How to choose a camp stove


Burner (gas, liquid-fuel, multi-fuel) – a device used for cooking while Cycling or Hiking. Advantages: low price, compact size and light weight.

  • Gas stove – a heating appliance designed for camping, base camps and other stationary sites. Advantage – high power, allowing you to cook large quantities of food at one time. Disadvantages: large size and great weight. Difficult to apply for long hikes.

Heater gas a device intended for heating of the surrounding space (tent, etcD.). There are various types of heaters – from small devices to heat the hands before a powerful device 1-2 kW.

Catalytic warmer – a device that is used to heat the premises, vehicle, warming human or warm-up mechanisms.

gas Lamp – device designed to illuminate the space in the dark. Design feature – the presence of the nozzle-plate, which increases the brightness of the flame. Many lamps are equipped with a glass bulb that protects the flame from wind and rain, as well as protecting items from fire. Frosted glass provides more uniform and soft lighting.

gas bottle – a vessel for storage of gases, compressed and liquefied.

fuel Type

Gas the most common and is liquefied isobutane or propane-butane mixture, charged into the gas cylinder. Advantages: instant fire, no smell and soot, good heat dissipation, ease in transportation. Disadvantages: low efficiency gas burners at high altitude and at low temperatures.

Liquid fuel – gasoline, kerosene or diesel fuel. Advantages: high efficiency in the mountains and in the cold, and the large availability in the acquisition. Disadvantages: unpleasant smell, the soot, the possibility of leakage during transport and clogging the nozzle.

Multitabling – is used both gas and liquid fuel. Combines their advantages and allows you to choose the right option based on the situation. Disadvantage – higher price than the previous analogues.


Maximum power during operation. This indicator must be considered when selecting the burner, as it directly affects the amount of cooked food at one time. It is possible to proceed from the following relationship: 1 kW per 1 liter of the product. 1 l product – a portion for one person.

it Should be noted that more powerful has large dimensions. So Hiking is better suited compact burner of smaller capacity, powerful plate worth buying for fixed sites. For heaters and lamps the power of the secondary – in the first case the choice is made depending on purpose and design, the second – by the light level.

Important: depending on seasonal conditions, the capacity of the selected burner can be lower (summer time) or more (fall / winter).

the lamp Brightness

the Maximum level of lighting the burner of the lamp during operation. This option should be considered when selecting a device. The brighter the lamp, the more area it can cover. Illuminance is measured in Lux.

fuel Consumption

the Amount of fuel needed for normal operation per unit time. Measured in grams per hour. This indicator (along with the capacity of the cylinder) is important to calculate the time of continuous operation of the burner.

the boiling Time 1 l of water

the Time required for boiling (t -100 °C) 1 L. water. This parameter is used for comparing the different types of burners. This is especially useful in cases where the power device is unknown. It should be noted that this indicator is directly linked to power (the more powerful the torch, the faster it will heat the water). Multi-fuel burners in the boiling point for the particular type of fuel.

Time of continuous operation

the Time during which able to work without changing the tank or refuel the tank. This indicator depends on the capacity of the container (tank). Time of continuous operation can be calculated based on the amount of fuel and its quantity in the container. Multi-fuel burners in continuous operation time point for a particular type of fuel.

connection Type

connection Type – the connection method of the gas cylinder (tank) and the burner.

threaded – is commonly encountered in gas and multi-fuel burners. The principle of anchoring is reminiscent of the connection using bolts. Differs high reliability and durability. The disadvantage is the higher price of a can than devices with a collet fixing.

Collet – fastened with the cable clamp (collet). Occurs in gas ovens on a long-term field sites. Collet threaded cylinders are cheaper, but less durable.

screw/collet – the combo version with both types of fastening. In order to move from one connection type to another, using special adapters.

Remote – the fixture provides with a hose, and the burner is not mounted on the cylinder, as in the case with the previous types of attachment and to the ground next to him. Burner with this mount have a lower height, high structural stability and the ability to connect to a container of any type and size. Disadvantages: the possibility of gas leaks when you connect and large size burners.

Built-in – container for fuel is part of the design of the burner and therefore not disconnected. Used in devices operating on liquid fuel.

Important: I must say that some burners are designed for specific models of tanks and other can not work, even if they are the same type of attachment.

the Diameter of the burner

From the diameter of the burner depends on the diameter of the halo of the flame and, accordingly, the size of the supports for utensils. The larger the diameter of the burner, the larger dishes can be used. Models with large diameter burners have high power and large size.

facilities and features

heating System fuel increases the efficiency of the burner by lowering the gas pressure in the cylinder (in the case of low temperature or when a little gas). The fuel is heated by the burner flame. In liquid-fuel models this feature provides a powerful and stable flame. Heating system fuel is found only in burners with a remote mount.

Pezopodzhig – the electrical system is ignition based on the piezoelectric effect. For the ignition of fuel is enough to push the button. This system requires no matches, lighters, and batteries.

power control – allows you to change the capacity of the burner by adjusting the flame intensity. This feature provides the desired heating without a fuel over-expenditure.

Capacity cooking – comes supplied with the burner. By virtue of such capacity is not only compatible with the burner, but also a variety of additional solutions that increase the usability (protection from wind, heat exchangers and so onD.). Such a container is more effective than "non-native" capacity.

Case included – is used for transportation and storage, protects from scratches, bumps, and keeps burner parts in a disassembled state.

Interchangeable cylinders – cylinders, compatible with the burner. Knowing the names of cylinders, you can easily find fuel for the burner in stores.


Weight especially important for Hiking. For this case, there is a very lightweight model, weighing 60-70 g. It should be noted that the weight of the burner is specified without the weight of the cylinder or the fuel in the tank and the cover. Gas stoves, designed for use in stationary conditions, weigh more (up to 1.5 kg and above).

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