Best Camp Stoves

 

In this next article we’re going to be talking about camping stoves. Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming to find the right stove when there are so many different options to choose from. Fortunately, these days you can just “Google It” and learn just about anything that you want to know about a product as well as read reviews from real customers. So I thought it may be helpful to research and make a list of the best camping stoves out there.

When you’re looking at camping stoves, you will find many options to choose from. One of the most noticeable options will be how many burners the stove has. A basic camping stove comes with one, two, or three burners. If you just plan on cooking single dish meals and want to travel light, the single burner is for you. However, if you have a group of campers and you want the convenience of cooking up a meal while preparing a little side-dish at the same time, I would recommend a 2 or 3 burner stove.

How To Choose A Camping Stove

Before we get to the stoves I just wanted to briefly go over three things you should think about that will help you make a decision on what stove to buy.

Camping Stove Size

If you’re camping with a large group, you will definitely want at least two burners and you may even want more than one camping stove. The added burners will come in handy. Some of the two burner and three burner camp stoves can be a little heavy and awkward to carry so I would only recommend them for car camping where you don’t have to lug your gear too far.

There are two designs to choose from as well: Tabletop or Free Standing.

Tabletop stoves are generally more compact and smaller than freestanding stoves and they don’t have legs. So they will need to be set on a level surface such as a picnic table or tailgate. Freestanding stoves have legs and the burners are wider and better for larger pots and pans.

It’s All About The Cooking Power!

British Thermal Units (BTU’s) – The amount of energy it takes to heat or cool one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

The higher the number of BTU’s on a camping stove, the more heat it can put out. But there are more factors to look for to determine the true power of a stove. You should look at the design of the stove as well. How compact is it? Are the burners wide enough? Are they protected by a windscreen? In order for the stove to perform best it has to not only be capable of producing high heat, it has to be protected from the wind as well.

Fuel Type

The most common fuel Type for camping stoves is propane. It’s also cheaper and easier to use than butane and other liquid fuels. And you can find propane just about anywhere. Those little 16 ounce Coleman canisters are great for the single and some of the double burner stoves but you will need one of them refillable propane tanks for the larger two and three burner stoves. The 20 pounders that you hook up to your BBQ grill at home will do just fine.

You will also need a regulator and a hose to hook up the propane tank to the stove. Some of the larger stoves comes with a regulator and hose but the smaller one’s usually do not.

Well that covers the basics for finding an awesome camping stove. Check out these camping grills and I think you will be able to find something nice for your next camping trip.

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Single Burner Camping Stoves (Top 5)

 

 

Jetboil Flash Camping Stove Cooking System

This first item is definitely not your typical camp stove and it obviously wouldn’t be ideal for cooking for a group of people. But for one, maybe two people who need to fuel up on some food on the trail; this thing will be a life saver! And I had to include it on this list because I just think it’s pretty cool.

This thing can boil water in 100 seconds and it will stay good and hot for a while inside the insulating cozy cooking cup. To me it’s more of a lightweight stove one would mostly use for backpacking but it could definitely be used for all types of outdoor cooking.

I’ve read several customer reviews on Amazon and most of them were really pleased with how fast it can boil water and how lightweight and compact it is. Most folks use the hot water to prepare those freeze-dried meals from Mountain House and what not. You can also make some coffee or delicious hot chocolate with this camp stove. Check it out on Amazon by clicking Here or the link in the picture above.

 

Gas One 200,000 BTU Heavy Duty Propane Gas Cooker

This burner is perfect for just about any type of outdoor cooking. Use it on your next camping trip or to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving! 200,000 BTU is plenty enough power to cook anything. And it’s obvious that Gas One made safety a top priority when they designed this thing. You can easily control gas and pressure flow with the 0 – 20 psi regulator that is included with the stove. And an o-ring is attached to the regulator to ensure there’s no gas leakage. A steel braided hose is included as well to connect the propane tank to the stove.

This is a heavy-duty, durable outdoor stove made of cast iron that will last you a long time. The welded frame stands 15.5″ tall and 12″ wide and weighs 21 lbs. So you can easily pack it with your camping gear and it won’t take up much space at all.

It also comes with a fully adjustable air control panel. This is a thin metal panel that is used to control the oxygen volume that enters the burner. And you can adjust it to get that pretty blue flame.

This thing is a powerhouse of a burner for a good price according to some of the customer reviews I read on Amazon. If you would like to learn more about this burner and read customer reviews on Amazon Click Here or click the picture above.

 

Coleman Bottletop Propane Camp Stove with Adjustable Burner

This compact stove is perfect for camping or backpacking because it’s so lightweight and it hardly takes up any room. The burner and the base are two separate pieces so you can store it just about anywhere. The 16.4 oz. propane bottle (sold separately) fits into the base and the adjustable burner attaches to the top of the propane bottle to form a fully functional camp stove. (see picture above)

That little propane bottle puts out up to 10,000 BTU’s of cooking power which I find pretty impressive. It also has “perfect flow technology” that helps the temperature from the burner stay consistent even in extreme cold conditions. And it will last for up to 2.5 hours on high on one 16.4 oz. propane bottle!

You can fit up to an 8-inch pan on top of the burner and the base at the bottom is wide enough to offer stability when you’re stirring up some hot delicious vegetable soup or scrambling some eggs.

There are over 1,000 customer reviews on Amazon and almost all of them are from happy campers! If you would like some more information about this camp stove Click Here or click the picture above.

 

Coleman Portable Butane Stove with Carrying Case

I know most of the camp stoves on this list use propane but I had to include this little compact stove because of the cool features! For one thing you don’t need matches or a lighter. Just hook it up to an 8.8 oz. butane cylinder (sold separately) turn the ignition knob and you’re cooking with up to 7,650 BTU’s of cooking power for up to 1.25 hours! You can cook with up to a 10-inch pan and you don’t have to worry about it tipping over and your food going all over the floor because of the large base.

You will have this little camp stove for a long time thanks to the rust-proof aluminum burner and enabled steel exterior. And clean up is a breeze because of the porcelain coated grate. One Amazon customer left a review saying that he used it on the back porch to fry bacon so he wouldn’t have to clean the grease splatter in the kitchen. Just an all around awesome little stove for anyone who enjoys outdoor cooking. I believe you will enjoy this handy little gadget!

There are hundreds of customer reviews for this camp stove on Amazon and the majority of them are positive. If you would like to read them and learn more about this product you can Click Here or click the picture above.

 

Coleman Fold N Go Instastart Grill

Another fine portable camp stove. It’s like having a grill in a briefcase. You can sear some serious grill marks into some steaks with this one according to one of the customer reviews I read on Amazon. And I believe it too. The grill is capable of creating 6,000 BTU’s of heat across 105 sq. in. of grilling space. Yes please!

The horseshoe burner is definitely a plus for even cooking all around the grill surface. You won’t need matches or a lighter with the InstaStart button that ignites the grill with ease. The removable grease tray and cooking grate come right out and are both dishwasher safe so that will save you a lot of clean up work. It runs on a 16.4 ounce propane cylinder (sold separately) and it will last up to 3.5 hours on high heat.

There are over 300 customer reviews on Amazon right now and most of them are quite pleased with this grill. Go on over to Amazon and have a look for yourself. Or click on the picture above.

 


 

Double Burner Camping Stoves (Top 5)

 

Coleman Propane Classic Camp Stove

This propane camp stove has two burners and 20,000 BTU’s of cooking power. The cooking surface is big enough to fit a 12 in. and a 10 in. pan at the same time so you can have your eggs cooking on one burner and your water boiling for coffee on the other. Wind will not affect you’re cooking with the wind block panels that will adjust to the size of your pans.

One 16.4 oz. propane bottle (sold separately) will last 1 hour if you ran both burners on high. You can buy those propane bottles just about anywhere and they’re not too expensive. The removable chrome-plated grate makes clean up a breeze and the aluminized steel cook top provides durability and rust-resistance.

There are over 2,000 customer reviews on Amazon for this camp stove and the majority of them definitely recommend this one. So you can head on over to Amazon and check it out for yourself. Just Click Here or click on the picture above.

 

 

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

Whether you’re spending a nice weekend camping, tailgating at the game, or just doing a little back yard cookout, I think that you will be impressed with this camp stove. You will have plenty enough power to cook anything with the two 30,000 BTU cast-aluminum burners. And you won’t have a problem with the wind affecting you’re cooking thanks to the three sided windscreen.

The camp stove sits about 29″ high with the legs extended. And you can easily remove the legs for storage and adjust them if the ground is uneven. A regulator and three foot hose are included so that you can hook up a propane tank (not included). It says that you can cook on this stove for 15 hours with just one twenty pound propane tank.

And that’s another great benefit of owning this camp stove and a twenty pound propane tank. If there’s ever an emergency and you lose power for a while, as long as you have some food stored, you will be ready and able to cook for you and your family.

This seems to be a hot item on Amazon with mostly pleased customers leaving reviews. Go on over and have a look.

 

Outbound Propane Camping Grill with Two Burners

If you’re looking for a powerful 20,000 BTU camp stove that is compact and real easy to transport, you may want to check out this stove. Not only is it compact and easy to transport but you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged or anything while transporting it with all of your camping gear thanks to its tough, chrome plated design.

One of my favorite things about it is how it almost transforms from a carrying case to a grill and the sides create a great wind blocker to shield the burners from the wind. The wind blockers on some of the other camp stoves don’t seem to offer as much protection as these do.

Some other cool features on this stove are:

  • Stainless-steel drip tray. Stainless-steel cleans so easily.
  • Dimensions are 18.5″ L x 11″ W x 3.5″ H and Cooking surface is 15″ L x 9.5″ W
  • Two adjustable control valves give you precise control of the two temperature zones.
  • Closes up into a slim carrying case that is easy to transport and store.

To me this little camp stove is the perfect size for a small family to bring on a camp trip and be able to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner with no problem. There are a lot of customer reviews on Amazon and most of them are from pleased customers. Go on over there and have a look.

Click Here to learn more.

 

Camp Chef Pro 60X Camp Stove

At around 50 lbs this camp stove is definitely not as light-weight and compact as some of the other stoves on this list. But if your looking for something that’s solid and sturdy, I would recommend this stove. The legs do fold up and it has two handles on either side, you just may need a buddy to help you carry it.

This thing puts out a total of 60,000 BTU’s and you won’t have to worry about forgetting matches or a lighter at home thanks to the matchless ignition. It also comes with a three sided windscreen to keep the wind off of your burners.

And as if these awesome features weren’t enough to please any culinary camper. This camp stove comes with:

  • Adjustable leg levelers in case the ground isn’t level
  • 14 inch x 32 inch cooking grate
  • Folding side shelves for extra work space
  • Appliance-style temperature controls

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty camp stove that basically offers the cooking amenities of your kitchen stove at home, I would recommend this stove. It has some great reviews on Amazon from some happy customers. Go have a look and see if this is the stove for you.

Click Here to see the pricing on Amazon.

 

Eurika! Ignite Portable 2 Burner Camp Stove

If you’re looking for a lightweight, compact camp stove that’s real easy to use, you should check this one out. It runs on propane (sold separately) but you can find those 16.4 oz. propane canisters just about anywhere. This stove is built from rugged, thick-guage steel and you will get years of reliable use out of it.

You will be able to precisely control the flame on both of the 10,000 BTU burners thanks to the two-turn simmer controls. So you will be able to boil water for coffee on one burner and simmer scrambled eggs on the other. It also has a push button igniter so you don’t have to worry about bringing a lighter with you.

Some more cool features are:

  • The two burners are far enough apart that you can easily fit two 12 inch pans on the cooking surface with no problem.
  • It’s Jet Link compatible which means you can daisy-chain it with other Eurika! and Jetboil products.
  • It also has a regulator to hook up a propane bottle.
  • Comes with adjustable, rubber feet that are non-slip so you can always have a level cooking surface.
  • The measurements of the stove are 23″ L x 12.8″ W x 4″ H (closed) & 25″ L x 13.5″ W x 14″ H (open).
  • Weighs 12 pounds.

I think this is an amazing camp stove that will make cooking a breeze so you can enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. It has a lot of customer reviews on Amazon and most of them are happy customers.

Click Here to get more info and pricing.

 


Three Burner Camping Stoves (Top 5)

 

Camp Chef Big Gas Grill

It’s time to break out the big guns now! This camp stove is big and mighty with three cast-aluminum 30,000 BTU burners and 608 sq in of total cooking space! It also comes with the Deluxe BBQ Grill Box which is a handy tool to use. The Grill Box has a pre-seasoned cast iron grill grate that leaves some fine sear marks on your steaks, burgers, veggies, etc. Close the lid and there’s a lid damper valve that helps control heat and smoke while sealing in all that delicious flavor. It also has a built-in temperature guage which is nice.

This BBQ Grill Box is easily removable to make room for any of the other Camp Chef 16″ accessories like the Pizza Oven or the Flat Top Grill which are both compatible with this stove. I read a couple customer reviews from people who really like the Griddle accessory. He said it cooked his pancakes perfectly.

There’s a lot more to love about this stove including:

  • Matchless Ignition
  • Burner housing limits hot/cold spots and provides extra wind protection
  • Regulator and three foot hose are included
  • Removable / Adjustable legs for easy storage
  • Out of the box ready to cook in seconds
  • Emergency preparedness recommended
  • Fully adjustable heat control knobs
  • Single deluxe folding shelf

So whether you’re a serious camping chef or looking to enjoy some grilling on the back patio at home; I definitely recommend this heavy-duty camp stove. There are lots of happy customers on Amazon who bought this stove and liked it so much, they left a nice review.

Click Here for more info and pricing.

 

Outland Portable Camping Stove

Whether you are looking to upgrade your camp stove or you want a new backyard grill, this heavy-duty stove can do it all! I included it on this list because of how versatile it is. When the legs are folded up it’s super easy to bring to where you will set up, thanks to the pull handle and two rugged wheels. And once you get it where you want it you can either unfold the legs for a nice standing camp stove or you can set it up tabletop.

And once you have it set up, just fire it up with the push of a button. This thing has three independently controlled 30,000 BTU cast aluminum burners. That’s a total of 90,000 BTU’s of cooking power! And you can control each burner separately to ensure that the right amount of heat is being used on your food.

I am really impressed with this camp stove and I think that you will be too. Here are some more awesome features that you will find in this stove:

  • 568 sq inch grill area L 36.9″ x W 14″
  • Two folding cook station prep surfaces L 18″ x W 15″ each hold up to 60 lbs.
  • Steel frame is processed with a high temperature powder coating to ensure long-lasting durability and sturdiness
  • 4 Hook utensil holders for spatula, tongs, heat-resistant BBQ gloves, etc.
  • CSA Certified for consumer safety and satisfaction

As you can see there’s a lot to like about this camp stove. And it has a lot of positive customer reviews on Amazon.

Click Here for more info and pricing.

 

GYMAX High Pressure Propane Camp Stove

You won’t have any trouble boiling water or cooking anything with this beast of a camp stove. Each cast iron burner can put out 75,000 BTU’s and with 3 burners, that’s a total of 225,000 BTU’s!! Not to mention the sturdy cast iron design of the stove insures it will last a long time. It’s also waterproof and rust proof thanks to the protective powder coating.

This stove is safe to use too because of the regulator that comes with the stove. The regulator monitors propane gas flow and does not allow further leakage when internal or external problems are detected. I mean, you can never be too careful when using such a powerful gas stove so the regulator is definitely a plus.

Some more awesome features for this camp stove are:

  • Detachable legs for easy transportation and storage
  • Sets up quickly and easily so you will be cooking in no time at all!
  • Three adjustable heat dials to give you full control of each burner
  • CSA certified and safe to use for outdoor cooking

After researching this product and reading customer reviews I would definitely recommend this stove for camping, tailgating, backyard grilling, etc. One customer even said that they used it to boil the sap used for making homemade maple syrup and they said it worked perfect for that too!

Click Here to go check it out on Amazon for more details.

 

ROVSUN High Pressure Propane Camp Stove

Another beast of a camp stove! Just like the GYMAX above each burner can put out 75,000 BTU’s of cooking power so all three of the burners together can put out a total of 225,000 BTU’s which is quite impressive. It also comes with a CSA approved regulator to safely control the propane gas flow.

The sturdy cast iron frame makes it extremely durable and capable of just about any type of cooking. You can use it for canning, home brewing, wok cooking, crawfish boiling, turkey frying, etc.

Some more awesome features on this stove are:

  • Quick and easy assembly: Legs are easy to put on and take off.
  • Easy operation: Just connect the gas tank, open the main valve, hold a match next to the burner, turn the control valve and then you can adjust the flame with the vent cover.
  • Stove dimensions are: 34.3″ long x 17.7″ wide x 29.7″ in hight.
  • Great quality camp stove at a great price.

I would love to get the GYMAX 3 burner stove and this ROVSUN 3 burner stove side by side and do a thorough hands on comparison of both but unfortunately, I cant do that right now. All that I can tell you is that from the research, both of these stoves are definitely worth buying if you need a new outdoor camp stove.

The ROVSUN got plenty of good customer reviews on Amazon. Click Here to find out more about this beast of a stove!

 

Camp Chef Tahoe Deluxe 3 Burner Grill

Now if your in the market for a serious camp stove that you can prepare a bunch of food on to feed an army, you should check this one out. The burners are made of cast aluminum and put out 30,000 BTU’s each! Having 3 burners that makes 90,000 BTU’s total! I’m still amazed at how much cooking power these stoves have.

You won’t have as many hot/cold spots because of the protective housing that also that also gives extra wind protection. It also includes a 3 sided wind screen. And the heat-control dials are fully adjustable.

And if that’s not enough cool features it also comes with:

  • Regulator and 3 ft. of hose. You will just need a propane tank.
  • Removable legs for portability. This also gives you the option to use it as a stand-up stove or as a table top stove.
  • 30″ cooking hight. That’s a decent hight for a camp stove.
  • 608 sq. in. cooking area. That’s more than enough space. You can literally feed an army. Well maybe not an army. But a Boy Scout Troop for sure!
  • Matchless ignition. You won’t have to worry about forgetting a lighter or matches.
  • Compatible with other 16″ Cooking System accessories. They have everything from an Italia Artisian Pizza Oven to a Reversable Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Griddle.

As you can see there’s a lot to love about this stove. And there’s a lot of happy campers that left positive reviews on Amazon about this product. If you want to find out more about this product click Here.

 


 

Conlusion

I hope this helped you or at least pointed you in the right direction. My personal favorite is the Coleman Classic Two-Burner Stove just for the simplicity of it, the 20,000 BTU cooking power, and you can’t beat the price. It all comes down to what your personal preference is. And I know that some people absolutely love to cook, especially while camping, and other people go camping to get away from the kitchen at home and having to cook and clean. But most of the time they will eat if you cook. Lol!

And that’s what it’s all about anyway. Coming together with friends and family to bond and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors. But it’s even better when someone in the group knows how to cook! Lol!!

What are your thoughts on this list of camp stoves? Did I leave any out? What do you usually bring on camping trips to cook on?

Please let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Billy

  1. Hello Billy, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I enjoy camping with my friends so there is always a larger group of us. I was looking to get some stove for these occasions and I am glad I found you. Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove looks like a real fit for me as it has a double burner, it will definitely make it more easy to prepare food. It is not so expensive so I think I will opt for him.

    • I think that’s an excellent choice Danijel. I am happy that this post helped you to find the right camp stove. I’m sure you and your friends will enjoy it.

      Billy

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing with us such an amazing article about thus camping stones. 

    I am from Romania and here we have many wonderful places to visit. Every month I go with my friends to camp in the mountains and I want to tell you that our mountains are among the most beautiful in Europe (I hope you get here). We always have this problem with cooking because we are a lot of peoples and a simple fire is not enough for us. 
    I am very interested in this product: GasOne 200, 000 BTU Square Heavy-Duty Single Burner Outdoor Stove Propane Gas Cooker. For me it is much easier to carry a gas bottle and to use it for cooking than to cut wood from the forest. The price of $ 99.99 is very cheap and I am amazed, considering that in our country this product is over $ 200. Thank you very much for this help.

    Wish you all the best! 

    • Hey Nimrodngy! I hope that I get to visit there one day. I would love to see the mountains of Romania and it would be even better to have the opportunity to camp there. I’m glad that this product review helped you. 

      Billy

  3. Hello, I really appreciate your time and effort on writing about best camping stoves which is something that I’ve been looking into for my camping trip in spring of 2020. I’m going alone so I need to get something small that I can carry on my hiking backpack without taking up too much space.

    The way you laid it out is perfect and informative, the Jetboil Flash looks perfect for me, I really like the vertical design and how it can boil water in 100 seconds which is pretty impressive. The Coleman Bottletop looks good too. I’m going to give this one a try and see how it works for me. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

    • Hello Son. That Jetboil Flash is pretty impressive huh? I’m sure the Coleman Bottletop will serve you well too. Thank you for reading and commenting on this post. I’m happy that it helped you to find the right camp stove. Have fun on your camping trip! 

      Billy

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