Buying Guide for Camping Stoves and Cookers

A Comprehensive Buying Guide for Camping Stoves and Cookers

When you head out for camping, whether it's an expedition, a family vacation, or Duke of Edinburgh, you'll likely need a stove for cooking. Surviving outdoors for more than a day means you'll need gas. Gas stoves are essential for camping, whether you're in lowlands or high mountains. But how do you choose the right one?

In this guide, we'll walk you through everything you need to know about camping stoves and gas canisters. We'll cover different gas types, disposal of empty canisters, and safety tips. So, let's explore the world of camping stoves and cookers.

What is a camping stove?

Types of Camping Cookers

Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove
Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove Grill Pan
Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove Burner
Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove Set
Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove Carry Case

Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove

Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove

Regular price £76.99 Sale price £64.99 Save 16%

The Outwell Appetizer Trio Camping Stove is your reliable companion for outdoor cooking, featuring a compact design that's easy to pack and transport. With two individually controlled burners on each side of the 1500W grill, you can whip up a hearty breakfast, complete with toast, right at the campsite. The built-in windshield provides protection on windy days, ensuring a hassle-free cooking experience.

Dual Burners and Grill: The Appetizer Trio offers versatility with its dual burners and a powerful 1500W grill, giving you the capability to cook a variety of meals while enjoying the outdoors. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this stove has you covered.

Secure Gas Connection: This stove securely connects to LPG gas cylinders, providing a reliable energy source for your outdoor cooking adventures. (Note: a 28-30 / 37 mbar regulator and hose ID 8 mm / ID 10-11 mm / 1/4" LH thread are required but not included.)

Efficiency and Convenience: With a burn time of 55 minutes per 100g of gas and a boil time of 8 minutes and 7 seconds for 1L of water, the Appetizer Trio ensures efficient cooking. The auto piezo ignition simplifies the process, and individually controlled burners offer precise temperature management.

Practical Specifications:

  • Material: Stainless Steel / Steel
  • Burn Time (100g gas): 55 minutes
  • Boil Time (1L water): 8 minutes and 7 seconds
  • Gas Consumption: 2 x 109 g/h (burner) + 109 g/h (grill)
  • Output: 3 x 1500W
  • Colour: Black
  • Pack Size: 58 x 33 x 8 cm
  • Weight: 3.9 kg
  • Item Number: 651110

Additional Features:

  • Collapsible for small pack size
  • Windshield protection
  • Auto piezo ignition
  • Anti-slip rubber feet
  • Grill
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    Single-Burner Camping Stoves

    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner
    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner Side
    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner Piezo Ignition
    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner Carry Case
    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner Carry Case Open

    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner

    Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner

    Regular price £33.99 Sale price £23.99 Save 29%

    cookThe Outwell Appetizer Solo Single Burner is your versatile camping cooker for heating up and cooking your meals wherever your adventures take you. Whether camping, heading to the beach, or keeping it in the cupboard for emergencies, this compact and lightweight stove has you covered.

    Efficient and Portable Cooking: This single burner stove offers efficient cooking with an impressive output of 2200W, allowing you to heat up and cook your favourite meals quickly and conveniently. It's ideal for solo travellers or small groups.

    Robust and Travel-Friendly: The Appetizer Solo comes with a robust travel case, making it easy to carry and store. It's built for durability and designed for outdoor use, ensuring it can handle the demands of your adventures.

    Gas-Powered Convenience: This stove uses the MSF-1A butane cartridge (not included) as its energy source, making it a reliable choice for your outdoor cooking needs. The built-in compartment for the gas cartridge ensures that you have everything you need in one place.

    Auto Piezo Ignition: With its auto piezo ignition, starting the stove is a breeze. There's no need for matches or lighters, making cooking even more convenient.


    • Material: Stainless Steel / Steel
    • Output: 2200 W
    • Burn Time (100g gas): 35 minutes
    • Boil Time (1L water): 5 minutes and 34 seconds
    • Gas Consumption: 160 g/h
    • Colour: Silver Grey
    • Pack Size: 36 x 28 x 11.5 cm
    • Weight: 1.5 kg
    • Item Number: 651019
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    Backpacker Stoves

    Vango Compact Gas Stove

    Vango Compact Gas Stove

    Vango Compact Gas Stove

    Regular price £19.99 Sale price £17.99 Save 10%

    The Vango Compact Gas Stove is your trusty companion for smaller expeditions, offering a lightweight and reliable cooking solution for outdoor enthusiasts.

    Wind-Resistant Design: This gas stove features burner baffles that effectively reduce the impact of wind on the flame. Even in breezy conditions, you can count on its consistent performance.

    Fast Boiling: Boasting a power output of 3000W, this compact stove can boil 1 litre of water in approximately 4 minutes. Enjoy quick and efficient meal preparation during your camping adventures.

    DofE Recommended Kit: The Vango Compact Gas Stove is part of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Recommended Kit, signifying its quality and reliability for outdoor use.

    Compact and Portable: The foldable design of this stove makes it easy to store and transport. It's a space-saving solution for campers and hikers who value convenience.

    Storage Box Included: For added convenience and organization, the stove comes with a storage box, keeping everything neatly together when not in use.

    Gas Canister Compatibility: This stove is compatible with screw-on butane propane mix gas canisters. You can choose the size that best suits your camping needs.

    Approximate Burn Times:

    • 110g canister: 30 minutes
    • 230g canister: 65 minutes
    • 450g canister: 125 minutes


    • Total Weight: 0.102kg
    • Height: 8.0cm
    • Width: 12.3cm
    • DofE Recommended Kit: Yes
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      Electric Griddles

      Vango Scran XL
      Vango Scran XL

      Vango Scran XL

      Vango Scran XL

      Regular price £55.00 Sale price £47.99 Save 13%

      The Vango Scran XL is a versatile cooking solution, eliminating the need for pans. This non-stick electric grill features a large cooking plate with the option of a flat or ribbed surface, allowing you to choose your preferred cooking style for healthier meals. Cleaning is a breeze, and the adjustable thermostat lets you set the perfect temperature for your culinary creations.

      Efficient and Convenient Cooking: With a power rating of 1500 Watts, the Scran XL delivers efficient cooking performance. It's equipped with an adjustable 5-setting thermostat with a light indicator, allowing you to control the cooking temperature (ranging from 80-240°C) to suit your needs.

      Non-Stick Grill Plate: The cooking plate is non-stick, making it easy to cook without the need for excess oil and simple to clean after use. The option of a flat or ribbed surface offers versatility in cooking styles.

      Heat-Resistant Handles: The Scran XL is designed with heat-resistant handles, ensuring safety and ease of movement, even during cooking.

      Additional Features:

      • Power: 1500 Watts
      • 2.5m Cable with UK Plug: The extra-long cable provides flexibility for cooking.
      • Leg Height Adjuster: This feature allows unwanted grease to drain away from your food, promoting healthier cooking.


      • Pack Size: Max pack size of L81.5 x H13.5 x W30.0cm
      • Total Weight: 2.5kg
      • Length: 77.0cm
      • Height: 11.5cm
      • Width: 29.0cm

      Important Preparation Note: Before the first use, it's advisable to run the Scran XL in a ventilated area for 15 minutes. The product has a protective oil applied to the heating element during manufacture, which can emit light smoke as it burns away.

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        Camping Induction Hobs

        Choosing the Right Gas

        Factors to Consider When Buying a Gas Stove

        When picking a stove for your camping trip, there are some important things to think about.

        First, think about how you'll be getting around. If you're hiking, your stove and fuel will be in your backpack, so it should be light and not take up too much space.

        The weather and where you camp matter a lot. Cold weather and wind can affect how well your stove works. Stoves with a wind guard can help with this, and ones made from reflective material keep the heat in.

        Speaking of reflections, using a reflective base plate under your stove can stop heat from escaping into the cold ground and keep things safe.

        Also, remember that if your gas canister gets too hot, it can explode. So, make sure there's some ventilation if it's warm out.

        The most important thing to think about when choosing a stove and fuel is the type of gas you'll use.

        Butane or propane gas: which one is better?

        Most camping stoves use either propane, butane, or a mix of both gases. The key difference is in the temperatures they work best at, determined by their boiling points.

        Camping stoves are handy tools, but they become less efficient in colder temperatures because the gas doesn't evaporate well. So, for chilly camping trips, you want gas with a lower boiling point.

        Butane is less harmful than propane and offers about 12% more energy. However, it has a boiling point of 0°C, making it unsuitable for cold weather (5°C and below). While it can save you money, it's not the right choice for winter or chilly climates.

        Propane is lighter, has higher pressure, and a lower boiling point (-42°C) compared to butane. Higher pressure means it burns hotter, cooks faster, and performs better in the cold.

        You probably won't be camping in extreme cold in the UK, but propane is your go-to for winter trips.

        Alternatively, some stoves use a mix of propane and butane. This combines the efficiency of butane with the versatility of propane. That's why many camping canisters contain a gas blend.

        In certain cases, you might come across isobutane. It's similar to regular butane in efficiency but has higher pressure and a boiling point of -12°C.

        How do you dispose of a gas canister?

        When you've wrapped up your camping adventure and used up multiple gas canisters, it's essential to dispose of them safely and responsibly. Here's a closer look at the steps you should take:

        1. Empty the Canister Completely: Before you even think about disposal, make sure the gas canister is entirely empty. Check for any lingering fuel or gas that might remain inside. Emptying the canister ensures there's no risk of accidental combustion during the disposal process.

        2. Pierce the Canister: To make it clear that the canister is empty and safe, you'll need to pierce it. This step is crucial because it signals to others that the canister is no longer in use. Use a sharp tool to carefully puncture the canister. This piercing should be done in a controlled and safe manner to prevent any accidents.

        3. Mark the Hole: After you've pierced the canister, it's a good idea to mark the hole you've created. This simple action increases visibility and helps avoid any confusion. You can use a pen or a marker to clearly indicate that the canister is no longer filled with gas.

        By following these steps, you not only ensure your safety but also take a responsible approach to disposing of gas canisters. It's an essential part of being environmentally conscious during your camping adventures. Proper disposal prevents harm to the environment and helps maintain the beauty of the outdoors for future generations of campers to enjoy.

        Camping Stove and Gas Canister Safety

        Safety should always be a top priority when it comes to camping stoves and gas canisters. These containers hold compressed fuel, which, if mishandled, can pose significant risks. To ensure your camping experience remains enjoyable and free from accidents, it's essential to adhere to the following safety guidelines:

        1. Gear Inspection: Precaution First
        Before you even think about igniting your camping stove, take a moment to inspect your equipment thoroughly. Faulty gear can lead to fires and other hazardous situations. Check for any signs of wear and tear, such as damaged hoses or connections. Ensure that all parts are securely fastened and in good condition. Regular gear maintenance can prevent potential disasters down the road.

        2. Outdoor Cooking: Fresh Air Is Essential
        When it's time to whip up a meal, opt for cooking in the great outdoors. Cooking outside the tent in a well-ventilated area is a fundamental safety measure. This practice prevents the accumulation of smoke and dangerous fumes inside your shelter, reducing the risk of suffocation or fire hazards. Adequate ventilation ensures that any gases produced during cooking are safely dispersed into the open air.

        3. Flammable Materials: Keep Your Distance
        Maintain a safe separation between your gas cylinders, flammable liquids, and open flames. This includes keeping spare gas canisters away from any active cooking or heating elements. Flammable substances can catch fire or explode when exposed to direct heat, making it imperative to store them at a safe distance. This proactive approach minimizes the potential for dangerous accidents that could ruin your camping experience.

        4. Child Safety: A Watchful Eye
        Children are naturally curious, and their curiosity can lead them to explore the cooking area. To prevent accidents, store matches and lighters out of their reach. Keep these fire-starting tools well away from the cooking area when your stove is lit. By securing these items, you reduce the risk of children accidentally igniting a fire or getting injured while playing near the stove.

        5. Stable Ground: The Foundation of Safety
        Cooking on an unstable surface is a recipe for disaster. Ensure your stove is set up on level ground to prevent accidents and fires. A wobbly stove can lead to spills and accidents, not to mention the potential danger of a hot stove toppling over. By choosing a stable location, you create a secure foundation for your cooking activities, enhancing overall safety.

        By following these safety measures, you can enjoy the convenience of a camping stove while minimizing the inherent risks associated with handling gas canisters and open flames. Your safety and the safety of those around you are paramount, ensuring a worry-free and memorable camping experience.