Nowadays there are so many different types of camping stoves out there – and if you’re trying to choose one, you may very well feel flawed by the sheer number of options available. That being said, if you look closely you’ll see that most camping stoves fall into one of two distinct ‘types’ – and you can use that to start making a decision on which would suit you best.
Spotting a canister stove is normally quite easy – as it has a small gas canister that attaches directly to it. The main advantage of these stoves lies in the fact that they tend to be small and lightweight, which makes them convenient to carry around in a backpack. On top of that they are also easy to operate and all you need to do is attach the canister, turn the gas on, and light the burner.
That being said, canister stoves do not do well in windy conditions. Unlike other types of stoves that come with ‘windscreens’ to protect the flame, canister stoves have none – and the best you can do is build a wind break on one side of the stove to try to protect it. In extremely cold temperatures, canister stoves often won’t work.
Liquid Gas Stoves
In contrast to canister stoves, liquid gas stoves tend to be larger and heavier – but are known to be able to perform well in all sorts of conditions. Most of these stoves have a separate fuel bottle with an integrated pump and are attached to a standalone stove using a fuel line.
Because it is manually pressurized, liquid gas stoves can deal with extremely cold conditions. Also they tend to come with windscreens that will allow you to protect your flame. That being said, assembling and operating a liquid gas stove is also a bit more complicated and you may struggle with it if it is your first time doing so.
It is worth noting that nowadays there are a number of other types of stoves available too, that range from alcohol stoves to wood-burning or solid fuel stoves. Most of these have several limitations of their own, and aren’t as general-purpose as canister stoves or liquid gas stoves.
At very least, you should now know a little bit more about what to expect when choosing camping stoves. The best thing to do is to examine the type of situations you’re going to need to use your stove in – and then select the best option accordingly.