Camping Stoves

Romantic Camping Stove

Cooking on the campfire is Romantic! Unfortunately, campfires are often restricted during summer months and many campgrounds prohibit the gathering of firewood for environmental reasons. This means you should always bring a camping stove and expect to use it.

Deciding on a camping stove for Romantic Camping depends largely on whether you will be car-camping or backpacking.

Car-Camping Stoves

The BEST car-camping stoves have two burners. The extra burner makes cooking much more convenient. Car-camping stoves tend to use a pressurized canister fuel source. These fuel canisters are relatively clean and easy-to-use. Romantic Camping is all about CLEAN and EASY!

I recommend using camping stoves that have a pressurized canister fuel such as propane or butane. Be sure to pickup an extra canister for your camping trip. You don’t want to run out while frying up your breakfast. The following are the most common fuel options for car-camping stoves:

  • Butane: This colorless, odorless, easily liquefied gas is available internationally. Butane is not considered an ideal fuel for cooking in cold climates.
  • Isobutane and Propane/Butane Blends: Similar benefits of butane with higher performance in cold temperatures.
  • Propane: Offers the BEST performance of all pressurized gas canister fuels. This fuel is not readily available internationally.

Backpacking Stoves

Popular camping stoves for backpacking are small, lightweight, and have a single burner. These camping stoves use an independent refillable liquid fuel bottle. Compared to car-camping stoves, these stoves are MORE work to both operate and maintain. When Romantic Camping, I recommend cooking with a backpacking stove only if you have some previous experience using this type of stove. They can be tricky to light and stay lit. Definitely bring a wind guard!

The primary benefit of backpacking stoves is they are often capable of burning a variety of liquid fuels. Fuel flexibility is certainly beneficial when camping internationally. The specific fuel type used will affect the stove’s burning efficiency and cleanliness. The following are the most common liquid fuels for backpacking camping stoves:

  • White Gas: Limited availability outside United States and Canada. This fuel burns hot and clean. This is your BEST option for stove fuel!
  • Kerosene: Although this fuel can be difficult to start, kerosene does burn hot and is available internationally. Kerosene is a dirty flame!
  • Gasoline: Still available (although becoming more expensive) everywhere in the world. Gasoline is a last resort option for your multi-fuel camping stove. Be extremely careful when lighting!

REMEMBER: Always TEST your camping stove the day before your trip. Make sure everything is working properly. I’ve made the mistake of not testing my stove before a camping trip and had to go without my stove. It turned out my stove had a broken hose that was leaking fuel when pressurized. It would have been good to know this before I was miles from civilization! Also, do NOT use fuel that has been sitting on the shelf since last season. Fuels begin to deteriorate after a couple of months and will not burn clean.

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