3 Features You Need in a Portable Butane Stove

Too small for large camps, and too big for extreme backcountry use, a single-burner stove is just right for makeshift overnights under the stars

Portable Butane Stove
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

Coleman Portable Butane
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

Gas ONE New GS-3400P
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

Iwatani Corporation
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.