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Propane camp stove is my default. This is the one I use
most frequently. It’s
so simple to operate. No assembly, no preheat, no maintenance. Just get
it out and you are ready to go. As long as I don’t travel to some
or in some extreme weather, I usually go with my gas stove.
cool feature I really like about sag stoves is that you can take more
than one burner. Since you can disconnect the burner even if the can is
half full, you can toggle between two burners. For instance, one for
high heat and one for perfect simmer.
Propane stove (or butane
stove, for that matter) got some pros and cons (see below).However,
It's the best in class in one thing…
a liquid stove works?
In a propane camp stove, like in all liquid gas stoves, the
gas is held
pressurized in a can. This forces it to be a liquid. Once you open the
knob, the gas gets out due to the pressure difference between the can
and the air outside. Once outside, in its gas form, it is inflammable.
Here are the pros and cons I
see in canister stoves:
- Simple to use
- Clean burn, no odor
- Full simmer control
- No maintenance required
- Many brands
- Not dealing wind very good. Windscreen is problematic.
- Tend to fail in cold temperatures
- Fuel somewhat expensive
- Fuel canister not always available outside North America
Propane Vs Butane
- The gas used can be Butane, Propane, isobutane or some
- Butane canisters are typically lighter but Butane stays a
freezing temperature and therefore, won't work in cold weather.
- Propane, on the other hand, will work in cold weather, even
as -40F (-40C) but it uses heavy duty canisters.
- All the mixtures try to combine the good from each gas type.
Propane camp stoves types
The classic shape
The classic shape: Stove is above the can.
This is actually the majority of propane stoves. In this
option, the burner is attached
on the top of the fuel can.
Burner and canister are connected using a small pipe
is done in order to improve pot stability. You simply lower the center
gravity. It also enables the usage of a wind screen without worrying
about getting the can too hot.
Stoves with heat exchanger welded to a dedicated pot
this method, the stove got a dedicated pot with a heat exchanger in the
bottom. It also comes with some minor built-in windscreen. The big idea
is to get more of the stove's heat to warm the content of the pot by
absorbing the heat by the heat exchanger and the windscreen.
Few words on windscreens
Using a windscreen with backpacking stove makes a great difference.
It can really improve the stove's performance. BUT, you have to be
careful not to heat up the canister.
In case you use a simple, classic stove, where the burner is right
on the can, you must use the windscreen in a way it will just break the
wind. Don't surround the stove in a tight manner. The heat from the
fire might heat up the gas canister. It's too dangerous.
If you use a stove where the burner is separated from the can (there
is a tube that connects the can to the burner), you can block the wind
much closer to the fire.
Stoves, Stoves, Stoves
Few examples, sorted by the different brands in the market. This
doesn't cover, of course, ALL the stoves... :
M S R
on the lightest MSR stove...
- I love this one!
- Very Small and lightweight.
- Burner weight: 3Oz
- Fits most self-sealing canisters
- Flame is pretty wide
- Got a version with a built in ignition (seen in
- Burner weight: 5.1Oz
on this unique propane camp stove...
- It separates the burner from the canister (which enables
- Efficient due to wind shield.
- Burner weight: 6.8Oz
(Heat exchanger welded to a
on MSR's most efficient stove...
- The pot is an integral part of the stove.
- Got a unique wind shield and heat exchanger to increase
- Extremely efficient.
- Works great in bad weather
- Empty weight: 19Oz
C o l e m a n
Coleman F1 PowerBoost™ Propane
PowerBoost™ Propane Stove
- Extremely powerful (23,900 BTU)
- Weigh 4.5Oz
- Fold quite nicely for its size
Coleman F1 ultralight Gas Stove
F1 ultralight Gas
on Coleman F1 ultralight, the lightest Coleman propane camp stove...
- Only 2.7Oz
- Takes a minute to figure out how to assemble
the pot holders. Not a big deal after you get used to it.
- Can use both propane and butane
O p t i m u s
- Weight: 2.92OZ (83gr)
- Folds so nicely, you can store it in the bottom of the gas
- They also got the crux lite. The few grams missing
is the lack of the folding mechanism.
favorite Optimus stove...
P r i m u s
- With or without an igniter.
- Weight: 82 g / 2.90z | 96 g / 3.3 oz
is using this as its burner.
Primus Micron Ti 2.5 Stove
Micron Ti 2.5 Stove
- Weight: 2.9Oz with igniter. 2.5oz without
- If I got it right, the lightest propane camp stove in
Primus Gravity EF
Gravity EF Stove
- You can get it with or without an igniter.
- Weight: 264 g / 9.3 oz
- Burner is separated from the can to keep the center of
gravity low and to enable using windscreen.
Primus EtaExpress Stove
on Etaexpress (AKA Etapower express)...
- Weight: 14.6Oz
- 1 liter pot.
- Diameter: 4.5inch (11.5cm).
- It is planned so that everything can be packed
inside the pot (including the canister!).
- I'd go for
this one out of the later three...
S n o w P e a
GigaPower LI Stove
Snow peak Giga power
on this stove...
2.5 to 3.75 oz
- The "heavy" version is made of Stainless Steel, Aluminum
and Brass and got an igniter.
- They got this stove in a titanium version. Without the
igniter the weight drops to 2.5 Oz.
J e t b o i
Jetboil personal cooking system
personal cooking system (AKA Jetboil PCS)
on the first Jetboil stove...
- Their first stove. They introduced it around
2004. It sells quite well until this day.
- 1 liter pot
- Weight:15 oz (425 g)
- Got a rubber lid you can drink through
And many more ...
Snow peak Giga power
Snow Peak LiteMax Stove
Primus Yellowstone Classic
Primus ClassicTrail Stove
Soto Micro Regulator Stove
...and numerous others...
Gas stove is the natural choice if you look for simplicity and
reliability. It's also great if you don’t intend on using it in extreme
conditions. There are many
brands to pick from. Canister stoves are available in a great price
(ranging from 25$ to almost 200$)
If you want to keep it simple... go either for the Optimus Crux
or the Coleman exponent F1 ultralight.
If you want something a bit more than that, I'd go for the Primus
gives the efficiency and great power for a solo traveler and the
flexibility for any other usage.
What's YOUR favorite gas stove?
Do you know of another stove? Wanna tell about your favorite stove? It would be great to hear what you think!
What Other Visitors Have Said
Click on the links below to read about some great stoves. They were all recommended by other visitors to this page.
MSR Pocket Rocket Rules!
I have my pocket rocket forever. I got it many years back and I haven't looked back since. It got all you can ask of a ultralight backpacking canister …
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This stove has been around since 1998. A solid proven design.
It has four legs for supporting your pans unlike most small stoves that only have three. …
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Works great. Light. Inexpensive. Bought mine for $30 several years ago. I don't have the igniter, just the stove. It has never failed me but I live and …
Trusty Coleman Not rated yet
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My Coleman Ultralight Stove Not rated yet
I'm using a Coleman ultralight gas stove. I go mostly to day hikes and I use it just for having tea along the walk. I once calculated that I probably used …
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