The 5 Best Camping Stoves


Why bother with the struggle of cooking over a fire when you can use an affordable camping stove instead? A camp stove can be used to cook food and boil water, so you can enjoy a hot meal anywhere.

What is a camping stove?

A camping stove is a portable, lightweight cooking device that can be easily transported to your favorite outdoor location. They are ideal for camping, hunting, hiking, picnicking, backpacking, tailgating, and most other outdoor activities. They are also a great item to include in your emergency kit in the event of a power outage.

Top 5 camping stoves

Coleman Classic Propane Stove

Amazon’s Choice for camping stoves, the rugged Coleman Classic Propane Stove features two independently adjustable 10,000 BTU burners for quick, even cooking. It includes WindBlock side panels to shield the burners for maximum heat and to adjust for different pot sizes. PerfectHeat™ technology regulates the pressure of the propane for more efficient cooking with less fuel, while PerfectFlow™ pressure control technology provides consistent heat, even in extreme conditions.

The durable aluminized steel cooktop is rust-resistant. You can use both burners on high for up to an hour. It’s easy to set up, pack, and clean thanks to the durable, removable chrome-plated grate. This is recommended by The Wirecutter and has more than 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It has been a classic for 50 years and is backed by a three-year limited warranty.

Currently $49.99 on Amazon

Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range

The rugged Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range has two highly efficient "blue flame" cast-aluminum burners with an output of 30,000 BTU each. The modular cooking system adjusts to what you’re cooking and has a large cooking space and fully adjustable heat-control dials. The durable, versatile stove is portable thanks to removable/adjustable legs and a three-sided windscreen.

This is ready to use right out of the box and includes a regulator and three-foot hose for use with a bulk propane tank. You can also mix and match accessories from the brand for a customized cooking system. This is the winner of Fish Alaska's Editors' Choice Award and has more than 800 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Currently $102.99 on Amazon

Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove

Amazon’s #1 best-seller in gas fireplace stores, the durable Etekcity 2-Pack Ultralight Outdoor Camping Stove is easy to use and heats up quickly, even in cold conditions. It features foldable anti-slip support arms, built-in Piezo ignition system, and adjustable fuel flow valve. It produces one of the strongest flames for its size and has an easy flame intensity control. It is made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight.

This is reliable, portable, lightweight, and easy to set up. It has broad compatibility and includes a convenient carrying case. It also adheres to "Leave No Trace" principles and burns clean, with no leftover soot or debris. It has great reviews and is backed by a one-year warranty.

Currently $15.99 on Amazon

Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove

The Bisgear Camping Cookware Stove Canister Stand Set is the perfect set for outdoor cooking. The small, lightweight camping cookware set includes a multipurpose set of durable, easy clean, nonstick anodized aluminum pots and pans, two BPA-free bowls, utensils, wine opener, rice ladle, loofah sponge, carabiner, and nylon bag. The mini stove with Piezo ignition is easy to use and heats up quickly. The internal surface material is nontoxic and wear-resistant.

The space saving design and high temperature-resistant folding handle design makes it easy to carry around in the included mesh bag. The set is available in a range of sizes and colors. It is also backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

Currently $26.99 on Amazon

Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE

If you’re looking for a full outdoor grill and stove, you won’t find better than the Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill LXE. Equipped with 20,000 BTUs of power, you can cook for more than an hour on one propane cylinder. It features Instastart Ignition matchless lighting system, PerfectFlow Pressure Control System for steady heat (even in the cold), and Swaptop interchangeable cooktops. It is easy to clean, sets up in seconds with a lift and lock system, and folds down small with a large handle and wheels for easy transport. The durable, open-flame, drip-through, cast-iron grilling surface gives an authentic grill taste.

This is available in a range of colors. It has more than 4,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It is also backed by a limited three-year warranty.

Currently $149.99 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best camping stoves. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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