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Camp Stove Basics
Camp Stove Basics

Sure, you could survive on Clif bars and peanuts when you're camping if you had to, but after a long day of hiking, biking, or skiing, you're going to need a hot meal to truly satisfy your hunger. Cooking over an open fire is fine for hot dogs and marshmallows, but if you plan on eating anything else, you need a camp stove. There is a wide array of different types of camp stoves, but they can be generally divided into two groups—campground stoves and backpacking stoves.

Backpacking:

Backpacking stoves are lightweight, compact stoves that are ideal for multi-day trips and solo camping. Although not good when cooking for more than a couple of people, they can't be beat for weight and convenience.

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Campground:

If you're car camping, opt for a campground stove. While heavy and not good for long treks, they're ideal for cooking for a group and much more versatile than backpacking stoves.

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