Camping Stove

Camping cooker test 2019 - Real test reports with photos, videos & 360 degree view

Hiking holiday, festival or sudden power failure? A camping stove can be used in many situations and is an enrichment for several outdoor activities. Next to a sleeping bag and sleeping mat it is essential during camping. Find out which product is best for you in our test comparison. We have tested 5 different camping stoves from different manufacturers for you, including Campingaz and Esbit! Check our evaluation below.

last modified: 04.07.2019, 10:50

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Relags Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver - thumbnail Test seal: Relags Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver, Rating excellent

Relags

Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver

The Relags Primus Cooker is powerful and of high quality. It is compactly to fold and large enough to cook for several people.

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Kochmann Gas Cooker - thumbnail Test seal: Kochmann Gas Cooker, Rating good

Kochmann

Gas Cooker

The Kochmann Gas stove is a large and well functioning stove. Well suited for several people and easy to handle.

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Esbit Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium - thumbnail Test seal: Esbit Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium, Rating good

Esbit

Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium

The Esbit Dry Fuel Cooker Set is a high quality, well functioning cooker set. Suitable for people travelling alone, as it has only a small filling quantity. Food and liquids can only be warmed up. With its lightweight and very small size it fits in any luggage.

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Campingaz Camp'Bistro DXL - thumbnail Test seal: Campingaz Camp'Bistro DXL, Rating satisfactory

Campingaz

Camp'Bistro DXL

The Campingaz Camping Stove Bistro DLX Stopgaz is well suited for several persons due to its large contact area. In its function, it partly decreases somewhat, it cannot handle wind well and the ignition also needs repeated starts.

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Campingaz Camping 206 S Stove - thumbnail Test seal: Campingaz Camping 206 S Stove, Rating satisfactory

Campingaz

Camping 206 S Stove

The Campingaz Camping Stove 206 S is a compact, well-functioning stove that does not make a high quality impression.

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Our winner: Relags Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver Kochmann Gas Cooker Esbit Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium Campingaz Camp'Bistro DXL Campingaz Camping 206 S Stove

Relags

Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver

Kochmann

Gas Cooker

Esbit

Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium

Campingaz

Camp'Bistro DXL

Campingaz

Camping 206 S Stove
  • Powerful
  • Windbreak included
  • High quality
  • Compact
  • Large bearing surface
  • Easy to use
  • Compact
  • Very light
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to use
  • Stopgaz system
  • Large pot rest
  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Lower casing does not heat up
  • Windbreak somewhat unstable
  • Big
  • No draft shield
  • Low filling quantity
  • Tablet compartment must be cleaned after each use
  • Dry fuel must always burn out
  • Cannot handle wind
  • Ignition does not always work
  • Big
  • No windshield
  • Poor quality (plastic)
  • Knob becomes hot after long use

High quality and strong power. Compact but still suitable for several persons!

Well suited for several people and easy to handle in a windless environment.

A compact and light companion to warm up a meal or drink.

Large camping stove, which is easy to handle, but its function is strongly decreasing.

Compact camping stove which is easy to handle, but not of very high quality.

Fuel Gas Gas Dry fuel Gas Gas
Diameter attachment 15 cm 27,5 cm 9 cm 28 cm 12,5 cm
Material Stainless steel Burner head Hard dosed aluminium Stainless steel Plastic, stainless steel
Scope of delivery Cooker top, windscreen, floor protection, bag, operating instructions Gas cooker, 4 gas cartridges, carrying case, manual Cooker, pot, mesh pocket, manual Camping stove, carrying case, operating instructions Camping stove, 1 gas cartridge, operating instructions
Packaging Good Good, delivered in carrying case Good Good, delivered in carrying case Good
Quality impression Excellent Good Excellent Good Satisfactory
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Quality of instructions Good Good Good Good Good
Manual language EN, FR, DE, SE, FI, NO, NL, IT, ES, PT, DK DE DE, EN, FR, PL FR, GB, DE, NL, SE, NO, DK, FI FR, GB, DE, IT, ES, PT, NL, CZ, PL, HU
Width 17 cm 34 cm 10,5 cm 37 cm 13,5 cm
Height 5 cm 8 cm 10,5 cm 13 cm 19 cm
Depth 15 cm 28 cm 10,5 cm 25.5 cm 13,5 cm
Weight 0,285 kg 1,407 kg 0,225 kg 1,89 kg 0,296 kg
Power 3000 W 2200 W / 2200 W 1230 W
Bag No
Wind screen No No No
Type of cartridge Valve cartridge Valve cartridge / Valve cartridge Pierceable cartridge
Lighting point 1 1 1 1 1
Adjustable flame No
Consumption (with wind) 15 g 53 g 1 dry fuel tablet (15 minutes) 21 g 21 g
Consumption (without wind) 15 g 16 g 1 dry fuel tablet (20 minutes) 16 g 10 g
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Test seal: Relags Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver, Rating 1.15
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Test seal: Kochmann Gas Cooker, Rating 1.85
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Test seal: Esbit Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium, Rating 2.15
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Test seal: Campingaz Camp'Bistro DXL, Rating 2.5
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Test seal: Campingaz Camping 206 S Stove, Rating 2.55
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Our winner

The Relags Primus Cooker is powerful and of high quality. It is compactly to fold and large enough to cook for several people.

  • Most camping stoves can't cope with strong air blows. It is therefore advisable to buy additional protection or to choose a place with no wind.
  • It is best to take two pots with you so that you can use one for preparation and another for heating.
  • Cartridges should not be turned upside down, as a larger amount of gas will reach the burner, which can lead to flashes.
  • These stoves should only be used outdoors. Irrespective of weather conditions, it is not advisable to use them in tents, as there is a danger to life.
 

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A camping stove is a mobile stove that is used to heat or prepare food and drinks. It is a camping tool - as the name already suggests - but also for outdoor picnics, longer hikes, expeditions and trekking tours, as well as for special outdoor events such as music festivals, etc.

Camping stoves are available in different types and sizes from various companies and manufacturers. They can be bought in sports shops, outdoor shops, department stores or online. The most common ones run on gas, liquid or solid fuels.

Permanently installed cookers in mobile homes and caravans are not called 'camping cookers' but 'stoves'.

camping stove
The camping stoves from our test

Some sources claim that today's camping stove is a descendant of the Bunsen burner invented by Michael Faraday and further developed by Eberhard Bunsen. Another predecessor could also have been the invention of the pharmacist Charles Hugueny, who patented a gas stove in 1848, but which was intended for factories and laboratories only.

It is known that until then gas was only used for lighting. Thanks to the Austrian R. W. Elsner, who created the first gas stove for domestic use in 1849 it was also used for cooking and heating gradually.

However, the invention of the Swedes Frans W. Lindqvist and Johan V. Svenson is generally regarded as the direct precursor of today's camping stove. They invented and sold - from 1892 even in their own company "Primus" - the first soot-free kerosene stove. However, "camping" and "outdoor" were not yet a term at that time. The stoves were rather used on the markets, where the market women were very pleased by being allowed to warm up their drinks and food without soot.

About 60 years later, the first cookers with liquid gas were developed by the aforementioned company. In the same year, in 1953, the famous mountaineer Edmund Hillary climbed the Mount Everest for the first time: with a stove with liquid gas as fuel. The present camping stove was born, had proven itself and has been continuously developed and perfected to the present day.

Today, there are countless types of camping stoves of different companies, sizes, weights and effectiveness on the market. It is not a only attractive in Germany: Worldwide camping and outdoor activities are trendy, for which a suitable camping stove should not be missing.

Camping stoves can be categorized in ones that run on liquid fuel, solid fuel, (liquid) gas or solar. Here is a small selection of the most common types including handling as well as advantages and disadvantages:

1. The Gas Cooker

Gas cookers are the most used camping cookers for camping and other outdoor activities. There are two types of stoves: the attachment type, where the stove is placed directly on a gas cartridge, and the external type, where the gas from an external gas cylinder is supplied to the stove via a special hose. Depending on the model, both stoves are ignited either with a lighter, a match or with a modern, practical piezo igniter, as a kind of self-igniter.


While the gas cartridge usually serves as the stove's base with the top-of-the-range stove and is not particularly stable depending on the surface, the gas stove with external fuel supply has a more stable stability.

The Kochmann cooker in use
The Kochmann cooker in use

The cartridges - and the corresponding cookers - are available in three versions of connection:

a) With a lancing cap: There is a kind of thorn on the cooker that punctures the cartridge when the cooker is placed on it. Here you work without a valve and the cartridge remains under the stove until the end.

b) With a screw cap: The screw cartridge is screwed to the cooker by means of a thread, has a valve and can be removed, as the gas only flows out when the valve is open.

c) With a bayonet lock: Here again, a valve exists, which allows the cartridge to be removed. The bayonet cartridge is attached and secured with a lever. These models are rather rare in this country.

Gas cookers are fed with liquid gas - usually butane or propane - which is either filled in gas cartridges or gas cylinders. The gas generates heat through its combustion, which in turn is required for cooking and heating food and beverages.


The operation of the gas cookers is simple and safe. The use of gas is clean as no residues, noise and almost no odours are released. In addition, the filling of gas cylinders and the purchase of cartridges are relatively inexpensive.


A gas cooker is quickly ready for use, the heat can be regulated well, and the cookers themselves are easy to clean and almost maintenance-free.


Despite all the positive features the disadvantages should not be ignored: Butane gas can no longer be used at temperatures around -1°C, or at temperatures lower than -5°C. However, the boiling point of propane gas will not cause any problems for the camping stove. A mixture of propane, butane and isobutane is ideal. This means that when hiking in colder regions the cartridges must always be kept warm. Even higher altitudes have a negative effect on the ignition of the gas cookers, which is due to the thin air.

Before departure, one should inquire which cartridges are available on site or which gas bottles can be refilled, or even exchanged. Should there be any problems, it is advisable to carry a sufficient number of cartridges with you or to calculate accordingly with the gas cylinders. A little tip: Cartridges are the most widespread in the common European holiday countries. Screw-in cartridges are often found in Scandinavia and bayonet cartridges mostly in southern Europe and in some regions of France. Another minus point is the disposal of the empty cartridges: not exactly environmentally friendly.

Finally, a few words about transport. Gas cookers are usually very compact and light that they are easy to transport. Those who want to fly to their holiday destination, however, have to do it without the corresponding cartridges and procure them locally, as easily flammable substances may not be taken on board of an airplane for safety reasons. More information about the correct use or the correct storage and transport of gas cartridges can be found at the end of this article.

Summary: Gas cookers are easy to obtain and relatively safe and easy to handle. Food and beverages are heated or cooked quickly with relatively low gas consumption. There are a few disadvantages regarding the destination.

The Relags Primus Gas cooker
The Relags Primus Gas cooker

2. The Spirit Stove

The spirit stove consists of a small burner into which ethanol, i.e. methylated spirit, is poured and ignited during use and of a kind of rack on which the container is placed in order to be heated. An extremely simple form of an alcohol stove is the small 'rechaud', known from a fondue.

Spirit stoves are ideal if you just want to heat something up. You should not try to cook or fry with it because spirit has a low heat value.


Furthermore, the rather simple designed spirit stove has a low weight and is quick and easy to put into operation, which is especially advantageous for beginners or on exhausting tours. In addition, spirit can be purchased almost anywhere in the world at a reasonable price. This type of camping stove is particularly popular in Scandinavia. Similar to the gas cooker, it burns without residues.


Unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages here: The heat output of the spirit stove - especially that of a small rechauds - is very low. The boiling of tea or coffee water alone takes a long time and needs half of a filling. Also the regulation of the temperature is hardly possible with the spirit cooker. These camping stoves should not be used on extreme tours with high altitudes because, on the one hand, the already low performance is even lower with thin air and, on the other hand, the fuel has problems igniting at temperatures below 10°C and especially at sub-zero temperatures, when the spirit must even be preheated.


It should also be noted that the spirit stove should be stored in a suitable bag or other means of transport, as it is not uncommon for soot residues to lead to soiling of clothing etc. Also here applies: Who plans to travel on a plane must make sure that no remainders of the fuel material or even new containers with spirit are in the luggage, since the entrainment of combustible liquids is forbidden.


Finally, a comment on safety. As with all other camping stoves, this does not belong in the hands of children. But adults should also know that refilling a hot stove with alcohol is highly dangerous: it can lead to deflagrations or flames. In addition, the fuel should always be closed tightly and stored at a safe place, as alcohol is easily flammable.

Summary: The spirit stove is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, light and easy to handle. In addition, the required fuel is available almost worldwide. However, the spirit stove is only suitable for keeping food and beverages warm or warming them up, the temperature is difficult to regulate, and in sub-zero temperatures as well as at high altitudes commissioning is problematic if not almost impossible. The easy flammability should not be underestimated.

3. The Petrol or Multi-Fuel Stove

Petrol cookers operate with pure petrol by petrol stations, multi-fuel cookers with diesel, heating oil, petroleum, kerosene or liquid gas. Depending on the model, there are also multi-fuel cookers that are used with a gas cartridge.

Especially globetrotters or people who travel a lot in nature swear by gasoline or multi-fuel cookers, because the fuel is easy to buy everywhere. Even travellers on a motorcycle tour have their fuel directly with them. At high altitudes, but also at temperatures below zero, this stove provides reliable service. Another big advantage is that you cannot only keep dishes warm with this type of camping stove but also cook properly due to the high heating value.


However, it should be remembered that the petrol cookers have to be preheated and soot develops. It is not very suitable for beginners as it is not easy to use and also requires a lot of maintenance due to the often clogged burner nozzles. Those who are sensitive will be disturbed by the smell of petrol and the unavoidable hissing noise during commissioning.

Long-haul travellers who start their tour by aircraft have to know again that petrol is not allowed in planes, which should not be a problem due to the constant availability. However, the stove itself must not smell like fuel and should not be carried in hand luggage.

Summary: Gasoline or multi-fuel cookers are rather something for "professionals". The necessary fuel is almost everywhere available. During usage you will probably face soot, hissing noise as well as smell. Gasoline cookers live up to their name: you can really cook with them. In addition to that, this camping stove does its job even at great heights and in sub-zero temperatures; however, it is not completely maintenance-free.

4. The Petroleum Stove

The petroleum stove, also called kerosene stove, works with kerosene. This fuel is commonly known as "crude oil". In principle, petroleum or kerosene cookers are comparable with gasoline cookers, i.e. multi-fuel cookers, in terms of their handling and their advantages and disadvantages. See point 3.

5. The Esbit Cooker

An Esbit cooker is a solid fuel cooker which is equipped with a cube-shaped dry spirit. It is rarely used by real outdoor fans because the heat output is far too low for cooking. This type of camping stove is suitable for heating water for coffee, tea or soup and for keeping food warm. A can of pea soup can also be heated, as the contents do not have to be cooked.

The Esbit cooker is cheap, compact and very easy to handle. Disaster aid and the German Armed Forces use these cookers. They are best used on longer hikes when you want to heat up something in between or if you are not sure if there is a place to stop for refreshments on the way.

Before starting your journey, you should make sure that dry spirit cubes are available at your holiday destination or that you have a sufficient reserve of them with you. Nothing stands in the way of its transport by plane.

Summary: Esbit cookers are more of an "emergency camping cooker", as the fuel has an extremely low heating value. However, they are inexpensive, compact, simple and safe to use.

Der Esbitkocher
Der Esbitkocher

6. The Electric Cooker

Electric cookers are available with two or one hotplate. As the name already reveals, they are supplied with electricity. This camping stove is easy to use. You can prepare food on it as you would at home and no previous knowledge is required. Electric cookers allow clean cooking and frying. Even beloved spaghetti can be prepared quickly and easily on an electric cooker, including the corresponding sauce. Cleaning the appliance is very easy.

The more hot plates, the more bulky and unsuitable the electric cooker is for backpackers.

The biggest disadvantage is that the user is always dependent on a 220-volt connection and must carry a corresponding cable with him. This implies that the "real outdoor life" cannot really take place in the wilderness, as you depend on a camping site or something similar. Abroad, the connections must also be right, which is not always the case even within Europe. Under wet conditions like rain the electric cooker can only be operated with sufficient protection against moisture and humidity.

By the way: An authentic "camping atmosphere" does not really come up with an electric cooker.

Summary: With the electric cooker you cook and fry like at home and you can even use two pots at the same time. The handling is easy and safe. But this camping stove is bulky and heavy, especially when it comes with two hotplates. Autonomous use is impossible, as there must always be a 220-volt socket.

7. The Solar Cooker

The solar cooker is relatively new on the outdoor market. The principle itself, however, has already been used for some time - for example in African countries. Solar cookers work with renewable energy, i.e. sunlight, and are environmentally friendly. Here, solar energy is converted into heat.

Depending on the model, a solar cooker can be used not only to heat drinks and food, but also to cook, fry and even bake or grill. From an optical and functional point of view, this cooker can be described as a large parabolic mirror that captures the sun's rays, bundles them and directs them to the holder for pot or pan in the middle. The mirror itself is either made of aluminium, a mirrored foil or metal-coated cardboard. Burning shall be almost impossible.

Unfortunately, current solar cooker have many disadvantages: The purchase price is very high and the cooker is comparatively bulky. Furthermore, it only works with enough sun. Comfortable dining, which is celebrated by outdoor friends and camping lovers, is not possible due to the missing sunlight.

Summary: Acquisition costs of a solar cooker are quite high, consumption costs however extremely low, since no fuel is needed. This type of camping stove is environmentally friendly and will certainly arouse curiosity of others. Generally, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages, because it can only be put into operation during sunlight and cooking itself is rather time-consuming. The cooker has to be aligned as well. In addition to that, it is comparatively large and heavy, so nothing for backpacking.

8. Other

There are other known and less known ways of warming up or preparing food, although the term "camping stove" is questionable. Here are a few examples:


a) The tent stove

Tent stoves were originally designed to heat a tent or a wooden hut during the cold seasons. They are made of metal, usually have "legs" or similar as well as an exhaust pipe. They are heated by feeding solid fuels through a flap, which is usually wood when camping. Some models have a hot plate in addition to the function of heating the tent.

Concerning the mobility, it should be noted that the tent stoves can be easily and quickly packed up, but are rather bulky.

It is also worth mentioning that the tent has the right size for the stove. The tent stove can also be used elsewhere, outside a tent and during all seasons.
It is important to stick to following rules:

  • The position of the stovepipe must be observed.
  • Only use untreated, dry wood!
  • People as well as the stove need oxygen. So always ensure good ventilation inside a tent.
  • It is ideal if you have a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water next door.

Summary: The tent stove is comparatively large, its operation - especially the firing - requires some practice, and the temperature during cooking is almost impossible to regulate.


b) The wood or hobo cooker

This type of camping stove uses the function of a fireplace. It is a high metal container which is open at the bottom. It also serves as a support for the cooking pot, kettle or can, as well as a combustion chamber. The holes in the lower part suck in the air like in a chimney. The simplest and self-made form is a tin can on which you can place a pot. However, there are different models on the market, which can even be folded. Ideally, the wood stove can be operated with leaves, brushwood or wood.

Summary: Burning material for the hobo stove is free of charge, as it can be collected in nature. Only easily disposable ash remains as residue. Simple wood stoves are easy to build yourself. The burning value is not very high and the temperature cannot be regulated. Spontaneous cooking or heating is not possible. The biggest disadvantage is that open fire is forbidden in most places.


c) Table cooker

A table cooker is a small stove that stands on a camping table and is usually intended for keeping warm or heating. It can be operated with petrolium or methylated spirits but also with tea lights - which keeps the heat supply extremely low. Table cookers which are electrically operated require a power source.

Summary: Small, usually inexpensive and light variant to sit comfortably at the table around a stove and to remain a little warm. Real cooking is almost impossible.


d) The electric kettle

The kettle, also known as an immersion heater, is only used to boil water. A very efficient, light variant to prepare tea, coffee or instant soups. The disadvantage is that you need electricity.

If you want to enjoy your camping stove, regardless of its type, there are a few important rules to follow:

  • Never leave the stove unattended. Fire can break out quickly!
  • Always place the stove on a stable, preferably non-flammable surface!
  • Keep away from children!
  • Keep out of reach of easily flammable material!
  • Ensure that the power cable, gas line and gas cartridges are undamaged and remain like that!

Camping stoves can be used in various ways. When buying a camping stove, you should consider when and where you want to use it in order to make the right choice. Here are some possible fields of application and their matching camping stoves:

1. Outdoor fans & Globetrotters

Those who mainly stay in the midst of partly untouched nature, want to sleep there and supply themselves, usually travel with light luggage. A camping stove, which is robust, quick to use and easy to transport, should also included in the backpack. Of course, it is also important that one can buy the appropriate fuels on the spot, especially if the journey was by plane and no liquid fuels were allowed to be taken.


The petrol stove combines all these requirements. In addition, it functions independently of climate and altitude.
Alternatively the solid fuel cooker or the spirit cooker would be possible, whereby spirit just like wood is to be acquired world-wide at many places. Both types of camping stove are also durable and easy to maintain.

2. Hobby Camper

Many people want to get away from it all and spend their free time as so-called hobby campers by travelling around in their own vehicles, spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors and looking for accommodation on a campsite. A large professional and expensive camping equipment is not worthwhile for the few weeks of vacation, but you do not want to do without many things, such as the camping stove. But which one is the right one?
The answer to this question is quite simple: a gas stove with a cartridge of any kind is recommended. Due to their infinite durability, the cartridges can be easily stored at home and taken along if necessary. They are also available in many European countries - and that's where the "normal" hobby camper usually travels - from numerous sales outlets. The cooker itself as well as the cartridges are relatively inexpensive, both take up little space in the vehicle or in the luggage, the cooker shows operational readiness immediately after the cartridge has been put on, and you can warm up a little in the twinkling of an eye or cook a little something. If you use the gas stove more often, you should choose someone who has an external gas cartridge/cylinder.

3. Permanent Campers or Caravan Drivers

Anyone who thinks that these campers do not need a mobile camping stove because they have a fixed stove in the caravan or mobile home kitchen might be wrong. Most camper vans love to sit in front of their mobile home on a clear day, or under the awning during bad wheater, and to cook or fry something for themselves. Many people prefer this simply because they want to banish the cooking smells from their sleeping area. This requires a camping stove that meets their needs. It should be durable, quickly ready to use and possibly be designed for two pots. Open fires are forbidden on most camping sites and pitches. So a two-flame gas stove - you already have a gas connection on your camper van or caravan anyway - or an electric stove with two plates is needed, because electricity is usually available. The question of storage space when not in use is unnecessary with this form of camping, as there is enough room given.

4. Hikers and Cyclists on Longer Tours

Anyone who travels on foot or by bike for several days or even weeks needs one thing above all: light luggage with reliable, easy-to-use accessories, which of course also applies to the camping stove. However, it depends on whether you are staying on a campsite or in the wild nature and whether you are at higher altitudes in cold temperatures or not.

People who choose this form of holiday have no motivation for cooking orgies in the evening after physical exertion. The same applies to breakfast in the morning. It should be tasty, easy to make and nutritious. In these cases, petrol, Espit or spirit stoves as well as solid fuel stoves are recommended, depending on your cooking expectations. Most of these stoves are small, compact and easy to use. However, some do not go beyond warming up pre-cooked dishes and boiling water. Also the costs are adequate, because both hikers and cyclists on multi-day tours usually follow this holiday form once a year, which justifies a cost-effective variant of the utensils. And since most of these tours also take place within Germany or in neighbouring countries, a secure supply of fuel is quite probable.

5. Extreme Outdoorers

If you are one of those people who like to go on extreme tours, like expeditions through the desert, through the ice or through the jungle or go mountaineering, canoeing or other outdoor activities, where only a backpack serves as luggage and physical exertion requires a lot of freedom of movement, you absolutely need a light, easy to handle and reliable camping stove. The preparation of a multi-course menu is by no means the most important thing. Instead, it is important to heat water for a morning coffee or tea or a ready-made soup as well as a tin of pea stew or similar.

Principally, an Esbit cooker that weighs less than 100 g and works quite reliably is ideal. The only problem is that fuel cubes are not available all over the world. A certain stock has to be included in the luggage. However, the cubes usually do not weigh a lot.

Also the Hobo Cooker is suitable for such activities, whose free fuel is nearly everywhere for sale. The purchase of a foldable mini hobo stove is recommendable.

6. Festival Visitor

Festival visitors are mostly young people who like to camp in tents or their own cars. They have a limited budget, would like to warm up their food on the spot and prepare a warm cup of tea or coffee. At the same time, it should be easy and fast. Gas cookers with the appropriate cartridge are the best option for this. Latter can be found in many European places, which even makes it possible to visit a festival beyond our borders. We do not recommend gasoline or spirit stoves because of the smell and noise nuisance as well as a certain danger potential - especially if alcohol is involved - as these events are often very crowded. Camping stoves 'fed' with wood are also out of question. They are considered as "open fires" and usually forbidden.

7. At-Home-Stayers

If you like to cook or fry in the garden or on the terrace, a gas cooker - also with external gas cylinder connection - or an electric cooker will be ideal partners.

8. In Closed Rooms

Under certain rules, tent ovens can be used for cooking in tents. It must be underlined that specific aspects must be observed, especially those concerning the necessary oxygen supply.

However, there are always situations in which you come up with the idea of using a camping stove in your home. One can think of building a new house or renovating if the kitchen is not yet ready for use, or of a power failure.

If one reads the camping stove's manual carefully, one will notice that none of the appliances should be operated in "closed rooms". Therefore, it is advisable to use the camping stove on the terrace or balcony. This is not dangerous!

If you can't help it, you should follow these rules:

  • As a top priority: The room must be sufficiently ventilated, because the operation of a camping stove in closed rooms withdraws valuable oxygen. Danger of suffocation!
  • The cooker must be placed on a straight and fireproof surface.
  • Neither easily combustible nor easily flammable substances may be in the immediate vicinity.
  • The camping stove should have an ignition fuse to prevent unforeseen gas leakage.
  • Fire extinguishers or fire blankets should be within easy reach.

Summary: Camping stoves should not be used indoors.

The maintenance of the camping stove depends on the model. The higher the quality, the longer the stove will last, but of course only with appropriate care.

When you buy a camping stove, you should pay particular attention to its workmanship, because camping stoves are often exposed to wind and weather and not always to safe, shock-resistant transport.

If you use your camping stove only once or at least less often, you can also choose a cheaper product. However, solid workmanship can also be available here.

No matter how, the camping stove should be cleaned after every use - at the latest after returning home. In addition, care should be taken to remove any rust from the stove.

On some models, valves and nozzles must also be cleaned. The precise proceedings may be read in the manual.

Additionally, corresponding fuel must of course also be treated with care. Cartridges, for example, should be kept dry to protect them from rust. More about this at the end of this article.

A campfire is more romantic, that's indisputable. But this is almost the only advantage over the camping stove, even if one could still claim - rather weakly - the fact that firewood for campfires is lying around free of charge and in immediate vicinity. That's right! However, campfires are only allowed on special fireplaces.

Cooking over an open campfire is also quite time-consuming, because you have to start a fire after collecting the fuel and wait until you can cook on the burnt down fire or you have a grillage or corresponding wood and metal skewers with you. As you can see, all these steps are time intense and has less to do with the expected cowboy idyll.

Last but not least, think about what it is like when wood, brushwood and leaves are still wet!

On the other hand the camping stove has many advantages over a campfire. Here is a list of the most important facts:

  • The camp site can be chosen relatively freely. A camping stove can even be used on a camping site or at a festival.
  • Risk of forest fires is much lower.
  • Food can be prepared in a very short time.
  • Fuel is usually stored together with the stove in the rucksack.
  • (Light) wind does not prevent the commissioning.
  • Cooking with the camping stove is healthier. No harmful substances are released and no toxic smoke develops.

Summary: Preparing food with a camping stove is healthier and much faster and safer than cooking over a campfire.

Light the tablet with a lighter
Light the tablet with a lighter

First and foremost, sufficient fuel must be available - depending on the type of camping stove. This could be Esbit cubes, cartridges, gas bottles, petroleum, spirit & Co. Also important are the appropriate connectors such as power cables or gas connection hoses.

A kind of wind protection is recommended, if the own cooker does not have this. This practical piece of equipment keeps out the wind, but also leaves the heat where it belongs. It can even be bought as a foldable variant in any outdoor shop or online.
However, the best camping stove is useless if the rest of the equipment is not available. Here is a short list of what must be on board:

  • Lighter or matches if the stove does not have a self-igniter
  • Pot with lid, ideally made of aluminium
  • Light, non-stick frying pan
  • Camping dishes (plates, bowls, cups)
  • Camping cutlery (small and large spoon, fork and knife); also available in foldable version
  • Can opener
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sponge for cleaning

The best thing to do is to take along special outdoor knives, which can accommodate a screwdriver, bottle opener, etc. Of course, ready-made or canned dishes are just as much a part of it as coffee powder or tea bags. In the trade one finds besides practical spice shakers with 5-6 different spices.

Pessimists still take another spare camping cooker with them - if they have enough place. A rather unnecessary action, because especially when camping it should be rather simple and without luxury...

draft shield
draft shield

If you want to enjoy your time with a gas stove and its cartridges, and if you don't want to take any safety risks and maybe even want to store some cartridges safely, you should know the following rules:

Storage:

  • Gas cartridges should be stored in a cool, dry, ventilated room.
  • Do not expose cartridges to direct sunlight!
  • Do not store above 50°C!
  • Do not store other fuels or fire sources near the storage area!

By the way, gas cartridges can be stored indefinitely, they have no expiration date.

Problem solutions and use:

  • Never force the cartridges onto the cooker.
  • At extremely low temperatures preheat the cartridge - for example by keeping it in the sleeping bag.
  • Never use damaged gas cartridges again.
  • Avoid knocking, throwing etc. of cartridges; safe, gentle transport prevents damage.
  • Do not change the cooking attachment until the existing one is cold.
  • No skin contact with any escaping gas!
  • Only throw away completely empty cartridges. This can be tested by letting the stove burn until the flame goes out all by itself.
  • Gas cartridges with a "green dot" are disposed of in the same way as other recyclable parts. Those without the "Green Dot" belong at collection points.

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Our winner: Relags Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver Kochmann Gas Cooker Esbit Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium Campingaz Camp'Bistro DXL Campingaz Camping 206 S Stove

Relags

Primus Cooker 'Gravity' Silver

Kochmann

Gas Cooker

Esbit

Dry fuel cooking set, aluminium

Campingaz

Camp'Bistro DXL

Campingaz

Camping 206 S Stove
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