The 21st century is proving to be noisy, polluted, crime-riddled and over-populated. People are starting to appreciate the outdoors more and will drive far over weekends and holidays to get out of the cities into remote outdoor areas.
Camping is a popular activity, and with wonderful destinations and fun activities, camping is the perfect way to sometimes do away with some of the major creature comforts and to get as close to the beauty of nature as possible.
Camping is still a relatively economical way to enjoy a getaway, but if you want to make the most of nature, you’ll still want good, reliable equipment. You’ll still need pots, pans and other utensils for cooking outdoors, and the manufacturers of the best camping cookers ensure they’re specially designed for camping ─ lightweight, compact and easy to pack.
“Roughing It” hardly Means that Anymore
Today’s camping equipment makes outdoor life much simpler, and portable, electrical, gas or battery power ensures you can have hot water and the means to ensure your camp food is always fresh and cooked just the way you like it.
These days, camping equipment is so advanced that the term “roughing it” doesn’t quite have the same meaning anymore. The best camping stoves even have accessories attached to them to shield your food from the wind.
Being prepared for a camping trip is key to having a fun-filled, hassle-free getaway. Let’s look at some cool cookers that will ensure your camp meals are something to look forward to.
1. Hisea Camping Stove
Portable, Compact and Wood Burning
Hi-Sea is a professional, marine-cooking equipment manufacturer. Their stoves and cookers simply make cooking in the outdoors more convenient and fun. Made of carbon stainless steel and with anti-corrosion properties, the Hisea Camping Stove is an ideal 7-in-1 outdoor stove which offers unbeatable value.
A Lifelong Warranty
This environmentally friendly stove with grill, plate and griddle, as well as 4 cooking modes, is a must-have device on all your camping holidays. Easy to pack and carry wherever you go, and with a lifelong warranty with Hisea, this 7.9lbs stove has a double wall and airflow holes so as to ensure less smoke.
2. Solo Stove Campfire
Your Fuel Comes from Nature
This compact wood-burning camp stove caters for 4 or more people. It is ideally suited for camping and hiking as it doesn’t require any batteries or liquid fuel gas canisters. You can use pine cones, twigs and leaves as your fuel. Recommended by Backpacker Magazine, this popular camp stove features a double wall that ensures ultra-clean gasification and a secondary combustion ensuring less smoke.
The compact stove which weighs a mere 2.2 pounds and is made of premium stainless steel, will boil water for you in about 3 minutes. These lightweight, eco-friendly, wood-burning stoves are award-winning, and its unique airflow properties make the stove very efficient. With a height of 6.7,’’ this stove, built to last and free of defects in workmanship, is perfect to ensure deliciously prepared food in the great outdoors.
3. Coleman Camp Oven
Look forward to Meat and Baked Bread
This 13.5 x 12.9 x 3.3’’ stove weighs just 7lbs and can easily cook up delicious meat or bake up some mouth-watering bread and pastries. The stove comes with a 10sq.in rack with 3 adjustable cooking heights and it also folds flat for space-saving storage.
Made with an easy-to-clean, rust-resistant finish, the Coleman Camp Oven has been designed in such a way that it fits on the Coleman propane and liquid fueled camp stoves. A stove like this doesn’t require electric or gas power to work You simply place the oven on top of a Coleman 2- or 3-burner stove and make use of the easy-to-read thermometer.
4. BioLite Wood Burning Camp Stove
Keeps your Electronics Charged
The cool thing about the BioLite Camp Stove is that not only does it burn wood for cooking and boiling water, it can also be recharging USB electronic devices. However, some people don’t recommend this, saying it takes hours. The BioLite Camp Stove converts heat to electricity to power a fan to make the fire super-efficient. Additional electricity can be used to charge small electronics.
This wood stove is top loading and suspended on a fold-out stand. The compact stove comes with a battery pack and power converter. The camp stove weighs 33.5 ounces and combines as a lightweight backpacking stove as well as an off-grid power charger. When hiking, you don’t have to carry fuel, as the stove will cook your meal by simply applying wood and twigs.
5. Coleman Butane Stove
Super portable and with a case for easy transportation, this stove allows you delicious, hot food in the wilds. Simply lock in the butane cylinder, turn the adjustable burner control, and start cooking. Choose to cook on a low, medium or high flame and be cooking in no time. The porcelain-coated grate is easy to just wipe down, and the 4.7 pounds stove lets you cook food or boil water in a pan.
Buy Your Own Butane Cans
This single-burner stove can hold a pan up to 10’’ in diameter. The powerful, 7,650 BTU output heats food up quickly. The butane it uses is available in small cans which are inserted into the stove. Unfortunately, the stove doesn’t come with a can of butane and you have to buy this separately.
6. Camp Chef Ranger II Table Top Stove
Camp Chef stoves always ensure good, warm food for any outdoor experience. The Ranger II is compact and with a lightweight design for easy portability. With its 2 cast-aluminum 17,000 BTU burners and adjustable heat-control dials, you can cook up a storm with this camp stove. With dimensions being 12.5″ x 19.5″ x 5″ and weighting 17 lbs, the frame material is steel.
The Propane Tank isn’t Included
Although the power source is propane/liquid petroleum gas, a propane tank isn’t included which is irritating. With a 5ft hose and regulator, this cooker comes with a one year warranty.
7. Stove In A Can
This wonderfully portable, outdoor camp cooker is an excellent choice for backpacking and camping as well as for an emergency survival situation. With a patented all-in-one cooking platform, you’ll have water boiling in less than 5 minutes. Each of these Stoves-In-A-Can come with 4 fuel cells, a fuel ring and cooking ring.
Great for Home Use Too with Power Cuts
With a ½ gallon can fuel cell and a safe fuel source that can be stored indefinitely, this is the ideal recreational and emergency stove when you experience power cuts. An important aspect is that because the Stove-In-A-Can isn’t an open pit fire, it can be used where campfires aren’t permitted, and in all kinds of weather conditions.
Say what you like, a favorite part of camping and a long day of hiking is sitting around the camp fire and enjoying a good plate of food. Food preparation can be fun if you put some thought into what you’ll be eating on your outdoor getaway and how you’ll be preparing it.
We’ve chosen what we think are some of the best camping stoves, and each of these innovative, outdoor stoves have all been carefully designed to ensure you enjoy some creature comforts while out in the wilds.
Even the best camping cookers come with their own pros and cons. Each one requires additional research to ensure that your camping ensures a fun, minimal fuss, and a relaxed and convenient way to look forward to wonderful, outdoor cooking.