best campstove options for preppers

#6 Camp Stove Option: Solar ovens.
Harnessing the sun power for your cooking is another important
consideration to conserve your other fuel options.
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.

  • 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.

  • Sunflair Portable Solar Oven. The Sunflair Portable Solar
    Oven, pictured right, comes complete with 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.

  • Solavore Sport Solar Oven. 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).

#7 Camp stove option: 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 canned heat is inexpensive and easy to 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 adventure.


  • Coghlan's Folding Stove (sterno, paraffin wax). Another
    convenient stove is Coghlan's Folding Stove. Easy to use,
    this stove burns Coghlan's Camp Heat or any other type of
    canned fuel or even home-made paraffin wax fuel made from
    a tuna can. It folds nicely and is an ideal emergency cooking
    option.

How to pick the right camp stove:
Now you have an idea for the different options of stoves you can
buy. To help you narrow the selection and get the right options
for you, consider where you live and how you'll be using your
camp stove.

  1. Alcohol stoves ~ fuels of denatured alcohol include ethanol,
    methanol or similar fuels work on alcohol stoves. Light and
    reliable, alcohol stoves provide a good backup solution for
    cooking off grid without a lot of complications
  2. Biomass and wood burning stoves ~ fuels such as wood,
    charcoal, paper, cardboard, pinecones, leaves, and twigs
    provide a variety of options making it another good backup
    solution for cooking off grid.
  3. Fuel pellet stoves ~ pellet fuels are not for indoor use.  
    Hexamine is a high density fuel that does not liquefy while
    burning and leaves no ashes.
  4. Gas burning stoves ~ fuels in canisters such as butane,
    propane or white gas offer convenient cooking for camping or
    short term emergencies. Butane is good for. Propane is ideal
    for large groups or heavy use, and is for outdoor use only.
    White gas is clean burning and works well in below freezing
    temperatures.
  5. Solar stoves ~ using only fuel from the sun you can bake
    and cook your food to perfection.
  6. Sterno stoves ~ canned heat or gel fuel often associated
    with chafing dishes is a quick way to heat your food and it's
    safe to use indoors or outdoors. The flame is steady and
    won't die, even if you're in a windy place.

The questions below will help you...

Are you at a higher elevation?
Some camp stoves work better than other options at high
elevations. Propanes stoves which require fuel canisters work
great in high elevations. They are low maintenance, but you'll
have to carefully stock up on propane.

Do you live in a cold region of the country?
Some camp stoves work better than other options in extreme
cold. Butane does not do well in below freezing temperatures, so
you'll need to steer clear of that option in winter; however, you
will fare better with a blended fuel camp stove.

Will you be simmering soups and stews?
Some camp stove options are better for simmering, and if your
meal plans include soups and stews that need simmering, then
you should find a camp stove to meet those needs like the a

Camp Chef propane camp stove
, right.

Do you have a large group?
Two burner propane stoves, like the Camp Chef propane stove,
right, are better for large groups when you're camping, tailgating
hunting prepping, or just cooking in your own backyard; however,
you'll need to store lots of propane and store the propane in a
well-ventilated location outside.

When the propane runs out you'll need a biomass option, like the
Biolite BaseCamp Stove.  

  • Camp Chef propane stove (propane stove). Out of the
    box, the Camp Chef propane stove ready to cook in seconds,
    but this stove also has a variety of mix and match
    accessories like BBQ Grill boxes, professional griddles,
    reversible cast iron grills, and even artisan pizza ovens to
    create the camp kitchen you want. It's great for brewing your
    beer outside or

  • Biolite basecamp stove (biomass). 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 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. Best of all, the large grill has room for roughly ten
    burgers, making feeding a group easy! After dark, the USB
    FlexLight illuminates whatever you're cooking with just the
    tap of the finger.

Will you be bugging out solo?
Try a lightweight camping stove, such as an alcohol stove or the
solo stove, which both are capable of camp cooking needs for ore
than one person.

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

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

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#4 Camp Stove option: 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 Propane Grill Stove. Fire up the grill and stove
    with the Coleman Propane Grill Stove. Sautee veggies while
    you're grilling up chicken, or get the soup going while you're
    cooking up burgers. Both the grill and stove surface are fully
    adjustable. It has a wind block and pressure control for the
    propane to keep the heat steady for consistent cooking. It's
    also easy to clean: when the meal is over, the non-stick
    surface that made cooking so easy makes cleanup just as
    simple and quick. There's also a removable die-cast
    aluminum grill grate and nickel-chrome stove grate for easy
    clean up.

  • 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.

  • Coleman Box oven. Borrowing on the idea of the classic
    cardboard box oven is the Coleman box oven. Place the
    Coleman box oven, pictured right, 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 experience.

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.

#5: Camp Stove Option Mixed Fuel Stoves.
Blended fuels offer the capability of improved cooking in below-
freezing conditions.

  • Gas one butane or propane. The Gas One Dual Fuel Stove,
    pictured right is compatible with both butane and propane
    fuel. (Neither fuel is included.)

  • 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.

  • Piezo Ignition stove. The Etekcity Ultralight Portable
    campstove with Piezo Ignition, pictured right and 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!
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Esbit alcohol stove
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Esbit alcohol
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Volcano II Collapsible Cook Stove. Pictured right, the Volcano
Collapsible Cook Stove, takes 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, but what makes it
truly special is that this portable cook stove collapses to just
five inches.

#3 Camp Stove Option: 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 Cookstove 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.
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Camp stoves options for preppers
How to choose the right stove for prepping

Camp stove options for preppers.
Cooking off grid in an emergency requires having a variety of
camp stove options to take advantage of different scenarios and
available fuels. In looking at the various camp stove options,
preppers should consider unique needs, locale and budget.
Having several alternatives and backups is a wise consideration
of any class of survival gear.

Below is a look at some of the best options for survival and
enjoyment.

Best Camp Stove Options for Preppers

#1: Camp stove option: alcohol stoves.
Alcohol stoves are easy to use and without a lot of moving
parts, which makes them an ideal beginner's camp stove.
What's more, they are inexpensive and clean burning. Use pure
alcohol indoors with proper ventilation. Denatured alcohol is a
popular type of backpacking cooking fuel that will last for hours.

  • Esbit alcohol burner stove. The Esbit Alcohol burner stove
    includes to anodized pots and comes highly rated. The
    complete cookset includes brass alcohol burner, two cook
    pots, stand, solid fuel base, and mesh carry bag. It
    provides various options for cooking out on the trail use
    Esbit solid fuel tablets or use the solid brass alcohol
    burner. It weighs just 15 ounces for lightweight travel in
    your bugout bag.

  • Winterial alcohol stove. The Winterial alcohol stove has a
    nine-piece cooking set with pots, a pan, a lid, pot gripper,
    wind breaker, burner, pot stand and mesh carry bag. It also
    includes a smaller burner cup that can be filled with
    cooking fuel (not included) and last for hours. It's perfect in
    cooking for two or three.

#2: Camp stove option: Biomass wood burning
stoves.
Without access to other types of fuel such as gas or propane, it
may be difficult to get potable water. A biomass wood burning
stove is a priority as a prepper to have as this stove option
offers an almost endless supply of fuel available from nature. As
well with a biomass stove you can also easily store charcoal as
fuel for emergencies.

  • Biolite Wood burning Stove. Quick to light, fast to boil
    and easy to use, the BioLite wood burning stove combines
    the benefits of a lightweight backpacking stove and an off-
    grid power charger so you can cook a meal while charging
    your gadgets. This camp stove is the perfect solution for
    both the backcountry campsite and also emergency
    preparedness kits. There's 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. This wood burning
    stove can power USB-chargeable devices, including
    smartphones! The Biolite camp stove runs on twigs and will
    power your phone!

  • Kelly Kettle stove. The Kelly Kettle, pictured slightly lower
    right uses natural occurring fuels such as sticks and dry
    grass. It's a convenient and quick way to heat up water for
    hydrating food, or to make a cup of coffee or tea. A Kelly
    Kettle is just that ~ it's a Kettle that will deliver about 7
    cups of hot water in just a few minutes. This is especially
    useful for making freeze dried pouch meals, such as  
    Mountain House pouches or other freeze dried foods
    packaged in cans.

  • Stovetec. The Stovetec two-door wood charcoal stove,
    pictured right in green is a rocket stove that takes wood,
    biomass, or charcoal fuel. Built to last, it's made of sturdy
    ceramic and would be ideal to have in your bugout location.
    In the end, you'll find a small amount of ash. It's a true
    prepper's camp stove and has a ten year warranty.

  • 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
    campers.