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Pros: Incredible simmering, inexpensive, light, easy to find
Cons: Boils water slowly, can be hard to find butane canisters, no wind screen, you burn through lots of fuel cans (lots of waste)
Best Uses: Very short camping trips for just a few people, side stove to bigger stove during big group trips, home cooking, emergency use.
The GasOne is a cross between a light camp stove, emergency stove, and custom home cooking stove. It is extremely versatile and ideal for short bursts of cooking. The value can't be beat for its limited applications. You can buy two of these for half the cost of standard two-burner camping stove. Its weight and compactness make up for its lack of flame size and cooking speed
If you are just cooking every once in a while this may be the perfect camp stove. However, if you plan to cook for more than a few people for more than a few days, you will constantly burn through butane cartridges and probably be disappointed in the time it takes to boil water.
If you want the best value in a two-burner stove, check out the Coleman PerfectFlow two-Burner which is more expensive but has better wind resistance and allows you to cook from a five-gallon propane tank.
For the ultimate in 1-4 person camping stoves, check out the Camp Chef Everest and the Stansport Outfitters Series, which have triple the BTU's and work much better in a camping situation with more people and multiple meals.
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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
We came across this as a camping stove by accident. A family member bought it to cook a meal in the middle of the dining room table. It worked perfectly. However, the instructions say you are not supposed to cook this way due to carbon monoxide hazards.
The hardest part about this stove may be deciding which one to buy. There are so many models that all appear to be identical. They all have different brand names and different prices but are generally in the $14-$30 range. They all use the same butane cartridges.
Time to Boil
The time to boil varied wildly depending on which fuel can was used. With a full GasOne butane can, it boiled fast. But as the can reached about halfway, the boil time decreased to be one of the slowest stoves. Then we switched butane cans and the boiling time got even slower. It's not painfully slow, but it does take about twice as long as most other camps stoves.
We love the auto-igniter dial and simmer control. The instant start (Piezo igniter) is built into the dial, which means you don't have to press an extra button and brace your hand against a potentially hot stove as with most other camp stoves. The dial is very accurate concerning the flame size, allowing you to simmer or keep your food warm, which is a luxury while camping. Many other camp stoves may boil water fast, but don't always keep a small flame. The result is burnt eggs.
This stove is not ideal for more than a few people for more than a few days. However, if you buy a few of them, you can really spread out the cooking. Compared to most other inexpensive one-burner stoves, it is quite stable. It handles medium pots well and can handle a big pot if you are careful. The burner never gets super hot, but it will get the job done.
Ease of Setup
This is by far the easiest stove to set up. Just remove the stove from the case, press the safety lever to engage the fuel canister, and turn the dial. This is the only stove we tested that keeps the stove stored inside and does not require attaching a propane regulator.
Ease of Care
This stove is relatively easy to clean. The tricky thing for many people is finding the butane cartridges. They are available at Asian food stores and cooking supply stores. However, many camping stores may not carry them. The canisters are inexpensive, but they don't last for more than a few hours of heavy use.
It's too bad you can't use this stove inside its case. The safety lever will not allow you to and we cracked the case trying to force it. You can take the case off, turn it sideways and make a wind block, but you then will have to keep the case from blowing away. Without any wind block, and the fact this stove has the lower end of BTUs, this stove does not work well in the wind.
The small size of this stove is awesome – it's super compact and comes with a little suitcase-like carrying case. It's the smallest stove we tested. While there are smaller stoves. They are generally much more flimsy. It packs into a tiny suitcase like locking container which makes it very easy to transport (make sure you buy one that comes with its own case). The case is a little flimsy when open. We cracked ours with the safety lever. But when the stove case is closed and locked it does a great job of protecting the stove.
— Chris McNamara
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