The camp stove is, after the tent, the second most important purchase. A good campstove will last for decades (I bought my Coleman in 1988 and it still works great!.
Camp stove technology is simple. Propane or butane gas canisters travel through a metal pipe through a control valve to the burner that mixes the fuel with airt and burns. No moving parts. So, if the case is built well and it is not left out in the rain, it can last a lifetime.
Differences between the many brands are few and generally insignificant. You want a quality built, lightweight, reliable stove at a good price!
Here's what you need to know about camp stoves
- You don't need - nor want - a tiny backpacking camp stove. They are finicky and don't have the power to quickly and easily cook a meal for a group. They're made for that nutjob at work who tells you he's going backpacking in the Rockies over Thanksgiving. And then you see the news report of them finding him half frozen and lost.
- You don't need to spend a fortune on a camp stove. A good one costs between $45 and $100
- You want 10,000 BTU per burner or more. That's the amount of heat that will cook a pot of food or boil water in a reasonable time.
- You want 2 burners. If you're cooking in a campsite, you haven't got a microwave oven to reheat things. One pot will have the entree, the other veggies or a side dish.
- Stability counts - the flat wide designs won't tip over and burn you and spill your food.
- The Classic Coleman Propane Gas 2-Burner Camping Stove is hard to beat it has 10's
of thousands of reviews and a 5-star rating.
It's been around for decades. I stil use the one I bought in 1988. Go to any Boy Scout camping trip and everyone's using them
And you sure can't beat the power, price, easy of use and reliability.
just with 10% more power; 11k BTU per burner instead of 10k BTU. So it's a newer design and slightly more powerful.
They say it is easy to clean.. Most use a fry pan on the stove to make things like burgers and hot dogs, but you could grill them directly on the grill with this one. I still think the fry pan, especially a nonstick fry pan, would be much easier to clean up.