I haven’t been camping in years but for our wedding we stuck a camp stove on our registry regardless. Seduced by its Japanese design, I imagined us stylishly cooking almond flour pancakes on our stovetop and immediately forgot about the hard ground, cold nights, and copious mosquitos. Then a friend generously bought us the stove and so, next week we’ll be pitching our tent in rural Maine.
The moral of the story? A beautiful camp stove is enough to get any urbanite outdoors. Here are our favorites.
Above: Snow Peak’s Baja Burner (my stove of choice) is packable and can stand alone or integrate into a larger cooking system from Snowpeak; $179.95. Above: The Sportsman Double Burner Cast Iron Stove is a solid piece of cast iron that connects to a LP via a hose kit sold separately; $44.99 at Home Depot. Above: The MSR Dragonfly Campstove and Fuel Bottle works at any latitude, longitude, or elevation and can support up to a 10-inch pot or pan; $168 at Best Made Co. Above: The Coleman Triton Series 2-Burner Stove has wind block panels and can fit one 12-inch and one 10-inch pan; $69.95 at Amazon. Above: The Primus Tupike Two Burner Stove is compact, includes a wind panel, and works with standard backpacking fuel sources; $229.95 at Primus. Above: The Papaco Mini Camping Gas Stove packs into a storage box for backpacking and can support cookware as large as 18 liters; $13.99. Above: The Snow Peak Double Burner Stove is made of stainless steel and packs up with a cover and carrying case; $400. Above: The Bayou Classic Barbour International SQ14 Outdoor Patio Stove is made of steel, can accommodate any size stock pot, and is a single burner stove; $49.97 at Amazon. Above: The 27-3 Ultralight Alcohol Stove Kit from Swedish brand Trangia is a stove with two pots, a frying pan, a windshield, and heat sources for $62.99 at Amazon. Prefer a more open fire source? See our posts: Above: The Camp Chef Mountaineer 2-Burner Aluminum Stove MS40 is a suitcase-style stove with a windscreen and is made of lightweight aluminum; $219.95 at Camp Saver.