Camp stoves are such an important piece of camping equipment!
Cooking while camping can often be one of the most memorable times of your camping trip. It is special and fun to cook breakfast and dinner over a campfire - but what do you do if it rains?
It isn't easy to build a campfire with wet wood - let alone getting drenched and having rain get in your food!
Camp stoves to the rescue!
When you have a camping stove set up under a canopy or inside a screen tent, you won't have to worry when that unexpected mountain shower appears!
When you are ready to cook a delicious camping dinner after a day of hiking, boating, swimming, exploring, fishing, or whatever fun things you did that day - you can be assured of a great camping meal regardless of the weather.
When trying to determine what would be the best stove to meet your camping needs and for making good and easy camping meals, you might consider these points:
Size and weight are important considerations when selecting a camping stove. Not squeezed for room? - then a 2 burner stove or even a 3 burner stove might be nice to have.
Just picture making this camping breakfast - bacon, hash browns, and coffee all cooking at the same time - after they are done - pancakes and eggs to finish.
Makes your mouth water, doesn't it?
On the other hand, if you are backpacking - you will want a lightweight camping stove. Don't forget to add the weight of the fuel!
Performance of camp stoves is measured by "boil time" - how long it takes for a quart of water to boil on the highest heat and at sea level. A good performance time is 3 to 5 minutes - obviously, performance will be affected by high altitudes and cold weather.
Efficiency of camping stoves means how long a stove will work at the highest setting on a full cartridge or built-in tank. A good efficiency rating is 10 minutes per ounce of fuel. Backpackers usually plan for 4 ounces of fuel per day to cook 3 quick meals. At the campground, one canister should cook 6 fast meals.
You will find four main types of camping cook stoves according to the type of fuel used:
Camping stoves come in a wide variety of sizes from a tiny pocket stove to a large, stand-alone triple burner stove. The size of camping cook stove that will be best for you will depend on the type of camping you do - a backpacking stove that you have to carry in the wilderness to your camp site should be an extremely lightweight camping stove, but if you drive right to your camping site, you can use one of the big guys!
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