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Camping may bring to mind roasting food on a stick over a fire, but there are times when a campfire isn’t an option. This could be either due to a burn ban or because you have a more elaborate camping experience in mind. The right camp stove can make your camping trip easier and more comfortable whether you only need to boil water or you’re planning an outdoor feast.
There are three types of camp stove:
There are several types of camp stove fuel:
Which camp stove fuel is best?
A. The best camp stove fuel depends on factors such as cost, availability, burn efficiency, weight and more. For example, propane is widely available and good to use in cold weather, while isobutane is lightweight and easy to store. Canister fuels are lightweight but pricey, while liquid fuels are cheaper but less user-friendly.
Are camping stoves usable indoors?
A. Camping stoves make excellent backup cooking appliances in the event of a power outage at home. Whether a camp stove is safe to use indoors depends on its fuel type. Many fuels, including propane and white gas, are not usable indoors because they produce carbon monoxide. Stoves that burn biomass, alcohol or butane are usually usable indoors with proper ventilation. Check your stove’s manual to make sure.
With its powerful 20,000 Btu burners, this stove offers almost the same performance as your grill at home. Its matchless ignition and tall windscreens make it easy to use. The stove also features a stainless steel drip tray and a nickel-coated steel grate.
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Weighing a little over 6 pounds, this small but mighty stove folds up for easy portability. It runs on standard propane bottles and is connectable to other Jetlink-compatible burners for a larger cooking area.
This stove offers everything you need for a luxurious campsite meal: push-button ignition, a three-sided windscreen, two 30,000-Btu burners, adjustable legs and dual prep shelves. It folds down for easier transport.
This single-burner stove boasts 9,000 Btu and runs on butane. At 3 pounds, you can take it anywhere. It offers great simmering control, easy-to-clean surfaces and automatic safety shut-off.
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The chrome-plated grate on this stove is easy to clean and wide enough to accommodate a 12-inch pan. It features a pressure regulator for consistent cooking and runs on standard propane bottles. It’s straightforward to use, but you’ll need a lighter to start it.
This high-tech, lightweight stove not only runs on gathered twigs, it even generates electricity to charge your devices. It helps leave a smaller carbon footprint, and since you don’t have to pack fuel, it reduces your gear weight.
This lightweight backpacking stove can run on a variety of fuels — even unleaded gas. The self-purging fuel pump prevents leaks and uses refillable fuel bottles.
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