Whether you’re setting out for a month on the Pacific Crest Trail, setting up basecamp on a snowy glacier, or buffing out the family car camping setup, nothing compares to a well-cooked meal in the outdoors. And camp stoves aren’t just limited to the backcountry—they can be used for backyard BBQs, tailgating, and any other portable cooking situation. But it’s important to have the right stove for the job at hand. Read on, and we’ll help you choose a camp stove that fits both your needs and your cooking style, ensuring that everyone stays fueled and fed for whatever adventures you have planned.

Defining your camping stove needs

The type of camp stove you’ll need will depend on several things. How many are in your group? Will you be moving camp? What type of fuel is available? Are you grilling fresh food or just eating dehydrated meals? These questions are the first steps in determining which stove you’ll need.

Camp kitchen gear

Care and Storage

When using a five-gallon propane tank always turn off the fuel source before turning off the burner and wait for the flame to completely extinguish. Turning off the burner before closing the fuel valve results in a hose full of fuel that shoots out when you disconnect from the stove. Be sure to clean grease and food bits off, and pack your stove away after each trip to ensure it stays in good shape and no critters come looking for shelter or a meal. We keep a dedicated stove rag for this purpose. Investing in great camping tools and cooking gear can make your time outdoors even more enjoyable, and can add some unforgettable meals to your unforgettable adventures.

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