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Camping Stoves

Cooking over an open camp fire is synonymous with camping, but not always practical. A portable stove ensures you're able to boil and cook no matter what.

COEC's Choice in Camping Stoves

Types of Camping Stoves

Esker Stoves Esker portable wood stoves are the perfect companion for cold-weather winter tents, featuring Esker's snow float leg design to keep your stove stable when using on snow or ice.
Kni-Co Stoves Kni-Co portable wood stoves are 22 gauge cold rolled wood burning steel stoves that can be used as a heat source in canvas tents when hunting, or winter camping. Made in the USA.
Twig Stoves Our Twig stoves use materials readily found in nature (twigs, leaves, pine cones, etc..) as a fuel source, excellent for longer trips or when travelling light, but can also use alternate burners and fuel sources such as alcohol, gel, sterno, wood pellets, and/or hexamine tablets.
Trangia Burners Trangia stoves are made in Sweden and can run on alcohol, isobutane or petroleum based fuels. Perfect for hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, trekking and bushcraft.
Optimus Stoves Optimus stoves are high quality, Swedish made stoves that use isobutane and petroleum based fuels. Great for hiking, camping, canoeing, travelling and bushcraft uses.
Reflector Ovens Reflector Ovens by Svante Fredn open up a world of culinary delights in the bush; bake muffins, cakes, bread, pizzas, cinnamon buns, etc.
Kelly Kettles Available in aluminum or stainless steel. When paired with attachments can function as a full service twig stove in addition to boiling water.
Campfire Grills Campfire grills allow cooking over a camp fire or alcohol stove and are lightweight, durable and made to last.
Swedish Fire Torch - Canadian Candle The Swedish fire torch method of cooking has been around since at least the 1600's, and provides many hours of heat without having to attend to the fire through the use of a single log to provide both a cooking platform, and a combustion source.
Emergency Stoves Be prepared with an emergency stove in your vehicle, emergency kit or bug out bag so you can keep warm, boil water and cook food.

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Choosing the Right Camp Stove

Cooking over an open camp fire is synonymous with being in the great outdoors, but often times is not practical due to a lack of dry, usable wood for fuel, weather conditions, available daylight, or fire bans. Packing a portable stove provides the means to be able to boil and cook no matter what, and ensures that whatever issues you might encounter on a trip, lack of hydration, nutrition and a good hot meal is not one of them.

Fuel sources for stoves include wood, alcohol, isobutane, or petroleum derivatives (white gas/coleman fuel, kerosene, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel). Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Wood Camp Stoves

Wood and twig stoves offer a practically inexhaustible, readily available fuel source (unless you’re travelling in the arctic), that provides excellent heat, and quick boil and cook times. Twig stoves such as the Firebox stove and Kelly Kettles require minimal amounts of wood, and the twigs and small branches that are usually overlooked for campfires are a readily available and abundant fuel source. Disadvantages can be weather related (high winds and rain can make operation difficult), the lack of the ability to precisely control temperature while in operation, and the clean up of creosote and soot off of pots and pans after use.

Alcohol Camp Stoves

Fuel alcohol (methyl hydrate, denatured alcohol) is a readily available and cheaper alternative to it’s petroleum based competitors. As alcohol stoves work without pressurizing the fuel, they run completely silently, and the simple, straightforward burner design features no moving parts, and no components to clog, jam, or break. Alcohol stoves offer the ability to control flame and heat output, and operate without soot or smoke. Alcohol stoves do offer less power density than pressurized fuel burners, meaning comparatively longer boil and cook times, as well as decreased efficiency at high elevation, and in extremely cold temperatures.

Isobutane Camp Stoves

Isobutane stoves feature a pressurized mix of butane and propane, isobutane canisters offer quick set up, controllable temperature and high heat output - resulting in fast boil and cook times. Great for quick coffee in the morning on summer canoe trips, but as optimally efficient operation occurs only in warmer temperatures (+10C or higher), isobutane canisters are more or less relegated to summer use. Additionally, isobutane canisters are not refillable, and must be packed out.

Petroleum Camp Stoves

White gas, kerosene, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel stoves feature pressurized fuel canisters, and the highest heat outputs of all fuel sources. Usable in cold temperatures, and at high elevations, petroleum stoves operate in environments and conditions where other stoves cannot. While controllable output, and ready availability of fuel are advantages, petroleum stoves can be very loud in operation, feature moving parts and components that require maintenance, and rely on fossil fuel for their operation.

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