Planning A Camping Trip? Check Out These 5 Camping Stoves
Though parts of the East Coast are snowed in right now, you may be looking forward to warmer weather and warm activities. If you're planning that camping trip for the spring in a couple of months, you may want to check out these five camping stoves.
Folding & Instant Starting: Coleman Fold N Go
Coleman puts out a ton of great camping products. I mean "camping" is their middle name, and they have quite a few of camp stove options. The Fold N Go Instastart is perfect for anyone looking for a quality cooking surface and looking to save space and time.
The Fold N Go folds up to the size of a small satchel (think smaller than a briefcase). It's not the typical camp stove, in that it has a grilling surface. You can grill meat and veggies (or tofu, it that's your cup of tea) directly on the surface, so there's no need for extra camping baggage.
This little grill utilizes Instastart technology, which means you don't need a match to light the propane-powered grill. Fold N Go's heating system is also top notch. The PerfectFlow system ensures a constant, even heat by regulating fuel flow, and the PerfectHeat system give it optimal cooking performance.
Wood Burning: Frontier Plus
Maybe a small, foldable grill isn't what you're looking for. Maybe you want something a little bigger, or maybe you like the idea of burning wood for fuel. The Frontier Plus from Anevay may be the grill you need in that case. It is a military-style camp stove that will not only serve as a cooking surface, but heat your tent at the same time.
We're not talking about a small stove that burns sticks here; we're talking a stove a little smaller than one you would find in someone's house that burns split wood (disclaimer: you'll have to find a way to vent the smoke from the flue--the stove comes with a venting system). You can use Frontier Plus in tents, sheds, tiny houses or the like, and you can cook with multiple pans and kettles on its broad cooking surface.
Not only does Frontier Plus put out some serious heat, it also collapses into a more compact size, making it very easy to move it from place to place. The flue, legs and all other components pack neatly into the body of the stove, and you can carry its handle.
I could write so much more about this stove, but you get the jist. If you'd like to know more, check out their website or their Kickstarter page (they recently ran a successful Kickstarter campaign). Also find ordering information on either site.
Smaller Wood Burning: Ohuhu Portable Wood Burning Stove
The Frontier Plus is a mamouth of a camp stove, and that's not for everyone. For those of you who still want something that burns wood, but doesn't require you cut a hole in your tent to vent the smoke, check out the Ohuhu Portable Wood Burning Stove.
This little powerhouse is crafted from stainless steel, which can withstand high temperatures and the heft of heavy pots, pans and kettles. It utilizes a 3 arm support system that provides a stable cooking platform and ensures that heat is distributed evenly.
Of course, the Ohuhu's wood burning aspect means that you don't have to pay for fuel. Just gather some twigs, leaves, pine cones or anything else small that burns easily. When I say small, I mean that it needs to fit in a 5.3" x 5.3" x 3" canister.
The Ohuhu Portable Wood Burning Stove comes with its own carrying case so transportation is simple. If this little grill sounds like a winner to you, check out Amazon for ordering information.
Conceptual Clasp Burner
First, don't expect to find the Clasp Burner in any camping store or on the internet for sale. This is a conceptual design that has been entered in quite a few design competitions by students (Kinam Hwang, Mina Kim, Suim Choi and Jisoo Koh) from Hoseo University in South Korea.
Though it's not on the market yet, I had to include the Clasp Burner in this article, because the concept is just awesome. This little gadget could change the landscape of the portable camp stove. All you need is a handfull (literally) of lightweight components to put this stove together--no more huge propane tank or scrounging around for debris to burn.
Disassembled, you could hook the Clasp Burner to your backpack and save some serious space inside. Assembled, it would be only as big as the surface area needed to cook on--no added components. It would derive its fuel from a small butane pack that could be screwed on.
Like I said, you won't be able to get your own, but the Clasp Burner, or a design like it could change the camp stove landscape.
Affordable & Portable: Etekcity Portable Camping Stove
The Etekcity Portable Camping Stove is even smaller than the Ohuhu stove profiled earlier, and it might be the most affordable camp stove out there (Amazon has them for only $10 at the moment). It weighs .2 pounds and its dimensions are 2.3" x 1.8" x 3.5".
Of course, you'll have to attach a propane tank to get heat from this light weight and ultra portable grill, but even the added weight and space you'll need is far less than most camp stoves. And really, if you're in a pinch, you could just slide the Etekcity stove in your pocket--it's that small.
This little stove is made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel, so it is extremely durable. It has an adjustable flame control for optimal cooking capabilities, and it adheres to the "Leave No Trace" principles set forth by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, which means it burns cleanly. Check out the Etekcity site for more details, or go to Amazon to order your own.
Whatever your camping needs, I'm sure that one of these camp stoves probably caught your eye. There's something for everyone on this list, and even something that hasn't found its way on the mainstream market.