Whether you are an avid hiker, weekend camper, or looking to cook during a romantic picnic, finding the best backpacking stove will make both tasks a breeze! We reviewed a variety of stoves that use different fuel sources, from the most compact to party sized, to find a stove that will work for just about anyone. Before we get into the reviews, though, there are a few features you should focus on when buying a backpacking stove. Let’s get started.
Material: Choosing the right material has to do with weight and durability. Stainless steel stoves are durable, but they can sometimes be heavier to carry. Aluminum is lightweight, but may not be able to hold up heavier pots full of food.
Fuel: There are several types of fuel you can use to fuel your stove. We reviewed gas models that run on butane, propane, etc. There are also wood-burning stoves that don’t require carrying a fuel tank to save space and weight.
Flame Control: Most gas-burning stoves have fuel controls that allow you to adjust the flame and heat settings to meet your cooking requirements. Wood stoves usually come with air vents you can adjust to change the size or intensity of the flame.
Pieces: Depending on your needs, kits can be as simple or all-inclusive as you want! Some are just the stove itself, and you provide the cooking pots and utensils. Others are entire kits with everything you need to cook and eat!
Size: If you are planning to pack a lot of stuff, note the size of each backpacking stove! Some of them are small enough to fit in your pocket, and the all-inclusive kits will take up more space in your backpack.
Weight: Just like size matters, so does weight! The kits we reviewed range from a few ounces to over a pound. Choose a kit that will have everything you need, and also be light enough to carry without weighing you down.
Now that you know what you’re going to need, let’s get to the reviews! We reviewed several stoves to find 10 that we think are the best backpacking stoves for sale. You should have no problem finding the right one for you! If you’re short on time, it’s not a problem! Check out our Top Pick and Budget Pick to get you started. When you have more time, definitely come back later to review the rest! Let’s dive in!