Camping stoves UK 2022: The best gas camping stoves available in the UK from Argos, Blacks and Decathlon.

The best UK stock camping stoves from Millets, Blacks, Decathlon.

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There are quite a few essentials which are necessary for successful camping or orienteering, and the gas stove is at the top of the list. After all, you must eat.

Choice of gas stove

There is a wide variety of camping stoves in all shapes and sizes, and they all run on gas or, more appropriately, propane and a mixture of butane and propane.

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propane tanks

The first thing you need to ask yourself is what type of gas system is best for you. If you have a large family, or just want a multi-gas stove to serve multiple mouths, then maybe choose a stove that runs on a large 5kg propane tank (Patio Gas is the most popular brand).

While large propane canisters provide long cook times and will easily last through the entire trek, the upfront costs can be quite high as you will need to pay £40 rent plus £30 for gas.

The large 5kg gas bottle also has the added benefit of being able to light a gas barbecue (most campsites don’t allow charcoal).

But on the other hand, it also takes up much more space in the car, and if you plan to spend your European camping holiday in a car or motorhome, you should be aware that you will need to report this to the EuroTunnel staff.

Cylinders with butane/propane

Another much more common option among hikers, especially hikers and wilderness orienteers, is the classic disposable butane/propane tank.

These small, inexpensive cans screw onto a gas stove regulator and provide about two hours of cooking with a 220g aerosol can, or about 3.5 hours with a larger 450g can.

The big advantage here is that camping gas cans are available everywhere, so you can just travel without gas on board and buy a few cans from the camping store or local supermarket.

Kadak Curry Chef 50

Kadak Curry Chef 50

Suitable for: all-round versatility

Cadac’s versatile South African gas BBQ stove is hugely popular on French and British family campsites, and it’s no wonder because it’s arguably the most versatile outdoor cooking system on the market.

The Carri Chef 50 comes with a ceramic BBQ plate, Spanish plancha for fried breakfasts, pancakes, and more, as well as potholders for boiling pasta and vegetables, or even a whistling kettle.

We also recommend adding an excellent scottle (or wok) at the checkout, because this item alone provides a wide range of additional cooking options, including quick and easy stir-fry.

Like barbecue weberThe Carri Chef lid promotes convection cooking, and when removed and hooked on the side, it also acts as a windscreen.

The Carri Chef is designed to work with a large propane tank (starting at 5kg), but can be easily converted to work with smaller, commonly available camping mini-cartridges.

In fact, the optional Dual Power Pak might be the best option for light camping. In short, this superb setup is the only outdoor cooking appliance you’ll ever need.


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Campingaz Camping Kitchen 2 Summary

Campingaz Camping Kitchen 2 Summary

Suitable for: couples and small families

When it comes to camping stoves, two burners are better than one, whether you’re cooking pasta in the same pot and churning sauce, or cooking scrambled eggs while frying bacon.

This model is powered by a 450g Campingaz CV470 mini cylinder which is said to provide up to 90 minutes of cooking time. The 2 CV lid keeps everything in place for transport and serves as a great wind shield during use.

The Camping Kitchen 2 CV weighs only 3.8 kg and, with a width of 49 cm, is very easy to transport.

To use, simply place it on a table or floor, connect to gas with Campingaz’s Easy CliC Plus connection system, then push and turn the knobs for instant ignition.

By nature, new-generation stoves have smaller burners than a conventional cooker—the burners on this model are large enough for two 24cm pots—so it’s always best to invest in some camping cookware.

If you’re traveling alone, then something like the Campingaz Camp Bistro 2, reviewed below, will probably suffice, but if you have multiple mouths, this simple yet effective two-burner model is definitely the smarter choice.


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Primus Ondja

Primus Ondja

Suitable for: efficiency and design

The Swedish company Primus has been at the forefront of the camping and outdoor industry for centuries (since 1892 to be exact) and makes a wide range of creatively designed products that tend to buck the trend.

Like this quirky, easy-to-carry model with two burners that expands outward to accommodate two small pots.

Onja’s 2800-watt burners are incredibly hot, boiling a liter of water in less than four minutes.

The admittedly cheap looking burner controls are also extremely sensitive, which means you can easily set the flame to a very slow simmer.

This model holds two threaded or clip-on canisters, one for each burner, and they are neatly hidden under a removable fabric cover for added aesthetics.

The oak lid serves as protection during transport and at the same time serves as a cutting board. It is a great choice for wilderness camping and picnics.


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Postal code Jetboil

Postal code Jetboil

Suitable for: orienteering and hiking

Climbers, orienteers, wildlife enthusiasts, cyclists and backpackers need a lightweight, compact cooking system that takes up little space, is practical, efficient, lightweight and, above all, easy to use.

The 0.8 liter all-in-one Jetboil Zip pot also doubles as a container for your burner, rack, and propane tank, so everything fits comfortably in one neat package.

But what impresses most is the speed and efficiency of the unique Zip burner. Like an industrial blowtorch, this thing boils water in less than two minutes and at temperatures down to -6˚C.

And when you’re done cooking, just eat straight from the neoprene-coated pot without burning your hands.


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Camping Camp Bistro 2

Camping Camp Bistro 2

Suitable for: value and portability

The Bistro 2’s wide, flat, and durable design is perfect for couples and soloists, and is compact enough to fit easily into a backpack.

Bistro 2 with piezoelectric equipment will boil a liter of water in about six minutes – not the fastest, I must say – and work up to 70 minutes on a single Campingaz CP250 butane cartridge.

Given that this all-metal model is very durable and there are no ridges or high railings on the surface of the hob, you can use any size pot or pan on it.

On the other hand, the open design means it’s more susceptible to wind blowing out the flames, so we recommend using it on the lee side of the tent or somewhere in cover, not inside the tent!

Whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, this reliable and affordable stove might be your best bet. It is effective, cheap to buy and easy to use.


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