2012 Camp Stoves & Grills
April 3, 2012
Filed under Stoves & Cookware
From standard camp stoves to specialty grills, manufacturers are increasing burner output and routinely including the convenience of matchless ignition on most propane-fueled cooking appliances today. Styling has taken an upswing as well, with many of this year’s cookers adorned in attractive colors or sporting sleek, stainless steel lines.
Wood- and charcoal-fueled grills are making a comeback with many portable models now available in a wide array of styles and sizes. No matter how you prefer to cook outdoors, you’ll find a host of handy appliances this year.
Single Burner Stoves
The compact, no-frills Coleman PowerPack 1-Burner Stove features a 7,500-Btu burner that adjusts from high to low for optimal cooking performance thanks to the PerfectFlow Pressure control system. Its lightweight, low profile design and compact size make it ideal when space is a premium. The 13-by-12.5-by-4-inch stove has built-in, sturdy pot supports and uses a standard, one-pound propane bottle. $49.99. 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
The Mr. Max Table Top Burner from Aervoe is a versatile mini stove with a heavy gauge metal body and porcelain enamel coated steel drip pan that is easy to use and is built tough to withstand the rigors of continuous use. The single burner punches out 10,000 Btu, runs from 2 to 4 hours on a single #1215 Butane Fuel Cartridge, and features piezoelectric ignition for matchless lighting. At 13-by-11-by-3 inches in size and weighing just 5 pounds, the Mr. Max provides an ideal blend of power and portability, and includes a hard-sided plastic carrying case. $39.90. 800-227-0196, www.aervoe.com.
The Baja Burner LI is Snow Peak’s newest Liquid Injection stove, a perfect choice for cold weather performance. The slim design allows for easy pack-ability and integrates into Snow Peak’s Iron Grill Table system. Built from stainless steel, aluminum and brass components, the Baja Burner boasts superb quality and durability. The 12,000 Btu burner runs approximately one hour on a 250g IsoButane/propane canister. The stove measures 14-by-9.8-by-5.5 inches in working position and folds to 14-by-9.8-by2 inches. It weighs just 6 pounds. $160. 503-697-3330, www.snowpeak.com.
The 60,000 Btu coming out of the Camp Chef Maximum Output Single Cooker is an incredible amount of cooking power, but that’s what you’ll get from this super high-capacity single-burner stove. It excels at boiling large amounts of water quickly, making it the perfect companion for scout outings or other large groups. It comes with detachable, adjustable leg extensions for easy leveling on uneven surfaces. The stove weighs 19 pounds, stands 21 inches tall with the legs in place, and runs on a bulk propane bottle. The kit includes a 3-foot hose and regulator. $102.08. 800-650-2433, www.campchef.com.
Multi Burner Stoves
Camp Chef’s Ranger III Blind Stove is equally perfect at home on a patio or in the campground, and features exceptional power in a compact package. Each of the three burners throws out a toasty 17,000 Btu. Matchless ignition and smooth, fully adjustable dials make the Ranger III a breeze to operate. Lightweight, cast aluminum burners won’t rust and they reduce weight. The stove measures 31-by-16-by-8 inches, weighs 21 pounds; and connects to a propane bulk tank (not included) via a 5-foot hose and regulator. $156. 800-650-2433, www.campchef.com.
Two 11,000-Btu burners give the Coleman PerfectFlow Instastart 2-Burner Stove superior cooking capacity for large meals and groups. Its PerfectFlow pressure-control system provides consistent heat and the stove’s built-in windshield system retains maximum heat. The InstaStart matchless lighting system ignites the burners with the push of a button. The stove also features an easy-to-clean, heavy-duty removable nickel-chrome stove grate. At 21-by-12.8-by-4.25 inches, this two-burner stove offers high-capacity cooking in a space-efficient package. $69.99. 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
Camp Chef’s Denali 3-Burner Grill & Stove Combo is fired by a 5,000-Btu burner that sits neatly between two 10,000 Btu burners on this thoughtfully designed stove. Matchless ignition lights the burners with a simple twist. The non-stick aluminum grill is simple to clean and removes easily. Underneath the grill is a stainless steel drip-tray, another feature that facilitates quick clean up. Each of the three burners features a fine-adjust knob that holds an excellent simmer and maintains consistent cooking temperatures. Integrated windscreens and a clever carrying handle round out this family capacity stove’s major features. It measures 24-by-14-by-5 inches when closed and weighs 13 pounds. $129.17. 800-650-2433, www.campchef.com.
Two 10,000-Btu burners provide heat to the cooking and grilling portions of the Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Grill Stove combination cooker. The stove features a removable die-cast aluminum grill grate and nickel-chrome stove grate. A wind shielding system helps retain maximum heat in breezy conditions. The matchless lighting system ignites the burners with the push of a button. This combo unit measures 21-by-13.5-by-5.6 inches. A grease-management system with removable dishwasher-safe tray facilitates easy clean up. $94.99. 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
The Primus Profile Dual combines cooking and grilling functions in a sleek, 23-by-13-by-5-inch package. Piezoelectric ignition lights the burners with a twist of the wrist. The 12,000-Btu burner boils water in 3 minutes, and the 9,700-Btu burner underneath and non-stick coating makes using the grill a snap. Clean up is easy, too, thanks to a stainless steel drip tray. The Profile Dual weighs 12 pounds and folds for easy storage. $120, 307-857-4700, www.primuscamping.com.
Grills, Big and Little
The Roadtrip Grill LXX by Coleman provides 22,000 Btu across two burners, offering the grilling power of a standard grill in a portable, foldable grill that is easily transported to any campsite. The legs and wheels fold up to the body of the grill for easy storage. The Roadtrip Grill LXX operates on a standard 16.4-ounce propane cylinder or can be connected to a bulk tank with an optional accessory hose. Stainless inserts pullout on each side of the grill, making food prep easier. With 285 square inches of cooking area and Mix & Match griddle and stove grates, veggies and meat can cook together on opposite sides of the grill, making mealtime faster. $219. 800-835-3278, www.coleman.com.
This portable L.L.Bean Wildlife Fire Pit and Grill fire pit that does double duty, too. Decorative wildlife cutouts come to life when a fire is lit. Steel walls safely contain the fire while a steel mesh guard covers the entire pit to prevent sparks from blowing away. Ashes are also contained, resulting in no impact to the campsite or picnic area. A full-size nonstick-enamel cooking grate lets you convert it into a cooking grill. Its three-leg design makes it exceptionally stable. The unit measures 29-by-23-by-24 inches and weighs 32 pounds. $149. 800-441-5713, www.llbean.com.
Rome Industries’ Kebab’n Grill is a versatile charcoal grill that converts from a kebab grill to traditional grill in seconds. Just remove the 6 (15-inch length) skewers and replace with them with the 10.25-by-15.5-inch grill grate. The Kebab’n Grill offers the unsurpassed flavor of traditional charcoal or wood-fired cooking; and it is made of steel with a baked enamel finish for years of trouble-free use. It folds down to 16-by-11-by-2 inches and includes a nylon storage bag for easy transportation. $60. 800-818-7603, www.romeindustries.com.
The Snow Peak Double BBQ Box features an adjustable height on the grill net, robust stainless steel construction, and stand-alone performance or integration with Snow Peak’s companion Iron Grill Table. The Double BBQ Box measures 20-by-15-by-5 inches and weighs just over 21 pounds. The grill includes a stainless steel cover and burns charcoal briquettes. $249.95. 503-697-3330, www.snowpeak.com.