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Campingaz Camp Bistro Stove, 1 burner, camping stove, 2200-watt capacity, compact outdoor cooker, includes carry case for easy transport

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There are exceptions, however. The Campingaz Camp Bistro 2 and the Kemper Camping Stove Xtra Smart are medium-sized but only have a single burner – so they're a compromise between the portability of the compact stove and the familiar cooking experience of a larger one. Propane is easy to get hold of and burns well but liquid fuel performs better at low temperatures. Liquid fuel canisters are usually connected via a hose to the stove and are refillable. We like stoves that feature a Piezo-igniter (a push-button starter) as it’s useful if you forget to bring matches along. Once lit, some stoves burn with a blue light while others make a roaring noise.

We put 500ml water in our camping kettle and timed how long it took each camping stove to boil it. We found that there wasn't much difference in most of the times we recorded. The stoves we tested with this type of flame burnt the hottest, were great at heating up pans and proved much more resistant to wind interference than standard burners. The gas regulators on these stoves were small and didn't take much turning to adjust the power of the stove significantly. A slight touch made the flame go from powerful to very powerful. On your cooker at home, you'll usually have a selection of different-sized burners, and you'll select the one best suited to the size of your cooking pot.


Although you can get standard gas hob-style flames, there are camping stoves available that have welding-style flames with intense heat and an audible roar.

This applies to camping stoves, too, although you're unlikely to find many stoves that have different-sized burners. This stove features PerfectFlow technology which means it functions well in most conditions (including wind, extreme weather and high altitude). Unlike the Camp Bistro 2, this stove has an extra burner and heat shields to protect the burners from elements such as wind. It is quite a lot heavier than the Camp Bistro 2 at 12lbs and is therefore not the most portable on the market.We cooked eggs and sausages using the same pan on every stove we tested, scoring each on how user-friendly and comfortable they were to use. Heat-up speed The use of the stove can also be weather-dependent; as there is no screen to protect it from the wind, we found that the stove tends to provide the best results when used in sheltered areas. The rectangular metal base (it's about 30cm wide) means the Bistro 2 is sturdy and, unlike many single burners, there's no chance of it falling over. It can take a pan up to 26cm and the enamelled pan support feels solid and durable. It's certainly something you can cook on with confidence. We had no issues setting up the Campingaz Camp Bistro 2 stove and had it ready to go in less than a minute. With no electricity required, you simply open the hatch, insert the gas canister and the set-up is complete.

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