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Best Propane Camping Stoves of 2022

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A reliable and easy-to-use camping stove is key to having an enjoyable camping trip. While there are many propane camping stoves, this article focuses on portable units with one or two burners.

We put together a list of the best propane camping stoves to help you select the right one.

This is followed up with a detailed guide explaining how to use a propane stove and answers to some commonly asked questions about propane camping stoves.

Reviews of the Best Propane Camping Stoves

Eureka! Ignite 2-Burner Camp Stove

Eureka! Ignite Portable Two-Burner Camping Stove

The Eureka! Ignite 2-Burner Propane Camp Stove can be used in your backyard, at an outdoor social gathering, or while camping. It is a great backup cooking source in case the power goes out.

What We Like

  • Excellent simmer and flame control
  • Push-button ignition
  • Well designed with sturdy construction

What is Not Ideal

  • Heavy – best for car camping or on the patio

Product Highlights

The Eureka! Ignite is a high-performance camp stove built with thick-gauge steel. The three fold-out windscreens (back cover and two side wind-guards) protect the cooking flame or leave them flat for more room. The wings are attached to the stove with metal tabs instead of wire.

The ignition button lets you fire it up quickly and easily. The two 10,000 BTU burners have excellent temperature control. The flame (light simmer to full output) can be adjusted to boil water or make perfect scrambled eggs.

The grate sits above the burner, so there is more room for air to get to the burner so you can control the flame better. The wind flaps still protect the burners.

Two 10-inch pans with straight sides will fit on the burners. If your pans have flared sides, you might have to unlatch the windscreens, so they lay flat.

The stainless-steel drip tray won’t rust and is easily cleaned. It has rubber non-slip feet to keep the stove from sliding. The latches are sturdy and well secured, so you don’t have to worry about the lid opening during transport.

This compact Eureka stove is JetLink compatible. The JetLink accessory hose (not included) connects Jetboil and Eureka! multi-burner stoves together. This enables you to have four burners running off a single propane source.

One-pound propane canisters can be used, or you can connect an adapter (purchase separately) to a larger propane tank. The Coleman fuel canister is compatible with this stove.

JetLink compatibility allows you to connect from the output on other Eureka! stoves for camp kitchen flexibility (the Ignite must be the last line in a JetLink chain of linked stoves, it cannot be the starting point).

The Eureka! Ignite weighs 10 pounds and is 18.5” x 12.8” x 4” (LxWxH). The manufacturer, Eureka!, says the burn time is 90 minutes.

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Camp Chef Explorer 2-Burner Camp Stove

Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove

Not everyone who goes camping wants to 'rough it,' and there are many who want as many home comforts as is possible, even when sleeping each night in a tent.

That is why the Camp Chef Explorer Stove appeals to many campers, as it is as close to a home barbecue grill as is possible with a camping stove.

What We Like

  • Multiple cooking options
  • Two adjustable burners
  • 30,000 BTU output per burner
  • Large cooking area
  • Detachable and adjustable legs
  • Can also be used on a tabletop

What is Not Ideal

  • No built-in igniter
  • Controllers are too close to burners

Product Highlights

The Camp Chef Explorer Double Burner Stove is not a camping stove you will carry in your backpack as it weighs over 30 lbs. If you have a small car trunk and a lot of camping equipment, this 34"x29" camp stove might not fit.

Even though its size might create some issues regarding transporting it, its large size affords many cooking advantages.

First, you have a greater cooking area, you can cook for four or more people. The cooking area is 32 inches across and 14 inches deep, so you have just under 450 square inches cooking a delicious meal.

Of course, your options can expand beyond cooking with basic pots to skillets, cooking trays, and frying pans that allow you to cook fried chicken, steaks, or burgers. You can also go a stage further with deep pots to prepare and cook casseroles, curries, and stews.

Another advantage of the large cooking area is that it accommodates two burners, so you can have different items cooking at different rates.

Each burner is fully controllable using the large control dial on the side of each one. This Camp Chef Explorer Propane Stove has a total output of 60,000 BTU.

When cooking, the stove is kept stable and secure thanks to the four detachable legs, which can be adjusted to a comfortable height. You are aided further by the three-sided windshield that prevents the wind from extinguishing either burner flames.

This camping stove is fueled by propane, which is not included; however, the regulator and three ft. hose come with it. You can also purchase many accessories for this stove: a grill griddle, a Dutch oven, and a barbecue box.

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Coleman Camp Propane Grill Stove+

Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove+ , Black and Silver

What We Like

  • Matchless ignition
  • Lightweight
  • Removable drip tray and grates

What is Not Ideal

  • Cheap grill
  • Heat adjustment is not perfect

Product Highlights

The Coleman Camp Propane Grill Stove+ has a grill plate and stove burner that can be used simultaneously. The grill has 130 sq. in. of cooking space, and the burner holds cookware up to 10 inches.

This portable stove has push-button ignition for matchless lighting, and the burner temperature can be adjusted. There are wind guards on three sides.

This compact Coleman grill stove has a removable drip tray and nonskid feet to keep it from moving or sliding off the table. A one-pound propane cylinder and a larger propane tank with an adapter can be used.

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Coleman Classic 2-Burner Propane Stove

Coleman Gas Camping Stove | Classic Propane Stove, 2 Burner

This propane camping stove has two burners and would appeal to those who want to cook meals while camping, rather than just boiling water for coffee and soups.

What We Like

  • Large cooking area
  • Twin burners
  • The closeable lid acts as a windshield
  • Side windshields double as shelves
  • Easy to clean

What is Not Ideal

  • No automatic ignition
  • Controllers are very sensitive

Product Highlights

Each burner of the Coleman Classic 2 Burner Propane Camping Stove has an output of 10,000 BTUs. This is enough for you to cook just about anything you wish on this stove and do it quickly if the need arises.

The burners each have a controller used to set them at the right temperature level for the food. It is particularly appealing about these controllers that they are on the front of the stove, so they are easily accessible and are not too close to the burner flame.

When not in use, the stove's lid can be closed, and then the stove can be easily carried to the car or the campsite. This cover also protects the stove when it is not in use.

Another benefit of this lid is it acts as a windshield to prevent the flames from being affected by strong winds. It is assisted in that task by the two side panels, which stop winds blowing from the right or left of the stove, causing problems. These side panels can also be folded down and used as stands for accessories, utensils, or condiments.

Your cooking options are also greatly enhanced by the overall size of this camping stove. It is 22 inches and 14 inches deep, giving you plenty of space to cook with larger pots, skillets, and frying pans. A 10” pot and a 10” skillet can be used side by side.

Across the cooking area, there is a metal grate upon which you place the pots and pans when cooking with them. This means any splashes or drips fall underneath the drip tray for easier cleaning.

We were disappointed that this stove does not have automatic ignition, but given how easy access is to the burner, lighting with a match or lighter is not a problem.

This stove is fueled by a 16.4 oz. propane cylinder, which is screwed to the fuel inlet pipe at the side of the stove, can expect up to one hour of cooking time if the burners are on full. That time is extended if only one is being used or the burners are on lower settings.

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Coleman PowerPack Single Burner Propane Stove

Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove, Single Burner, Coleman Green - 2000020931

So far, we have reviewed propane stoves for camping for those who might want to cook larger meals for a family or friends. However, with the Coleman PowerPack stove, we move to the other end of the scale.

This stove is ideal for those who need the minimum cooking options and the lowest possible weight when carrying their stove in their backpack. It is also helpful as an extra burner.

What We Like

  •  The flame is easily controlled
  • Small and lightweight
  • Solid cooking grate
  • Cooks for up to 3 hours on full heat
  • Easy to light, clean, and maintain

What is Not Ideal

  • Small pots don’t work well since the burner is relatively large
  • The underside of the base has sharp edges
  • The controller takes time to get used to

Product Highlights

The Coleman PowerPack Propane Stove only has one burner. For many campers, only one burner is required to cook the meals they enjoy when camping; or when they want to boil water for a hot drink.

The burner's output of 7,500 BTUs may not seem large, but it is more than adequate. Also, bear in mind this stove is not trying to compete with double burner stoves designed to cook three-course meals.

The lower output gives you a significant advantage; you should be able to cook up to three hours on its maximum setting and even longer if you use it turned down at times. That is not the length of time the larger stoves will allow you to cook.

There is no electronic ignition, so you'll need a lighter or matches to start the flame. After that, you can control the heat output using the small control knob on the stove base’s side.

This stove has a diameter of about 11.5 inches. Sitting on the base is a chrome-plated cooking grate on which you can place your pots.

The cooking grate is removable for when it needs to be cleaned. The base surfaces are also easily cleaned, and a wipe with a damp cloth will suffice in most cases. This unit is round and sits stable on flat surfaces while cooking.

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Propane Camping Stove Comparison Chart

Feature

Eureka! Ignite

Camp Chef Explorer

Grill Stove+

Coleman Classic 

Coleman PowerPack

Type

Tabletop

Freestanding

Tabletop

Tabletop

Tabletop

No. Burners

2

2

2

2

1

BTUs (total)

20,000

60,000

20,000

20,000

7,500

Wind Protection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic Ignition

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article has given you the information you need to choose the best propane camping stove.

No propane camping stove, or any other product for that matter, is perfect, so choose the one that most meets your needs in terms of stove size and weight, cooking capacity, and ease of use.

How to Use a Propane Camping Stove

This step-by-step process using a propane camping stove requires a degree of common sense and an eye toward safety.

1. Find a Safe and Level Location to Set Up Your Stove

This ensures there is no danger of the stove tipping over while you are cooking, any fire hazard such as dry leaves, etc., that could catch fire from the stove's flame. You should then set up your stove by opening the lid fully, if it has one, setting the side shield up, and placing the cooking grate.

2. Connect the Propane Source To Your Stove

If you use a 16-ounce propane canister, connect the regulator to the stove and the propane cylinder to the other end of the regulator. If you use a large propane tank, you’ll need a high-pressure hose and adapter.

  • After connecting the regulator or hose, check for leaks. Be sure all the control knobs are in the “OFF” position.
  • Open the valve on the propane cylinder one turn.
  • Spray soapy water over the connections and check for bubbles that indicate a leak.
  • If there is a leak, turn the propane valve to the OFF position.
  • Then tighten the leaking connection (s) and repeat the test.

3. Ignite the Stove

This process will involve a match or lighter if your stove does not have automatic ignition. Start gas flow by turning the controller on the burner to be lit until you hear a hissing noise, which indicates the gas is flowing.

You can light the match or lighter and hold it near the burner. When you hear the hissing noise, press the ignition button to light the stove.

4. Regulate the Heat

All propane stoves should have some means of controlling the burner or burners, and this is usually a control knob that you turn in either direction depending on whether you wish to increase the heat level or reduce it.

5. While You are Cooking

Cooking on a camping stove should be fun, but you must not lose sight of what is happening on and around your stove as you cook. Be aware of winds that can either blow flames towards you or extinguish them.

Also, keep an eye on boiling liquids in case they spill over the edge of the pot. Be especially careful that the stove remains stable to eradicate any risks of hot food or liquids burning you due to the stove toppling.

freestanding two burner propane camping stove

FAQ - Propane Camp Stoves

Can You Use a Propane Camping Stove Indoors?

Ideally, avoiding using a propane camping stove indoors would be best. Most manufacturers state their stoves should not be used indoors. 

If you use a propane stove indoors, it must be done with precautions.

You should always keep a window open, have a carbon monoxide detector operating, and keep a fan running nearby to ensure all fumes are expelled, especially if you use it in a camper or small cabin.

How Do I Clean My Propane Stove?

Always ensure that the burners are off and the stove has cooled down before attempting to clean it. Many of them have stainless steel drip trays and chrome-plated cooking grates, so a wipe with a damp cloth should suffice in most instances.

If you want a thorough cleaning, disconnect the propane tank, and use hot soapy water and a sponge. For stubborn or burnt-on food, do not use a scrubbing brush as this will scratch the surfaces.

Instead, use high-pressure water, such as a hose with an adjustable nozzle. Always ensure your stove is dry throughout once you have finished cleaning. 

What are BTUs?

BTU stands for 'British Thermal Unit,' and 1 BTU is the amount of energy required to heat one lb. of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. It is the measure of heat output used to classify and compare products such as grills, stoves, and barbecues. By the way, do not pay too much attention to the word British, as BTUs are used worldwide.

Is Propane a Better Fuel for Camping Stoves Than Butane?

One of the choices to be made when selecting a camp stove is the fuel used. The question of using butane or propane gas for a camp stove is popular. 

If you ask camping experts, and indeed campers themselves, the majority will tell you that propane is preferable to butane.

Several reasons include propane being much more readily available in stores than butane, which is often hard to find. Propane also works much better at higher altitudes or when the temperatures are very low. Finally, propane is regarded as more efficient and economical than butane. 

What is a Piezo Igniter?

Many people mistakenly think 'Piezo' is a brand that makes igniters, and while there is a company called Piezo, the word comes from piezoelectricity. This is the electric charge created within solid materials such as ceramics and crystals.

This process creates the spark that ignites many products, including cigarette lighters, barbecue grills, and camping stoves.

Can I Cook Anything on a Propane Camping Stove?

There are some limits to what you can use a propane camping stove for; however, you can cook many different dishes on them. Anything you would typically fry, boil, broil, steam, or poach can be placed in or on a pot, pan, griddle, or skillet and cooked on a propane camping stove.

How Much Propane Gas Will I Need for a Camping Trip?

This is almost impossible to answer, as there are so many variables. It will very much depend on the BTU output from your burners and whether or not you cook with your stove on full flame all the time or vary it as you cook.

The length of your camping trip will dictate how many times you have to cook, and the size of your propane canister(s) will make a difference.

The best advice is always to take more propane with you than you think you might need. It is still better to come home with an unused propane canister than a hungry gang of campers because you ran out of propane and couldn't cook on the final night.

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