Backpacking stoves are the best solution to prepare your own meal while on the go. A warm meal and a hot steamy cup of coffee is something anyone would want at the end of a long day in the mountains or on the trail. There is a wide variety of the backpacking stoves available in the market today that apart from being lightweight and easy-to-use are compact and extremely convenient to carry. The different types of backpacking stoves include liquid fuel stoves, canister stoves, wood stoves, and solid fuel.
The factors that contribute to the selection of a backpacking stove include durability, weight, price, and the number of people that will be going on the trip. If you are an adventure loving person and spend more time backpacking, then you must go for the most durable one even if it is a bit more expensive. Here we have mentioned some of the best backpacking stoves available in the market that are both super convenient and good in performance. So, let’s have a look at them!
The first on the list is the “gear of the year” award winner stove that is recommended by one of the best backpacking magazines “The Backpacker Magazine” and achieved this title in 2014. This stove uses wood as fuel which is a renewable resource. Thus, it will certainly save you the cost of fuel. You can also use leaves, pinecones, and twigs, etc. as fuel but for maximum efficiency, dry hardwood is recommended.
Furthermore, it has a refined design that uses clean burn or secondary burn technology to get more fire and lesser smoke. Hence, saving the environment from the pollution caused by burning canister fuel and other liquid fuels. The patent design includes two walls and air intake holes at the bottom of the stove for letting the cold air in. This cold air gets warmed between the walls of the stove at the same time. When this hot air or pre-heated oxygen enters into the firebox by means of smaller holes which are present at the top of the stove, it causes secondary combustion and hence gives much greater fire without too much smoke. Because of its features and quality, it is one of the highly recommended stoves for backpackers!
- Equipped with the secondary combustion technology
- Burns more fire and produces less smoke
- Uses renewable resource i.e. wood, twigs, leaves, etc.
- Weighs only 9 oz.
- Difficult to use in wet and rainy conditions
- Needs to be fed continuously for a consistent burn
TheWhisperliteby MSR is a dual functioning stove i.e. it is a canister stove but can be switched to liquid fuel stove to be used in extremely cold weather or for longer trips. It is a lightweight and stable stove that is embedded with patent-pending air control technology that generates the best air/fuel mix for best performance with canister fuel, white gas and other liquid fuels like gasoline and kerosene.
The use of aluminum and stainless steel with improved design enables you to travel without carrying too much weight. It is equipped with self-cleaning shaker jet technology for more convenience. Also, the legs have been designed in such a way that it gets easy to clean and maintain the stove in the outdoors. The kit includes a windscreen, a fuel pump, a heat reflector and some other small parts, a stuff sack, and a canister stand. However, the fuel bottle is not included. You have to buy it separately.
- Works with both canister fuel and liquid fuel
- Lightweight (14.9 oz)
- Easy to clean due to the shaker jet technology
- Easy to maintain
- Stable cooking surface
- The fuel pump may not be much user-friendly at times
The Dragonfly stove is another great MSR product that is considered one of the best choices for outdoor adventures. The key feature of this stove is the flame control valve that provides precise control i.e. you can switch from simmer to boil just by twisting the knob. Also, it is foldable and can be packed into a2L pot easily, making it easier for you to carry it in your backpack.
It can serve the purpose of cooking food for large groups. Though it weighs only 14 oz, the base is very stable and can hold big pots and pans (up to 10 inches in diameter). It works well with canister fuel, kerosene, white gas, jet fuel, and diesel.
- Precise heat control feature
- Stable support for big pots
- Can work well with multiple fuels
- Provides efficient flame
- Easy to maintain and clean due to the shaker jet technology
- Its design might be a bit complicated for some users
- Users complained that it creates a lot of noise while burning
The next one on the list is the Ohuhu wood burning stove. The advantage of the wood stoves is that you don’t have to carry liquid/solid fuel. Rather, it uses a renewable fuel source. Hence, it reduces the fuel cost and weight. Besides wood, you can use grass, leaves, pinecones, and twigs, etc. to light it up. In case, you can’t find any of these resources, you can use solidified alcohol.
You can set this stove up and use it without putting too much effort. The three arm support system keeps your pots stable on the top and helps distribute the flame uniformly. This backpacking stove is made of high-quality stainless steel and what makes it portable is the mesh bag that is included in the package. You should go for this one if you are looking for a compact and stable backpacking stove for your next trip.
- Safe to use
- Works with renewable fuel resource
- Space-saving compact design
- Weighs only 14.2 oz
- Not advisable to use in winter trips or in windy conditions
- Not enough space between the bottom of the pot and the stove. So, to add the grassy items or wood, pot has to be lifted up every time
The last but not the least on our list is the Zoeson mini camping stove. It is a type of canister stove equipped with piezo ignition. This stove is particularly designed for those who don’t want to put too much weight in their backpacks as it weighs 9.8 oz only.
It is extremely durable as the materials used in its construction are stainless steel and aluminum alloy. To make it more portable, it comes with a plastic carrying case that can easily fit in your luggage. Also, it is equipped with flame control valve so you can adjust the heat according to your need. It works on butane/propane mix fuel.
- Collapsible and compact
- Quick ignition system
- A good choice for shorter backpacking trips
- Users complained about the low quality of the plastic case
- Cannot be used for cooking food in large quantity
Campers, hikers, backpackers, and mountaineers use backpacking stoves to cook their favorite food in remote destinations. These stoves are best for those who don’t like preserved food items. Also, with a stove, you can have a wide range of foods that you can cook but with no stove, the food options that you can eat on your trip gets limited.
A wide range of best backpacking stoves has been discussed to help you select the best one for your next adventurous trip. You can pick the one that suits your budget and the weather conditions of the place you intend to visit. The recommended option for short trips or for small groups is the Solo Stove Lite or the Zoeson Mini Camping Stove. To handle bigger pots and for more precise heat control, you can opt for the MSR Dragonfly stove or the MSR Whisperlite Universal stove.