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The Best Backpacking Stoves of 2021

There’s nothing quite like the simple luxury of a hot meal after a grueling day on trail. It’s one of those things that make us fall in love with thru-hiking despite the aches and pains, relentless weather, and occasional soul-crushing loneliness. Carrying a backpacking stove also provides a measure of insurance against unexpected weather, as hot food and water can provide a much-needed dose of heat when the mercury drops. The best backpacking stoves weigh little, burn fuel efficiently, and boil water so quickly you’ll be sipping your morning brew before your campmates even roll out of bed. In this article, we share our top picks for thru-hiking stoves and tips on how to choose.

Best Backpacking Stoves: Quick Navigation

Jetboil Flash
Fastest Boil
MSR PocketRocket
AT Hikers’ Favorite
SnowPeak LiteMax
Best Ultralight
Soto Amicus
Most Stable
Jetboil Stash
Most Efficient
BRS 3000T
Most Affordable
Esbit Pocket Stove
Best Solid Fuel Stove
Solo Stove Lite
Best Woodburning Stove

Interested in learning more? Continue reading more tips and tricks for cooking while backpacking here.


August 31, 2022

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