How you like to camp is a big key in what to consider when buying camping cookware. If you’re car camping or bringing the family out for a quick picnic weekend then your cookware will be a lot different than that used for a solo backpacker.
Let’s look at what you need if you’re planning a backpacking trip first.
When backpacking you want the lightest gear possible. This means you’ll want a collapsible lightweight stove. When looking for a lightweight stove you want something durable with very few parts. There’s nothing worse than being stranded on a trail with a broken stove.
These units only have a few parts, the collapsible stand, burner unit, heat reflector, and gas bottle. It all folds down into a tight little package that can easily be stuffed into your backpack.
For backpacking you probably won’t be doing any elaborate cooking. All you need is a small lightweight metal pot for boiling water. Aluminum works well.
If you’re car camping or feeding a group of people then you’ll want a bit more choices.
Your two main choices are a propane or white gas stove.
There are benefits to both types. A propane stove is much easier to take care of. All you have to do is screw a bottle into place and click the auto ignite and you’re up and cooking.
A white gas stove is less maintenance intensive. All you need is a jug of fuel. Pump up the stove and light it.
As far as pots and pans go all you need are a skillet and one or two pots to get cooking. This is not going to be a problem as you can find durable lightweight cooking gear at any outdoor store. It’s just a matter of sorting through the offerings and looking for something that suits your current camping needs.