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The 8 Best Camping Stoves of 2022

By: Jen Streby: Camp Buyer | June 14, 2022

 

One man’s rustic campsite is another man's luxury vacation. We all have different definitions of camping, of what “roughing it” really means. But we can all agree that a good camp stove makes all the difference. Humans have been cooking outdoors for thousands of years, and over those years our stoves have evolved to meet our changing needs. Now we’ve got everything from deluxe units, perfect for cranking out a high-end meal for all your friends, to ultralight water boilers that weigh nearly nothing and take up very little space in your pack. So when you set out to find your next camp stove, remember that you’re shopping for the best stove for camping for you. Your needs should dictate what features you’re looking for, and how you choose a camping stove.

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This camping stoves list runs the gamut from durable, car-mounted barbeques to ultralight stoves where every gram has been optimized for performance and weight. These stoves run off a variety of fuel types, and each has its strengths and weaknesses, so this list is designed to help you find the best camping stove for your needs.

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Coleman 1900 Collection 3-in-1 Stove

The Coleman 1900 Collection 3-in-1 Stove is timelessly stylish, in honor of Coleman's 120 years of producing quality camp gear. Two wind guards shield the burners on windy days and the rotary ignition means you can leave the matches at home. Removable cast iron griddles let you cook just about anything and come in their own case to make travel easy. Cast iron and steel are durable too, so this stove just might whip up family meals for another 120 years. The Coleman is a great stove for car campers looking to crank out a variety of meals, on a variety of cooking surfaces.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
PropaneIncludes cast iron griddles$229.99

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Coleman Cascade 222 Stove

Awesome outdoor meals don't have to come with a high price tag. The Coleman Cascade 222 Stove features everything you need in a camp stove - 2 wind guards, matchless ignition, and temperature knobs that allow for precise heat control. The 2 burners give you tons of cooking options, so you can whip up gourmet meals for one or hearty dishes the entire family will love. The Cascade 222 is an affordable, versatile stove that will keep you fed for years to come.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
PropaneRotary ignition with increased knob rotation$169.99

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BioLite Camp Stove 2​+

The BioLite Camp Stove 2+ burns biomass (sticks, twigs, pellets) and turns it into energy to power your electronics and recharge its onboard 3,200 mAh battery! The whole thing weighs a hair over two pounds, boils a liter of water in only four and a half minutes, and is super portable for taking it into the backcountry. This one is a game-changer. The combination of versatile fuel sources and high-end design and engineering make the Camp Stove 2+ an efficient, impressive option.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
BiomassIntegrated power bank$149.95

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Coleman Peak1 2-Burner Stove

We love cast iron — dutch ovens in the fire and a cast-iron skillet are staples of the outdoor chef. The Coleman Peak1™ 2-Burner Stove elevates your cooking by bringing the benefits of cast iron to the stove itself. The cast iron burner is more durable than your average stove, and it's easy to clean too. Extra burner holes make for more even cooking and a rotary ignition means you can leave the lighter at home. At the end of the trip, pack the stove in the foam carrying case and squeeze it into the smallest spaces thanks to its slim design. The Peak1 has all of the benefits of your favorite gas range, but with the portability of a camp stove, perfect for cooking great meals outdoors.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
PropaneCast iron grates$249.99

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Hitchfire Forge 15 Grill

Equipped with a swingarm for easy access to your trunk, the Hitchfire Forge 15 Grill makes parking lot BBQs easy. No matter what activity you're getting after, coming back to the car and firing up the grill is easy! This is the tailgater's dream camp stove, easily transportable, and always accessible.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
PropaneSaves trunk space$549

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist HS

The next time your dynamic duo goes backpacking, take along the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Dualist HS Complete Set. It's complete with mugs, bowls, and foons for two, all easily stowed in its big cooking pot (with room for a fuel canister). It gets up to temp quickly and has no problem with metal utensils! The Dualist is a lightweight, versatile camp set that will fit right in on any backpacking adventure.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
IsobutaneStowable meal set included$129.95

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MSR PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit

The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Mini Stove Kit packs big performance into an ultra-compact package. Perfectly sized for backpackers and minimalist campers alike, this stove quickly boils enough water for your morning cup of joe or your evening pouch meal. Designed with efficiency, this kit stows neatly into itself for pack-ready compactness. This is a very affordable camp stove that’s still lightweight and boils water quickly. It’s perfect for budget-conscious backpackers.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
IsoproPackable pot and stove combo$89.95

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Eureka! Ignite Stove

Ideal for a smaller weekend crew, the Eureka! Ignite Stove is made from thick-gauge steel and is built to withstand rugged conditions. The push-button ignitor makes starting your dinner a breeze. The Ignite can hold two, ten-inch pans and offers innovative simmer-control technology. After dinner, a steel drip tray lets you focus on roasting marshmallows instead of cleaning up cooking grease. The Ignite is an affordable two-burner stove that makes great camp cooking easy.

Fuel TypeSpecial FeatureOriginal Price
PropaneJetLink compatibility$114.95

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The Selection Process:

Our camp buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things camping stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the trail and hanging at the campsite. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen, and I grew up loving the outdoors, traveling to our family cabin every summer in Michigan where I got to spend time in lakes, rivers, and the woods. I grew apart from that as I traveled throughout the U.S. searching for what I call home until I moved to Utah in 2008 and became an avid backpacker and river rafter. From then on, it’s been a passion I seek out when the weather is a bit warmer here in the PNW.

I now call Washington home and have been here for 6 years. I started working for evo 2 days after my move up from Portland and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been a buyer for a couple of categories and then was tasked with bringing on our camp category several years ago. It’s been a wild ride and I’m stoked to be able to share my love for the outdoors with all our evo family.