heat needed to raise one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. In other words, the more BTUs your stove has, the hotter it gets.
Backpackers benefit from compact, lightweight stoves while a family staying at by the lake for a week would probably prefer at least a two-burner tabletop stove. There are also free-standing stoves. A lot depends on your cooking needs, your available space and weight limits, plus whether you have a surface for cooking with a tabletop unit.
We’re not talking grills, we’re reviewing stoves, so the main fuels are typically butane or propane. (Backpackers may use alcohol stoves.) Both butane and propane have the same heat output so one doesn’t burn hotter than the other. The only advantage is that butane bottles tend to last a little bit longer than propane bottles of the same size. The only disadvantage is that you may need to warm up a butane bottle before you cook if it’s very cold weather.
Now let’s go over the best camping stoves for your next wilderness adventure.
The top camping stoves
We’ll get started with one that will make you feel like you never left home.
Blackstone Portable Table Top Camp Griddle, Gas Grill for Outdoors, Camping, Tailgating
The Blackstone Camp Griddle will make you think you never left home because it has electric ignition, it’s very easy to clean, and it has a large cooktop. The cooking surface measures 15-1/4-inches by 17 inches, or almost 26 inches square. You can grill a lot of beef or chicken on it all at the same time, enough for 3 or 4 people. Make pancakes, fry bacon, or rest your soup pan on it, it’s all the same.
The H-shape gas burner under the cooking surface spreads out the heat evenly so you don’t have cold spots. It puts out 12,000 BTU—not the hottest stove on the market, but reasonable for everyday meals. The advantage is that you won’t go through propane as quickly as you would with hotter stoves.
When you’re done cooking, you can pull out the grease catcher to clean it. Then just wipe down the cold-rolled steel cooking surface with a paper towel. The black powder coated stainless steel body is sturdy in anticipation of years of use.
Weber 50060001 Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
Weber makes some very popular camping stoves, and their Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill doesn’t disappoint. It has a single stainless steel burner that puts out 8500 BTUs across the 189 square inch cooking area. That one burner is enough to cook food for two people at a time.
When it arrives, it’s fully assembled and ready to use. It comes with porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates that are very durable and resistant to rust. It’s simple to get started on your first meal once you hook up the propane. Just hit the push-button ignition and control the amount of heat with the knob.
This could have been a very heavy stove, but Weber built it with cast aluminum to make it lightweight without sacrificing durability. You can place your own griddle on the stovetop, or purchase a griddle module that’s sold separately by Weber. And if you love the Q1000 enough to use it as your grill at home, you can use an adapter to attached a 20-pound propane tank.
Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove
If you get the Volcano Grills Camping Stove, you can cook with three different fuels. That’s really handy if you’re camping where there are fire restrictions or if you run out of propane. This same grill also doubles as a Dutch Oven or a wok.
The Volano Grills measures 17 by 17 by 12 inches but it collapses down to just 5 inches high for easy transport. It’s made of stainless steel and weighs about 24 pounds.
Stansport 2-Burner Propane Stove
Stansport’s 2-Burner Propane Stove puts out an intense amount of heat up to 25,000 BTUs per burner. Each burner has its own windscreen, handy for cooking on breezy days.
The stove comes with a piezo igniter so you don’t need matches, and it has control valves so you can control the amount of heat on each burner separately. Another very handy feature is the high altitude pressure regulator so you get the right amount of heat whether you’re on the seashore or at Everest’s Base Camp.
The stainless steel frame and heavy-duty cooking grate is made to hold large pots. The whole stove measures two feet long by 13.2 inches wide by 6 inches high. When you’re done cooking, dump the grease tray, wipe everything down, and simply shut the lid and go.
Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range
If you’re cooking for 4 to 6 people at a time, you may love the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range. It has 448 square inches of cooking space with two aluminum burners that put out 30,000 BTU each. Hook it up to propane or use an adapter to burn natural gas.
The Explorer 2 Stove is free-standing with removable legs for storage. It measures 34 inches tall by 16.25 inches long by 9.5 inches wide and weighs 36 pounds. The burners are protected on three sides by windscreens. You can control the heat for each burner individually with the knobs mounted on the front of the stove.
Camp Chef sells a variety of accessories like a griddle and a carrying bag for this stove. It’s able to do barbecues and Dutch oven cooking, too.
Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE
What would a camping stove guide be without a product from Coleman? Their Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE will give you an hour of cooking at 20,000 BTUs on one propane cylinder. It has 285 square inches of cooking surface, enough to feed three hungry people at a time.
When you’re ready to make breakfast (lunch or dinner), use the Instastart ignition instead of hunting for matches. Then adjust the temperature with the knobs on the front of the stove.
Coleman sells griddles and other stove grates if you want some flexibility in what you cook. The grates that come with it are cast iron, so you will need to season them before you use them the first time.
When you’re finished cooking, remove the grease tray for easy cleanup, wipe down everything, and close the lid. The side tables fold in out of the way for storage, and the whole stove folds up to roll away on the included wheels.
Habor CP1 Meat Thermometer Digital Cooking Thermometer with Instant Read, LCD Screen
Cook safe with a meat thermometer. This one has a 5.9-inch-long probe so you can test your food without burning yourself. The LCD screen displays the reading instantly. If you forget to shut it off, it powers down by itself after 10 minutes. It can measure from -58 F up to 572 F.
We hope your next campout goes great with your new camping stove. Visit us again soon to see new reviews of top outdoor products.