Best Camping Stoves of 2018
Say goodbye to dreary and dull food while out camping, those days are long gone. With today’s excellent pick of camping stoves you can enjoy a good steaming cup of coffee while having a nutritious, warm and tasty meal. Let the chef inside of you run free while enhancing your outdoor activity. If you are car camping or base camping, 2018 camping stoves will be your added value in getting the perfect trip. Camping stoves today come in a variety of quality. Make sure to look for fuel output, simmer controls and strong heat. Sizes vary from being able to place on the ground and/or tables to giants that fit a large amount of people. The abundance of gear can be overwhelming, which is why we created this list of the best camping stoves of 2018.
Fuel: Propane Canisters
Weight: 1.18 lbs.
Pros: Excellent wind resistance.
We know that this is not a proper camping stove but rather a backpacking stove. Still we had to include it here as we were impressed with the MSR WindBurner. The wind resistance on this stove is great and along with the radiant burner and heat exchanger, the MSR WindBruner delivers faster boiling times. So even though not a typical camping stove, if you are tight on room and weight you can include this one on your list. The included pot and bowl fit together beautifully and can save a lot of room.
The down side is that there is no ability to simmer. Even though it offers great wind resistance, the WindBurner fails to do that when trying to simmer at high winds.
Weight: 12 lbs.
Pros: Great value for money.
Cons: Flame control needs improvement.
The Camp Chef Everest Camping Stove is one of our favorites as it offers a ton of convenience for its relatively low price. Powerful burners packed into a light and small frame offers great compatibility. Even though its compact it can easily fit bigger pans and pots. The burners are easily maintainable and are easy to clean and magically enough, the sparker worked on the first time for almost EACH time. We were very impressed with this stove and at some points found it as a suitable replacement for our home stove.
Although the dials are can be easily read, we noticed its hard to maintain a low burn. Might cause some burned meals if left alone.
Weight: 36 lbs.
Pros: Well built and exceptional burners.
Cons: Bulky and heavy.
The Camp Chef Explorer has a surprisingly good quality., to the point where you sometimes wonder how does Camp Chef actually make money on it. High quality materials and well designed stove, gives out a tremendous value for money feeling. The 60,000 total BTUs from the burners are so magnificent that you’ll be tempted to use it at home. Not equipped with too many features like wind protection, or sparker button, the Camp Chef Explorer still has superb value for its price. Adjustable legs would have made it perfect as some people would find the cooking height a bit short (29″).
It’s heavy, and bulky to carry around. Both are non issues in comparison its pros in our opinion.
Weight: 14 lbs.
Pros: Burners are great.
Cons: Materials feel a bit cheap.
The Stansport 2 Burner Camping Stove definitely has great burners that put out superb heat with great flame control. Flame control is great which allows cooking everything from coffee to hash browns. The Stansport also rates very well on the good looks meter – slick black and aluminium goes well together. Also notice that the price of exceptional heat produced by the heaters is the extra propane.
The build quality feels a bit cheap at times although its cooking abilities make up for it big time.
Weight: 43 lbs.
Pros: 3 excellent quality burnes.
Cons: Using all 3 burners might cause heat loss.
When talking fire power, the Camp Chef Tahoe Camping Stove provides in the shape of three cast aluminum 30,000 BTU burners. Per hour we are talking about 90,000 total BTU – Serious cooking force to be reckoned with. Adjustable and detachable legs are great when cooking on uneven ground. The wind protection provided is not bad but we feel it could have been done a bit better as we struggled sometimes at windy weather.
Sometimes, using all 3 burners might cause heat loss while facing strong winds. Overall this is a great stove for camping and also just plain outside.
Weight: 12 lbs.
Pros: Does the job – no more and no less.
Cons: Understandably cheap materials.
Coleman has always been a company that travelers and campers turn to for equipment. A good move has been Coleman Classic Propane Camping Stove, that provides budget campers with a good option. Some might say that Coleman is using its brand name to profit on low quality products, but we beg to differ. True, you pretty much get what you paid for but it gets the job done. If you go out camping a couple of time a year than you should seriously consider this stove.
In order to provide a low end option, Coleman had to use cheaper materials than others on this list of best camping stoves. Still, we believe this one has earned a spot on this list.
Fuel: Unleaded gasoline
Weight: 14.5 lbs.
Pros: Nice and adjustable burners.
Cons: Flimsy metal work.
The Coleman Guide Series Powerhouse Camping Stove boasts excellent burners. At 17,000 combined BTU, powered by 3.5 pints gas tank that allows for approx 2.3 hours burn time on high burn and approx 8.5 hours on low burn. Coleman are known for their quality stoves and this one surely delivers. In short, this Coleman is handy to use, easily packed and most importantly great to cook with.
Flimsy metal work – There seems to be an issue with the gas tank not fitting perfectly into the stove. Later versions might fix this issue.
Weight: 30 lbs.
Pros: Shiny stainless steel and chrome appearance.
Cons: Drain hole should have been bigger.
Even though using a griddle will sometimes limit your cooking choices, we feel like the Royal Gourmet rightfully earned a place on this list of best camping stoves. 3 dependently controlled stainless steel ring-shaped burners with 9,000 BTU each, make a total of 27,000 BTU. The heat distribution is very good although cooking in the middle part of the griddle is preferable. The porcelain coating on the griddle is a great touch, making the clean up phase super easy. The build is very sturdy but take into account that its a bit heavier than the average stove.
Royal Gourmet has made a drain hole in the right corner of the stove for easy cleaning purpose. Altghout it does it job, the hole could have been bigger as food and grease can easily plug it.
Weight: 15 lbs.
Pros: Strong, Sturdy, All-Aluminium look.
Cons: Sometimes messy design.
The Camp Chef Mountaineer Camping Stove is one of the sturdiest and rust free stove in this list. The flame controls on the two 20,000 BTU burners, allow for great results both at simmering heat and strong heat. It’s possible to purchase leg accessories to be able to make it a standing stove. Consdiering its impressive build, the aluminum stove is pretty lightweight.
Camp Chef made some design mistakes, the most obvious one is that instead of making proper side handles for stove, they made fist holes. In order to pick up the stove you are required to stick your fists, which if not done properly can be a bit dangerous.
Weight: 10 lbs.
Pros: Easy cleaning with a strong feeling.
Cons: Poorly made igniter.
The Coleman Triton Series InstaStart Camping Stove packs wonderful heat, with 11,000 BTUs per burner and 22,000 total BTUs. The cooking area is pretty big compared to other tabletop stoves on the list and is quite convenient. The two burners lift off easily which makes for a smooth cleaning process. We also manged to achieve a decent simmer heat.
While pushing the igniter we felt it required to much pressure. So by pushing too hard you risk pushing the entire stove backwards. Probably a bug that will be fixed in later versions of the InstaStart.