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3 Features You Need in a Portable Butane Stove

A single burner stove makes it easy to boil water or warm meals fast without sacrificing much fuel.
A single burner stove makes it easy to boil water or warm meals fast without sacrificing much fuel. (Coleman/)

There are so many types of camp stoves available today that it’s impossible to pick one all-purpose burner. A backpacking stove isn’t much good for park-and-pitch family camping, and you won’t get far lugging that two-burner suitcase contraption into the backcountry. But for everyday use short of wilderness trekking, it’s hard to beat a single-burner butane stove. They’re lightweight, start with the press of a button, and are just as handy in the kitchen or at a backyard barbecue as in camp. Look for these features in a personal butane burner.

Automatic Ignition

The best trait of a good portable stove is simplicity.
The best trait of a good portable stove is simplicity. (Amazon/)

The best trait of single burner stoves is the hassle-free ignition. No pumping or connecting the fuel bottle. Just set up, click the switch, and you have a proper outdoor kitchen almost anywhere.

Dual Fuels

If you want to corral stove heat, especially in the wind or at high altitudes, use a windscreen.
If you want to corral stove heat, especially in the wind or at high altitudes, use a windscreen. (Amazon/)

While butane is usually the primary fuel for a single-burner stove, many come equipped with a fuel-line adapter to attach a standard propane bottle. That’s handy in very cold conditions, as propane has a much lower boiling point than butane. A folding windscreen will also conserve heat and protect meals in gusty conditions.

Carrying Case

A stove carrying case makes it easy to keep all your fuel and parts in one place.
A stove carrying case makes it easy to keep all your fuel and parts in one place. (Amazon/)

A carrying case keeps all components of a single-burner stove in one place and makes everything easy to store. To begin cooking, it’s really as easy as opening the lid and pushing a button.

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