Quick guide to camping cookers
Camping magazine's quick guide to camping stove essentials
1 SINGLE BURNERS
Lighter and more compact and for one pot cooking and brews, they are absolutely fine. They’re rather limiting for anything too ambitious but for frying bacon or sausages they are all you need.
2 TWIN BURNERS
With twin burners, a grill and the right pots, you can tackle almost any meal that you cook at home. A grill option means you don’t need to fry everything and makes toast much easier than relying on hopeless burner-top camp toasters.
3 FUEL OPTIONS
here are several fuel options but gas - propane, butane or a mixture - is by far the most popular, either in a cartridge or refillable cylinder. The latter is much more economical but rather unwieldy to pack and carry. However their use with larger stoves is the most practical option by far, especially for families and other groups. You also need to make sure you have the appropriate hose and regulator for your gas and cooker. Shop staff should be able to guide you. Unleaded petrol and even aviation fuel are options.
A good windshield is essential. Without one, food takes ages to cook and if the wind is too strong it might never be ready. Even when a stove has it’s own built-in windshield, it’s worth buying a standalone shield, to really protect the flames.
5 STOVE STANDS
A stovestand, possibly with some shelves and worktop space, transforms the camp cooking experience.
6 LIGHTWEIGHT STOVES
For solo campers, lightweight stoves are the way to go. Cooking ‘systems’ such as Jetboil and MSR’s Reactor, have become really popular in recent years although, of course, Trangia led the way decades ago. The Biolite stove lets you use twigs and other natural fuel sources and at the same time, generates enough energy to recharge your mobile phone.
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