The Gas One GS-3000 is a mini wonder and winner of our Best Buy Award. Lightweight and versatile, this model is great as a light camp stove or an extra emergency burner. Barely weighing over four pounds, our testers were much more willing to haul this model further from their cars than the other, more cumbersome, stoves. This butane single-burner stove doesn't boil water the fastest and lacks wind protection, but it does have excellent simmer control. Whether you're slow-simmering sauces or frying eggs, the Gas One provides a solid experience. Finish cooking and the drip pan lifts off the stove for super simple cleaning. And with a list price of just $31, the value can't be beaten. You can buy two of these for half the cost of a standard two-burner camping stove. Its weight and compactness make up for its lack of flame size and cooking speed.
If you are only cooking once in a while, this may be the perfect camp stove. Remarkably similar in size and design, the Coleman Butane Instastart stands in direct competition to the Gas One. The Coleman is more sturdy, but it was also heavier, more difficult to clean, and slower to boil, with or without wind. Something to keep in mind: if you plan to cook for more than a few people for more than a few days, you will go through a small pile of butane canisters with either of these single-burning models. So, for the best value in a two-burner stove, check out the Coleman Classic, our other Best Buy winner or our Editors' Choice pick, the Camp Chef Everest. Both provide far better wind resistance, power, and the option to hook up a five-gallon propane tank.