I have written The Best Portable Gas Stove article to give people who may need some help in identifying a suitable portable gas stove for outdoor use.
We will share some ideas about the style portability size weight plus I want to show you the main features and the real benefits of owning a good quality reliable and durable portable propane stove for your camping, fishing, hunting, and outdoor adventures.
How to Make the Right Choice
Perhaps the first thing you need to ask yourself before hitting the market in the search for the best stove is what camping stoves are. The definition of an ideal camping stove boils down to just a few aspects. These include:
Portability – Efficiency – Performance – Fuel
- Portability in the sense that it has to be sizeable enough and light for easy transportation and storage. Mainly the mode of transport to the campsite determines the amount and size of the equipment we carry.
- Efficiency comes into play where you have to use your stove in some extreme weather conditions, windy or cold temperatures or high altitudes and not have to be worried about excessive fuel use.
- The performance is the ability of the stove to provide enough heat from its burners to allow you to cook food in a timely manner so you don’t have to spend long periods waiting for a simple meal or hot drink.
- Power is the BTU the burners produce, there is nothing more frustrating than having to battle to keep an inferior flame alight in a slight breeze.
- The fuel is one of the things that you should just keep simple and stay with the tried and trusted propane gas, this is cheap and very readily available right across the country from large camping and outdoor stores right down to the smallest town store. Getting a stove that can work with easily available fuel is a surefire way to avoid inconveniences and frustration.
But there’s still more to these stoves than these few aspects. So make sure to consider these other features if you want to get a great, reliable stove.
What Size should you Buy?
For instance, when camping as a couple, a three-burner stove might be too large for your needs and adding unnecessary weight to your luggage.
A compact, lightweight stove in a single or two-burner configuration might be your best shot or a combination of even two different stoves.
Again, when camping as a family or with several friends, maybe a larger group you will need a freestanding one with two or three burners.
The duration of your stay and how you are transporting your equipment will also govern not only the size of the stove but also the gas bottle or bottles.
I personally carry two stoves whenever I am in the vehicle camping, the yellow three burner stove at the bottom of this post is mine and comes with me on all my travels for all my cooking and grilling and when I add a griddle plate, I can enjoy a terrific steak or fry-up.
The second stove I always have with me is a Jetboil Flash mini stove for small tasks like boiling water for a coffee.
Protection from the Wind
Whether you are on high elevation or in the plains, the wind can be quite a nuisance on a windy day. And the last thing a camper wants is to cook for longer than necessary, which is hard to achieve with gusts of wind blowing directly into your stove’s burners.
With the wind blowing the heat away, your stove can take longer than necessary to cook, which not only eats into your time but also compromises the fuel efficiency.
Most high-performance stoves feature windscreens in the back and on the sides, which help keep the wind out so keep this important point in mind when you go to make your final decision.
The power of a good camp stove is a very important detail when making the choice for the one to buy, the power that a stove produces governs the performance it is capable of offering. So a stove with a high BTU rating means you will have more heat at your disposal.
Although this detail could mean digging deeper into your pocket as the price usually increases with the power rating.
The good thing about these stoves, however, is that they get hot fast, and they are every bit as fast at cooking too. The cost will be offset easily by the efficiency in the flame, therefore the overall performance.
You need to be very choosy to ensure you get nothing short of top quality so read on, you’ve come to the right page.
Any of these stoves are a great option for every camping group, I have listed 4 x smaller benchtop stoves and 4 x freestanding stoves. There is one here for you, and the video below is of my number one pick for a new stove.
My Initial Thoughts: This is my number one choice for a portable stove that will do the job it’s intended to do with a powerful 30,000 BTU from each burner totaling an incredible 90,000 BTU of cooking power.
This is one of the main reasons for my choosing this stove as there is nothing as frustrating as battling to cook a steak or boil water with a small flame that struggles to stay alight in the slightest of breeze.
Strong sturdy and durable construction mean this stove is going to be with you for many years, I like the larger size as when I set up my campsite I build my whole kitchen area around this stove.
Adjustable legs, powder-coated frame, and side tables that measure 18 x 15 inches make them ideal for meal prep and they can hold a weight of 60 pounds each.
With a huge 593sqin of cooking space, you’ll have room for the whole team, and if they want something a little different how about pizza night, as this unit is compatible with the 14-inch grill top accessories.
Easy start with the Jetstart electronic ignition is another quality feature that makes this stove hard to beat, cleaning is also simple with plenty of space to get your hand in and a grill that folds up.
After all that, Outland Living has all their stoves and components CSA approved which means it has been through extensive testing before leaving the factory.
It weighs in at around 57 pounds which is not the lightest but if you like a bit of size and strength then this is the one for you, it also comes with a 3-foot hose and regulator. Check out my Outland Portable Camping Stove Review
My Initial Thoughts: As one of our top picks, this stove has a whole lot to offer any camper who is serious about outdoor cooking.
It all starts with the burners. With its two high-efficiency durable aluminum burners, which push up to 30,000 BTUs each, this stove is ready to take on anything you throw its way.
And with the ability to hook to a bulk tank to ensure you don’t unexpectedly run out of gas, it will help you get the ultimate cooking experience.
The cooking space is more than enough for cooking different types of meals. Up to 448 square inches of cooking space makes preparing all of your meals at the same time possible.
If you want to use your stove with disposable propane bottles, you will definitely find this one very helpful as it can be adapted to disposable cylinders but I’m not convinced this would be an efficient use of propane.
But that’s not all, it also features three windshields on its sides and back. However, the underside is somewhat open to the wind so you may require a separate windbreak.
A screen block around the stove frame to be sure to keep the wind out and flames working at their best, this decreases the amount of fuel used and the time required for cooking’
This stove is also great at giving you everything you need to get the party started. With its BBQ grill boxes, cast iron grills and pro griddles as well as other exciting features, it is sure to transform your camp kitchen.
Its 4 legs are super easy to remove too. So if you want to use your stove on a tabletop, then this one’s for you. What’s more, they are easily adjustable as well, making them ideal for use on usually uneven campsite ground.
My Initial Thoughts: Next on our list is one stove you will come to love if you only need a very small and compact unit at the very low end of the budget.
Thanks to this design, it can deliver consistent performance in reasonable conditions. The surface is large enough so you can use a 12-inch and a 10-inch pan at once to cook different items.
And although the lid is not removable, you can fold it all the way back, leaving space for large pots.
The grate looks strong and its chrome plating enhances both stylish good looks and durability. But there’s an even more exciting side to it yet; it is also removable, making cleaning a breeze.
Then there are the burners, which pack up to 20,000 BTUs of cooking power. Well, this is enough to take on virtually any meal on your menu, but the burners still do more.
This stove delivers enough heat, which enables your cooking a nice meal for two to four people, with only the rotation of a dial, you can adjust them to fit the temperature level that you want at any time.
The Classic stove is well made and has been a favorite with a lot of people for many years, it ensures performance and fuel efficiency and is a good cheap option. The stove can achieve good fuel combustion, which enables it to be very fuel-efficient.
Its windscreen panels are sure to protect the flames from gusts on those slightly breezy days, and above all, the two burners are independently adjustable, making it easy to set the temperature on either of them as you wish. Read the full review Coleman Classic Propane Stove Review
My Initial Thoughts: First of all the burner is one of the most crucial things you need to keep your eyes on as far as camping stoves go. Featuring 25,000 BTUs oversized burners giving an impressive output, enough for cooking many types of food.
The burners are also made of stainless steel, making them both robust and easy to clean. Besides, it comes with a stainless steel top and a drip pan that makes the clean up a child’s play. An extra heavy-duty grate is what you need if you will be using heavy pots on your stove.
Luckily, this one doesn’t disappoint at that, as it is built for top-of-line performance. Igniting your stove doesn’t get better than with the Piezo igniter. You don’t necessarily need to bring a match or lighter with you, this feature has got you covered,
I love this feature, the piezo system is one that I personally have many years experience with and they seldom give and problems, as a matter of fact, I have equipment that is 6 years old and gets used regularly and the Piezo still works perfectly
Keep the wind out and the flames at their best with the windscreens. But for a sturdy and safe cooking stove, the frame is both robust and oversized. Made of steel, it can support heavy pans and pots, which adds to the ideal heavy-duty construction of this stove.
My Initial Thoughts: The first thing that stands out about it is the detachable legs. This design gives you all the efficiency you would ever ask for, as you can use it as a freestanding stove or a tabletop one. It all depends on your needs.
But there’s an even more exciting side to it, the burners. It comes with up to three cast aluminum burners, with each packing in up to 30,000 BTUs per hour of cooking power, now, that’s quite a punch.
Wind should not be a problem as long as you have this stove. It comes with 3-sided windscreen panels that help keep the wind out and prevent unwanted flare-ups, giving the flames ultimate performance.
To give the much-needed versatility, this griddle is highly compatible with 16-inch camp chef accessories.
If you want to use different types of fuel canisters, then you will love the 3 ft hose as well as the regulator that this stove comes with. It also has a holder for your paper towels and utensils, so you can at least keep your cooking space well organized.
Take charge of your cooking with the temperature controls. Built for easy use, they enable you to set the ideal temperature, from boiling water and coffee to simmering your meals, cooking can’t get better. Read the full review Camp Chef Expedition 3 Burner
My Initial Thoughts: Nothing quite drives home the thrill of camping like a grill with everything it takes to throw a party. Fortunately, if you want to make a difference with your cooking, this one may take you all the way.
Cooking with gusts of wind blowing by can be quite a nightmare. But there’s some good news, with the three-sided windscreen on this stove, you don’t need to worry a bit about the elements.
Designed to keep your burners protected from the wind, you can cook comfortably even during harsh weather. Sometimes lighting your stove can be a challenge if the weather is not calm.
That is where the matchless ignition in this stove proves to be handy. You don’t have to bring onboard a match or a lighter, this unit has all you need to get the flames started. The legs also have something exciting in store for you.
They are not only robust for efficiency and safety, but they are also easily removable. This makes the stove great when in use, as it is when it comes to portability. You also need to check out the burners as well.
To offer nothing short of impressive performance, it features up to three burners made of cast aluminum. Each of these packs up to 30,000 BTUs of power, enough to cook just about any meal you have in mind.
Better yet, an included hose with up to 3 ft and a regulator, you will need those if you want to use the stove with a different fuel tank. Make the most of the heat-control dials to take charge of your cooking.
Built to make the use of your stove efficient, easy, and fun, this feature offers an impressive performance when cooking different types of foods.
My Initial Thoughts: This list wouldn’t be as complete without one of the top picks for campers out there. The ranger Blind comes with several features you are sure to find exciting.
One of the things that this stove does best is offering a combination of versatility and quality cooking experience while still offering impressive portability for on-the-go use.
With up to 34,000 BTUs of cooking heat, it still packs in the punch to get your cooking needs covered. Another great thing about this stove is the cast-aluminum burners.
With two of them, you can easily get two items cooking at once. This is not only easy and fun, but it can also save you a lot of time if you are running late.
Also, the cooking area is quite good the grates are 8×8 in, it also has a 5-ft hose and a regulator further makes this stove great, it works wonders with pots and pans of different sizes.
Then a lightweight design at only 17 lbs makes it ideal for bringing along on almost any outdoor adventure.
An adjustable heat control function adds to the efficiency that the unit offers, as it gives you absolute control over your cooking.
Moreover, to ensure you can buy with confidence, the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty that can give you the much-needed peace of mind with any purchase.
My Initial Thoughts: Last on our top camp stoves list is the second cheapest and another good basic little stove from Coleman who has made a name for itself in the outdoor cooking world, and this stove holds true to the hype in many ways.
First off, the cooking area is large enough to fit up to the 10-inch pan and 12-inch pan at once.
With such a spacious cooking space, it all becomes super easy for you. But that’s just the start, as it also boasts two robust burners that are sure to get the job done. Producing up to 22,000 BTUs in total, you will have enough power to get most meals well cooked but you will have to add protection for the burners.
The ignition also offers something worth checking out, thanks to an InstaStart design, all it takes to get your meal’s cooking is the push of a button.
If you happened to forget your match or lighter, you don’t have any cause to panic, the matchless ignition in this stove has it all sorted for you. Portability should be the least of your worries, as the unit comes with a handle and a lightweight design that ensures you can take it along wherever you want.
Nothing beats the efficiency that comes with being able to take control of the pace that you want for your cooking. This little Coleman Stove has independently adjustable heat controls on this stove.
Whether you want to simmer or boil your food, it is all but a matter of choice. But perhaps the most exciting feature is by far the sturdy steel construction.
It is not only great for durability, but it also proves capable of withstanding even the rough outdoor environment. Fuel efficiency is yet another thing you should make the most out of with this stove.
Capable of cooking on high for up to one hour running on a single 16.4-oz propane cylinder, you can use it for different types of meals. And once the party is over, just remove the heavy-duty nickel-chrome grates for fast and easy cleanup.
Simply The Best Portable Stove: Outland Portable Gas Stove – 3 Burner
WHY: This Family size stove with three independent and powerful burners producing 30,000 BTU each is excellent for outdoors where there is normally a breeze to contend with. Strong and sturdy powder-coated steel frame for longevity and can be used as a freestanding or tabletop stove.
With a huge 568 sq inches of cooking space and interchangeable accessories to cater to your different needs, what else would you want in good quality reliable, and well-built portable gas stove?
My Choice of Two Burner: Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner
Best Small Family Stove: Coleman Classic Portable Stove
Portable Gas Camp stoves prove to be incomparable at bringing the efficiency of home cooking with you while still having fun on the outdoors.
Cooking for a couple, or for family and friends while camping in the backcountry or on the beach over the summer holidays means you need to consider the equipment needed before setting out.
Taking a good quality portable propane gas stove will solve many of the problems of how and what you are going to eat while away.
Whether your a couple or a family, the list above contains a stove that will help you have a memorable experience for all the right reasons. Also, check out my article on the Best Camping Stove
If you have any more questions about the best portable gas stove, I’ll be more than happy to answer them in the comments section below.
Remember! Leave it cleaner than you found it, only footprints not rubbish.