A Guide to Camping Stoves

When heading out into the great outdoors camping stoves are an essential piece of kit that everyone needs for a successful trip, however it is not as simple as just choosing any and just heading off on your trip. There are a few things that you need to think about when deciding on the right stove and these things will be discussed below.

Type of trip

The type of outdoor trip you decide to go on will largely impact the type of stove that you should choose for camping. If you are going with a vehicle you can afford to carry a larger box type stove with fuel cartridges because it will be easier to carry. If you are hiking you will want a very small stove, because weight is everything and something like an additional 300 grams will make a huge difference over a long walk.

Another situation that you may encounter is where you take a vehicle with you and go hiking for a few days and then return to the vehicle, in this instance you would consider a medium sized stove, because you can afford to carry it over a short distance and you will be able to cook better when camping with your vehicle.

Types of stoves

  • Solid fuel stoves -these are stoves that use a block of solid fuel as a source of heat. They are small and very simple in construction and usually hav
  • Primus stoves – these use pressurised liquid fuels to run and the fuel is bought in bottles to top the stove up.
  • Gas cartridge stoves – these use a cartridge of a flammable material and work in the same way a conventional barbecue does, but on a much smaller scale
  • Wood – this is simply lighting a fire and using this

How many people

The amount of people that go on your trip will have a great impact on the type of stove that you choose, particularly if you want to cook and eat all together. If there are more people, naturally you will need a larger stove to cook larger quantities of food.

Availability of fuel

Camping stove fuels cannot be taken on flights, so you will need to ensure that when taking a stove with you that you can actually obtain the correct type of fuel in the place you are going. The problem is that with all the different types of stoves there are different types of fuel, so you need to be prepared and do your research.

This is not an issue if you take fuel with you within your own country or are able to drive, take the bus or train there.