No camping trip is complete without a portable gas stove. Designed for cooking and heating up food in the great outdoors, gas stoves and camping gas stoves can make life that bit more comfortable when you're camping out or staying in a camper van, and let you enjoy a hot meal after a long day of hiking and exploring. Camping gas stoves are generally lightweight and compact. Stoves suitable for camping are available at a range of price points - more basic gas stoves can be picked up quite cheaply while more high-end stoves can set you back quite a bit. Seasoned campers who regularly go on camping trips should invest in a high quality portable gas stove, as they tend to be more sturdy and durable.
Portable Gas Stove Features
Listed above you will find gas stoves, portable gas stove models and camping gas stoves from top outdoor brands like Edelrid and Primus. Some camping gas stoves are fully featured stoves, while other may be a single part. Camping gas stoves that come in a complete set are the easiest to set up and will generally include compatible portable gas stove pots and pans. Keep an eye out for gas stoves that come with non-stick Pots and non-stick Pans, as these are the easiest to cook with and maintain.
Look out for gas stoves that are lightweight or ultra-light, especially if you will be hiking and carrying your gear in a backpack. Likewise, collapsible potholders and camping gas stoves will be small to pack and won’t take up much space in your backpack. There are other helpful features to look out for when shopping for camping gas stoves. Some portable stoves come with a windscreen protector that lets the flame burn easily and solidly, while some stoves feature auto-ignition, which can be very handy. Non-slip rubber feet will go a long way in ensuring your portable gas stove is stable, while camping gas stoves with a large cooking surface will let you cook for a group of people.
What to cook on a camping stove
Gas stoves and portable gas stoves are excellent to cook with as they let you adjust the temperature quite finely, and can be used to cook a wide range of foods including meats and vegetarian foods such as beans, rice and vegetables. Depending on your utensils, you can whip up a pretty epic breakfast on a camping gas stove, complete with eggs, beans, and bacon, as well as a tasty lunch or dinner. Camping gas stoves and portable gas stoves can also be used to boil water to make tea and coffee. Most standard portable gas stoves can boil 1 L of water in 3.5 minutes, while more advanced camping stoves have a rapid boil function and take just 1 minute.
Note that for safety, a portable gas stove or any camping gas stoves should never be used indoors. If you are staying in a camper van without kitchen facilities, you will need to use your camping gas stove outdoors. Most camping gas stoves have a single burner. Portable stoves that have a large burner head will offer enhanced heat distribution and more efficient cooking. Some stoves do not come with a gas canister included so this may need to be purchased separately.