Types of Stoves
You have 3 types of stoves for camping. Each has it’s particular advantages and disadvantages so we will begin by going through the different options so you can find the stove that best fits your needs.
Propane stove/grill – This will best fit the car-camper or anyone that does not plan on hiking into the wilderness. Most of these stoves are heavy or bulky and provide more than one burner. These stoves are great for family camping or several campers that must prepare food for a group of people. It’s very common to find these stoves with 2 burners and some are more compact than others. Weight also varies with these stoves so make sure you plan on camping where you can drop off your gear or drive right up to your site. We do not suggest you attempt to hike with this stove type. Propane is the most common gas type for these stoves and you will find the 16.4 Oz cylinders work great for camping. Propane tanks come in all sizes so try and figure out how long you will be camping to determine your tank size I find the 16.4 Oz small tank is good for a weekend of camping.
Canister Stoves – Canister style stoves bring us into the backpacking category. Small and compact these stoves are very easy to use. They run on pre-pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or butane/propane). The gas canister simply screws right on to the stove and it’s ready for use. Always keep some matches handy, but most canister stoves come with an igniter button. When the canister is removed from the stove it self-seals so you will not have to worry about fuel leaks. These stoves have many great qualities including good flame control, burns clean, no priming, and instant maximum heat output. Keep in mind if you decide on the canister stove that fuel is more expensive, it’s hard to tell how much fuel is remaining, and it has poor cold-weather performance. If you decide to go with the canister stove and you do hike in colder weather keep the canister in your pocket or at night store it in your sleeping bag.