There’s just something about camping when you sit down to relax, warm up, and eat 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.
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 camping stove that fits your particular camping needs. 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.
Keep reading to find the right camping stove for you.
The U.S. averages about 100,000 wildfires every year, so many states have (camp)fire restrictions in place throughout the year—especially during camping season. For campers missing the centerpiece of their experience, these propane Camp Chef stoves have proven to work as a great substitute for the campfire.
Because this is a propane camping stove, there is quite a bit of hissing that issues from the unit when the heat is turned up high (a common complaint with propane stoves). Some previous users have also commented on the small size of the flame.
This camping stove comes with lava rocks, cooking forks, and a carrying bag, so the price on this reflects the whole package. A propane tank will still need to be purchased, but overall it’s a pretty good value considering everything that comes with it.
When you think about a campfire, you usually don’t picture something small. However, this portable campfire is indeed compact with a diameter of 15” and a height of 6”. And with a small diameter comes a small, but strong flame for keeping warm or roasting food.
There are three short legs to prop this stove up off of the ground, so it appears relatively stable. Reviewers have yet to report any issues with stabilization.
By relying on propane, this stove burns cleanly and efficiently.
Despite the small flame that comes from this stove, previous users report that it produces a good amount of heat. They’ve also noted that it stands up well to the wind. And since this campfire alternative runs off of propane and not wood, it should perform perfectly well in all types of weather, too.
Wood-burning stoves are always a great investment when you find one that works exactly as you need it to (as this one does). No fuel needed (other than the wood you collect while camping), super light to carry, and easy to use, this affordable camping stove is a great addition to your camping gear.
When you burn kindling, there’s always a chance you’re going to be left with a sooty residue—which some users have noted with this stove. There have also been complaints regarding flimsy construction.
Since this stove is only $20, you’ve got to expect some tradeoffs in exchange for the low price. If you’re not opposed to extra soot cleanup or to being extra careful with a more delicate camping stove, then the small investment in this unit may just be worth it.
This is the smallest camping stove on our list—it weighs less than a pound and it’s about 5” x 5” x 3”—so it makes for super easy packing and carrying. No issues have been reported with placing larger pots or pans on this stove.
There are three arms included on the stove which provide extra support to whatever pan has been placed atop it. The base itself is a flat cylinder, so it’ll lie flat on whatever surface you put it on.
This is a strictly wood-burning stove, so fuel is free and very clean.
With complaints made regarding the “flimsy construction” of this stove, it’s important to set proper expectations for what you can and cannot do with it. Other than that, so long as you can collect enough dry kindling, you shouldn’t have many problems with getting this stove to work in all temperatures, altitudes, or wind speeds.
Outdoor Gear Lab called this camping stove “the most low-maintenance model” in a side-by-side comparison with the competition—and it’s true. If you’re looking for a well-designed propane stove that’s reliable, durable, and easy to set up/use/clean, then you’ve got to give this one a go.
While the overall construction of this camping stove appears to be sturdy, buyers should beware of possible fragility in the smaller parts (like knobs, screws, etc.)
While the $93 price tag on this seems reasonable for what you get, it’s important to keep additional purchases in mind. You’ll need to buy a propane tank and lighter, to start. The large burners also aren’t accommodating for a lot of cooking accessories, so you may have to purchase those from Camp Chef.
In terms of specifications, this camping stove is 34” tall, 9.5” wide, and 16.25” in length, so it provides a lot of space for cooking meals, small and large. And while you might think a stove this long/tall might be difficult to carry around, think again. Reviewers say this one breaks down nicely into an easy-to-carry unit.
With four legs on the ground and sturdy construction, this camping stove provides plenty of stability when cooking.
This camping stove runs strictly on propane, which means fuel will be cheap, easy to light, fairly clean (i.e. less soot), and work well in a variety of climates.
Aside from issues some users have reported with broken parts, everything about this stove appears to make it a super reliable pick. From its sturdiness to its all-weather capacity, and its ease of use and proven track record in holding up to repeated use, this Camp Chef stove is a great pick.
It's very lightweight (2.6 oz) and compact (2x2x3"), fits so many self-threading butane tanks, easy to set up, and it fits a variety of pots.
It doesn't have its own ignitor (you'll need matches or a lighter).
The price is right and you get a stable, reliable camping stove that'll last for years.
It folds up as small as a camping stove can go (2x2x3") - and it's very lightweight too. Plus, it comes with a carrying case.
Sure, this sits on top of a canister, but as it connects directly, it's surprisingly stable. Plus, it can take a variety of pans, up to 10".
Of course, you still need to be careful as part of the stability depends on the canister you use, but since it connects to just about any threaded canister, you can choose your stability.
It's very fuel efficient and you have some control over how much isobutane-propane you actually use. Sure, you may find better, but not with the other positives in this package.
You can take it anywhere and use it everywhere. It's also sturdy and well-constructed. It also withstands daily use and lasts for years.
Large, sturdy footprint, easy to clean and care for, and provides adjustable flame control.
It doesn't come with a windscreen, which a few users feel would make a valuable addition. And, some units need the flame control knob cleaned before using.
The price is definitely right with this camping stove. Sure, it's on the higher side of inexpensive, but the quality here is overwhelming - and it goes well beyond the Coleman name.
This is the perfect size for a single burner camp stove. It measures 12.5" x 13.4" x 4" around the body (the base is a little wider) and seems to be the van-living cooker of choice.
It can handle a frying pan as large as 12" and can take much smaller ones as well.
Sitting low and wide, this camping stove is super stable; you shouldn't have any concerns here.
You get 7,500 total BTUs of cooking power with pressure-control. On a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder, you can expect it to run for about 3 hours on a high setting. We like that.
This camping stove can stand up to daily use and keep coming back for more. It lights easily, heats quickly and cooks consistently.
Construction is solid (especially the metal supports) so you can expect it to last for years. It also cleans like a dream.
Solo Stove has made three lightweight wood-burning stoves—two of which have made this list. This particular camping stove wins for Best Group Cooking—not just because of its larger size, but because it comes with this two-pot set which makes for easy food prep, packing up, and carrying (the stove fits inside the pots).
Because this is the largest of the Solo Stoves, it is a little too bulky to be carried around by backpackers.
This Solo Stove Campfire deal brings two pots and a carrying case along with it, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing extra accessories that may or may not work or fit. While this is the most expensive camping stove on our list, we think the price is worth it if you cook for larger groups on a regular basis.
This two-pound camping stove is about twice as big as its Titan sister, which is why this is perfect for cooking for larger groups of campers. While it does come with its own carrying case, it's not as convenient to pack up and carry as there are two pots and a fairly tall unit (9.25”).
With a 7” diameter, this stove doesn’t have any reported issues of instability in supporting pans or standing on the ground.
Solo Stove is all about relying on environmentally-friendly fuels to power their stoves. While that means it may take a little longer to bring liquid to a boil, that shouldn’t take away from the overall efficiency of this stove.
There are no 1-, 2-, or 3-star reviews on Amazon for this stove, so that’s an excellent indicator of overall reliability of this camping stove.
Convenient and reliable, the Coleman Classic Propane Stove has long been the go to choice for camping, backpacking, and other outdoor cooking. The stove features not one, but two burners, and ensures consistent cooking performance every single time.
If the temperature valves begin to gum up it becomes difficult to adjust the heat.
The value for money here is clear as you get the 2-burner stove, wind protection, and easy transport in that everything included with the stove packs away into itself. You can buy an additional carrying case if you like, but you really don't need it.
As a double burner, the size is right (4.1" x 21.9" x 13.7"), but keep in mind that you'll also need space for the propane tank on the table.
The stove fits a 12" and 10" pan at the same time and features two independently adjustable burners.
All in, we couldn't be happier with size of this camping stove, though it's clearly not something you can take on long hikes to your campsite.
Because this sits on the table (not a propane bottle), there isn't much to worry about.
The WindBlock panels help shield burners from wind, with the ability to adjust for various pan sizes, and can withstand a fair amount too.
The Coleman Classic Propane Stove provides 20,000 BTUs of cooking power, allowing for more efficient cooking with less fuel.
Because the grates sit low over the flames, this camping stove uses less fuel to cook efficiently.
There are complaints about the body and construction of this Coleman camping stove, and definitely, some care needs to be taken (both in shipping and while using it yourself) but it cooks remarkably and consistently.
There is a standard concern about the control over the knobs. However, nce cleaned (see the top-rated review for details on this), they operate well and hold up over time.
As an added bonus, the removable chrome-plated grate makes clean-up quick and easy.