In this post we round up a selection of the lightest weight camping stoves. Each has different attributes and may suit different purposes so the best advice is always to be prepared, consider what you would be cooking, do you need to carry water for cooking (in addition to drinking!) or will you be able to get water at the location, can you eat out or use a stove at your location – ok so perhaps thats not quite the attitude but the lightest weight stove would be the one you don’t need to carry!
Vango Ultralight Stove
A lightweight stove is invariably going to be a compact stove that screws directly into a gas bottle. The Vango ultralight is the lightest of our selection at just 72 grams. The pot supports fold away making it easier to pack and there is a flame adjuster so that you can control the burner, at the time of writing £23 so lightweight doesn’t have to be expensive.
MSR Pocket Rocket
MSR are synonomous with camping equipment and particularly cooking stoves. Their Pocket Rocket weighs in at 85g and neatly folds down for storage. It has been available for some time and is a firm favourite among campers. At the time of writing priced at £30.
Jetboil Sol Titanium
The Jetboil Sol Titanium is our wildcard choice, its all very well us saying a stove is 72g but of course you need to bring all your cooking pots and accessories on top of that. The Jetboil range is a new breed of stove which includes a large (0.8litre) cooking cup, the stove and small gas canister pack away into the cup making it easy to carry. Without the gas canister the weight is 245g, currently priced at £160 (but the titanium version is top of the range, others are available).
If you’re just taking a gas stove like the MSR Pocket Rocket don’t forget your cooking equipment, at a minimum you’ll want a pot, a spork (for both cooking and eating), and probably a mug for a nice cup of tea. If you can afford it Titanium will be both lightweight and strong for all the accessories. A great option is the MSR 0.8l Kettle. You won’t get much lighter than this at 118g, and it can be used as a pot, a mug or a bowl with a tight fitting lid and a none drip spout. At £50 its a great investment but if you don’t want to stretch this far Aluminum is an option, not a strong as titanium, but much cheaper and still light.
What are your tips
What tips do you have for lightweight camp cooking? Any favourite meals, must have equipment or other cooking secrets? Share away in the comments.