Looking for a camping stove but don’t know what to get or simply sick of your existing one and looking for something better? If so check out our comprehensive camping stoves review below in which we cover: Canister Stoves, Liquid Fuel Stove, Alcohol Stove, Solid Fuel Stove and Wood Stoves.
CANISTER STOVE SUMMARY
- Light & compact
- Fast boil duration
- Easy usage
- Maintenance not required
- Clean burn – no pot residue and it’s odorless
- Its fuel is a bit more expensive
- Fuel isn’t easily accessible internationally Liquid fuel stoves perform better in extreme cold
WEIGHT: 14 oz (stove + pot)
The Jetboil MiniMo is a cooking system that boasts of a much efficiency and convenience as backcountry stoves. With features like the push-button igniter, stout shape, excellent simmer control and a sturdy handle, eating has become so easy. The Jetboil has a high cooking efficiency and a rapid boil time aided by metal coils along its bottom. Although it is quite pricey and heavy compared to some ultralight stove/pot combinations, its stability, convenience, and speed make it an ideal choice for lightweight backpacking.
. Get the Jetboil Coffee Press (Grande size) to make baller backcountry java. The Jetboil MicroMo is the exact same stove but comes with a slimmer and a bit smaller pot to make it lightweight. The Jetboil Flash and Flash Lite are cheaper, but lack simmers control.
WEIGHT: 15.5 oz (stove + pot)
The MSR WindBurner is another integrated stove system that offers so much convenience. It’s excellent wind resistance gives it an edge over the MiniMo. Strong winds pose a great threat to stove efficiency, but that’s not the case with the WindBurner. However, the WindBurner lacks a good simmer control, a push-button igniter, or sturdy handles, all of which the MiniMo possesses. You can easily eat out of the Minimo with its stout body shape. So, if you frequently backpack in very windy areas, this stove is your ideal companion.
WEIGHT: 2.6 oz
The MSR PocketRocket 2 is a compact, long-lasting and lightweight stove that comes at an affordable price. It is an improved version of MSR’s popular PocketRocket stove, which has been a favorite in the backpacking community for a very long time. The PocketRocket 2 possesses an incredible simmer control, is compact, and has a rapid boil time. A combination of this stove with a lightweight cook pot (like the Snow Peak Mini Solo Cookset) provides a cooking system that weighs a lot less than the majority of integrated stove systems but lacks their stability and efficiency.
WEIGHT: 1.9 oz
The Snow Peak LiteMax is an extremely light, compact and long-lasting canister stove that packs down very small. Made from titanium, the LiteMax’s weight is reduced to an absolute minimum. It boasts of a highly collapsible folding design that makes it easy to fit it into any cookpot. It also possesses great simmer control, rapid boiling times, and works well in the wind too (but integrated canister stoves will always perform better in windy areas). However, the LiteMax is more expensive than similar models like the PocketRocket 2.
WEIGHT: 2.3 oz
The Soto OD-1RX WindMaster is a unique canister stove that comes with some convenient features. With its excellent simmer control, a push-button igniter, and its inverted burner, it does a better job in windy conditions than most upright canister stoves. It also offers the option of two clip-on pot stands, giving you the ability to utilize the smaller/lighter stand for small pots or the larger stand for greater stability with big pots. It, however, costs a lot more than most canister stoves. Note: The model of this stove sold on Amazon only comes with the smaller pot stand.
WEIGHT: 3.2 oz
The Snow Peak GigaPower 2.0 offers totally different but awesome experience. It is a compact canister stove which boils water fast, has a push-button igniter and a great simmer control. The GigaPower comes fitted with four flat pot supports, which increases its stability compared to most three-prong stoves. The GigaPower doesn’t do so well in windy conditions, and it is also heavier than other canister stoves. Snow Peak also manufactures a GigaPower Manual version which lacks a push-button igniter but is cheaper and a bit lighter.
There are some less expensive and yet useful canister stoves sold on Amazon. The BRS Ultralight Stove, Etekcity Ultralight stove and Canister Camp Stove are a few well-known models worth trying. These stoves are suitable for backpackers who are on a budget and for beginners. It is also perfect for beginners and budget backpackers. However, budget stoves usually have low stability, efficiency (use up more fuel), and malfunctions a lot. So it is recommended that you purchase your stoves from manufacturers that offer excellent warranties alongside their products.
LIQUID FUEL STOVE SUMMARY
- Fuel is quite affordable
- Fuel bottles can be refilled, and usage is easy to gauge
- Suitable for melting snow on winter treks
- Better choice for international travel
- Large in size and heavy
- More expensive – additional cash for fuel bottle
- Not easy to use – priming needed
- Fairly hazardous – fuel can spill when priming
- Maintenance is often required
- Some are noisy
WEIGHT: 11.5 oz
The MSR WhisperLite is a very well known and one of the most used liquid fuel stoves ever produced. It belongs to the category of the lightest, smallest, and affordable liquid fuel stoves on the market. It’s very less noisy than other roaring liquid fuel stoves. It is easy to use and very durable with regular maintenance. However, the WhisperLite lacks simmer control.
RELATED: If you are backpacking internationally, consider the WhisperLite International or WhisperLite Universal. They are more expensive but have the ability to burn a different kind of fuels. A WhisperLite service kit will come in handy when using the stove.
WEIGHT: 14.1 oz
The MSR Dragonfly is a liquid fuel stove that combines convenience and functionality very well. It boasts an excellent simmer control and can also pump out heat, which aids fast boil times and snow melting. Its base is wide and stable, capable of holding big pots for family or group trips. It also has the ability to burn multiple fuels when backpacking internationally. The Dragonfly, however, makes a lot of noise and is a bit heavy.
WEIGHT: 13.5 oz
If you seek a high-powered burner that is capable of melting snow quickly in extreme conditions, the MSR XGK-EX is your best bet. This stove is very popular among climbers and mountaineers that frequently find themselves in tough and very exposed areas. It works fast, burns multiple fuels, and is very durable. The XGK-EX however, lacks simmer control, is of a large size and is heavy. It is also very noisy, so be ready to have a high-toned conversation over your meals. Most backpackers would not consider this stove because of its weight, but for those venturing into extremely harsh terrains, this stove is a great choice.
RELATED: An XGK service kit will come in handy down the line with this stove.
ALCOHOL STOVE SUMMARY
- Light and compact
- Easy to use
- Fuel is easy to get
- No noise
- Slow boil times
- Less efficient fuel
- Performs badly in windy conditions
- No temperature control
- Quite hazardous – Hard to see flame, easy to spill fuel
- Unusable during most fire bans
- Not suitable for winter trips
WEIGHT: 1.5 – 3.25 oz
The Trail Designs Caldera Cone is all about efficient use of energy. It has a system that provides a means to keep the wind out and concentrate all the available heat on the pot. This is very important because of alcohol, which is the fuel source, yields less heat and as a result has slow boil times. This package features a cone, alcohol stove, and fuel bottle. However, this basic model doesn’t fit into a cooking pot. So, the Trail Designs created the more expensive Sidewinder Ti-Tri, which fits properly into cook pots. t the cone won’t fit in your cook pot.
WEIGHT: 0.6 oz
The Zelig Modified StarLyte provides maximum efficiency due to the fact that it is a slow burning stove and it has an enclosed windscreen (like the Caldera Cone). This helps it to conserve fuel, which means you won’t need to carry so much fuel. Your fuel weight will be greatly reduced because of its lower burn time and a cap that saves unused fuel. As expected, this stove has slower cooking time and isn’t effective without the come windscreen.
WEIGHT: 3.8 oz
The Trangia Spirit Burner is a reliable alcohol stove that’s been in existence for years. It lasts longer than most alcohol stoves and has a simmer ring that gives better temperature control. It also features a screw top lid to save unused fuel. But it is heavier than other alcohol stoves, and it lacks a pot stand and a windscreen. If you wish to build a complete system around this stove, then check out the 28-T Mini Cookset and the 27-3 Ultralight Cookset (both come with the stove).
WEIGHT: 1 oz
The White Box Alcohol Stove is a high resistant model made especially for the challenges posed by long hikes. It is an American product made from recycled aluminum bottles. It features a windscreen that increases its efficiency, and it requires no pot stand. For smaller pots, the Solo II stove is recommended because of its tighter burn ring.
SOLID FUEL STOVE SUMMARY
- Light and compact
- It is cheap
- Simplified making and usage
- Very quiet
- Doesn’t spill fuel
- Slow boiling times
- Fuel price is high
- Doesn’t perform well in windy conditions
- Lacks temperature control
- Leaves residue on pot
- Unpleasant odour
- Hard to resupply fuel
- Not suitable for winter trips
WEIGHT: 3.3 oz
If you are on a budget and you want to try out Esbit, go for the Esbit Folding Pocket Stove. This stove is very convenient, compact and durable. It also features six Esbit tabs to get you started. However, this stove is quite heavy and requires you to add a windscreen.
WEIGHT: 0.1 oz
How convenient and light can solid fuel stoves really be? The Trail Designs Gram Cracker gives a perfect and impressive answer to this question. It holds one or two Esbit tabs in place under your cook put while they burn. Using it with the Caldera Cone System increases its efficiency because it has low heat output and thus needs a system to conserve its heat. The Gram Cracker lacks a pot stand and a windscreen.
WEIGHT: 0.4 oz
The Esbit Titanium Folding Stove proves that solid fuel stoves can also be fancy. It features three foldable legs that make storage very easy and they also form a solid pot stand when unfolded. It has a simple design and works very well with Esbit tabs. The Esbit Titanium Folding Stove lacks a windscreen which means you’ll have to make a simple windscreen or acquire a come system to improve its efficiency.
WOOD STOVE SUMMARY
- Small fuel weight
- Cheap fuel
- Renewable fuel resource
- It is pleasant and gets you longing for home
- Consumes time and energy
- Slower cook times
- Difficult to get fuel when wet or above treeline
- Blackens the bottom of your pot – messy
- Unusable during most fire bans
- Not suitable for winter trips
WEIGHT: 9 OZ
The Solo Stove Lite is a double-wall natural convection inverted down gas gasifier stove. All these stove-terms helps the Solo Stove Lite to provide an astounding level of effectiveness and efficiency. Holes at the bottom of the Solo Stove lets air in to feed the fire from below and above. The Solo Stove, without the aid of a windscreen, provides a hot and less smoky burn. It also won’t scorch the ground beneath your stove. It is quite heavy at 9oz, but it makes up for this in that you don’t need to carry any fuel. Create extra space in your pack by combining the Solo Stove with the Solo Stove Pot 900. Together, they provide an awesome and efficient cooking system.
RELATED: The Solo Stove’s excellent design is also used by the less heavy but more expensive bushbuddy which has been in existence for quite some time. The Solo Lite is suitable for 1-2 people. For 2-4 people, upgrade to the Solo Titan. For 5 or more people, opt for the Solo Campfire.
COLLAPSIBLE WOOD STOVES
There are numerous brands of common wood stoves that are made using lightweight metal panels. Some very common collapsible stoves include the Emberlit Fireant Titanium, QiWiz FireFly UL, Vargo Titanium Hexagon, and Bushbox Titanium. This design provides easy storage due to a reduction in size and lightweight stoves. As simple as collapsible stoves are, they create a lot of mess and need to be assembled. Collapsible stoves are basically boxes created to hold a little fire and support a pot. They essentially create a box to hold a small fire and support a pot. Some come with openings that allow feeding of your stove from the side. Some of them come with an opening at the bottom which scorches the ground anywhere you cook. They also produce more smoke and can’t maintain consistent heat, unlike the double-wall wood stove.
Be advised that you can totally do without a stove backpack on your hiking adventures. It becomes your choice whether to go with one or not. But without it, you get to hike lighter, spend less and so something else with the time that would have been devoted to cooking. All you need to do is to pack a lot of food that doesn’t need to be cooked. However, the weight cut off by not packing a stove can be regained packing these ready-to-eat food items. Also, you would have to settle for cold meals. There would be no morning coffee or warm dinner, which are comforts that some people can’t do without.
NO STOVE SUMMARY
- No stress
- No hassle
- No weight
- No cost
- No hot coffee
- No warm dinner
- Reduced meal choices
- Heavier food options