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15 Best Camping Stoves for 2021

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The best camping stoves are portable, easy to use, easy to clean, and rugged enough to last for years. Our top stoves for camping usually run on propane, and for most people, propane camp stoves are the way to go.

Great camping stoves usually have two adjustable burners with wind screens. They will have stable grates for frying pans, pots, and flat griddles that can cover both burners. Camp stoves let you fry, sauté and boil, and some can even let you grill with the right accessories. For the most part, think scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, hash browns, and fried potatoes. And coffee — don’t forget the coffee while camping.

This best camping stoves photo shows a Coleman Classic Camp Stove with a frying pan with cooking vegetables.
The best camping stoves for most people are two-burner, table-top style stoves that use propane bottles for fuel and stand the test of time.

If you’re like us, you first went camping as a small child when the camp stoves all ran on white gas and had to be primed and pumped. Now, though, camping stoves are much easier to use (but you can still kick it old-school with our #4 pick below).

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The Best Camping Stoves for 2021

For most campers, particularly those who go car camping, a straightforward fold-shut, picnic-table two-burner camp stove is all you need. If you pair it with a cast iron frying pan, you’ll be able to make breakfast and even give a steak a nice cast-iron sear. Still, if you want something small and light, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re the kind of camp cook who wants to put on a feast, we’ve got you covered, too. Read on for the best camping stoves for 2021 and beyond!

1. Coleman Classic Propane Stove

Best budget camping stove

This best camping stoves photo shows the Coleman Classic Propane Stove.
Who’s it for? Any camper who needs a basic camp stove that will get the job done

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

The Coleman Classic Propane Stove sets the baseline standard for camp stoves — we’ve beat up ours over the years and it keeps on cooking. You get two 10,000 BTU burners for a total of 20,000 BTUs. Both burners are independently adjustable, and they work pretty well as long as you’re willing to futz with the knob a bit to get the flame where you want it. We particularly like the Coleman Wind Block panels, which do a great job of blocking wind. Just remember to bring some matches or a lighter — the Coleman Classic does not come with a built-in ignition button.

What sets the Coleman Classic Propane Stove apart from the competition? Its price is affordable, and while the build quality isn’t amazing, it’ll work for years.  

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Amazon | Walmart

Coleman Classic Propane Stove
Pros
Inexpensive
Classic fold-shut design
Great wind screens
Cons
Flame adjustment is finicky
Build quality could be improved (but the price is right)
4.5

2. Camp Chef Everest 2X Two-Burner Camping Stove

Best two-burner camping stove

This best camping stove product photo shows the Camp Chef Everest 2X 2-Burner Camping Stove.
Who’s it for? Camp cooks who want more power and great quality

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

The Camp Chef Everest 2X Two-Burner Camping Stove has two high-pressure 20,000 BTU burners and a great boost in overall quality. When it’s windy, the extra power delivered by the 20,000 BTU burners helps ensure that your heat makes it to our cookware and doesn’t get blown away by swirling winds. Still, the two Everest 2X burners are easy to adjust, even down to a low simmer-ready flame. And when you want to ramp them up, you’ll be boiling water or frying up bacon in no time. Why is speed important? When you’re trying to cook for a family who wants to get done with breakfast and go for a hike, get out on the water, or nab the best spot on the river, flame power can make a difference. Camp stove availability these days is tough, so when it’s in stock, nab one fast!

Any drawbacks? The windscreens work well when you have pots and pans that fit the space, but if you have oversize pots or pans, the screens don’t extend outward with the latch system. You can fold them in for extra large pans, but your windscreen won’t block wind from the side.

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Bass Pro Shops | Cabela’s | Camp Chef | Moosejaw

Competitive alternative: Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove

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3. Stansport Outfitter Series 3-Burner Propane Stove

Best portable camping stove for little pans or a big griddle

This best camping stove photo shows the Stansport Outfitter Series Propane Camp Stove for Camping and Outdoor Cooking.
Who’s it for? Campers who want flexible burner options

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

The Stansport Outfitter Series 3-Burner Propane Stove places three burners in a standard portable camping stove design. The two oversize outside burners deliver a whopping 25,000 BTUs each, while the inner burner puts out 10,000 BTU. The smaller burner is good for small pots and lower temperatures, while all three burners could be used if you have a large griddle.

Any drawbacks? The exterior burners are positioned closer to the edges of the stove, which makes it a bit harder to center larger frying pans or pots. Still, if you know your camp cookware and can imagine using all three burners, get this camp stove.

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Amazon | Walmart

Competitive alternative: Coleman 3-Burner Camp Stove

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4. Coleman Guide Series Powerhouse Dual Fuel Stove

Best white gas camp stove

This camping stove photo shows the Coleman Guide Series Powerhouse Dual-Fuel Camping Stove.
Who’s it for? Campers who like to kick it old-school

Fuel: White gas or unleaded gasoline

The Coleman Guide Series Powerhouse Dual Fuel Stove uses a refillable fuel tank. It runs on “white gas,” which you can buy in gallon cans at most outdoor sporting goods stores and some hardware stores. If you can’t find white gas, it also runs on unleaded gasoline. This classic design can often work better than propane stoves in very cold weather, so if you plan to camp in late fall or winter, the Coleman Guide Series Powerhouse Dual Fuel Stove is hard to beat.

Any drawbacks? White gas isn’t as easy to use as simple propane or butane canisters.

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Amazon | Bass Pro Shops | Cabela’s | Walmart

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5. Camp Chef Explorer Pro 60X Two-Burner Stove

Best full-height camp stove system

This photo shows the Camp Chef Pro 60X Two-Burner Stove.
Who’s it for? Campers who want to cook like a champion

Fuel: Propane tank

The Camp Chef Explorer Pro 60X Two-Burner Stove has four fold out legs that let you adjust the height to make leveling easier. It comes with two flip-out shelves, which make cooking easier, along with a full coverage windscreen. The two powerful burners deliver an awesome 30,000 BTUs each. If the Camp Chef Explorer Pro 60X seems a bit big, consider this: You don’t need a table for it. Smaller camp stoves either require you to squat down to cook or they take up space on picnic tables or use up precious portable camp table space.

The Pro 60X turns camp cooking into a joyous experience. Better yet, you can easily add a bunch of perfectly sized accessories, including a single griddle or full-length griddle, as well as a BBQ Grill Box or even the cool Artisan Pizza Oven. The Pro 60X is so versatile, you could use it for outdoor cooking at home, and then pack it up for an awesome camping experience.

Any drawbacks? You can get a handy carry bag accessory, but the Camp Chef Explorer Pro 60X is big and more cumbersome than typical lightweight portable camp stoves. But who cares because you’ll be loving life at camp as you cook up a feast.

Competitive alternative: The best alternatives to the Pro 60X are also in the Camp Chef lineup — they’re all great. For a more inexpensive alternative, we recommend the Camp Chef Explorer Two-Burner Stove. (By the way, it also fits the carry case.)

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Bass Pro Shops | Camp Chef

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6. Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove

Best single-burner camp stove

This camping stove photo shows the single-burner Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove.
Who’s it for? Anyone who wants a simple, lightweight, and stable single-burner stove

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

We were surprised at how much we liked the Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove in action. The single 7,500 BTU flame is adjustable, giving you a low-power simmer or enough flame to percolate coffee or heat up a cast iron pan for a good sear. Its brilliance comes from simplicity. It has a low profile, so it fits into your camp box for easy packability. It runs off common 16.4 ounce propane bottles that you can find in many gas stations and grocery stores. And it can handle very small pots or oversize pots. We actually like to pair the affordable PowerPack Propane Stove with an also affordable Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill, which covers key elements of camp cooking. Both grill and stove will fit into a Plano Sportsman’s Storage Trunk with two propane fuel canisters, which makes storage and packing easy and waterproof.

Any drawbacks? The Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove doesn’t have any windscreens.

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Amazon | Backcountry.com | Walmart

Competitive alternative: If you’re looking for a competitive single-burner stove alternative that comes with a hard-sided carrying case, we recommend the Eureka! SPRK Camp Stove.

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7. Camp Chef Rainier 2x Combo

Best camp stove & grill combo

This best camping stove photo shows the Camp Chef Rainier Campers Combo stove and grill.
Who’s it for? Campers who like grill up hot dogs and heat some pork and beans at the same time

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

It should be no surprise to see Camp Chef on our guide to the best camp stoves again — after all, the company is dedicated to outdoor cooking. The Camp Chef Rainier 2X Combo is our favorite all-in-one camp grill and stove. It’s not the best grill and it’s not the best stove but as a combo, it’s hard to beat the overall quality and versatility it delivers. What’s particularly great is that you don’t have to buy separate accessories to make this system work: With the all-in-one package, you get the stove and a non-stick coated aluminum grill and a non-stick coated aluminum griddle, as well as a carry bag that holds it, which will also hold two 16.4 oz propane canisters. In addition, it comes with a built-in ignitor, a stainless steel drip tray to catch any grease, and the windscreens are big and sturdy. What you end up with is a highly packable, flexible cooking system that will let you make pancakes and bacon on one side while you brew coffee on the other. So cool.

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Camp Chef

Competitive alternative: For a grill/stove combo alternative option, consider the Coleman Camp Grill/Stove . . . but you could also go with the portable Eureka! SPRK+ Stove paired with the Eureka! SPRK Grill.

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8. MSR WindBurner Stove System Combo

Best hybrid backpacking and camping stove

This photo shows the MSR WindBurner Stove System Combo lightweight camping and backpacking stove outside near a river.
Who’s it for? Campers who want a lightweight kit for both car camping and backpacking

Fuel: 4-, 8-, or 16-oz isobutane/propane fuel canisters

The MSR WindBurner Stove System Combo starts with an astounding little stove. The stove is not suited to making big meals for many campers, but it is versatile. It’s a bit heavy for hardcore ultralight backpacking, but it’s light enough to take on recreational backpacking trips, especially trips where you might want to make a big pot of soup or cook for a family of four. Its claim to fame is the windproof heating element and pot design, which really works. In fact, we dug out a 240 mph lawn and leaf blower to put it to the test. Even under sustained lawn and leaf blower wind, the MSR WindBurner still boiled a pot of water in a just a few minutes and the heat never faltered. It is outstanding. In the system, the included pot lets you boil while the pan lets you fry and make pancakes. You can also get accessory pots like the insulated WindBurner Personal Accessory Pot for boiling water for coffee or for making freeze dried backpacking meals out on the trail.

Any drawbacks? It’s aimed at portability, so it’s not as versatile for cooking for larger families and groups.

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MSR | Moosejaw | REI

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9. Eureka! Ignite Plus Camp Stove

Best camp stove for n0n-level tables

This best camping stove buying guide photo shows the Eureka! Ignite Plus Propane Camp Stove.
Who’s it for? The Eureka! Ignite Plus Camp Stove is great for campers who want a bit more pot/pan space in a portable 2-burner design.

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

The Eureka! Ignite Plus Camp Stove has a rugged steel construction that will last for years. The two 10,000 BTU burners aren’t the most powerful, but the stainless steel drip tray and trim fit with the burners makes the Ignite Plus easier to clean than most other camp stoves.

What sets the Ignite Plus Camp Stove apart from competing camp stoves? The Ignite Plus stove has adjustable non-slip rubber feet that let you easily level the stove on uneven surfaces. With all the effort it takes to secure a campsite and get outside these days, something as simple as a sturdy level camp stove can make a difference in how you start your day.

How is the Ignite ‘Plus’ version different from the similar Ignite Camp Stove? The non-plus Ignite is more compact — it’s 18.5″ wide vs 23″ wide for the Plus version. Also, the standard Ignite has non-adjustable rubber feet. Choose the standard Ignite Camp Stove if you want the high-quality stainless steel burners and drip tray in a trimmer package. 

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CampSaver | L.L.BeanREI

Competitive alternatives: There are two competing camp stoves that share very similar overall designs to the Eureka! Ignite Camp Stove series, the GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540 and slightly smaller Selkirk 460.

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10. Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camping Stove

Best camp stove for car campers with small cars and little space

This photo of a camp stove shows the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camping Stove.
Who’s it for? Discerning campers who appreciate great engineering and a want a tidy-but-powerful camp stove — and pot and pan kit!

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle

The Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camping Stove is super packable on its own but it gets even better when you get the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Camping Cook System. The system option includes a 10-inch non-stick fry pan as well as a 5-liter pot with a lid that can easily strain pasta. The stove folds together then fits inside the pot, and all of it is capped by the frying pan. You also get a handy and padded carry bag, too. If the tidy system doesn’t convince you, consider this: The Jetboil Genesis burners use knobs that give you four full rotations of adjustment, which means it’s easy to fine tune our flame to match your cooking needs. The quality is fantastic and the packability is awesome, making it a great camping gift for car campers who might also want to hike a bit off the beaten path for a sunset backcountry meal.

Any drawbacks? The biggest drawback is that it’s been a compact 2-burner that’s been so popular with overlanders and preppers that it’s hard to find.

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Amazon | CampSaver | REI

*Buying Option Alert: The JetBoil Genesis stove has been super popular and likely to stay out of stock for the next couple of months; HOWEVER, as of this update, you could still nab the Genesis Base Camp Cook System at Backcountry.com.  

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11. BioLite CampStove 2+

Best wood-fired camp stove . . . with emergency charging benefits

This best camping stove photo shows the wood-burning BioLite CampStove 2 camping stove.
Who’s it for? Campers and picnickers who like natural fires and appreciate the ability to charge devices

Fuel source: wood

The BioLite CampStove 2 is one of the most interesting camp stoves on this list: You can cook on it and charge your phone at the same time. It’s at once a camp stove while also being an emergency device charger. If this idea intrigues you, keep reading: The small sticks that produce a fire generate energy, which also powers a small fan, which ensures that your little fire burns clean and hot. The heat can also output up to 3 watts of electricity, which you can use to charge your phone, BioLite lanterns or the excellent BioLite HeadLamp 200. The new CampStove 2+ has an improved 3,200 man internal battery and a bonus FlexLight to help you cook in the dark.

Any drawbacks? It’s cool, for sure, but not as quick and convenient as traditional camp stoves.

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BioLite | Backcountry.com | REI

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12. MSR PocketRocket Deluxe Stove

Best camp stove for backpacking and fast weekend picnics

This photo shows the MSR PocketRocket 2 Deluxe ultralight stove.
Who’s it for? Hikers (and backpackers) who want a hot meal out on the trail

Fuel: 4- or 8-oz butane fuel canisters

The key benefit of the MSR Pocket Rocket is that it weighs just 2.9 ounces and has its own ignitor. The flame is broad and adjustable and powerful enough to boil a liter of water in a little over 3 minutes.

Pair the MSR PocketRocket Stove with an affordable stainless steel MSR Alpine Stowaway Pot and you’ll have a lightweight, packable, and easy to clean cook system. Sure, you can get a lighter titanium pot, but the timeless durability of stainless steel is hard to beat for camping, hiking, and the occasional backpacking trip — especially if you value rugged gear at a super affordable price point.

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13. Primus Tupike Portable Stove

Most elegant camp stove

This photo shows the Primus Tupike Stove.
Who’s it for? Campers who want a high-quality camp stove that looks as good as it works

Fuel: 16.4 oz propane bottle (North America version)

The Primus Tupike Portable Stove is an elegant camp stove trimmed with stainless steel and oak. It was invented in Sweden and it’s manufactured in Europe. The two burners put out 10,200 BTUs each, with excellent flame characteristics and easy adjustability. It comes with a carrying case and includes a handy non-stick griddle plate.

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14. Eureka! SPRK Camp Stove

Best compact butane stove

This best camping stove guide photo shows the Eureka! SPRK Potable Butane Camp Stove.
Who’s it for? Campers who want a simple and trim single-burner camp stove — with a carrying case.

Fuel: 8 oz. butane canister

The Eureka! SPRK Camp Stove is a single-burner butane camp stove that comes with a carrying case. One benefit of this stove design is that the butane canister fits into a covered space at the side of the stove. This integrated fuel design is handy because you don’t have an external tube to worry about. For instance, most propane-based stoves, like the Coleman PowerPack noted above, have a propane bottle propped off to the side, which awkwardly takes up tabletop space.

Competitive alternative: The most competitive stove with the SPRK is the Eureka! SPRK+ Camp Stove. What’s different between the two stoves? The SPRK+ puts out just a bit more BTUs — 11,500 vs 10,000 — and has a stainless-steel burner. The SPRK+ also has a more recessed design with a small bit of exterior wind protection. Finally, you get two adjustable feet, which helps you level the stove on uneven surfaces. Most people won’t technically need the SPRK+ upgrades, but for about $15 more than the SPRK, the upgrades are priced competitively.

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Amazon |  | REI 

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15. Camp Chef Mountaineer Two-Burner Aluminum Stove

Best stove for coastal locations and consistently wet camping conditions

This photo shows the Camp Chef Mountaineer Aluminum 2 Burner Camp Stove.
Who’s it for? Campers who camp near the coast and don’t fear rain

Fuel: propane tank

The Camp Chef Mountaineer Two-Burner Aluminum Stove is a rugged stove that’s great for wet climates. Because aluminum doesn’t rust, you don’t have to worry about nicks and scratches turning into gashes of rust. You get two 20,000 BTU burners, matchless ignition, and recessed protected knobs, making this camp stove even more rugged.

Competitive alternative: The Partner Steel 22″ 2-Burner Propane Stove is an awesome alternative that will last forever. If you find one available, better nab it before it’s gone.

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Camp Chef

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Camp Stove & Grill Combos

The best camp stove and grill combo is the Camp Chef Rainier 2X Combo, which has been sold out most of this summer.

The second best camp stove/grill combo that’s available now is the Stansport Propane Stove and Grill Combo, trailed closely by the Coleman Camp Grill/Stove . . . but you could also go with the portable Eureka! SPRK+ Stove paired with the Eureka! SPRK Grill, both of which use butane canisters and come in their own carrying cases.

Most other camping stove and grill combos come in much larger form factors — like the Camp Chef 14″ series of two-burner stoves with accessories like a grill box and griddle. We’re big fans of Camp Chef’s full-size lineup, but the primary drawback is they are heavy and not nearly as portable as smaller systems.

If you want a compact and affordable camp stove and grill combo, consider choosing a 2-burner camp stove to cover your basics and then add an affordable portable camp grill like the excellent Weber Go-Anywhere, which fits into the Plano Sportsman Trunk with room to spare.

Camping Stove FAQ

What is the best 2-burner camp stove?

After using many camp stoves and camp stove designs over the years, including stoves we tested for our 2020 guide to the best camping stoves, the overall best 2-burner camp stove for most people is the Camp Chef Everest 2x 2-Burner Camping Stove. It has excellent overall build quality, a timeless design, it’s packable, easy to clean, and it boasts very powerful 20,000 BTU burners with great flame adjustment. It also has a built-in ignition system. The fuel is source is easy-to-find 16.4 ounces propane bottles.

What is the best budget camping stove?

The best low-cost camping stove is the 2-burner Coleman Classic Camp Stove.

What is the best camping stove for families?

Most families will do well with a portable 2-burner camping stove that uses 16.4 oz propane bottles like the Coleman Classic Propane Stove and the Camp Chef Everest 2x 2-Burner Camping Stove. This style of camping stove can be set on the ground, on picnic tables, or on dedicated camping tables. They have built-in windscreens. They also work well with griddles, frying pans, and pots.

What is the best single burner camping stove?

The best single burner camping stove is the Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove because it has a very stable base and uses easy-to-find 16.4 oz propane bottles. For a single-burner alternative option, we also recommend the Eureka! SPRK Portable Butane Camping Stove.

Which fuel source is best for camping stoves?

Propane is best for most camping situations, but we do appreciate lightweight stoves that use isobutane and propane blends commonly found in lightweight backpacking-style canisters. Of course, cooking over a campfire has its charms, too, but campfires are not always allowed during hot-weather high-risk fire seasons.

What does BTU stand for in camping stoves?

BTU is an acronym for British Thermal Unit. It’s basically a unit of energy that helps identify how much heat the flames on a camping stove can deliver.

Why don’t you recommend very many butane camp stoves?

Propane is simple and effective to use, and it’s very easy to find in the United States. In particular, 16.4 ounce propane bottles can be found in many grocery stores and gas stations, in addition to sporting goods stores. Propane also tends to work better than butane in colder temperatures. If you want to use a butane stove, we recommend that you stick with well-known brands and avoid cheap knockoffs. The Eureka! SPRK and SPRK+ Portable Butane Camping Stoves are excellent butane options, and they’re in our best camping stove list above.

Why should I get an aluminum camp table for my camping stove?

While many campsites have picnic tables that you can use to hold your camp stove at a stable and comfortable level, not all picnic tables are in good locations for camp cooking. And you might need the picnic table while eating. Having an alternative portable camping table is always handy. And why should it be aluminum? Aluminum is lightweight and durable, and more importantly, if you accidentally set a hot pot or pan on an aluminum table, you won’t melt or burn the table!

Check out our REI Co-op Camp Roll Table Review for an excellent camp table option.

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