Here is my selection of the best camping stoves for 2018.
Here is my selection of the best camping stoves for 2018
A portable and lightweight camping stove is one of the most essential item to have on your outdoor adventures to boil water for tea, coffee or dehydrated meals.
|MSR PocketRocket 2||73g|
|MSR WindPro II||187g|
|MSR XGK EX||489g|
Weight: 400 grams Burn Time: 2 min 15 sec for 0.5 liter Fuel: GasCooking cup size: 0.8 liter
The Jetboil MicroMo offers a push-button igniter and a heat indicator and comes with a 0.8 liter cooking cup.
The Jetboil MicorMo is cold weather compatible down to -6 °C. The Jetboil MicroMo can also store the gas canister.
Weight: 415 grams Burn Time: 2 min 15 sec for 0.5 liter Fuel: Gas Cooking Cup Size: 1 liter
The Jetboil MiniMo offers you one of the best simmer controls, metal handles, and a low spoon angle for easy eating.
The bottom cover can also be used as a bowl. As a whole product the Jetboil MiniMo might be a nice solution and not even that heavy considering that it offers 2 products in one (stove and bowl).
MSR Pocket Rocket 2
Weight: 73 grams Burn Time: 3.5 min Fuel: Gas
The MSR PocketRocket 2 is the lightest stove in our list. If low weight has your highest priority and you want to use a gas stove then you should have a close look on the new MSR PocketRocket 2.
Weight: 432 grams Burn Time: 2 min 30 seconds for 0.5 liter Fuel: Gas Cooking cup size: 1 liter
The MSR WindBurner is the latest addition on the stove market from MSR.
This stove is marketed to operate very well under windy conditions. The MSR WindBurner is currently our favorite stove on our trips (for 2 person) even so it weights a little bit more than the other stoves.
If you are traveling alone then the Jetboil MiniMo might be a good alternative.
MSR WindPro II
Weight: 187 grams Burn Time: 3.6 minutes Fuel: Gas
The MSR WindPro II is a nice stove for those who want to have the burner separated which gives more stability but also the possibility to keep the gas canister warm in colder temperatures.
The MSR WindPro II also simmers quite well and the larger diameter of the burner lets you allow to use larger pots.
If you are planning to travel in more harsh conditions then the MSR XGK EX would be a better choice.
MSR XGK EX
Weight: 489 grams (packed) Burn Time: 2.8 minutes for 1 liter with kerosene fuel Fuel: Multiple
The MSR XGK EX is probably the best choice if you need a stove which can handle multiple fuels in extreme conditions.
Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife
An alternative would be the Light My Fire Swedish FireKnife in case you are looking for a knife which comes with a FireSteel.
Light My Fire Swedish Fire Steel
To ignite your stove you can either take matches with you or as an alternative you can also use a Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel which is especially useful in wet conditions.
How to choose the best camping stove?
It all depends on your requirements. Do you need a simple and lightweight camping stove then the MSR MicroRocket would be a good choice but your stove won’t have any wind protection and you need an additional cup to boil the water.
My preference goes towards a camping stove which boils water quickly and uses low amount of fuel as I am usually traveling with dehydrated food packages where I just have to add boiling water to the food package.
My favorite stove for Scandinavia are the MSR WindBurner or the Jetboil MiniMo - both of them can also handle cold temperatures down to -6 C while the MSR WinBurner stove can handle wind better than the Jetboil MiniMo.
If you are traveling to different continents then a multi-fuel stove might be the best solution as gas canisters might not be sold everywhere.
For winter camping you should probably also consider a multi-fuel stove like the MSR XGK EX.
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