Four Camp Stove Options

   08.15.17

Four Camp Stove Options

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.



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Even though the Coleman Max was lighter than the propane stove, there had to be lighter options. This led me to find the BRS ultralight stove that weighs less than an ounce.

The four camp stoves listed in the video:

Weight without fuel canister:

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.

The BRS stove cost around $20 on Amazon and is eligible for prime shipping.

The Etekcity cost around $13. sometimes they go on sale for $17.99 for two stoves. They are eligible for Prime shipping.

Coleman Max runs around $12 + shipping.

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