What’s the most important thing you need for backpacking? Hmmm, let me think. Oh wait, I know! A stove to cook your food on! It doesn’t matter how good a backpacker you are if that is not taken care of first. There is nothing worse than being hungry and realizing your only option is to eat raw noodles or an energy bar you’ve had in your bag since last summer. That’s why we have compiled this list of the best backpacking stoves out today.
MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove
Claimed Weight: [minimum] 2.6oz, [packed] 4.2oz
Boil Time: 3.5min
With its small size, easy portability, and long burned time this lightweight backpacking stove is the perfect choice for a quick meal on-the fire. Made with an IsoProp fuel canister that fuels it up for up to 60 minutes of use, you’ll never be left hanging around hungry especially in breezy conditions. With precision flame control options including high intensity or low enough for simmering the right meals easily come in just 3.5 minutes before being ready to twist off the pack onto your fork and enjoy a taste of no-hassle cuisine fit for the trail!
Jetboil Luna Satellite Burner
Boil Time: 2 min 15 sec
Claimed Weight: 6.8 oz
One of the overall best backpacking stoves, the Jetboil Luna Satellite Burner is a powerful but compact burner that measures only 3.5 x 4in when it’s packed up and weighs just 8oz in total. With an integrated Piezo ignition system and simmer control activated by a simple twist knob located right on top, this burner can be used with any of our JetLink-compatible cook pots to make culinary magic anywhere you go!
Camp Chef Stryker 100 Isobutane Stove
Claimed Weight: 1lb 7oz
Built for backpacking needs, all you need is this stove to enjoy your comfort foods while out on the trail. With Matchless ignition and adjustable dials, you can cook with ease and precision. Measures inside pot help utilize dehydrated meal ratios more easily. This includes a kettle-like 1.3L insulated pot that fits any size mug or bowl, a stovetop stand that also stands in pots of various sizes too.
GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Stove
Claimed Weight: 2.4 oz
Boil Time: 3 min 55 sec
The Pinnacle Stove is light, compact, and versatile. It’s designed to pack down small while it provides the boiling power of a full-sized stove. With a high-efficiency burner, folding support arms, and micro control valve you’ll be able to cook anything on your way up to the alpine summit.
The magnetic canister mount allows for easy setup on any terrain that the campsite will provide for you with its four-season compatible nForm Cookware System (sold separately). For those looking to pack light but don’t want their food traditions compromised by precious bivouacs – this is the stove for you.
MSR Reactor 2.5L Stove System
Claimed Weight: 1 lb 4.7 lb
Boil Time: [1L of water] 3 min
Designed for groups of 2-3, the MSR Reactor 2.5L Stove System is for explorers who need a stove that can keep up with their hunger pangs, effortlessly cooking hearty meals high in calories. It’s renowned for its radiant burner enclosed by a heat exchanger, internal regulator feeding fuel at consistent rates, pot with a toughened anodized aluminum coating which balances strength and weight – all of this on top of easy packing capabilities! But wait! There’s more: it comes complete with a windscreen design ready to shrug off the harshest gusts in order to conserve energy (which happens magically!).
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