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Welcome to our camping gas cooker test 2021. We present you with all the variations of camping gas cookers available. We have compared the devices with each other and worked out the advantages and disadvantages. This should make it easier for you to make a purchase decision, so that you can find the right camping gas cooker for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will find important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a camping gas cooker.




Summary

  • Camping gas cookers are perfect for providing yourself with hot drinks and home-cooked meals during camping holidays with a tent or while hiking.
  • There are different types of gas cookers, which differ in various categories, e.g. price.
  • The selection of camping gas cookers is so large that a suitable cooker can be found for all your individual requirements.

Camping gas cooker: Our Selection

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a camping gas cooker

How does a camping gas cooker work?

  1. A camping gas cooker is your cooker for the road. It usually has one to three flames and runs on gas. This gas is the fuel for heating drinks and food. The cooking utensils are placed on a rack above the flame. The flame is ignited by the so-called piezo igniter. The gas supply and thus also the temperature can be adjusted via a regulator. There are different versions of camping gas cookers, so some include additional equipment such as another hotplate or a windbreak.

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A camping gas cooker is part of any good equipment for cooking on the go. (Image source: wesidetrip / unsplash.com)

How much does a camping gas cooker cost?

The price of a camping gas cook er varies greatly depending on the type and size of the appliance. Prices vary depending on how much power and hot plates the appliance should have. The cheap gas cookers start at about 15€. However, it is also possible to spend over 100€ for a high-quality gas cooker with many accessories. More expensive appliances usually have more power, so that the temperatures are higher and you use less gas.
Product type Price
Gas cooker with one hotplate from 15 Euro
Gas cooker with external gas supply from 30 Euro
Gas cooker with several hot plates from 100 Euro

Depending on the area of use, a compact or universal camping gas cooker for around 30 to 60 euros is probably enough for you. However, if you prefer more professional equipment and more accessories, there are no limits to the price.

What is the importance of the type of fuel?

There are various gas mixtures and gases with which camping gas cookers are operated. Mostly, a mixture of propane, isobutane and butane is used. However, the exact mixtures differ depending on the manufacturer.

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Depending on the type of cooker, you will need a lighter to ignite the gas.
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Gas as a fuel is uncomplicated and easy to use even for beginners in cooking. However, adapters for the gas cartridges are sometimes required. It's best to familiarise yourself with how your cooker works before you go camping. There are also cookers that run on other fuels. Some stoves can be operated not only with gas, but also with liquid fuels such as petrol. There are also cookers that work with wood or solar radiation. Because gas is the safest and most commonly used fuel, we will limit this guide to camping gas cookers.

What is the consumption of a camping gas cooker?

The gas consumption of a gas cooker depends on several factors. For example, the power and gas cartridge usually play a decisive role. In addition, how the gas cooker is used is decisive. If you turn the control knob all the way up and always cook on the highest flame, the consumption is significantly higher than when cooking on a medium level.

Basically, the smaller the flame setting, the longer the cooking time for your dish. If there is less gas in the cartridge or gas bottle, the pressure will drop. In this case, pressure regulators can ensure that the performance of the gas cooker does not drop. The manufacturers' specifications are usually not realistic, because many individual factors influence the consumption of gas cookers when camping. Wind, the initial temperature of the water and the ambient temperature all play a role. Some manufacturers do not even give information about gas consumption, but only describe the boiling time.

It is better to pay attention to the performance of the gas cooker, this cannot be changed after purchase, but the availability of sufficient gas can.

What alternatives are there to camping gas cookers?

Especially when camping at high altitudes, the performance of gas cookers decreases. There are some alternatives, such as the petrol cooker. This is operated with liquid petrol as fuel. However, petrol cookers have some disadvantages, as they are very noisy during use and clearly more difficult to operate. Another alternative is the spirit cooker, which also uses liquid fuel. Finally, wood cookers and dry fuel cookers are alternatives to the camping gas cooker. The disadvantage of these variants is that their proper use depends on several factors and their performance is lower.

Decision: What types of camping gas cookers are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, camping gas cookers are differentiated according to size and type of gas supply.

  • Compact camping gas cooker with cartridge
  • Camping gas cooker with external gas supply

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. The aim is to help you choose the camping gas cooker that is best for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of compact camping gas cookers?

Camping gas cookers that are very compact are often called cartridge cookers. They are called this because the gas cartridge is placed directly under the device for the cooking pots. This design means that the gas cooker takes up very little space. In addition, the height of the cooker is greater than that of camping gas cookers with an external gas supply, because the cartridge is also the base of the appliance. However, the higher centre of gravity creates both advantages and some disadvantages for proper use.

Advantages
  • Weight
  • Size
  • Price
Disadvantages
  • Falls over easily
  • Hot plate usually smaller

What distinguishes camping gas cookers with external gas supply and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Camping gas cookers with external gas supply have some advantages. As a rule, they have a flat and thus space-saving design. However, these models are usually operated with larger gas bottles.

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A camping gas cooker is often used, especially on excursions with groups.
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The flat design makes it very stable. Often there are even two hot plates, so that the cooking possibilities are significantly increased. This is why these camping gas cookers are often used for group excursions. Transport is made easier because these gas cookers are usually built into a kind of "suitcase". Another advantage is the wind protection they provide. Because the gas bottles are larger, you can cook longer and therefore more dishes.

Advantages
  • Very stable
  • Often several hot plates
  • Quiet combustion
  • Windbreak
Disadvantages
  • Increased weight
  • Size
  • Often larger gas bottles
  • Bulky to transport

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and rate camping gas cookers

In the following, we show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate camping gas cookers. This should make it easier for you to decide on a suitable model. In summary, these are the following factors:

Here you can find out what is meant by the factors and why it is important to choose a product based on these criteria or not.

Field of application

The area of use is decisive for the type of camping gas cooker you should choose. For other uses, such as hiking and camping, it is important that the camping gas cooker is not too heavy and large, but still offers sufficient power. If you want to travel at high altitude, consider the changing factors of the environment. The amount of oxygen, temperature and pressure will change.

Check how powerful your gas cooker is and whether it is suitable for these special conditions.

Weight and size

You should consider the weight and size of a camping gas cooker before buying, as there are both advantages and disadvantages. For taking along on holiday or for outdoor sports, a light weight and a handy size is very advantageous.

However, please note that a light weight is usually associated with less power from the gas cooker.

A heavier weight would therefore be advantageous. The manufacturer's specifications usually refer to the weight without the gas cartridges.

There are camping gas cookers in different weight classes.

You should take this into account and buy cartridges in individual sizes depending on your requirements. If you are going on a longer trip, you can of course check the availability of gas cartridges in your holiday destination in advance.

Power

The manufacturer uses the wattage to describe the power of the camping gas cooker. It is logical: the more power, the more efficient the cooking performance. Note that a higher wattage usually also causes higher consumption. So you should evaluate both factors together. A higher output usually justifies a higher price. Finally, you should make sure that the power rating is at least 1,000 watts.

Extra equipment

Some gas cookers are delivered without any additional equipment. In this case, you have to go to great lengths to find the gas cartridges, regulators and other equipment you need.

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A windbreak in particular has many advantages because you use less gas.
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To avoid this hassle, check which components are included in the scope of delivery. Some manufacturers offer whole sets including. Cookware and gas bottle.

Before buying, think about what equipment you don't want to do without.

A windbreak is also a useful extra to keep the consumption of the gas cooker in check. In addition, a piezo ignition makes it easier to start cooking, because you save yourself the hassle of lighting the stove with a lighter or match.

Price-performance ratio

When choosing a camping gas cooker, the price/performance ratio plays a decisive role. In principle, almost all types of gas cookers fulfil their purpose. We consider a higher price for a second hotplate, a windbreak or extra gas cartridges to be quite fair. However, there are also camping gas cookers that are excessively expensive for the manufacturers' performance specifications. Often, they try to suggest a higher quality through a fancy design and the use of high-gloss surfaces. When buying, always ask yourself whether you think the price is justified.

Interesting facts about camping gas stoves

Who invented the camping gas cooker?

The invention of the gas cooker dates back centuries. The first gas cookers suitable for domestic use were invented in Berlin in 1849 by the Austrian R. W. Elsner. This invention formed the basis for all further developments up to the compact camping gas cookers available today.

How many degrees does a camping gas cooker reach?

Most people underestimate the temperature that a gas cooker can reach. The maximum temperature also depends on how economical the gas is to be used. As a rule, commercially available camping gas cookers reach a temperature of 800 to 1000 degrees when cooking.

Which dishes are suitable for cooking with the camping gas cooker?

In theory, you can prepare all recipes from your own kitchen with a camping gas cooker. So you don't have to limit yourself to heating tinned food. Note, however, that when camping you can't always get all the food that would be necessary for a star menu. Depending on the size of the cooker and the amount of time you allow, you can also use a gas cooker for your cooking. Dishes with noodles and rice are particularly suitable, as they are side dishes that do not require much time. Soups and stews are of course even easier to prepare.

What crockery do I need for a camping gas cooker?

When choosing your camping tableware, you should make sure that it can withstand the temperatures of a gas cooker. Aluminium tableware is generally suitable, as this material can withstand high temperatures. Alternatives include stainless steel, flat steel or titanium. You should also consider the size and weight of the dishes, as camping gas cookers are usually used for outdoor sports and travelling.

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