Four Camp Stove Options
Kevin Felts 08.15.17
This article spans about 23 years of personal experience with camp stoves. The story started in the early 1990s with a single burner propane stove, and ends with a mixed fuel stove that weighs less than an ounce.
While camping with some of my buddies around 1993 or 1994, one of them pulled out a single burner propane stove and a one pound bottle of propane out of his ALICE pack. Rather than taking several minutes to warm the food up with a camp fire, everything was ready to just a couple of minutes. A few months later while walking through a store, I saw a single burner stove and said, “Why not?” That setup was my primary cook set for close to 15 – 16 years.
Eventually, I decided there had to be a more lightweight option than packing a propane tank, stove and base. So, I picked up a Coleman Max stove, which I used for several years.
The four camp stoves listed in the video:
Weight without fuel canister:
- Propane stove, no brandname – 1 pound 0.45 ounces.
- Coleman Max – 6.5 ounces
- Etekcity – 3.30 ounces
- BRS micro-lite – 0.90 ounces.
Weight with fuel canister:
- Propane stove, no brandname – 2 pounds, 8.8 ounces
- Coleman Max – 1 pound, 2.15 ounces
- Etekcity – 14.90 ounces
- BRS micro-lite – 12.50 ounces.
Just by changing camp stoves, I was able to shave around 28 ounces off the pack weight.
Coleman Max runs around $12 + shipping.