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The Camp Stove: Essential Gear

Finding a camp stove is important because it is such an essential piece of camp gear. You have heard the saying, “You get what you paid for.” The question is why you should make an investment in your camp stove? What kind of camping are you doing? How many people will you be camping with? What type of fuel to use? Here are two considerations to ensure your camp stove is a long-term investment.

The camp stove is essential gear for camping.
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Your camp stove is an essential piece of camping gear and choosing a brand or type is very important to your camping trips. Your investment in your stove will be well worth the price in the long run when it is reliable, easy to use, easy to clean, and eco-friendly. Take your time to investigate the possibilities and find the one that will meet your needs for camping. Besides cost, there are no rules to say why you should not have more than one stove.

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Type of camping

Next, think about the kind of camping you do? Are you strictly car camping or do you dabble in backpacking (backpacking stove 101 ), kayaking, biking, or canoeing trips? If you do car camping than a 2 burner or grill combination might be the ticket for you and your family. If you do various kinds of camping trips then investing in a smaller and lighter stove would be the way to go. There is no reason not to invest in several kinds of camp stoves to suit your camping pleasures.

Furthermore, as you contemplate your next camp stove think about how you are going to use it. The number of people in your party will be important for consideration. If you strictly car camp then definitely invests in a 2 burner or grill combination. That type of stove works well for that kind of camping with larger numbers in your party.

However, this type of stove would be inconvenient to take on a backpacking trip. It would be too heavy and cumbersome to carry. That is when you consider the lighter and smaller ones.

Fuel type

Another area to think about for this essential piece of camping gear is the kind of fuel to use. I am partial to propane and canister fuel. Why because of its simplicity to hook up easily with fewer parts than a multi-fuel stove would have. Basically, you hook it up to the fuel container start the stove and you are ready to cook. I like that convenience when I am camping. If you are worried about the green effect an empty canister may have on the environment check with your local recycling center. You may find out that they will recycle your empty canister. No matter which fuel that you choose take safety into consideration. This is especially true if you are camping with younger children. The Boy Scouts of America have a fantastic quick read on camp stove safety.

These are just a few considerations to think about when you invest in your camp stove. Again there are no reasons not to have more than one that will meet the type of camping you are doing. Remember the money you put into a camp stove will be given back twofold in the great memories gained in the camping experiences shared with family and friends.

Whether you enjoy car camping or backpacking selecting a camp stove should be based on how you will be using it, the number of people in your party, and what type of fuel to use. Make an investment in your camp stove that will last visit and select a camp stove that will be used on your next adventure. Camping and outdoor activities have been a part of my life. I appreciate the time spent with family and friends and sharing memorable experiences. Especially, creating and cooking delicious meals at our favorite campground in the great outdoors.


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