Camp Stoves for Preppers
Camping stoves with preppers in mind

How will you set up your camp kitchen?
As a prepper, you may have a wood fired oven outside, a cast
iron oven inside, a barbecue and several kinds of camp stoves
for bugging out. When shopping online shopping for camping
stoves, consider that you have at least four different kinds of
camp stoves:

  1. biomass / wood burning stove
  2. gas burning stove, such as butane, propane or white gas,
    and sterno
  3. solar stove
  4. a small folding stove or an ultra light stove for your
    bugout bag

Cooking off grid in an emergency requires having a variety of
camp stove options to take advantage of different scenarios. A
biomass, wood burning stove is a priority as you will have an
almost endless supply of fuel; however, there may be an
instance where you might not have seasoned wood for fuel or
your wood might be too wet for whatever reason, so you'll need
a gas stove as a backup. Harnessing the sun power for your
cooking is another important consideration to conserve your
other fuel options.

In addition to having different fuel options, preppers should
consider camp stoves which provide additional benefits. For
example, camp stoves today can do amazing things:

  • Wood burning stoves can power USB-chargeable devices,
    including smartphones! The Biolite camp stove, pictured
    immediate eight runs on twigs and will power your phone!

  • The Etekcity Ultralight Portable Outdoor Backpacking
    Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition (Orange) below is an
    ultralight camp stove that is compatible with any single
    butane or butane-propane mixed fuel canister. It has a
    piezo ignition, which means it can take fuel from your
    Zippo lighter!

Butane Stoves.
Butane does not do well in below freezing temperatures.  Like
propane, butane stoves also come in pressurized tanks, but
butane cartridges generally can't be refilled. And when the tank
is low, it looses it's efficiency. Unfortunately, butane canisters
are not always easy to find.

  • Camp Chef Mountain Series Butane stove: The Camp
    Chef Mountain Series Butane stove, pictured right in red
    couldn't be easier and comes highly rated from a trusted
    source. This one-burner camp stove has a 8,000 BTU
    burner with a porcelain drip tray for easy clean up. What's
    more it has a matchless ignition and a convenient carry
    case. For around $20, you can't beat it!

  • Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System. The Jetboil Flash
    cooking system captures and focuses heat more efficiently
    than traditional cooking systems. The Flash brings two
    cups of water to a boil in only two minutes! The Flash's 1-
    liter insulated and hand-anodized aluminum Jetboil
    cooking cup connects directly to the high performance
    burner through the use of Jetboil FluxRing technology,
    ensuring that less heat is lost during the cooking process.
    A built-in windscreen allows the Flash to function
    effectively even under less than optimal conditions. A
    simple-to-use electric igniter makes lighting the burner
    and operating the Flash quick and easy.

Propane Stoves.
Propane is a dependable fuel at high altitudes and freezing
temperatures; however, propane tanks are thick walled, so they
are too heavy to carry in a backpack. Leave this kind of stove in
your backyard or take it car camping.

  • Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove (propane stove).
    The Coleman Two-Burner Propane Stove. Coleman's
    PerfectFlow appliances regulate the pressure of the
    propane to provide a consistent cooking performance
    without flaring or flickering. The stove also provides
    windblock side panels. It runs on Coleman Liquid Fuel
    (propane) or even unleaded gasoline.

  • Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven (propane stove and
    oven). The Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven, pictured
    immediate right, cooks for up to 5 hours on high heat with
    one 1-pound can of propane. Imagine baking fresh bread
    and cookies, pizza, lasagna and so much more. Certainly,
    this will be a morale booster in uncertain times, and you
    can enjoy it today camping! The unit's heat-efficient,
    insulated oven box heats up to 400° F and has plenty of
    room to fit a 9 x 13 pan in it, you can even bake a loaf of
    fresh bread inside. A see-through glass window and built-
    in temperature gauge help you hone your cooking skills.
    Durable stainless steel construction helps fend off
    corrosion and nonstick enamel makes cleanup easy too.

NOTE: Proper storage of propane cylinders is important. Don't
store a cylinder in a closed storage compartment.
Learn how to
handle and store propane correctly.

Blended Fuel Stoves (Butane/Propane Mixed Fuel Stoves).
Blended fuels offer the capability of improved cooking in below-
freezing conditions.

  • Ultra light Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo
    Ignition. Just 3.9oz, the Ultra Light Backpacking stove,
    pictured immediate right has had more than 670 4.5-star
    reviews! You will appreciate this totally inexpensive
    starter stove as the most important piece of hiking
    equipment to own. Believe it or not, you can have it
    shipped to you for under $6 and with included shipping.
    Works with Coleman butane/propane mix fuel. This
    ultralight camp stove is compatible with any single butane
    or butane-propane mixed fuel canisters. It has a strong
    and consistent flame during use with built-in Piezo ignition
    system and adjustable fuel flow to control flame intensity.

Solar ovens.
A solar oven (also sometimes called solar cooker) is made with
aluminum reflectors to bake foods using the sun's energy. Used
to either heat food or sterilize water, this outdoor cooking
method concentrates sunlight thereby converting light to heat,
and trapping heat.

  • Sunflair Portable Solar Oven. The Sunflair Portable Solar
    Oven, pictured above with Complete Cookware and
    Thermometer. It's the most versatile solar oven on the
    market. Bake cookies or pizza. Dry fruits and herbs. Can
    accommodate a wide variety of cookware, and there's no
    assembly required.

  • Global Sun Oven solar cooker. The Global Sun Oven
    cooker, pictured right opened and closed, is according to
    the manufacturer the world's most widely used solar oven.
    Solar cooking has been around for centuries, but up to
    now, not many people have had the opportunity to try
    cooking with the sun. Using the most advanced materials,
    the Sun Oven takes all the hassles out of solar cooking to
    create the ultimate solar appliance. The sun oven can be
    used in the winter as well as summer. It has been used
    very successfully at below zero conditions at a base camp
    on Mt. Everest. Measures 19" x 19" with an average depth
    of 11". The total weight is only 21 pounds. You can bake
    bread, make cookies, pizza, muffins, or anything you could
    prepare using a conventional oven.

  • Solavore Sport Solar Oven, Pictured right, the Solavore
    Sport Solar Oven comes with detachable Sport Reflector,
    two 9" round Graniteware pots, thermometer, Water
    Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI) and Solavore Getting
    Started Guide (with recipes).

Sterno Stoves.
Sterno is safer than liquid fuels and you'll find they are easy to
store an inexpensive. Sterno brand cooking fuel is non-toxic,
biodegradable and water soluble. Sterno is a similar fuel used
in chafing dishes to keep casseroles warm in buffets and keeps
the fondue pot filled with melty cheese. Sterno is a brand
name. It has low heating power, so you'll need more stero to
cook a meal than with other times of fuel. Even so, Sterno is a
great way to get started in prepping. The fuel is safe and easy
to store and use.

  • Sterno Cooking Kit. Sterno brand cooking fuel is non-
    toxic, biodegradable and water soluble. The Sterno Kit is a
    good entry level option for cooking  outdoors when the
    power is out or for taking your first outdoor camping

  • Coghlan's Folding Stove (sterno, paraffin wax).
    Coghlan's Folding Stove, pictured immediate right, is
    convienent and easy to use. It burns Coghlan's Camp Heat
    or any other type of canned fuel, such as a home-made
    paraffin wax fuel made from a tuna can. It folds nicely and
    is an ideal emergency cooking option.

  • Coleman Box oven. Borrowing on the idea of the classic
    cardboard box oven is the Coleman box oven, pictured
    immediate left. Place the Coleman box oven, on top of a
    Coleman two- or three-burner stove, which provides all the
    heat you need to bake your favorite dishes. This oven
    would work also on a heat source such as charcoal, though
    it will get soot from the charcoal. The Coleman box oven
    looks like a mini safe, but it's actually a mini oven. Made
    of aluminized steel, you can bake batches of muffins,
    biscuits or rolls to enhance your outdoor cooking

Camp stove: Wood burning

  • Basecamp. A smart alternative to fossil-fuel stoves, the
    Biolite BaseCamp Stove, pictured right, gives you wood-
    fired meals and charges your devices all at the same time.
    Using just small pieces of firewood or fallen branches for
    fuel, this thermo-electric stove converts heat to electricity,
    which charges an internal 2,200 mAh lithium-ion battery
    and powers a fan to increase the efficiency of the fire.
    That battery stores energy and has a five Watt USB power
    output to allow you to charge your devices when you want.
    The smart LED feedback dashboard shows you how strong
    the fire is and exactly how much power is being generated.
    The large grill has room for roughly ten burgers, making
    feeding a group easy, while the one-touch lever lets you
    control the flame for when you need to switch over to
    boiling water. After dark, the USB FlexLight illuminates
    whatever you're cooking with just the tap of the finger.

  • Biolite Wood burning Stove. The BioLite Wood Burning
    CampStove combines the benefits of a lightweight
    backpacking stove and an off-grid power charger so you
    can cook a meal while charging your gadgets. The
    Campstove is the perfect solution for both the backcountry
    campsite and also Emergency Preparedness Kits. No Fuel
    to Buy or Carry:  cook your meals with nothing but the
    twigs you collect on your journey or in your backyard,
    eliminating the need for heavy, expensive, polluting
    petroleum gas. Quick to light, fast to boil and easy to use.

  • Kelly Kettle Stainless Steel Volcano stove:  A Kelly
    Kettle, pictured right is a convenient quick way to heat up
    water for hydrating food, or to make a cup of coffee. It will
    deliver about 7 cups of hot water in just a few minutes.
    The Kelly Kettle is not just a kettle, it's a vocano stove!

  • Solostove. The lightweight, compact, and eco-friendly
    wood burning Solostove is recommended by Backpacker
    Magazine and serious survivalists including Discovery
    Channel's Matt Graham. Solo Stove won the Gear of the
    Year award from 50 Campfires & Section Hiker and is a
    must have for all serious backpackers, survivalists, and

  • StoveTec 2 Door Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal Fuel
    Stove (rocket stove). Pictured right in green, the
    StoveTec Deluxe 2 Door Wood, Biomass, or Charcoal Fuel
    Stove burns wood and charcoal, plus biomass, including
    paper, cardboard, pinecones, leaves, twigs, dung, etc.

  • Volcano II Collapsible Cook Stove. The Volcano
    Collapsible Cook Stove, below, takes either propane,
    charcoal, or wood! How's that for being versatile?
    Designed in the USA, it's the tri-fuel capability which sets
    it apart from all other outdoor cooking options. This
    portable cook stove collapses to 5” and includes a storage

"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." - Henry Ford

Happy endings...
You can be a happy camper when you have a campstove ready
for emergencies too.

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