Camping stoves are not necessarily an essential backpacking gear item, but they can definitely provide you with a lot of convenience, as well as the ability to boil water in emergencies. Because of this, many campers and backpackers alike prefer to carry a small portable stove on their journeys.
While campers have the option of using bigger camping stoves that can sand at waist height and cook multiple dishes at once, a backpacker doesn't have that luxury, making size and weight of the utmost importance.
Since a backpacking stove can be considered a luxury item in many ways, it needs to be as small, light, and compactible as possible to decrease the effects of the overall load you’re carrying. Now, functionality is essential as well, so the stove needs to actually work well, rather than just being a mini flamethrower.
With that said, the Etekcity 2 Pack Ultralight Mini Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition is an incredibly impressive backpacking stove choice that fits all of this criteria -- and with a surprisingly low price.
This can’t be understated enough. These two stoves are a combined 9.6 ounces, making them one of the lightest items you’ll carry on any trip. This gives you not one, but two stoves that can be used simultaneously, all without taking up any weight in your bag at all. They’re perfect for ultralight backpackers and regular backpackers alike.
If you’re worried about choosing between propane or butane fuel cannisters, don’t be. This set is compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed fuel canisters, giving you added flexibility fuel-wise, or allowing you to borrow some from a fellow party member.
These aren’t just lightweight, they are the smallest of small. When folded up, the stoves easily fit into the palm of your hand. You won’t have any problem storing these away
At just under $20, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better cooking equipment value anywhere. These are popular for a reason.
High altitudes and colder weather conditions are not necessarily conducive to using matches. The stove’s push-button spark is a dependable and environmentally friendly way to get your burner going without leaving any trace.
Anyone who is tired of having a “one-size burning mode fits all” stove will definitely appreciate the massive adjustability of the burner. The dial is responsive and varied, giving you total control over the flame’s intensity, helping you to simmer and cook at lower heats much easier.
The one puzzling aspect is why Etekcity didn’t include a burner distributor with the stove. The flame is centered right in the middle, intensely burning in one spot. Although you can adjust it, you'll still have to watch your food closely and stir frequently as it cooks. Frying may be difficult.
This is hands down one of the best values and products you can include with your backpacking gear. The stoves hardly weigh anything, barely take up any space, and have some crucial features that gives you more convenience and control with any use.
Whether you’re boiling water, or heating up some soup or noodles, the Etekcity 2 Pack Ultralight Mini Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition handles it like a champ.