Top 5 Best Camping Stoves for Families – Reviews and Buying Guides

Are you looking for the best camping stove? In this article, we’ll break down the top 5 best camping stoves for families whilst comparing them for price versus performance.


1. Coleman Classic Propane Stove.

Starting off at number 1 we have the Coleman Classic Propane Stove. The value for money here is clear as you get the 2-burner stove, wind protection, and easy transport in that everything included with the stove packs away into itself.

You can buy an additional carrying case if you like, but you really don’t need it. As a double burner, the size is right (4.1 x 21.9 x 13.7), but keep in mind that you’ll also need space for the propane tank on the table.

The stove fits a 12 and 10 pan at the same time and features two independently adjustable burners. All in, we couldn’t be happier with the size of this camping stove, though its clearly not something you can take on long hikes to your campsite. Because this sits on the table (not a propane bottle), there isn’t much to worry about. The Wind Block panels help shield burners from wind, with the ability to adjust for various pan sizes, and can withstand a fair amount too.

The Coleman Classic Propane Stove provides 20,000 BTUs of cooking power, allowing for more efficient cooking with less fuel. Because the grates sit low over the flames, this camping stove uses less fuel to cook efficiently.

There are complaints about the body and construction of this Coleman camping stove, and definitely, some care needs to be taken (both in shipping and while using it yourself) but it cooks remarkably and consistently.

There is a standard concern about control over the knobs. However, once cleaned (see the top-rated review for details on this), they operate well and hold up over time.

As an added bonus, the removable chrome-plated grate makes clean-up quick and easy.

2. Solo Stove Campfire 2 Pot Set Combo.

At number 2 we have the Solo Stove Campfire 2 Pot Set Combo. This Solo Stove Campfire deal brings two pots and a carrying case along with it, so you don’t have to worry about purchasing extra accessories that may or may not work or fit.

While this is the most expensive camping stove on our list, we think the price is worth it if you cook for larger groups on a regular basis.

This two-pound camping stove is about twice as big as its Titan sister, which is why this is perfect for cooking for larger groups of campers. While it does come with its own carrying case, it’s not as convenient to pack up and carry as there are two pots and a fairly tall unit (9.25”). With a 7” diameter, this stove doesn’t have any reported issues of instability in supporting pans or standing on the ground.

Solo Stove is all about relying on environmentally-friendly fuels to power their stoves. While that means it may take a little longer to bring the liquid to a boil, that shouldn’t take away from the overall efficiency of this stove.

There are no 1-, 2-, or 3-star reviews on Amazon for this stove, so that’s an excellent indicator of the overall reliability of this camping stove.

3. Coleman PowerPack Single Burner Propane Stove.

At number 3 we have the Coleman PowerPack Single Burner Propane Stove. The price is definitely right with this camping stove. Sure, it’s on the higher side of inexpensive, but the quality here is overwhelming – and it goes well beyond the Coleman name.

This is the perfect size for a single burner camp stove. It measures 12.5 x 13.4 x 4 around the body (the base is a little wider) and seems to be the van-living cooker of choice.

It can handle a frying pan as large as 12 and can take much smaller ones as well. Sitting low and wide, this camping stove is super stable; you shouldn’t have any concerns here.

You get 7,500 total BTUs of cooking power with pressure-control. On a 16.4-ounce propane cylinder, you can expect it to run for about 3 hours on a high setting. We like that. This camping stove can stand up to daily use and keep coming back for more.

It lights easily, heats quickly, and cooks consistently. Construction is solid (especially the metal supports) so you can expect it to last for years. It also cleans like a dream.

4. MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Backpacking Stove.

At number 4 we have the MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Backpacking Stove. The price is right and you get a stable, reliable camping stove that’ll last for years. It folds up as small as a camping stove can go (2x2x3) – and its very lightweight too.

Plus, it comes with a carrying case. Sure, this sits on top of a canister, but as it connects directly, it’s surprisingly stable. Plus, it can take a variety of pans, up to 10. Of course, you still need to be careful as part of the stability depends on the canister you use, but since it connects to just about any threaded canister, you can choose your stability.

Its very fuel-efficient and you have some control over how much isobutane-propane you actually use. Sure, you may find better, but not with the other positives in this package.

You can take it anywhere and use it everywhere. It’s also sturdy and well-constructed. It also withstands daily use and lasts for years.

5. Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range

And for our last pick at number 5, we have the Camp Chef Explorer 2 Burner Range.

You’ll need to buy a propane tank and lighter, to start. The large burners also aren’t accommodating for a lot of cooking accessories, so you may have to purchase those from Camp Chef. In terms of specifications, this camping stove is 34” tall, 9.5” wide, and 16.25” in length, so it provides a lot of space for cooking meals, small and large.

And while you might think a stove this long/tall might be difficult to carry around, think again. Reviewers say this one breaks down nicely into an easy-to-carry unit.

With four legs on the ground and sturdy construction, this camping stove provides plenty of stability when cooking. This camping stove runs strictly on propane, which means fuel will be cheap, easy to light, fairly clean (i.e. less soot), and work well in a variety of climates.

Aside from issues some users have reported with broken parts, everything about this stove appears to make it a super reliable pick.

From its sturdiness to its all-weather capacity, and its ease of use and proven track record in holding up to repeated use, this Camp Chef stove is a great pick.

So that sums up our top 5 best camping stoves for families. We hope you enjoyed it. If you did please leave a comment. Until next time have a great day.
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