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Fire ’Em Up: Camp Stove Guide

April 11, 2011
Filed under Camping Gear, Stoves & Cookware

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If your family is like ours, one of the most important parts of planning your camping trip is the food. From flaming s’mores to roasting hot dogs to baking biscuits over a campfire, food is an essential part of a successful camping trip. And whether you cook everything from scratch at your campsite or heat up beans right in the can, you need to have the proper equipment to get your cooking done. A good camp stove is one of the best tools you can bring along to enhance your camp cooking.

Here is our informative camp stove guide to get your thoughts percolating. Some are new and some are tried-and-true favorites. Keep in mind that these companies offer a wide variety of products, so make sure you visit their websites and view all they have to offer.

Mr. Max Table Top Burner
The Mr. Max Table Top Burner ($39) is an easy-to-use, single-burner butane mini-stove that’s built tough to withstand the rigors of continuous use. Mr. Max features a large heavy-gauge metal body and porcelain enamel-coated steel drip pan. The extra-large cooking surface holds standard-size cookware and delivers up to 10,000 BTUs of finely controlled heat. This portable stove includes its own storage case. Aervoe Industries: 800/227-0196; aervoe.com.

Max Burton Deluxe Induction Cooktop
If your camping setup includes full hookups, you might want to consider the Max Burton Deluxe Induction Cooktop ($120). Induction offers cooking with no open flame or exposed heating elements. This cooktop operates on 120-volt plug-in power and features an upgraded stainless body with 10 variable-temperature settings from 140 to 450 degrees F, 10 power levels from 500 to 1,800 watts, and a 180-minute timer that will automatically shut down the unit when time has expired. Aervoe Industries: 800/227-0196; aervoe.com.

Camp Chef Everest Stove
Keeping it the same size and weight as the company’s popular Mountain Series stove, Camp Chef has come out with its new high-output Everest Stove ($110). Boasting 40,000 BTUs, the Everest is built to cook, boil and fry anything that’s thrown its way. Highlights include a built-in carry handle and matchless ignition. Camp Chef: 800/650-2433; campchef.com.

Camp Chef Portable Gas Fire Ring
Camp Chef Gas Fire Ring
If you enjoy an easy campfire while enjoying the great outdoors, you should check out the Portable Gas Fire Ring ($100) by Camp Chef. The Camp Chef portable fire ring will provide that warm
glow with enough power to roast hot dogs and brown marshmallows. A carry bag and two extendable roasting forks are included with the fire pit. Its compact size is perfect for the car-camping family on the go. Camp Chef: 800/650-2433; campchef.com.

Camp Chef Big Gas Grill
The Camp Chef Big Gas Grill ($300), with three 30,000-BTU burners, can crank out enough heat to cook for a crowd. It comes with a side shelf and a hinged-lid barbecue box that covers two burners. The barbecue box can be easily removed from the stove so you have access to all three burners. Other highlights include appliance-style, burner-control knobs, a cast-iron, pre-seasoned grate, built-in ignition, independent leveling legs, removable grilling attachment and carry handles. Camp Chef: 800/650-2433; campchef.com.

Coleman All-in-One Cooking System
The new Coleman All-in-One Cooking System ($150) is a versatile, compact, totally portable cooking solution that includes a stove, grill grate, griddle and stockpot/warmer. Feature highlights include an easy-to-clean removable, porcelain-coated, stamped-steel grill grate, nickel-coated stove grate and aluminized-steel drip pan. All the removable cooking surfaces are dishwasher safe. The All-in-One Cooking System is propane-powered and offers matchless piezoelectric pushbutton lighting. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Coleman Perfectflow Instastart 2-Burner Stove
The Perfectflow Instastart 2-Burner Stove ($70) from Coleman offers 22,000 BTUs of cooking power in two high-performance burners. The stove features independently adjusted burners, Coleman’s InstaStart push-button matchless ignition system, the PerfectFlow system that regulates fuel flow for constant, even heat and its WindBlock shield system to protect burners from the wind. Easy to clean, with a removable, nickel-chrome grate, the stove comes with a rust-resistant, durable, enamel-painted case. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Coleman Perfectflow Instastart Fold-N-Go 2-Burner Stove
If you want the convenience of a two-burner stove in a smaller package, check out Coleman’s 10,000-BTU Perfectflow Instastart Fold-N-Go 2-Burner Stove ($80). This stove is about 25 percent smaller than most traditional two-burner stoves. The Fold-N-Go 2-Burner Stove operates on propane, is easy to carry, simple to stow, and folds out into two full-size cooking areas. Its regulator and cooking grates store conveniently inside the stove when not in use. The Fold-N-Go also features the InstaStart matchless starting system. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Coleman Powerpack 1-Burner Stove
Coleman’s Powerpack 1-Burner Stove ($35) is made of an aluminized-steel cooktop and removable, nickel-chrome grate for easy cleanup. The large 31?4-inch, 7,500-BTU burner is to the side of the propane cylinder in a low-profile fashion and is fully adjustable. The stove’s low profile and compact design mean it’s easy to clean, store and pack. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Coleman Dual Fuel Powerhouse 2-Burner Stove
Coleman Dual Fuel Powerhouse
The Dual Fuel Powerhouse Stove ($130) by Coleman provides cooking power and convenience with a 3.5-pint fuel tank that can hold either clean-burning Coleman Liquid Fuel or unleaded gasoline. The Dual Fuel Powerhouse Stove gives you 17,000 total BTUs of cooking performance in two powerful burners. Coleman claims a full fuel tank will run for about two hours with both burners set on high. The large cooking surface provides room for up to two 12-inch pots side by side. Coleman’s WindBlock system shields the burners from wind for maximum heat, and the wind-guards adjust to various pot sizes for convenience. The heavy-duty nickel-chrome cooking grate is removable, so cleanup is a snap. The removable fuel tank stores inside the stove when not in use. The kit includes a fuel-filtering funnel. Coleman: 800/835-3278; coleman.com.

Primus Profile BBQ
You’ll want to check out the new Primus Profile BBQ ($110) for cooking up your favorite grilled food without the hassles of charcoal. A large non-stick cooking surface makes it easy to create perfectly grilled meats and veggies every time. The removable grease catcher and grill make cleanup a breeze, while the lock and carry handle allow for easy transport. Other features include a piezo­electric ignition, durable steel construction, and up to 9,700 BTUs of precision controlled heat. The Profile BBQ weighs less than 9 pounds and runs on 1-pound propane canisters. Primus: 307/857-4700; primuscamping.com.

Primus Atle Stove
Dual burners and highly adjustable flames make the Primus Atle Stove ($100) a versatile backcountry cooker. The Atle Stove accommodates fry pans and larger pots, which makes it ideal for group cooking. Made of stainless steel, the Atle will clean up easily. Highlights include pop-up windscreens and piezoelectric (matchless) ignition. The Atle Stove folds closed and features an integrated carry handle for easy transport. A flexible hose connector is compatible with 1-pound propane canisters. Primus: 307/857-4700; primuscamping.com.

Primus Profile Duo
The new Profile Duo stove ($120) by Primus offers a unique design that allows campers to simultaneously grill on one side while boiling or sautéing on the other. Built for durability and reliable service, the stainless-steel, propane-powered Profile Duo stove is lightweight and folds down for easy transport. Feature highlights include a non-stick grill surface for easy cleanup and adjustable flame controls. Primus: 307/857-4700; primuscamping.com.

SNOW PEAK Two Burner Stove
The GigaPower Two Burner Stove ($400) by Snow Peak features stainless-steel construction and easy storage. This stove makes cooking simple. The 11,200-BTU two-burner stove has a simmering function and the built-in auto ignition makes it convenient to light. The compact design allows for easy cleanup and storage. The two-burner stove uses standard Lindal-valve canisters. Snow Peak: 503/697-3330; snowpeak.com.

SNOW PEAK Baja Burner Stove
Baja Burner Stove
The GigaPower Baja Burner Stove ($160) is Snow Peak’s newest stove and incorporates its liquid injection technology. Using an inverted canister, it delivers a consistent BTU output throughout the entire life of the fuel canister. The all-stainless-steel construction makes it a very durable stove. Snow Peak: 503/697-3330; snowpeak.com.

Rome Industries Firepan Rotisserie Grill
This self-contained outdoor cooking system offers the camper the perfect option in campgrounds where firepans are required, or it can be used as a backyard fire pit if the focus at home is on outdoor cooking. The 15×193?4-inch pan is made from heavy-duty steel for safety and durability, and the Firepan Rotisserie Grill ($160) features an adjustable grate and a hand-crank rotisserie basket, making it easy to cook your meals just right. No tools are required for assembly. Rome Industries: 800/818-7603; romeindustries.com.

Stansport Outfitter Series Propane Stove
Stansport’s Outfitter Series Propane Stove ($100) has two oversized stainless-steel burners that produce 25,000 BTUs. Its oversized steel frame, extra heavy-duty cooking grate and stainless top were designed to accommodate the heaviest pots. It also includes new control valves (for maximum heat regulation), a high altitude pressure regulator and stainless-steel drip pan. Each burner has its own windscreen for maximum heating and the piezoelectric ignition requires no matches. This stove, unlike most others, comes in a variety of colors, including black, green, blue, orange and yellow. Stansport: 800/421-6131; stansport.com.

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