Camping stoves to elevate your outdoor eating

Quality camp stoves for cooking outdoors. (Nathan Shipps via Unsplash/)

Though the summer may be winding down, camping season is still in full swing. This means there are many more weeks of smokey, outdoor meals. Yum! While building a campfire can be novel and entertaining, the practicality of making entire meals over them is fairly difficult. S’mores are one thing, steak is another. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of portable stoves for all of your upcoming campground dinners. No more tinfoil suppers; we’re talking complete meals. Whether you’re an avid camper or a first-time adventurer, these stove options help take your outdoor adventures to the next level.

A classic, affordable option.
A classic, affordable option. (Amazon/)

When thinking about camping stoves, the name Coleman is probably the first to come to mind. That’s because they’ve been around since before WWII, originally making portable stoves for U.S. soldiers. Now, their portable gas stove is a go-to for campers all over the world. With it’s two adjustable burners, wind-guard, and simple, foldable design, the Coleman gas stove is the perfect option for anyone looking for a classic, no-frills portable stove for outdoor meals. This is also incredibly affordable for anyone just dipping their toes into camping.

Wood-burning. (Amazon/)

Camping is all about becoming one with nature and appreciating Mother Earth, but most camping stoves use fuel that pollutes our world. The Solo Stove Lite, on the other hand, is unlike almost all other portable camping stoves in that it uses twigs, leaves, and pinecones as fuel instead of the typical propane tank. It’s quite literally fueled by nature! Toss this little guy right into your backpack—it’s that compact. This one-burner portable stove is great for solo campers and those looking for an environmentally friendly option for their outdoor cooking.

Great for cooking for the masses.
Great for cooking for the masses. (Amazon/)

If you’re one of those campers who ends up cooking for the whole campsite (voluntarily or not), the Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove is the stove for you. With 448 square inches of cooking area and 30,000 BTUs/hr per burner (about 3 times more than your regular stovetop), this stove is equipped to cook a whole mess of food for many people. It’s also unique because it’s free-standing with adjustable legs, allowing you to modify the stove height when set up on uneven ground. No more tabletop cooking. Also check out Camp Chef’s unique accessories for this stove including a griddle top, barbecue box, and dutch oven to even further individualize and elevate your cooking experience.

A mini stove.
A mini stove. (Amazon/)

Unless you’re using a top-of-the-line RV, camping is all about minimalism, which means the more compact an item, the better. If you’re planning an upcoming backpacking trip with just a good ole fashioned tent and a well-worn pair of hiking boots, this Coleman Fold N Go Propane Stove is the perfect stove for you! Coleman brings you the dependability of their classic stove, but in a foldable, compact design. While most stoves fold lengthwise, this stove folds into itself, making it ideal for anyone with limited space. The stove also includes a matchless ignition button for a quick start, and provides over an hour of cooking time. It’s the perfect choice for those spontaneous, overnight camping trips.

The ultimate outdoor cooking experience.
The ultimate outdoor cooking experience. (Amazon/)

Who says you can’t have fresh baked cookies or apple pie while camping? With the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven, you can do just about everything you do in your home’s kitchen in the great outdoors. This dual stove (two burners) and oven is the perfect appliance—there’s really no other name for this dream—for anyone looking to bring at-home recipes with them on their outdoor adventures. Some off-the-grid dwellers have even purchased this as their full-time stove—talk about dependability! With adjustable temperature, easy ignition, and efficient propane usage, this is a fantastic product for anyone looking for a superior outdoor cooking experience.

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