If you’re a camping aficionado, you’ll know how important it is to have a good quality set-up for those nights on the road or out in the wild. Everything from tents, swags, sleeping bags, and pillows right through to an esky, chairs, tables and camping stoves are great essentials to make your outdoor adventure one for the books.
Now, we know the literal definition of camping means you’ll likely be roughing it a little, but if you ask us, you’re allowed to still hold onto some of your creature comforts (read: your Saturday morning poached eggs and avocado). All you’ll need is a camping stove.
Modern day camping stoves can be gas, or electric and have single, double and even triple burners, meaning you can easily whip up a meal for two or feed a bunch of hungry troops. They also come in a range of sizes, from small tabletop models to freestanding stoves.
If you buy a gas camping stove, just make sure it either comes with gas bottles or you purchase the right gas bottles to accompany it.
Ahead, we’ve found a range of simple and portable camping stoves for every budget.
The best camping stoves under $50
Coleman Peak1 Stove
Coleman Peak1 Stove, $22.90
Perfect for the solo camper, this Coleman Peak 1 Butane/Propane Stove is compact and packs a punch. It’s designed to fit a 6-in. pan on top of the serrated supports and can boil one litre of water in just over three minutes. The fully-adjustable heat goes from simmer to full boil with up to 10,000 BTUs of power.
Gasmate Travelmate Deluxe II Butane Stove
The Gasmate Travelmate Deluxe II Butane Stove is perfect for boiling water or cooking up dinner at the campsite. It’s compact, lightweight and includes a new two-stage safety shut-off device that will save your bacon if over-pressure occurs. When you’re finished cooking, it packs away easily in a convenient carry case that keeps it clean when not in use.
Companion Double Stove Windshield
The Double Camping Stove Windshield will allow you to cook your master-chef delights even in windy conditions, such as on an open beach. Constructed from high quality galvanised steel, this Windshield not only protects your gas stove from the surrounding winds but also prevents the heat from escaping around your cooking area.
Happy Home Portable Single Burner
Happy Home’s Portable Single Burner Butane Gas Stove is affordable and perfect if you’re trying to keep your camping gear to a minimum. It runs on a replaceable butane cartridge and comes with its carry case making this compact stove easy to store.
The best camping stoves under $100
Gasmate Travelmate II Butane Stove with Hotplate
The Gasmate Travelmate II Butane Stove with Hotplate is perfect for cooking up dinner at the campsite. It uses high-quality brass valve fittings for long life and fantastic performance. It includes a new two-stage safety shut-off device, so you don’t have to worry about burning the snags.
Wanderer Compact LPG Portable Stove 2 Burner
The Wanderer LPG Compact Camping Stove Range is made with two fast boiling burners to heat a lot of food fast. The drip trays are easy to clean, and it includes side shields to protect the burners from the wind. The whole stove is made as compact as possible for easy storage and transport.
Portable Gas Stove Burner Butane BBQ Camping Gas Cooker With Non-Stick Plate
This lil’ red Portable Gas Stove Cooker is as professional as it looks, fitted with variable heat control, a pressure sensitive safety governor system and a windshield. The non-stick plate function also works great if you don’t want to lug along an extra pan. Keep in mind, this stove runs on a replaceable butane cartridge, which is not included — so be sure to pick one up before you head off into the middle of nowhere.
Martin Outdoor Heavy Duty Portable Butane Stove Burner
The Martin Outdoor Heavy Duty Camp Stove is the ultimate portable kitchenette — powerful, tiny, and aesthetically pleasing. Made with black alloy steel, as well as being fitted with a built-in windshield that protects the flame, it’ll cook up your food faster than the kids can say, “is it dinner time yet?”.
The best camping stoves under $150
Campmaster Bute-BQ Butane BBQ
The Campmaster Bute-BQ Portable Butane BBQ features a non-stick coated cast alloy cooking grill that can fit up to six steaks at once and is simple and easy to clean. For further ease of cleaning, the sliding drip tray can be removed. Using a standard 220g Campmaster Butane canister, you will have around 90 minutes of cooking time per cartridge.
All4Adventure Inset Cooking Pan Butane Stove
Cook up a storm on the All4Adventure Inset Cooking Pan Butane Stove! This campsite essential includes an alloy non-stick coated deep cooking pan for increased durability and a tempered glass lid to keep moisture in and pesky backyard insects out! The stove is easily operated via the push turn piezo ignition and includes a two-stage overpressure safety cut off.
Coleman Hyper Flame Fyre Cadet Stove
The Coleman HyperFlame FyreCadet camping stove is designed with WindBlock pot support that opens up space for larger pots. It’s versatile and easy to clean, thanks to removable pan supports. The Coleman SwapTop system also enables a combination of cooking surfaces to be used on the stove at the same time.
The best camping stoves under $200
Campmaster Butane Combo Stove
Campmaster Butane Combo Stove, $179.99
The Campmaster Butane Combo Stove has a two-stage safety shut off device, a one cast alloy burner and one stainless steel flat ribbon burner, making camp cooking a breeze. This combo stove comes with plenty of accessories including, a cast alloy nonstick cooking plate, cast alloy nonstick deep dish with glass lid.
Wanderer LPG Portable Stove with Grill 2 Burner
The Wanderer LPG Portable Stove Range was designed to be a campsite essential. Featuring fast boiling burners, easy to clean drip trays, and side shields to protect the burners from the wind. This two burner portable gas stove is compact for easy storage and transport, making it perfect for those with minimal space.
Coleman Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove
Okay, this Coleman’s Eventemp 3 Burner Propane Stove is a lil’ bit over budget, but totally worth it as it’s designed to cook up to three dishes at once using its trio of fully-adjustable, independently-controlled high-performance burners. Aside from being easy to use, it’s even easier to clean up, making camp cooking a dream.
If you’re all sorted for camp stoves now, here’s how to get a leg up on the comfiest swags to take with you as well.