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Camp Stove Reviews

The Best Canister Stoves for Backpackers

Our favorite canister stoves hit a sweet spot between performance, weight, and packability. For soloists and small groups, kitchen duty doesn’t get any easier.

No messy liquid fuel, no priming: Camp cooking doesn’t get any easier than canister stoves. Start with one of these models, which run the gamut from high-performance to high-value.

SOTO Amicus

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“This fist-size stove is small but mighty,” one tester says. “I nearly lost it in my pack, but it still cranked out the BTUs near 10,662-foot Vail Pass in Colorado.” Buy SOTO Amicus Now / Read the Full Review

Jetboil Flash

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The new Flash is lighter and boils water faster than previous iterations, making it a tester favorite among all-in-one cooking systems. This stove ignites quickly and consistently, with the most reliable piezo in the test. Buy Jetboil Flash Now / Read the Full Review

Primus Power Trail

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There’s no quicker way to dinner than with the Power Trail. It boiled water for a group of four in a flash, and its best-in-test simmer control delivered perfectly sautéed veggies at 9,000 feet in Colorado’s Sawatch Range. Buy Primus Power Trail Now / Read the Full Review

GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp

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Bargain-priced gear is not always a good buy, but the Glacier Camp cuts the right corners. Its 4.9-inch-wide arms support a 3-liter pot, and it maintained a consistent flame at 10,600 feet in Colorado’s Tenmile Range. Buy GSI Outdoors Glacier Camp Now / Read the Full Review

MSR WindBurner

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All integrated system stoves are decent when it comes to weatherproofing and efficiency, but if those two features are your priority, the WindBurner is tops. Buy MSR WindBurner Now / Read the Full Review