5 Best Camping Stoves for 2020 (Portable Propane Gas Stoves)


We really like these stoves, but we’re having a difficult time finding them in stock anywhere. They may be temporarily sold out, or gone for good. If you spot them, they’re worth a look.

Primus Tupike Stove ($225)

Primus’ Tupike stove is compact, lightweight, and well made. The cleverly designed handle makes it simple to pack and carry. It’s also my favorite stove to cook on, thanks to its stainless steel construction and ease of cleaning. With only 7,000 BTUs, it’s not the fastest at boiling water, but for low-heat cooking—the cooking most of us actually do—it’s unbeatable. It also performed well in the wind, though the screens sometimes flap around a bit. Unfortunately, this kind of quality does not come cheap. You could blow through four Coleman Classics for the price of the Tupike. Still, if money isn’t a concern, this stove is well worth the investment.

Stansport Outfitter Series 2-Burner Propane Stove ($110)

The Stansport Outfitter Series stove is family-size and nearly identical to the Camp Chef Everest, but it’s blue. It has more powerful 25,000-BTU burners, though I didn’t notice much difference in terms of actual use. It also has the same stainless drip pan as the Everest and even the same shape of stove grate, though the bars are closer together over the burner—making it easier to balance small cookware, like a moka pot. The Stansport is well made and has a much nicer latch mechanism than the Everest. Still, it’s hard to justify the extra price on latch alone. We haven’t tested its third burner or griddle option, but it looks nice.