These are the stoves to rent when you are car- or base-camping where weight and bulk are not issues. So keep in mind once coupled with the required fuel canister, these are not practical for backpacking long distances. A better option for backpacking trips would be one or more of the small, lightweight canister stoves.
Our rental is a cheap price to be able to crank out some tasty pancakes at the campground. We love renting gear, and we offer these stoves for convenience, but frankly you might consider buying one instead. We have to charge more than we'd like, especially for the 2-burner, due to the cleaning required and the clunkiness and weight of the stove for shipping.
These stoves operate in much the same fashion as your propane-fueled backyard grill - turn the valve; light it with a match, and you're ready to cook. We like these stoves because of their decent-sized burners that will handle larger pots and skillets, and their easy controls. They are fairly simple to operate, but you can see more photos and some operating instructions on these propane stoves we've put together for your pre-rental research.
We offer a one-burner and two-burner option. Each burner on either model cranks out 10,000 BTU, which means you can burn your eggs while camping just as quick as if you fell asleep at your big range at home. If you need to cook up two things at once; want some more stability on a flatter surface; or just not sure, select the two-burner option. Otherwise, for most solo and small family outings, the single burner will do just fine, and it is less expensive to rent and ship.
You can add freeze dried meals - Mountain House/Backpackers Pantry, etc - on to your rental order.
These rental stoves are fueled by 16.4 ounce propane cylinders which are available virtually anywhere - WalMart, Target, hardware stores, outdoor outlets, etc. They are typically green canisters about the size of a 2 liter soda bottle, just shorter. Each cylinder will last about one hour on high; up to 4.5 hours on low. The fuel is pretty cheap at around $4 or so, I'd take an extra cylinder in the car with you to make sure you had enough to get through a weekend trip. It is worth noting that you can't take these on an airline so keep that in mind. They will also work with the bulk propane cylinder - that mini-keg-sized one - you probably already have at home, but an adaptor that we don't offer is needed. Suggestion - try it out at home and master the temperature settings there first for a few minutes before using it at camp - that way you can impress your camp guests with your backwoods culinary skills, even if it's your first trip out. You can dress up your presentation even more with a vinyl camping/picnic tablecloth - covers up the funky concrete slab on the picnic table and adds some class to the meal. We also usually have used camping stoves available for purchase.
Most of these 2-burner stoves are about 23" wide; 15" deep; and 5" tall when closed up. Some we ship fold up in half - more compact, but no wind screens. The one-burner is much smaller as it just screws on top of the fuel canister, but is strong enough for a good sized pot or skillet. Some of the stoves we rent may have originally come with a push-button igniter, but frankly don't count on it working - no matter the cost or how new the stove it is, these igniters fail easily so we don't bother to replace them - be sure to take a lighter or plenty of matches.
For more information, read one of our articles on cooking in the woods, preparation tips and eating right while on the trail. For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.
|Weight||2 or 12|
|Camping style||Car camping|