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Five Best Camp Stoves And Gas Burner Camping Stoves

Updated on October 31, 2010

Over the years, many city-dwellers have developed a love of the outdoors; they find much-needed relief in nature from the suffocating and unbearable congestion found in the city. Today you'll find many people in the forests and woods, being nature lovers, seeking the thrill and relaxtion of being in the great outdoors.

The essence of this article is to point out that man can enjoy the wild with only the simple necessities. And the most basic necessities are not particularly complicated or burdensome. You don’t actually need advanced camping survival skills, just adequate clothing, clean water, camping food, camping gear and hiking boots, and you can thrive. However, the most important among these are food and water because without it we cannot last long in the outdoors. This is where camping stoves are essential.

If you love long periods spent camping outdoors then the most important thing to bring is a portable gas stove. Portable stoves, or camping stoves, are specially designed for travel and portability so they are lightweight. As long as you have your camping stove with you and enough fuel of course, you can cook almost anything. And you can boil your own water, making safe the water that would otherwise not be safe to drink from rivers, streams and lakes. In essence, camping stoves are ideal for camping trips, camping survival, picnicing, or living in the mountains. Whether you are hiking in the Philippines, the Rocky Mountains,or anywhere else in the open they make for a more enjoyable extended adventure.

To give you a list of the 5 best camping stoves, I have listed here the most significant stoves that I have tried and find easy to bring along. I like them because they are durable, reliable, efficient, portable and light weight; you can just stuff any of them into your camping backpack with no problem.

Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart 2-Burner Stove
Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart 2-Burner Stove

The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart 2-Burner Stove

This stove has 20,000 BTU burners that are equipped with Coleman’s matchless InstaStart pushbutton ignition. It has a perfect flow fuel system that can automatically regulate and produce constant heat. With just 16.4 oz of propane, you can have one hour of cooking time to whip up your best camping recipes, so it is perfect for short family camping trips and outings.

The wonderful thing about this stove is that you can cook foods two-times as fast as a one-burner stove because of its twin burners that can efficiently produce a steady stream of fuel so even cooking in high altitudes and in windy areas is not a problem. Its lowered burner position makes it an ideal camping stove and it can generate heat more efficiently and evenly on the cook pans. Also, don’t forget that it has its wind-block side panels. There are many times I've been glad someone thought of putting a wind block on my camping stove because it really is tricky to light a flame when the Mistral or Chinook or Scirocco is howling and my stomach is growling.

Optimus Crux Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Stove
Optimus Crux Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Stove

Optimus Crux Lightweight Backpacking and Camping Stove

If you're like most people, you usually go on short camping trips and only want to have a small backpack stove. This stove is ideal for easy cooking. Actually, this stove is so small it can even be stored in the contours of your fuel canister. It has a 2 inch diameter burner and can distribute heat widely and efficiently on the pot thus reducing the chance of burning your food.

With its turbine shaped and textured pot supports, it steadily supports the cooking pot. Without a doubt, the best features are its extremely compact design and innovative foldable burner head. Overall, this tiny yet reliable stove is made from stainless and durable materials although it weighs only a mere 3.3 oz. You can stuff it in your backpack and forget you're carrying a stove.


Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove
Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove

Coleman 2 Burner Dual Fuel Compact Liquid Fuel Stove

This unique stove is excellent for camping trips with a group of people. It is equipped with two burners but with different size burners for different types of pots. One burner provides 11,500 BTU and the other one 9,500 BTU so you can cook up your meals in just minutes. It uses unleaded gas so it’s a clean-burning stove that can give you two hours burn time.

You'll love this little Coleman stove because it can boil a quart of water in just four minutes. So, if need potable water, you can boil some from clear surface water in no time. This stove is a favorite among campers because it's lightweight, easy to light and it has wind guard, making it a snap to get cooking even when it's gusty. When folded it's about the size of a small brief case.

Coleman Propane Powerpack Perfectflow Stove
Coleman Propane Powerpack Perfectflow Stove

Coleman Propane Powerpack Perfectflow Stove

Among propane camp stoves, this Powerpack Perfectflow Stove is one of the lightest and most portable among the Coleman range. It has a fully adjustable BTU output so you can adjust the flame for conditions.

It also has a wind block system to protect the burner flame. The body is made of maximum-strength steel and its grate is fully coated with chrome, so it ranks high for durability. Get out the bacon and eggs, because this little stove has full size cooking capacity; you can cook with a full 12-inch pan on its burner.

Camp Chef Mountain Series 3 Burner Camping Stove
Camp Chef Mountain Series 3 Burner Camping Stove

Camp ChefMountain Series 3 Burner Camping Stove

This is another stove for those who like camping with friends or family. With three cook surfaces cranking out more than 25,000 BTUs, it can help you cook up dinner in no time. It has very easy to use built-in matchless ignition so there's no delay in getting started. Two burners givee off 12,000 BTU each, while in the middle a grill burner provides 5,000 BTU so you have yourself a stove and a grill. Non-stick aluminum keeps the grill easy to use. This little powerhouse has a lightweight case and carry handle.

When it comes to usability, the knobs are easy to adjust. Also, the wind protectors are shaped to provide a little extra room for bigger pots. In addition, the slide holders can provide extra stability to the whole stove so boiling coffee with a large camping coffee pot isn't dicey. This one is made by CampChef.


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