Coleman Classic Camping Stove
The best picnic table camp stove
This is a straightforward and rugged stove that cooks quickly and evenly. It’s a 50-year-old classic for a reason.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $44.
Though it didn’t boil water the fastest or slow-cook the longest, we decided it just didn’t matter. Who cares if your water boils a minute faster or slower? The most important feature of the Coleman is that after getting tossed in and out of your car over and over again, it has the best chance of not breaking. With that in mind, it still boiled water faster—6 cups in 5 minutes on high—than anything except our former upgrade pick, which has been discontinued. It is gentle enough to griddle golden-brown pancakes when turned down low, can cook with both burners on high on a single 16.4-ounce tank of propane for roughly an hour, and has the barest minimum of parts for easy maintenance. This model does not have a Piezo ignitor—that little red button you see on a lot of stoves that lights the gas—so you’ll have to bring a lighter. To us, that’s just one less thing to break (and they always break).
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter