If you are doing research before joining the more than 80,000 customers that have rented our camping and travel gear, or have already received your camping gear rental package from us, here's where you can learn a bit more about how to operate a specific camping or travel gear item before you head out on your big adventure.

The information below provides more details on how to use the backpacking stove, but we encourage you to give us a call or find more resources online if more details are needed. For more information on this rental item including rates, check out the main product page at Rent a Backpacking Stove - Canister Style. There are more how-to pages on nearly all of our most popular rental items; find most at our video and user guide to rentals main page

To use one of these stoves, you will need to buy a canister of blended isopro pressurized gas.  Any of the standard one with a threaded top will work - don't worry about what brand it is.  Roughly, you can get about 12 meals out of one of the most common sized 8 ounce canisters.  Buy at our retail store or one near your destination.  You cannot fly with the fuel!

backpack stove rental

We have a couple of styles of stove that we rent, but they look very similar to this.  All weigh around 3 ounces, and come in a plastic holding case.  

rent a backpacking stove

Carefully thread the rental stove on to the top of the canister, after first making sure the valve is completely turned off (tight clock-wise).  You may hear some gas hiss as you are tightening the stove on to the canister, but it should not be much.  

renting a backpacking canister stove

Open up the brackets on top of the stove that will support whatever pot or pan you have (we rent those also), open the valve slightly, and set a match or lighter to the escaping gas around the burner.  It will light right away.  Adjust as needed.  To speed water boiling, use a lid on your pot.  Should be able to boil a few cups of water in a pot in under 4 minutes or so.  Stove will remain hot for some time after you have turned it off, so be careful.

Here is an overview video about the rental backpacking stove: