Summer is rapidly approaching for some folks in the northern part of the country, and what better to kick off the season then planning an outdoor camping adventure! Whether you like to travel hundreds of miles away to camp in the mountains or you are content in camping in your own backyard, you may want to consider shopping around for camping stoves. These portable cooking aids come in a variety of sizes, shapes and heating options which make it easy for you to find one that fits your exact needs while camping in the great outdoors.
All though it is tradition for some to cook over an open fire pit of your own crafting, it is quite nice to bring along camping stoves for convenience and efficiency. When you wake up in the morning you may not be up to building a camp fire just to cook a quick breakfast, and this handy stoves are an intelligent solution to this predicament. These portable wonders come in different sizes to chose from depending on what you will be cooking and how many people are going to camp with you. The general rule of thumb would be to purchase a larger model if you have more then two or three people joining you. On the other hand, if you will be venturing off on your own of with one special person, you may only need a small stove. Lastly, if you are planning on cooking large steaks and things of this nature, small camping stoves will probably not cut it.
Once you have decided what size of stove you are going to need, you will now have to pick from an array of different heating methods. Single burner alcohol stoves are probably the most simple as they burn on self contained fuel once lit. this may be a favorite for backpackers as they are typically small and light weight. Gas cartridge stoves are along the same line as the single burner alcohol stove, except the fuel tank contains liquefied gas that is held under pressure. This model is extra convenient as they can produce an extremely high heat output instantly. Gravity fed "spirit" stoves also have a small fuel tank, but it is located on the side and above the burner. This model requires you to light the stove to allow a bit of gas to pass through, then turn it off and finally the fuel is ignited to preheat. After a few minutes it is turned on once again, the fuel is vaporized and is then passed through jets. Other models include solid fuel stoves, coiled burner stoves and primus stoves. Depending on your individual tastes and preferences, you may want to purchase one or two different models.