Pippa Middleton—that’s right, the sister of Duchess Kate—had this to say about camping in her 2012 book Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends:
“Whatever form it takes, camping is earthy, soul enriching and character building, and there can be few such satisfying moments as having your tent pitched and the smoke rising from your campfire as the golden sun sets on the horizon—even if it's just for a fleeting moment before the rain spoils everything.”
Most camping enthusiasts, I think, would agree with Middleton—especially the part having to do with settling in around a campfire. There’s just something about that moment when you sit down to relax, warm up, eat, and socialize that makes the whole camping experience worth while.
But here’s the kicker:
That perfect moment could easily be ruined by a bad investment in camping gear.
We’ve previously shared with you the results of our research on the best camping chairs, the best camping backpacks, and some other camping gadgets you might want to bring with you. And if there was one common thread we found throughout all of our camping gear research, it’s that comfort, convenience, and reliability are of the utmost importance when camping, regardless of what type of camping, backpacking, or hiking you do.
In our research for the best camping stoves, we discovered that, while a lot of the same factors matter, there is quite a bit more to consider.
Let me explain:
You’re going to need a stove that fits your particular camping needs. So before committing to a purchase, make sure to ask yourself the following questions:
- What type of camping do you most commonly do? Backpacking? Car camping? Cabin camping? Weekend hiking?
- Do you need a stove for the purposes of cooking? Reheating? Boiling water? Or substituting for a campfire?
- How many people do you plan to cook for?
- How often will you use the stove?
- Will you need to take the stove on the go?
- Will you use it indoors?
- What sort of fuel do you prefer to use?
- Will you need a stove that can function in most climates, elevations, and wind speeds?
Once you’ve identified how you’ll put your camping stove to use, you’ve got to sift through the plethora of models and types available. To help you along, we’ve identified the top performing camping stoves that will cover a wide range of needs.
Ready to round out your camping gear collection with a high-performing and reliable camping stove? Keep reading to find the right camping stove for you.