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The Best Camping Stoves of 2023

We turned up the heat on stoves from all of the top brands to determine the best camping stoves for 2023. Whether you're a car camping pro or just getting started, we've got you covered.

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Camping and food go hand in hand, especially when car camping affords you the luxury of a two-burner stove. This year, we tested a few new stoves and retested many previous top picks. With years of combined experience with camp cooking, we used our collective knowledge to narrow down the best camping stoves available today.

A good camp stove should fire up quickly, provide a steady stream of heat to get things rolling, and be able to dial it back for precision work like simmering or sauteing. There are other details about your camp cuisine to consider as well, such as the number of hungry hikers you’re looking to feed, and whether you’ll only need a raw flame or the sizzle of a griddle to whip up some chow.

For each stove in this comprehensive review, we considered design, ease of use, BTUs, windy weather performance, simmer control, weight, cost, and boil time. On the surface, these stoves all have a lot in common, but each has unique features that stand out for specific uses.

Scroll through to see all our recommended buys or jump to the category you’re looking for. At the end of our list, be sure to check out our comprehensive buyer’s guide. We have also assembled a list of frequently asked questions and a comparison chart that can help guide your decision. 

The Best Camping Stoves of 2023

Best Overall Camping Stove

Camp Chef Everest 2X


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 20,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 3:06 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 12 lbs.
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  • Produces strong flames
  • Works well in windy conditions
  • Burner design evenly spreads out heat
  • Windscreen tabs stay secure with exterior locks, which is a nice touch


  • A bit heavier (12 lbs.) and bulkier than we'd like
Best Budget Camping Stove

Coleman Cascade Classic Camp Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 10,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 7:00 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 11 lb., 14.4 oz.
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  • Budget-friendly
  • Durable enough for the outdoors
  • Ease of use


  • Regulator control knobs could be better
Best Compact Camping Stove

Kovea Slim Twin Propane Camp Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 10,500-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 4:30 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 9 lbs., 8 oz.
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  • Slim and packable, yet sturdy
  • Performs well across the board
  • Great price point for the ingenuity


  • Adapter doesn't fit inside for storage. (We recommend labeling it or attaching a leash, carabiner, or clip to the adapter so it can be stored with the stove.)
  • Plastic burner knobs aren't ideal (remember, we're being picky).
Best Grill/Griddle for Camping

Coleman 3-in-1 Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 12,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 4:30 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 13 lbs., 8 oz. (21 lbs., 8 oz. with cast iron griddles)
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  • You get what you pay for — quality
  • Extra features: Cast iron attachments, carry handle, igniter


  • We wish the windscreens were slightly taller
  • Pretty hefty with included cast iron attachments
Best One Burner Camping Stove

Snow Peak Home & Camp Burner


  • Number of burners One
  • BTU output 8,333-BTU
  • Boil time 4:00 min. per L
  • Fuel type Butane
  • Weight 3 lbs.
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  • The legs and burner are low to the ground, reducing wind interference
  • Great simmer control
  • Highly responsive dials


  • On the pricier side ($120) for only one burner
  • Butane fuel can be less universal than propane
Best Large Group Camping Stove

Camp Chef Explorer 14


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 30,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 2:50 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 30 lbs., 8 oz.
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  • Impressive heat output 
  • Large cooking area can accommodate multiple stock pots
  • Many add-on cooking surfaces


  • Quite heavy
  • Non-adjustable legs
Best of the Rest

GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540+


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 14,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 4:25 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 10 lbs.
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  • Slim collapsed profile
  • Easy to clean cook area
  • Updated burners put out 14,000 BTUs


  • Not the best wind-resistance

Camp Chef VersaTop


  • Number of burners One
  • BTU output 18,000-BTU
  • Boil time  N/A
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 24 lbs.
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  • Even cooking surface
  • Great option when cooking for large groups of people
  • You don't need additional pans


  • It takes a while to heat up fully
  • Can't boil
  • Weighs a hefty 24 lbs.

Eureka! Ignite 2-Burner Camp Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 10,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 8:00 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 10 lbs.
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  • Falls in the middle/upper end of the pack
  • Simmers really well
  • Looks great
  • Fairly priced


  • We had occasional issues with the strikers
  • Slower to boil than its higher-priced competition

Primus Profile 2-Burner Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 12,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 8:00 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 11 lbs., 8 oz.
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  • Ideal for steady, low-heat cooking
  • Dial is accurate and slow to turn


  • Lacks adequate wind protection
  • A bit pricey

Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Stove


  • Number of burners Two
  • BTU output 10,000-BTU per burner
  • Boil time 3:15 min. per L
  • Fuel type Propane
  • Weight 6 lbs., 3 oz.
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  • The clamshell folds down small
  • Great simmering control
  • Includes pot and pan
  • Can chain additional burners


  • More expensive than other stoves on the list
  • Hi-tech, modern look isn't for everybody

Camping Stove Comparison Chart

Camping StoveNumber of BurnersBTU OutputBoil TimeFuel TypeWeight
Camp Chef Everest 2XTwo20,000-BTU per burner3:06 min. per LPropane12 lbs.
Coleman Cascade
Classic Camp Stove
Two10,000-BTU per burner7:00 min. per LPropane11 lb., 14.4 oz.
Kovea Slim Twin
Propane Camp Stove
Two10,500-BTU per burner4:30 min. per LPropane9 lbs., 8 oz.
Coleman 3in-1 StoveTwo12,000-BTU per burner4:30 min. per LPropane13 lbs., 8 oz.
Snow Peak Home
& Camp Burner
One8,333-BTU4:00 min. per LButane3 lbs.
Camp Chef Explorer 14Two30,000-BTU per burner2:50 min. per LPropane30 lbs., 8 oz.
GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540+Two14,000-BTU per burner4:25 min. per LPropane10 lbs.
Camp Chef VersaTopOne18,000-BTUN/APropane24 lbs.
Eureka! Ignite 2-Burner
Camp Stove
Two10,000-BTU per burner8:00 min. per LPropane10 lbs.
Primus Profile
2-Burner Stove
Two12,000-BTU per burner8:00 min. per LPropane11 lbs., 8 oz.
Jetboil Genesis
Basecamp Stove
Two10,000-BTU per burner3:15 min. per LPropane6 lbs., 3 oz.
Best Camping Stoves Review
(Photo/Mary Murphy)

Why You Should Trust Us

Besides just boiling water, we cooked meals on each of the camp stoves for this review (including mac and cheese, sautéed veggies, meats, rice, and more). We also conducted boil and simmer tests — a consistent way of comparing stove performance. We believe this provides a good understanding of each stove’s technical cooking capabilities.

Note: We tested these stoves over a period of several seasons, hence the absence of some from testing photos. However, we’ve reviewed all of the stoves on this list in depth. We’re confident these are the best camping stoves available today, and we’ll be sure to update the list with any new releases that rival the best.

Boil Test

Camp Chef Everest Simmer Test

We subjected each propane stove to a substantial boil test. We boiled 1 L of water with the same GSI pot and lid on each stove. Before each test, we made sure the pot and water were at the same temperatures as in prior tests. We also checked the water occasionally to note when it began to boil.

Different air temperatures and altitudes will boil water differently, so we tested all of these stoves at the same altitude. Don’t buy one of these stoves and expect it to boil water at these specific times; instead, use this as a rough guide as to which stove heats the most effectively and gets the hottest. Some stoves might have faster boiling times, and others might have better simmer capabilities.

Simmer Test

To test how well a stove could simmer, we tested the knobs and saw how low the flame could go while still remaining active. We also placed a hand above the flame and lowered it to see how close I could get before it got uncomfortable.

The closer the hand could comfortably get (measured in inches), the lower we found a burner could go. Why does this matter? You don’t just want a stove to have hot and very hot settings; sometimes you need less flame to cook on a low simmer.

We also tested each of the dials to see the range of control they allowed. The higher the degrees of rotation, the more you can turn the dial and change the heat output.

Generally, the higher the better, as this lets you clearly know if you’re cooking on low, medium, or high. Some knobs are also marked with high and low settings to indicate the range.

Camp Cooking Pinnacle Stove
The author camping and cooking along the Arkansas River; (photo/Eric Phillips)

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose a Camping Stove

This list is for car camping stoves. If you want to eat hot food while hiking or backpacking, check out our review of the best backpacking stoves. Or, if a good char is your thing, our gear guide of the best portable grills. Otherwise, read on as we break down the nitty-gritty details of camping stoves.

Number of Burners

If you spend more than 2-3 months out of the year camping — even if you are a single household — we’d recommend going for a two-burner camping stove. Two burners mean you always have the option of cooking with a pot and pan or, for instance, making one entrée alongside a vegetarian or kid-friendly option.

Not to mention, two-burner stoves are the standard. However, for those wanting something different, there are now many single-burner (and even a few three-burner) options on the market.

Jetboil Genesis Camp Stove Two Burners
(Photo/Eric Phillips)

BTUs Explained

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit. Basically, it’s a measurement of energy and, in the case of camp stoves, heat. A gas range stove you’d find in a home has about 6,000-8,000 BTUs per burner (on average).

Lower BTUs generally mean lower-heat cooking (good for simmering and light cooking uses). While higher BTUs (anything above 10,000) indicate high-heat cooking (great for meals with longer cook times and essential for being able to quickly boil lots of water).

Time to Boil

Usually, when you go camping, you’re there to enjoy the outdoors. And yes, that also means enjoying hanging around camp and eating good camp food. One of the most essential criteria for a camp stove is its ability to boil water.

Some stoves can boil in 3 minutes, while others take as long as 10 minutes. The stove that boils the fastest marks a great stove, but doesn’t necessarily make it the best. If you are looking for certain features, say a lightweight stove or one with an igniter, you may have to sacrifice some boil time.

All the stoves we reviewed were able to efficiently light/start, heat, and reach a rolling boil in 8 minutes or less.

Simmer Control

We did a whole test on simmer control because, as we’ve mentioned, boiling water isn’t everything. In order to enjoy a good chef-quality camp meal, you want to be able to boil, but also bake, sauté, fry, simmer, grill, and more. We measured the simmering range on the flame of each burner/stove to see how they stacked up.

Performance in Wind

Think about how often and under what conditions (such as in cold weather) you’ll be using your stove. The more you expand your horizons to travel, the chances of harsh weather and wind will increase.

Knowing whether or not your stove can hold up in windy weather isn’t something you want to learn on a 10-day camping trip on the blustery New England coast. Check the specs, see if the stove has or offers a windscreen, and read up on customer reviews.

If you live somewhere windy, you can also ensure better stove performance in wind and cold by investing in more BTUs.

Eureka Ignite Camping Stove
Tall windscreens, like on the Eureka! Ignite, can greatly reduce the wind effect on your stove’s flame pattern; (photo/Mary Murphy)

Fuel Types and Capacities

The majority of stoves on this list (as you can tell by the images) use one-pound propane canisters. However, a few, like the Snow Peak Home & Camp, use butane fuel. While it varies based on how long you take to cook your meals and what setting your burner is on, a one-pound canister generally lasts about three or four meals.

While traditional one-pound propane canisters are single-use, you may consider investing in a refillable propane tank, which will allow you to refill your camp canister from 20 lb. propane tanks. This can greatly simplify your camp cooking needs and keeps disposable tanks out of the landfill.

Snow Peak Home and Camp Burner Set Up
While butane isn’t the most popular fuel type, it is still readily available and can make for an overall more compact stove setup; (photo/Mary Murphy)

Weight and Packed Size

Weight is one of the biggest differentiators between the stoves on this list. However, these stoves are built for car camping, so you won’t really be carrying them too far. If you know you want a capable and strong two-burner, weight might not matter as much as other features.

What matters more is the packed size. There’s only so much space in your car or truck or at your campsite, so compact stoves like the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Stove or the Snow Peak Home & Camp Burner can make a difference. 

Check to see if the stove packs down into a case, has a cover, and how the fuel line and grill can be stored. Is it all stored together? Do accessories take up more space? These are all factors to consider for your unique preferences and needs.

GSI Pinnacle Camp Stove Testing Detail
While packed size isn’t as important as with backpacking stoves, you’ll want to consider the overall size and weight for lugging around in your adventure-mobile; (photo/Eric Phillips)

Ignition: Strikers vs. Matches

Strikers, also sometimes known as auto-igniters or piezo igniters, are buttons that expel a spark using electricity to ignite a stove. (It’s a process similar to the button that ignites the pilot light on your stove at home.)

Other strikers that provide a spark can be flint or metal. We always opt for a camp stove that has an integrated igniter — as long as the igniter works consistently, this is the best option.

The last option for lighting your camp stove is the good ol’ fashioned match. However, matches can be wasteful and fragile, and are not all are waterproof or can stand up to harsh weather. You can always bring flint or some matches as a backup method.

Coleman Camp Stove Griddles
(Photo/Eric Phillips)

Extra Features: Griddles, Grates, Pots, and More

Think about who you’re cooking for. Is your group size usually one to two people, three to four, or a larger family? Also, consider what you’re cooking.

Do you make a lot of one-pot meals, or do you like sautéing, simmering, slicing, dicing, and baking when outdoors? Do you want to invest in these features down the road? Or do you want a stove with a compatible grill top, or a stove big enough for say, a dutch oven?

Finally, consider your budget. If you see a stove on sale for less than the others, we recommend jumping on it.

Camp Chef Versatop flat grill
The griddle of the Camp Chef Versatop Grill is unmatched when it comes to whipping up a good grilled cheese; (photo/Eric Philips)


What Is the Best Small Camping Stove?

Small can mean compact, or in the case of camp stoves, slimmer and lighter. Each of the stoves on this list is designed with some form of portability and compactness in mind.

If you are tight on space and looking for a truly small stove to stash away in your camp kit or vehicle, we’d recommend the Snow Peak Home & Camp Burner (a one-burner option) or the Kovea Slim Twin (a slim and more budget-friendly two-burner).

What Is the Best Camping Stove for Families?

By far, the best stove for families is the one that will fit your family’s needs. That being said, we’d recommend a stove that’s sturdy, versatile (can cook multiple meals), and easy to clean.

You can’t go wrong with any of our top picks, but the Camp Chef Everest 2X stands out for peak cooking performance and durability. The Coleman Cascade Classic Camp Stove, on the other hand, stands out for budget-friendly, simple, and durable use. Both are durable options that should last for years of family gatherings.

Which Is Better — A Butane or Propane Camping Stove?

Both butane and propane have their pros and cons. Both are pressurized gasses — gas that is compressed and stored as a liquid. Butane tends to perform less well in colder weather. Propane canisters can come in all types of sizes (a better variety to suit a wider range of needs).

It’s important to take note of what climate you’ll be using your camp stove in most. Also, propane is fairly easy to access — you can find it in a big city, in rural towns, even in general stores near state or national parks.

Does the stove have a fuel line adaptor to accommodate different types of fuel? Only a few stoves on the market can run on multiple fuels (Coleman even makes one that runs on gasoline), but the majority are designed for solely butane or propane.

Backpacking Stove vs. Camping Stove: What’s the Difference?

Backpacking stoves are very small single-burner units that can fit in a backpack (even the palm of your hand). Their weight is measured in ounces. Camping stoves, however, are used at “base camp” when you are car camping, truck camping, visiting National Parks, or traveling between.

Camp stoves are bigger and heavier (average 8-14 pounds), and they’re made to be set on a tabletop, truck bed, picnic, or camp table, converting your camp into a camp kitchen.

Now that you’ve got all the info, it’s time to go camping, get cooking, and enjoy the great outdoors!

What To Look for When Buying a Camping Stove?

First, consider how you plan on using your camping stove. Someone who is looking to make a near-fixture of their camp stove in a van build-out is likely to have different requirements over someone who only needs to boil water during weekend camping trips. If you are in the first camp, look into your more substantially built stoves, such as the Camp Chef Everest 2X. For more casual use, consider the Coleman Cascade Classic.

Then, think about the types of meals you are looking to brew up. More substantial or complicated meals will require more cooking space, as well as potentially more heat output. Look for a twin burner stove with at least 10,000-BTU output if you’re the camp chef of your friend group. We find the Coleman 3-in-1 to be a versatile stove that is ready for any type of meal.

Finally, consider if you might ever utilize your stove in a hike-in capacity. There are a number of lighter camp stoves on the market, such as the Snow Peak Home & Camp Burner or Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Stove, that make packing them into camp a much easier chore.

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