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These are the stoves to rent when you are car- or base-camping where weight and bulk are not issues. 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.
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.
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.
This 2-burner is about 23" wide; 15" deep; and 5" tall when closed up. 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 stoves have a push-button igniter, but frankly don't count on it working - be sure to take a lighter or 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|