A good camping stove makes food an enjoyable part of your stay in the outdoors, and for people who enjoy cooking it is not difficult to whip together delicious, varied meals. There are different fuels and models to choose from, and it can be a good idea to think about how you want to use your camping stove before you buy one.
Propane gas practical for the summer
Propane gas stoves are simple and easy to handle. The energy value of propane gas is high, which means that it does not take long to boil water. The heat can be easily regulated and the stove does not require extensive maintenance. If you want to prepare food "for real", the spider camping stove is the best alternative. The burner is stable on its own legs and connects to the propane gas container by a tube. If you select a wide burner, the heat will be distributed more evenly, which means the food will not burn as easily onto the pan. Burners that are screwed directly onto the propane gas container can easily tip when you place the pan on top.
Super compact and fast gas stoves where the burner is more or less integrated into the pan are practical if you only are going to heat water, for example for freeze-dried food. Perfect for the gram hunter who does not want to spend time cooking food.
Always test your stove and propane gas containers before your head out so you know that they work.
White gas better in the winter
If you are going on a trek in cold environments and at high altitude, white gas/kerosene and multi-fuel stoves are the only real alternative. White gas and kerosene have a good energy value, which shortens cooking times, but you need to learn how to use the stove – you need to "become friends with your camping stove". Read more on our Winter Trekking pages.
Spirit not efficient
Spirit stoves are easy to use and practical since the wind protection and all the components come in one package. But methanol/denatured alcohol is an old-fashioned and inefficient fuel which means that it takes time to boil water. It is difficult to regulate the flame and portion out the correct amount of spirit into the burner. The large models are also relatively heavy and bulky, which is the primary reason the majority of today's trekkers choose different types of stoves.
Ventilation is important
If at all possible, avoid cooking food in the tent. If the weather leaves you no other choice, you must be very careful. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation and that there is nothing close to the stove that can catch on fire. One sign of high carbon monoxide levels is that the flame on the stove will start to pulse and "puff". If this happens, you should immediately turn off the burner and open the tent to ventilate it thoroughly.
More about Primus stoves
We warmly recommend camping stoves from our sister company, Primus, which has been manufacturing stoves for outdoor adventures since 1892.