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Over the last 10 years, we have hand-picked, purchased, and rigorously tested 40 unique camping stoves. For this update, the top 15 have been analyzed and ranked to determine the best of the best. From one-pot-magic and sauce-simmering marathons to wind-resistance trials and boil tests, we put each stove through a ton of cookoffs in the great outdoors. When testing, we assess each model for efficiency, performance, and function, noting how easy each one is to set up, use, clean, and transport. We have rated each to help you determine the best option for all your culinary camping needs.
BTUs (per burner): 20,000 | Average Boil Time: 3 min 21 sec
REASONS TO BUY
Large cook surface
Powerful and durable
Impressive wind resistance
Fast boil time
REASONS TO AVOID
Average fuel efficiency
A bit spendy
The Camp Chef Everest 2x is a fresh take on Camp Chef's classic, award-winning stove. This time around, Camp Chef upped the ante, making a beefier cousin to the original model. It has a larger cook surface, a nearly seamless windscreen, and excellent simmer ability, despite having an impressive 20,000 BTUs per burner. They even improved upon the previously flimsy latches. With a fast boil time and functional Piezo auto-igniter, this stove is sure to impress even the most discerning camp chefs.
The drawbacks with this stove are fairly negligible unless space, weight, fuel efficiency, or price are a concern. The revamped Everest 2x is among the bulkier and heavier tabletop propane stoves we tested. It is also fairly expensive; however, it is comparable in price to the other top performers in our review, so we think it is worth it — especially for premium durability and wind resistance. If your car camping rig can accommodate a slightly bulkier stove, and you're looking for a powerful stove that will simmer like a boss, this might be the one for you.
BTUs (per burner): 10,000 | Average Boil Time: 5 min 30 sec
REASONS TO BUY
Enough performance to satisfy most needs
Convenient packed size
Fairly fuel efficient for a tabletop stove
REASONS TO AVOID
Front latch is cheap
Average boil time
Handle is a bit sharp
There's nothing special about the simple and straightforward Coleman Classic. It performs well across all metrics and does so at a thrifty price. You can often find it for sale at online retailers for almost half its full retail price. We love the adjustable windscreens, substantial wind resistance, unexpectedly good fuel efficiency, and convenient packed size. Even with the smaller dimensions, this camping stove boasts one of the largest available cooking areas of the compact two-burners we tested.
The Classic lacks an auto-ignition system, and getting a perfect simmer is slightly trickier than on some of the other models we tested. The small burners are prone to creating hot spots in the center of larger pans, which is a common trend in small-diameter heating elements. It certainly isn't winning awards for the fastest boil times. While we enjoy many features of this model, it is not the best we tested. However, it does provide everything you might want out of a camping stove without breaking the bank.
Butane has poor performance in freezing conditions
The Gas One GS-3000 is capable of slaying any single-pot meal you're craving, so don't let its slim price tag fool you. This competent single-burner has excellent simmer control, is easy to care for, and is ultra-portable. It's also the lightest model we tested. This stove has just one single burner, but you could buy three of them for almost the same cost as the cheapest dual-burner we tested. In a competitive field, this stove holds its own, scoring at the top of the pack for portability, ease of care, and ease of setup.
The Gas One lacks wind protection and requires butane as its fuel source. Butane may prove more difficult to find than propane, which is widely available. It is among the least fuel-efficient stoves in our review. The Gas One is also not as practical as a two-burner stove when cooking for large groups, but using it with another two-burner stove is an affordable way to have three flames at once. This stove is cheap but worthy and would be a great backup stove for a van-lifer or a stand-alone single-burner for the rest of us.
BTUs (per burner): 10,000 | Average Boil Time: 6 min 25 sec
REASONS TO BUY
Highly fuel efficient
REASONS TO AVOID
Large for a tabletop stove
Incompatible with 1 lb propane canisters
If you prefer gear built to last, then the Camp Chef Mountaineer 2X certainly checks that box. It is durable and fuel-efficient, two features that lend to a lower environmental footprint. It boils quickly without wind and, owing to a solid windscreen and recessed burners, our wind test barely phased it. With auto-igniters and good control on the low end for excellent simmering, this stove impressed even the most discerning on our review team. We found it carried well, despite its weight, and with its rectangular shape, it stowed away easily with our camping kitchen gear.
In terms of functionality, there was very little to complain about with the Mountaineer. It is a premium stove that is designed exceptionally well. However, with a premium stove comes a premium price. Beyond being the most expensive stove in our review, the Mountaineer is also among the heftier and least compact of the tabletop models. Additionally, it may be a drawback that this stove won't work with small 1-pound propane canisters. Our reviewers actually see this as a perk because it reduces waste. If you are looking for a well-designed camping stove that will keep up with your car camping or river adventures for years to come, this is our strong recommendation.
BTUs (per burner): 60,000 | Average Boil Time: 2 min 32 sec
REASONS TO BUY
Outstanding boil time
Freestanding but has removable legs
REASONS TO AVOID
Requires a large propane tank
Camp Chef has outdone themselves with their new Outdoorsman. This stove features 60,000 BTUs per burner, which is more power output than many commercial ranges. It boils water so fast that you'll want to keep an eye on the stove to ensure you don't scorch your food in the process. The high-octane burners are so powerful they were unphased by our wind tests. Beyond this, the stove has removable legs, so it can be used freestanding or on a table. Surprisingly, even with two high-octane burners, the Outdoorsman has good low-end control for simmering and proved to be fairly fuel-efficient (especially when it wasn't on full blast).
Like other freestanding stoves, the Outdoorsman is heavy and somewhat awkward to carry. It will command more space in your vehicle, so you'll want to make sure you have the space to accommodate a bigger stove. We were disappointed that a premium stove with great features and a high price did not have an auto-igniter, a feature we think should be standard on all stoves. Finally, it is incompatible with small propane canisters. Our review team doesn't see this as a drawback, but we include this here because you will need to buy a 5 or 10-pound refillable tank for use with this stove. For backcountry chefs that love cooking for big crews, kitchen equipment for fieldwork or outdoor education, or folks looking for an outdoor stove for water-bath canning or brewing, this stove boasts the power and durability to meet your needs.
BTUs (per burner): 10,500 | Average Boil Time: 4 min 58 sec
REASONS TO BUY
Great wind resistance
Good simmering ability
Reasonably high fuel efficiency
REASONS TO AVOID
Cannot store regulator inside stove
Average boil time
The Kovea Slim Twin is a fantastic option if space is at a premium and you need a well-performing stove that doesn't break the bank. It is straightforward, easy to clean, compact, fuel-efficient, and affordable. The windscreens provide excellent wind protection, and the control knobs offer great flame control for simmering or efficient boiling. The auto Piezo-ignition worked effectively throughout the duration of our review, igniting both burners every time and without hesitation.
There really aren't too many drawbacks with the Slim Twin, though the compact design means there isn't enough space to store the regulator inside the stove when it is not in use. If you decide to go with this stove, we recommend keeping the regulator with your camp kitchen tools to avoid misplacing the regulator. This stove performed in the middle of the pack in our water boiling test, likely due to having less BTUs than the top scorers. Despite this, the burners sit close to the cooktop, making efficient heat use while cooking. Minor drawbacks aside, this trim stove is an ideal option for car campers, overlanders, and van-dwellers who need a well-performing, easy-to-use camping stove that commands minimal storage space.
Our team of accomplished campers and van-lifers isn't just reheating canned soup. These adventurous eaters bring all sorts of fresh food to campsites and trailhead parking lots, making everything from boxed mac and cheese to elaborate multi-course feasts. They went to high altitudes, cooked in lousy weather, and lived out of cars and tents for months to analyze the best camping stoves available. They also performed hundreds of boil and fuel efficiency tests, honing in on which models really are the best designed and highest value.
Our rigorous testing process is divided into five metrics:
Boil Time (25% of overall score weighting)
Fuel Efficiency (25% weighting)
Simmering Ability (20% weighting)
Ease of Use (15% weighting)
Portability (15% weighting)
Our camping stove testing team is a solid crew of experienced car campers, foodies, and folks who love to play camp chef. This review is headed up by Mary Witlacil, an avid outdoorswoman who would always choose a dish seasoned with a little bit of trail-spice (aka dirt) over a Michelin five-star meal, especially if it means falling asleep under a blanket of stars. After spending years bike-touring and traveling, Mary traded in her bike cleats and passport for climbing gear and a pair of climbing shoes. She has spent years dialing in her backcountry cooking scene, from deluxe multi-course car-camping meals to prepping expedition meals for multi-week backpacking trips. This gal loves playing outside almost as much as she loves cooking outside. You'll find her romping around the Western US, climbing cracks, and perfecting her backcountry culinary skills.
Analysis and Test Results
We tested the stoves in this review head-to-head over months to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. To determine the overall score, we prioritize some metrics over others. For instance, our rankings emphasize boiling time — in windy and wind-less tests — because this speaks to a stove's power, reliability, and ability to perform well in outdoor settings. Our review team values fuel efficiency equally to boil times because this demonstrates how effectively or wastefully each stove uses fuel. More fuel-efficient stoves are better for the environment and for your pocketbook. By contrast, our review team maintains that portability is somewhat less critical than stove performance, which is why we weighted this metric less. However, even though we view portability as less critical, we still evaluated this aspect because it might be the determining factor guiding your buying decision. We also considered each stove's simmering ability and ease of use to determine an overall rating. We distinguish between different testing criteria so you can make an informed decision based on the pros and cons of each model.
The world of camping stoves includes an incredible amount of options across a wide price range. For this reason, it's essential to consider the value of the product you are purchasing. Attributes and features that are essential for one person may not matter to someone else. If all you care to eat while camping is canned soup or freeze-dried meals, then a lightweight single-burner is perfect. But if camping season means a big group of friends and multi-course gourmet meals, then a larger freestanding two- or three-burner stove makes sense if the cost works within your budget. Value is an important environmental metric as well. Unfortunately, that old adage "buy cheap, buy twice" rings especially true with camping stoves. Less expensive stoves are often less fuel efficient, less durable, and will need to be replaced sooner than their more expensive counterparts. This isn't always the case — some folks have been able to keep their old Coleman Classic functioning well for decades. But typically, less expensive stoves aren't built to last. We know that price is a major determining factor when choosing what model to buy, so finding something that strikes the essential balance between stellar performance, fuel efficiency, durability, and a fair price is key.
While the Coleman Classic did not earn the top marks in our tests, it is sufficient for most car campers, and the price tag makes it an alluring option. The Classic is also a tried, tested, and true option whose longevity regularly belies its low price. The Coleman Cascade Classic — the updated version of the Classic — is another stove that won't break the bank, and it performs well enough to be a good value. The Eureka Ignite Plus and the Kovea Slim Twin are also great stoves that strike a decent balance between affordability and performance. We are especially impressed by how the Ignite Plus appears to be built to last. If you are in the market for a freestanding stove with premium power and a design that could withstand an apocalypse, the Camp Chef Outdoorsman does it all for a fairly reasonable price. However, if you just want a single-burner for one-pot meals or boiling water and don't mind slower boiling speeds, the Gas One GS-3000 is an inexpensive butane stove at a fraction of the cost of other stoves in our review. Between performance and cost, only you can decide which aspects to prioritize.
Time to boil and fuel efficiency are our most heavily weighted metrics. Theoretically, the more power a stove has, the better it boils and the more efficient you can be when you slay your camp feast. The burners in your home kitchen likely have 12,000-18,000 BTUs on the high end (but can dial down as low as 4,000 BTUs). The stoves in our review range from 9,000 BTUs to a shocking 60,000 BTUs per burner. What became apparent during our boil tests, however, is that BTU ratings aren't everything.
To assess boil time, we test each stove in our windless garage "lab" at 5,000 feet. We then conduct two boil tests, one windy and one windless, to measure how long each stove takes to boil 1 liter of 58° Fahrenheit tap water in an enclosed 1.7-liter tea kettle. To rank each stove, we then take the average between each test. For the windy test, we turned a box fan to the lowest setting and used a pocket anemometer to ensure that we subjected the stoves to 2-4 mph of constant "wind." From there, we measured how long it took for each stove to boil one liter of 58°F water in a tea kettle. While this test cannot directly replicate the variability, intermittence, and multi-directionality of wind gusts in the real world, it does give us insight into how each model performs in the presence of constantly moving air.
It should be no surprise that the Camp Chef Outdoorsman — with two beastly 60,000 BTU burners — absolutely crushed this test, taking an average of 2 minutes 22 seconds to boil one liter. It was absolutely unphased by the windy test, taking just 4 seconds longer to boil water than without wind. The next fastest stove is the Camp Chef Everest 2x, with an average boil time of 3 minutes and 21 seconds. This was another stove that had a negligible difference in performance between both tests. It boiled one liter of water in 3 minutes and 17 seconds in the windless test but only took 3 minutes and 25 seconds in the windy test. What is impressive about this is that the Everest 2x has one-third the power (with two 20,000 BTU burners) of the Outdoorsman.
With an average boil time of 4 minutes 25 seconds, the Camp Chef Mountaineer also boasted noteworthy performance for a stove with 20,000 BTU burners. In the windy test, it took 4 minutes 46 seconds, and in the windless test, it took 4 minutes 4 seconds. Camp Chef truly dominates in this category, with their Pro 60X coming in fourth place with an average score of 4 minutes 46 seconds, with two 30,000 BTU burners. One thing to note is that the Pro 60X boiled water significantly slower in the windy test — taking 5 minutes 40 seconds — whereas it took 3 minutes 53 seconds in the windless test. This owes, in part, to the stove having fairly minimal windscreens and a wide gap between the cooking grate and the burners.
As you can see, while there is some correlation between boil time and BTUs, this doesn't tell the whole story. The large 5" burners on the Camp Chef Pro 60X and the Camp Chef Outdoorsman are surrounded by so much open space that they are more affected by variable wind speeds, especially when the flames are low. Freestanding stoves almost require high-power burners to compensate for all this open space and the distance between the burners and the cooktop. The impermeable burner design of the Everest 2x and the Mountaineer made a clear difference with wind protection, allowing for fast boil times with lower output burners, regardless of the circumstances.
What is clear is that high BTUs don't always correlate with faster boil times when it is windy. By contrast, stoves with lower BTUs that feature tight, well-sealed windscreens and burners situated close to the cooking grates did much better in both our wind resistance and boil tests. However, the combination of less power and poor wind resistance or lack of a windscreen did reduce ratings in this category. Slower boil times may not matter to you if you tend to boil water in a separate device like a Jetboil or if you prefer to simmer your dinners and don't care about a raging flame. We heavily weighted the metric for boiling time because a faster boil in windy and windless conditions generally means quicker meals, faster coffee, broader versatility, and more efficient fuel use. However, the importance of this metric depends on your cooking style and preferences.
Unsurprisingly, models that don't come equipped with a windscreen or that have L-shaped windscreens had considerable trouble in this category. We also noticed that the powerful freestanding models did great with the constant "wind" simulated in our box-fan test, but when used at windy campsites, these stoves sometimes struggled to resist breezes that could circulate from every angle and direction. Unless they were equipped with rocket power, real wind challenged these stoves because they have an open, airy design around the burners, which means wind can swoop in and extinguish the flames, requiring (potentially constant) relighting.
When a stove design lacks wind resistance, there is little you can do aside from using your vehicle as a wind shelter or building up a wind barrier with rocks. However, in certain cases, you can make a windscreen from an aluminum bake dish or purchase a basic aluminum windscreen like the kind that comes with a backpacking stove. This is a great way to increase the efficiency of the single burner butane stoves in our review, like the Gas One GS-3000 or the Eureka SPRK+. These windscreens are inexpensive, lightweight, flexible, and are a great way to improve your stove's performance on windy days. If you use a DIY windscreen, just make sure not to fully enclose your fuel canister, as this could dangerously overheat it.
In our windless test, all of the stoves in our review boiled water in less than 7 minutes, but there was a significant difference between boiling times with and without the fan. The Outdoorsman and Everest 2x had impressively negligible variability between the two tests, taking an additional 4 seconds and 8 seconds, respectively. The Mountaineer 2X and the Kovea Slim both had minimal variability between the tests taking only 40-45 additional seconds to boil a liter in the wind than without it. The Everest 2x, Mountaineer, and Kovea Slim all feature lower-powered burners with excellent wind protection. By contrast, even though the Outdoorsman has godlike power, it is still affected by wind in the real world. When we would use this stove on low, the wind would extinguish the flame multiple times in a single cooking session. By contrast, the Mountaineer, Kovea Slim, and Everest 2x cooked food efficiently even in the wind.
It should come as no surprise that our review team cares about the environment. How can you spend most of your time recreating outside and not care about nature? This is why we decided to prioritize fuel efficiency as one of the most important metrics in our review. Propane and butane — the most common fuel sources for camping stoves — are fossil fuels that are by-products of the natural gas production process. While the CO2 and methane emitted by propane and butane from camping stoves is less significant than fossil fuel emissions from other sources, minimizing the amount we produce while cooking in the backcountry is probably a good thing. Besides, the cost of propane and/or butane fuel canisters adds up. If you can save money, reduce your fossil fuel emissions, and reduce the number of propane or butane canisters going into a landfill, this seems like a win-win-win to us.
To measure fuel efficiency, we begin each round of stove testing with a fresh fuel canister. We weighed the fuel canister before and after our wind test, then weighed it again following the windless test. We always conduct the windy test first because stoves burn more fuel for longer in the presence of wind, and as the fuel canister empties, it becomes less efficient. For the windy test, we wanted to give each stove as much of an advantage as possible. After we have the pre-test, mid-test, and post-test fuel canister weights, we subtract the mid-test weight from the pre-test weight to determine the amount of fuel used in the windy test. Then we calculate the difference between the mid-test and post-test weights to determine fuel usage during the windless test. To round out our analysis, we determine the percentage of fuel used in the windy and windless tests. We then rank stoves based on the average of the two scores.
The most fuel-efficient stoves in our review were the stoves that require the usage of a large propane tank. With these stoves, we used a full 11-pound tank and weighed it in between uses. However, the tank was too heavy to use with our smaller, more sensitive scale, so it is possible that our larger scale missed some amount of fuel consumed. This aside, our most fuel-efficient stove was the Camp Chef Mountaineer, which consumed an average of 0.64 ounces of fuel or 0.16% of the fuel in our tank. It used the least amount of fuel overall, burning 1.28 ounces of fuel in the windy test — which was a fairly average score — and then it consumed so little fuel in the windless test that it didn't even register. The other two stoves that require using a refillable propane tank are Camp Chef's freestanding stoves, the Camp Chef Pro 60X and the Camp Chef Outdoorsman, and both performed well in this metric as well. The Pro 60X burned an average of 1.12 ounces or 0.28% of fuel, and the Outdoorsman used an average of 2.24 ounces or 1 % of fuel over the two tests.
Interestingly, the stoves with the best fuel efficiency ratings in our windy test were all tabletop stoves with relatively low BTUs. The Jetboil Genesis Basecamp may have had an average boil time of 7 minutes 30 seconds, but it only burned 0.5 ounces in our wind test. It was followed closely by the Coleman Cascade Classic with 0.81 ounces, the Kovea Slim Twin with 0.91 ounces, and the Eureka Ignite Plus, also with 0.91 ounces. Aside from doing well in terms of fuel efficiency in the presence of wind, these stoves have another thing in common, they all have 10,000 BTU burners (except the Kovea, which has 10,500 BTU burners). One reason these stoves performed better than the higher octane stoves is that they have to work less hard and subsequently burn less fuel to produce heat in windy conditions. This is wonderful news if you were hoping to find a fuel-efficient stove without breaking the bank. With a hefty price tag, the Basecamp is an outlier, among a group of relatively affordable stoves.
Unfortunately, the affordable single-burner butane stoves did not prove as fuel efficient nor as wind resistant as other models. If you want to save money in the long run, the inexpensive Coleman Classic performed almost as well as other tabletop models, and it is much less expensive than many of the other stoves in our review.
People often overlook a stove's simmering ability in favor of BTU power, but this metric is a critical aspect of a camping stove's functionality. The models that performed the best in the simmering category are the Everest 2x, the Stansport 3-Burner, and the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp. These stoves had better simmer control than some gas ranges in home kitchens.
Even if you don't plan to cook fancy detail-oriented meals, simmering is a crucial metric to consider. A stove's proficiency at low heat also means better fuel efficiency, which equates to more long-term bang for your buck. If you need a lower flame and your stove can't simmer, you'll rage more quickly through your fuel canisters or propane tank. You'll also have fewer scorched pans and more flexibility in timing if you can achieve a good simmer. Maybe you have a curry that's way ahead of your rice — a low simmer allows you to keep a dish warm without overcooking while you wait for other things to finish cooking or for your campmate to finish pitching their tent. Other noteworthy mentions include the Mountaineer and the Outdoorsman where the flame power is impressive (clocking in at 30,000 and 60,000 BTUs per burner, respectively), but the stoves are still nimble enough to deliver a consistently low flame for simmering rice, sauces, or delicately cooked scrambled eggs. While the GSI Pinnacle Pro 2, Kovea Slim, and Eureka SPRK+ Butane may have slightly less power, each of these stoves had great simmering ability for cooking delicate meals with finesse. The capacity to simmer is not necessarily a make-or-break category for most people. If you decide to go with a stove based on other metrics and still need to simmer, you can always use a heat diffuser to create distance between the flame and your cookware.
Ease of Use
While this is among our more subjective metrics, we think it is helpful to have a virtual "friend" who can tell you what is great vs. annoying about every stove. To determine the rank of each stove in this category, we consider a number of factors, from setting each up and taking them apart to cleaning. While car camping stoves are easier to set up than their old-school liquid fuel backpacking counterparts, some are more intuitive than others. The easier the product is to use, the more likely you will be to use it.
The Mountaineer grabbed top marks in this category because it has an auto-igniter and a straightforward process to move from stowed away to cooking a meal. What makes this stove a league above the rest is that the regulator port is external to the stove, making it much easier to avoid smashing the delicate brass threads. Instead of blindly threading the adapter into the port, the two attach visibly, which reduces the likelihood of cross-threading. The Genesis Basecamp has many of the same features with a great external regulator port, but it earned lower marks because the windscreen is difficult to attach. However, both stoves are straightforward and simple to clean, and with time even the Basecamp is easy to use.
The Camp Chef Everest 2X is easy to use, set up, and clean. It is exemplary of how simple every tabletop stove should strive to be. The windscreens snap into place easily, the cooking grate lifts out for easy cleaning, it is simple enough to pair the regulator with its port (though we would prefer an external connector), and the auto-igniter worked consistently throughout our testing. Many of the other tabletop stoves earned similar ratings in our review, but the Everest 2X was among our favorites — easy to use out of the box, and it delivered high performance every time.
The Primus Kinjia also garnered top marks in this category because this is the only compact 2-burner we tested with a pre-attached fuel hose, so no fussing with screwing a metal adapter in place. It also comes with a unique stand to prop the fuel bottle up at the correct angle after you screw it into the hose. A benefit of this system is you can then set the fuel bottle in a different location as long as it's in range of the hose. A potential issue is that it's a separate piece that can get lost. One reason the Kinjia didn't earn a perfect score is that the wooden handle, which doubles as the opening lever, is not the most intuitive. That said, there are directions printed on the stove to help out the dimwitted among us.
If you're in the market for a low-fuss freestanding stove, the Outdoorsman is worth checking out. While not nearly as easy as a small compact model, the legs are optional on this stove, so if you have a table or tailgate, setup requires nothing more than attaching your large propane tank to the hose and lighting the giant burners. We recommend using a wand lighter to fire up the burners on this stove, as the flames can singe off all your hair if you're not careful. This stove also requires the least maintenance because it has fewer parts to contend with and is black (the most filth-friendly color), making care and cleaning super straightforward. Secondly, the burners are the only obstacle between food and the ground. The freestanding bottomless design ensures food or grease buildup is a thing of the past. However, when using this stove, you have to be extra vigilant in picking up any food that falls on the ground to ensure you aren't leaving a food trail to attract critters, bugs, or bears.
Most of the tabletop stoves are easy to clean and care for because they are built to meet similar maintenance goals. Cleaning is often as easy as lifting off the cooking grate to wipe underneath. However, on most models, the drip tray is not removable, or there are holes in the drip tray where food and grease can fall beneath. The SPRK+, Kinjia, and Gas One GS-3000 are slightly easier to maintain because you can fully remove the drip pan to clean every internal component.
The single-burner butane stoves — the SPRK+ and the GS-3000 — are also noteworthy because the directions for use are printed right on the stoves. Such easy access to directions makes it incredibly straightforward for a new user to jump in and help out if needed.
Both the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Pro and the Mountaineer are also noteworthy regarding their drip pans because you can easily scrub every aspect of the stove once you move the cooking grate out of the way. The Pinnacle is slightly more challenging to unhook and fold out the grate, but once disconnected, it is easy to clean. We love the simplicity of the Mountaineer because this stove doesn't have a false bottom under which food scraps can get lost. To clean it, you easily lift the cooking grate and scrub underneath.
A key function of a car camping stove is portability. However, not all camping stoves are equally portable. They come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and weights. Portability won't matter for some, but for folks with smaller cars or space constraints in a built-out van or truck, this is a critical element to consider. Storage space is an important factor, but you also want to keep in mind usable burner space, which will ensure you have enough space to use your favorite pots, skillets, or other accessories.
Both the Gas One GS-3000 and the SPRK+ scored favorably in this category due to their compact, lightweight design and because they both come with a plastic carrying case. The GS-3000 weighs just 4.1 lbs and is 14" x 12" x 3.5", while the SPRK+ weighs slightly more at 4.94 lbs with its plastic carrying case or 3.49 lbs for just the stove, and it is only slightly less compact than the GS-3000 at 15.3" x 13" x 3.6".
A review team favorite is the Basecamp, which measures just 9.7" in diameter and 4.5" high by itself, or 11" x 6" in its handy carrying bag. The storage bag includes a pocket for stashing the fuel adapter, and the flexible plastic windscreen wraps around the interior perimeter of the bag. Bag or no bag, transportation with the Basecamp is a breeze; after folding the stove, there is a handle on the bottom that tucks away when not in use. The cherry on top is that it weighs a mere 7.4 pounds, bag and all, making it a ridiculously lightweight option for a two-burner car-camping setup.
Another great option for portability is the Kovea Slim. At 23.4" x 14.7" x 3.3", this trim stove is among the most compact two burners in our review and has an external plastic handle that makes transport a breeze. Not only is it "slim" but it is also wide enough to accommodate larger cookware - a bonus for those multiple cast iron meals.
The Pinnacle Pro earned high marks in this category as well, owing to it being the slimmest two-burner camping stove on the market. With dimensions of 20" x 12.4" x 1.4," it will stow away in much tighter spaces than other stoves in our review. The Pinnacle Pro and the Kovea Slim did not earn higher marks in this category because they are too compact to store their regulators inside the stove body. Additionally, the Pinnacle Pro does not come equipped with a carrying handle, but you can purchase a separate canvas storage bag made for storing everything.
While they did not earn top marks in this category, the Eureka Ignite Plus and the Stansport 3 Burner are worth mentioning here. These stoves are both wider than many of the other compact two-burners in our review by at least two inches. You probably won't notice you have sacrificed a couple of extra inches of storage space in the back of your rig.
However, you will probably notice the extra cook space on these ranges when you want to use your largest cookware to whip together a multi-course meal. The windscreens on the Ignite Plus and the Pinnacle Pro are also shaped to provide some extra cooking width, a detail we appreciated.
With a prolific array of car camping stoves to choose from, picking a model to buy is no easy task. First, you need to decide how many burners you want. Then, whether you prefer a freestanding or tabletop design, and what camping cookware or accessories you need to perfect your camp kitchen. Each of these decisions depends on available space, the cookware you plan to use, and how many people are cooking. Hopefully, our rigorous testing and thorough review will help you sort through the options to find the stove best for you, your budget, and your appetite.
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