What to Consider When Buying Camping Cookware

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.



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  1. That was very informative. And I do camp a lot. I look forward to more. Thank you.

  2. that’s good for camping. I like GSI cook sets. This brand is rather durable and affordable.