The Best Camping Stoves: Advice and Guidance for All Campers
Here’s our expertly picked list of the best camping stoves on the market whether you’re a solo camper, fair weather soul or a regular family of explorers.
There’s a huge array of different camping stoves, BBQs and ovens on the market. To help you narrow down your choices we’ve compiled some of the most highly rated camping stoves being sold in the UK. We’ve also included a guide to different fuels and how to choose which is right for you.
The best way to distinguish different types of camping stove is to look at which fuels they use; this can help to inform your decision on which is the best to buy for your needs.
Canister gas camping stoves
Butane and propane closed gas canisters are by far the most popular choice of fuel for campers in the UK. Most cannisters are supplied as a blend of gasses for optimum performance. Gas gives an instant, adjustable heat, with very little maintenance required. Gas canisters are widely available to purchase, are lightweight and easily portable. You'll need to check with your local authority on how to dispose of/recycle spent canisters and cartridges.
Solid fuel camping stoves
Solid fuels such as meta fuel, hexamine and wood produce a soft flame which is good for calm weather conditions. If you're burning wood make sure it's sustainably sourced and ideally kiln dried so it lights easier and burns more cleanly. Solid fuel burning stoves are often small and compact but running them can get expensive if you’re using it as your main stove. We think solid fuel is best for quick jobs such as boiling water and warming meals through.
Solar-powered camping stoves
Solar power is an increasingly popular energy method amongst campers. While the initial expenditure on solar equipment can be more than popular alternatives, the cost of repurchasing fuel is completely removed. The biggest consideration if you’re considering solar is whether you’ll be winter camping and if so, you may find you need a back up such as a gas stove.
Liquid fuel camping stoves
Liquid fuel camping stoves burn substances such as paraffin and petrol. While these are ideal for remote camping, where other fuels may be hard to come by, they’re not an obvious choice for most UK campers. Most require priming which can take up valuable time, however, if you take care of them and don’t mind the maintenance, they can last for years.
Now you know the types of stoves available based on different fuels and energy options, the most important thing to consider is your needs.
How often will you be using your stove? If you’re going to be cooking three times a day and making hot drinks, you’ll want something instant and reliable such as gas.
How long will you be running it for each time? This will help to determine how much fuel you’re going to need. A large amount of solid fuel such as wood or BBQ briquettes can be bulky to transport while gas may be a more compact option.
How many people are you likely to be cooking for? If you’re a family camper you may want to invest in a stove with more than one burner, making gas a great option.
What time of year are you likely to be camping? Solar can be great fun in the height of the summer when the sun is gracing our wonderful UK campsites. On a chilly winter morning, however, you’ll want a fast, fuss-free fuel to get your cuppa brewing.
This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list, but it will give you an idea of the elements of your camping trips to think about when buying a camping stove.
To help you get an idea of the different designs, sizes and price brackets on offer in the UK, we’ve compiled a list of some of the highest-rated camping stoves available. Use this as a starting point to help you find the best stove for your needs.
1. Vango Atom Stove
The Vango Atom Stove is new for 2020. This is the lightest and smallest stove in the Vango range, making it ideal for backpackers and anyone packing light. To make the Atom even more efficient, you can purchase the Ultralight Heat Exchanger Cook Kit which will help to reduce boil time when cooking.
2. Primus Onja Stove
The Onja Stove features two individually adjustable burners, an oak lid which doubles as a serving or chopping board, and an integrated carry strap for easy transport. This stylish stove is easy to set up, boils water in around 4 minutes, and is perfect for family campers given the double burner.
3. Campingaz Camping Kitchen 2 and Camping Kitchen 2 CV
The Campingaz Camping Kitchen 2 is a popular choice amongst those looking for a double burner. There are two options available, one of which runs off refillable cylinders (Camping Kitchen 2) and the other runs off Campingaz resealable CV 470 Plus cartridges (Camping Kitchen 2 CV) which is ideal for shorter trips. The slim, lightweight design is easy to store when not in use and easy to clean before packing away.
4. Vango Blaze Double
The Vango Blaze Double features two stainless-steel burners on a sturdy base with a PVC hose and auto shut off for safety. The smooth grey design is easy to clean, and the simple controls make this a great option for first time family campers or those looking for a reliable stove at a great price point.
5. Cobb Premier Gas BBQ/Oven
The Gas Cobb is the perfect all-rounder. Running off a disposable butane canister, you can bake, grill, fry and roast anything you like. The versatile BBQ/oven combo is compatible with all Cobb Premier accessories including pans and griddles.
6. Outbacker® Vista Window Firebox Tent Stove
The Outbacker Firebox is a cosy feeling inducing wood burning stove which packs a punch. You might be surprised how portable this sturdy log burner is at just 12kg. This burner comes with a pair of side grills, and you can buy other accessories such as a water boiler separately. The UK owned brand comes highly recommended and have a range of models available.
7. GoSun Go
GoSun specialise in portable, lightweight designs which utilise the suns power to cook food anywhere. The Go model is great for one person and weighs just 2lb. Regardless of the weather, if you can see shadows, the Go will boil water, bake, roast and steam.
8. Go System Dynasty Compact II
For small camping trips and solo campers, the Dynasty Compact is a great option. The single burner stove is fuelled by a “click in” Go System bayonet gas cartridge and comes with a handy carry case. This stove is easy to set up, clean and able to boil a litre of water in just under 4 minutes.
9. BioLite CampStove 2
The award-winning BioLite CampStove 2 allows you to not only cook your meals with its smokeless woodburning technology but also acts as a charge point for your small devices thanks to the thermoelectric generator. This is a great piece of kit with plenty of accessories on offer such as the KettlePot and CoffeePress.
10. CADAC Safari Chef 30 LP
The Swiss Army Knife of barbecues, the lightweight Safari Chef 30 LP gives you unlimited cooking freedom. With multiple interchangeable cooking surfaces, it is easy to assemble, use, clean and stow. With push button piezo ignition and a convenient storage bag, it is the perfect BBQ for 2-4 people.
11. Outwell Olida Stove
The compact Olida Stove uses readily available EN417 gas cartridges. Two individually controlled burners sit withing the easy to clean steel case which has plastic feet for stability and excellent wind protection.
12. The Frontier Stove by Anevay
The Frontier stove is quick to set up and eight times more efficient than an open fire. With a long flue, fumes and smoke are transported away from the cooking area. The legs fold away for easy transportation, making it ideal for campers looking for an easily portable log burner.
13. Robens Fire Mosquito Stove
A great option for those needing portability and versatility, the Fire Mosquito Stove offers high performance while being compact. The Mosquito creates a spiral flame which mixes gas and air, providing better wind resistance. The freestanding stove is ideal on uneven ground with wide legs and an anti-slip design for wider pots.
Camping stoves and BBQs can pose hazards on our campsites if not used correctly. You can view our stance on barbeques and fire safety in our Club Site policies.
We’ve included links at the bottom of this page to help you further your research into using cooking equipment safely on-site. If you only want to read one more thing, we’d recommend reminding yourself about the dangers of carbon monoxide before your next camping trip away with us.
Most importantly, we hope this has given you a better grasp of which camping stove you should be looking to buy for your next camping trip.