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Camp Stoves Review of the Best Camping Stove Brands

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Camp stoves guide and reviews for those searching for the best camping stove for backpacking, hiking or car camping.

When buying a stove we want to get the right type for the trip planned. The stove is an important piece of camping equipment to get right without wasting money that can last many of years.

Stoves vary for fuels used, size and weight. Various types include propane fueled, backpacking (lightweight and compact), wood burning, alcohol, duel fuel and many other variations and choices.

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Types and Fuel Used

Stoves run on a variety of fuels. The type of fuel used will play an important factor in your decision making. Here's a guide to the main stove and fuels types available...


Kerosene products have been around for over a century and are safe to use with the usual precautions required for anything that generates heat. This fuel is a dirty fuel, leaving you a need to clean up the stove. It's best to use this fuel in an area that has good ventilation. I would only use it if no other fuel was available. You must also frequently pump these because it's a liquid fuel stove and has to be pressurized for maintaining the right flame for camp cooking.

White gas:

Very popular and avaliable from camping stores that sell Coleman camping equipment, sporting goods stores, maybe even Wal-Mart. Slower burning and great for cold weather camping. Cleanliness is also an advantage.


Propane stoves run on gas and are the most popular stove used for family and car camping. Coleman stoves and many other stoves are made with two burners to suit trips for more than one person camping. Most propane types have push button ignitions attached that are definitely convenient, but over time the mechanism can break, so make sure you have matches or a lighter to get your stove up and running just in case. Having a windscreen attached can be very helpful on windy days. However many stoves have sufficient windscreens at the side of the stove. These are the easiest to use and clean, out of all fuel types. Just plug the cannister in and cook. Not the best fuel at low temperatures, below zero degrees.

Propane types measure their efficiency in BTU, or British Thermal Units. One of the best way's to gauge a stoves efficiency is boiling time.

Unleaded gasoline: Widely available and cheap. Many people would not recommend using unleaded fuel. Others are very happy to use it. This fuel also means more time spent cleaning compared to white fuel.

Various Stove Types

Duel fuel: Duel fuel types are great for those needing different fuel options. Many will run on white gas and unleaded fuel, others will also burn kerosene. However follow the manufacturers guidelines. I would use white gas above unleaded unless circumstances required unleaded.

Alcohol fuel: Alcohol burns well in an non pressurized burner compared to other solid fuels. Alcohol does take much longer to produce heat which means more time to wait for the food or water to get hot. These are very cheap and can even be made from a tuna can or something similar. They also make a good back up stove.

Backpacking types: These style of camp stoves are not made for a family camping out that need a large or two burner stove. However, they can be useful to have as a quick to set up stove to carry with you for a day trip away from the camp site. Most of these stoves will be the white gas type. This is because weight is very important when backpacking lightweight or hiking, and white gas provides the most heat for a given weight of fuel.

Wood Stoves: Wood stoves are a great option if you would like to have a home made stove or the increasingly popular wood gas burning systems that effectively burn the fuel twice. Wood gas stoves work like this. In the first stage, combustion air is driven into the fuel to create some smoke (or wood gas). In the second stage, more combustion air is driven into the chamber to burn the gas from the first stage. The electric fan provides the combustion air in just the right amounts to produce the gas and burn it completely. Good option for the environmentally conscious folk.

Note about boiling time: Many stove manufacturers will provide information about the time it takes a stove to reach boiling point.

Their boiling time should be available in the product description. The quicker a stove boils water, the less time and effort is needed, although it could consume more fuel which will mean it could cost you more in replacement canisters etc.

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