What’s the difference between a camping stove and a gas BBQ?
Some people may use the terms camping stove and BBQ interchangeably — but they’re slightly different.
Yes, both are designed to heat food conveniently while you’re away from home. But a camping stove functions as a portable cooker with one or more burners while a gas BBQ is a portable grill for preparing vegetables, meats, or bread with a smokier flavour.
A camping stove is incredibly versatile. On a camping stove with two burners, for example, you can heat a pot of soup and a pan of baked beans at the same time. That means you’ll have two meals ready to eat together, rather than preparing one after the other.
What is a Piezo ignition button?
Piezo ignition buttons make lighting camping stoves quick and easy. Simply push the button and an electric charge will activate the flame.
Campers typically choose a camping stove with Piezo ignition if they want to avoid trying to light it with a match or candle lighter. And they offer a huge advantage if you’re camping during a spell of windy weather with gales strong enough to extinguish a small flame.
How many burners do I need?
The ideal number of burners on a stove varies depending on the number of people you plan to cook for during your camping trip, the type of food you’ll eat, and the amount of space you have to spare.
For example, if you’re camping solo, a single burner will be more than enough to cook your food conveniently. But if you’re travelling with your family or a few friends, you may need a stove with two burners to prepare two meals or snacks simultaneously.
This frees up time to put into other parts of your day, and enables you to eat together.
What size should I go for?
Check the measurements in product descriptions carefully so you know how much space your stove will take up.
You might love the idea of buying the biggest camping stove or gas BBQ on the market for your trip — but simply don’t have enough space in your campervan or car to accommodate it.
Good cooking gear is vital to ensure you can enjoy a range of hot food during your holiday, so make sure you have the capacity for a stove or BBQ in one form or another. Again, consider the number of people in your group and the type of food you plan to eat.
How do I know what fuel I’ll need to cook with my camping stove?
Gas-powered camping stoves require canisters of a certain size. You can find this information in the product description, but you'll need to purchase your own canister if the stove is supplied without one.
Follow all safety instructions when storing gas canisters and attaching them to camping stoves.
What are windbreakers on camping stoves?
A windbreaker is a useful addition to a camping stove: this helps protect the flame from wind that could extinguish it.
You may want to prioritise a windbreaker if you expect blustery weather during your trip. It can save you from the frustration of trying to relight a flame again and again.