An Outdoor Chef Dishes on the Best Cooking Gear for Campers (2023)

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Next to a warm and dry place to sleep, what to eat while camping is top of mind when overnighting it outdoors. And while you can certainly rough it with a tin of beans or a freeze-dried meal, you don’t have to. What started as heavy cast iron-covered pots and hot dogs speared by branches has evolved. There is now a camp-worthy option for nearly any element your indoor kitchen has, from a portable refrigerator to utensils. With the right gear, quality isn’t much of a sacrifice when you cook outside.

But finding the best camping stove or knife set can be tricky. What you pack to cook with should match the kind of outdoor adventure you’re planning. Car camping means bringing along bigger, heavier, and more capable equipment that can feed a group, while backpacking cookware is designed to prioritize weight and portability while preparing meals for one or two people.

With either style, pack with a plan in mind. “It’s important to have enough for meals and snacks, but focus your meal plan on a couple of tasty dishes rather than packing the whole fridge,” says Chef Steve Corso, founder of Outdoor Eats, a recipe site for those cooking on the trail or at camp. Read on to learn what matters when it comes to camping cookware, and find the right version for just about every outdoor adventure.

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Best Stove for Backpacking:

Near Zero Mini Stove at Amazon

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MSR Trail Mini Duo Cook Set at Amazon

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Best Stove for Car Camping

Camp Chef Everest 2x Camping Stove

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The two-burner camp stove is a crowded category, but the Camp Chef stands apart for its sturdy design. At 12 pounds, the suitcase-style burner accommodates two pans, pots, or a combination of the two. It starts with a twist of a knob using a matchless ignition system. With 40,000 BTUs combined, there is plenty of power to heat dense cast iron.

But cooking on high isn’t the whole story. “I like the sturdy construction compared to some other brands, plus this has some nice simmer control,” Corso says. “It’s nice having consistent, even heat for cooking up scrambled eggs or a batch of queso for happy hour.” Note that the stove needs a table or a wide, flat patch of ground to ensure safe cooking. A pair of fold-up side screens, along with the lid, help protect the flame from the wind.

Price at time of publish: $160

  • Dimensions: 25.2 x 12.7 x 5.6 inches
  • Weight: 12 pounds

Best Stove for Backpacking

Near Zero Mini Stove

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When you’re carrying a kitchen on your back, every ounce matters. This barley-there Near Zero weighs just over 1.5 ounces — about as much as a slice of white bread — so it fits in the palm of your hand. Folded down, it’s about two inches tall and half as wide. “It fits right in your pocket, it’s really small, compact, and extremely lightweight,” says Corso.

When threaded onto an isobutane-propane fuel cell, this stove will boil two cups of water in about two minutes to make coffee, hydrate meals, or cook more elaborate dishes. The three fold-out arms can support a wide range of small to medium pots and pans with a wide metal tab to control the flame. Like similar stoves, this one needs a flat space to work well and to avoid spilling the contents. You’ll need to carry a lighter with you to start cooking.

Price at time of publish: $25

  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces

Best Camping Pan

Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet


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“This is the classic option in cast iron,” says Corso. “You don’t have to spend three times as much because you’re not going to get that much better than this.” For car campers, where the trunk is doing all the heavy lifting, a Lodge can pitch in to cook just about every meal. Stick this on the burner of a stove, nestle it into glowing hot charcoal embers, or over a grill to sear or sauté without fear. And because it arrives seasoned, you can start cooking immediately.

The line comes in a range of sizes, from 3.5- to 15-inch pans, but the 12-inch option is a good size when cooking for three or more people. Note that the short handle can be difficult to grab, especially when loaded with food, and it will take more time to evenly heat cast iron compared to thinner steel or aluminum cookware. Also, you likely don’t need a lid. “I’ve found that a piece of aluminum foil works just as well as a lid at times,” says Corso.

Price at time of publish: $40

  • Dimensions: 18 x 12.56 x 2.25 inches
  • Weight: 7.89 pounds

Best Cookware for Backpacking

MSR Trail Mini Duo Cook Set

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When weight and space are hard to come by in a backpack, this MSR set nests together, leaving room for a camp stove and an MSR fuel canister. The set’s 1.2-liter hard-anodized aluminum pot heats quickly with enough volume to hydrate two freeze-dried pouch meals or enough water for a couple of cups of coffee. You can’t use the pot directly over a fire, however, because the plastic ring that protects your fingers from the heat can melt. “This kit should put out enough food for two people, and if you need to feed three to four people, then getting a pot that’s well over a liter in capacity is wise,” Corso says. Eat from the pot or the included polypropylene bowl.

Price at time of publish: $56

  • Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces

Best Portable Kitchen

Thiessens Foldable Kitchen

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If you’re on a car camping trip with a group of people for more than a couple of days, a portable kitchen setup can make meal prep, cooking, and serving much easier. This 32-pound, portable station stands at a comfortable working height of 41 inches, yet it packs down flat and comes with a carry case so it’s easy to toss into the trunk of a car. A bamboo top and metal windscreen surround your favorite camp stove, with enough room for prep next to that, plus a sink area to help with cleanup.

“For most state or national parks, they're going to have a picnic table set up for you,” says Corso. “But if you want some more prep space, or you're going somewhere where there is no table provided, having something like this is really helpful. What I like about this one is it’s only a table, but it also is a little bit of a pantry and storage area. So you can keep your equipment in there and keep the food away from the critters.” If you only camp once or twice a year, you might justify this splurge for tailgating or even backyard cookouts.

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Price at time of publish: $299

  • Dimensions: 84 x 18 x 41 inches
  • Weight: 32 pounds

Best Camping Cooler

RTIC Ultra-Light 52 Quart Hard Cooler


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Our pick for the overall best cooler, the 52-quart RTIC has everything you need and nothing you won’t while weighing about 30 percent less than rotomolded coolers with the same capacity. Up to three inches of foam surround the contents, with a beefy rubber gasket on the lid to seal out the hot air. In our tests, ice had barely melted after 24 hours, and the temperature inside hovered at 32 degrees on a hot day. Handles make it easy for one or two people to grab and move, with secure T-latches to keep the lid tightly sealed. Inside, a basket can keep food cold but out of the ice, and a divider can segment raw meat from produce. Our main con: for shorter weekend trips, the performance might be overkill.

Price at time of publish: $220

  • Dimensions: 27 x 18 x 15 inches
  • Weight: 21 pounds

Best Portable Refrigerator

Dometic CFX3 55IM Portable Refrigerator and Freezer

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For those who routinely car camp, hit the beach, or enjoy entertaining on the back patio, a portable, electric refrigerator can be a welcome upgrade. It keeps food at exact temperatures without ice or draining, and it’s all controlled through a Bluetooth app. Powered by an AC adapter and a wall outlet (or a portable power station), a DC plug in the car, or solar panels. The nearly 50-pound cooler can keep food down to negative seven degrees Fahrenheit with a 53-liter capacity, which is a little smaller than your dorm fridge. Packed properly, that's enough room to keep about five days of food fresh for four people, or 83 cans for a summer backyard cookout. It also makes its own ice.

“If you’re outdoors frequently and going into your cooler to get hot dogs, beers, and sausage over multiple days, then this just makes it really easy and clean without multiple bags of ice,” says Corso, who also recommends it for tailgating. The cons: it’s heavy, expensive, and it requires electricity to work, which may not always be an option.

Price at time of publish: $1,080

  • Dimensions: 17.91 x 18.90 x 25.98 inches
  • Weight: 47 pounds

Best Camping Knives

Senbon Folding Knives

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Spend enough time outdoors, and you’ll realize quickly it’s easier to have a dedicated set of knives for the task instead of taking your prized chef’s knife and hoping it doesn't get dinged. “If you don’t want to buy a whole second set for camp cooking, this is a very economical set that gives you pretty much all the knives you need to cook at camp,” says Corso. Each of the olive wood-handled, stainless steel knives in this four-piece set folds to protect the edge in transit and at camp. The blades range from just over four inches to nearly five inches long, including the chef’s knife, two pairing blades, and a serrated bread knife.

Price at time of publish: $127

  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 7 x 1.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds

Best Camping Utensils

Outdoor Element Omni-Tensil

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A spork is a good start, but this kit’s handles allow it to convert from chopsticks to a spoon and fork, or into a stainless-steel straw. Weighing just over three ounces, this multi-piece kit includes a recycled plastic placemat that helps prevent you from losing pieces. The silicone elbow, designed to act as a drinking straw, can connect the two hollow metal handles together and act as a bellow to fuel a campfire. There’s also a toothbrush head for after dinner.

“I love the versatility of it,” says Corso. “The stainless steel and titanium cutlery are a little more expensive than plastic, but I would rather eat with metal.” The attachable heads all thread on for a secure connection no matter what you're eating.

Price at time of publish: $35

  • Dimensions: 1.75 x 6 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

“Having a solid plate is great for car camping,” says Corso. “Bowls are nice to have, too, but a plate is essential.” These Hydro Flask versions come in a couple of colors and, like the brand's mugs, are double-wall insulated. That means a hot steak or a ladle full of chili won’t scorch your hands. Plus, it won’t buckle or sog out like plastic or paper.

The 18/8 stainless steel plate nests together with a powder-coated finish underneath that provides a sure grip, which you’ll appreciate when loaded down with a hearty portion. At about 1.3 pounds each, these will add some weight and bulk to a car camping trip.

Price at time of publish: $17

  • Dimensions: 9.9 x .86 inches
  • Weight: 1.35 pounds

Best Camping Cup

Miir Camp Cup 16 Oz

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From coffee or oatmeal in the morning to soup for lunch and a stiff drink around the campfire at night, there isn’t much the insulated Mirr can’t do. Available in four sizes, from 8 to 20 ounces, in six colors, this mug is minimalist and comfortable. The big, wide mouth makes it easy to drink from and pour into, and the vented lid can prevent spills and help you adjust how fast the contents cool down. These work great for your morning cup of coffee at home, too.

Price at time of publish: $23

  • Dimensions: 4.13 x 2.93 inches
  • Weight: 7.7 ounces

Factors to Consider

Frequency of Use

With any culinary task, it makes more sense to splurge on higher quality and durability when you expect to frequently use an item. For nearly every product on this list, there is a less expensive version that would likely perform admirably in the short term. But over the long haul with frequent use camping, backpacking, or even entertaining in your backyard, the higher quality picks mentioned here should prove a smart investment.


When it comes to camping, focusing on gear that is easy to clean makes a lot of sense. Some, but not all, campsites offer running water to wash up, so the fewer nooks and crannies you need to flush food out of, the better. It makes sense to pick elements for cooking that are simply designed and easy to disable and reassemble, like a stove or hard-to-scratch cast iron pan.


While this is less of a concern when car camping, where your trunk or back seat won’t complain about the weight, how neatly things condense down and how light they are is a vital detail when backpacking. And even when car camping, pick items that come with a bag or nest together whenever possible. That helps keep the gear organized in transit, at camp, and when you unload it all back into a garage or shed.

The Research

We extensively researched various brands and models across all the basic camp gear categories. We asked outdoor chef Steve Corso about the gear he uses and what he looks for in products that will last and perform well. We weighted the information against factors like portability, durability, and ease of use.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can you use normal pans on a camping stove?

    Yes. Just about any pan you’d use indoors — from aluminum to stainless or carbon steel to cast iron and tri-ply — will work on a standard camp stove. Camp cooking tends to mean things getting knocked around, so if you have a very expensive skillet you don’t want to risk getting dropped, you might want to leave it behind. But that’s not the same as cooking over a live fire, where the temperatures can reach beyond the thresholds of things like non-stick cookware or pans with plastic handles.

  • What is a mess kit?

    A mess kit combines all of the essentials to eat a meal into a convenient package. These kits often include a plate, bowl, and cup that can nest together, along with the essential utensils. Typically made of plastic, they are easy to toss into a camp kit, so you can have just about everything on hand to eat nearly any meal.

  • What else do I need for cooking while camping?

    Aside from the basics of a pan and a stove, you might want to bring sovereign wear that makes it easier for campers to help themselves: large bowls for salads or family-style sides and smaller ones for pasta or granola and yogurt in the morning. Then consider post-cooking cleanup: bring scrub pads to wash up with, towels to try the cookware, and soap. If your campsite doesn’t have a water source, you can bring your own to make washing up after meals easier.

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Our Expertise

Sal Vaglica is a gear tester and food writer with nearly 15 years of experience working with and covering outdoor cooking equipment. For this story, he interviewed experts who have extensive experience cooking outdoors, including chef Steve Corso, founder of Outdoor Eats.


How do you cook on a campfire without pots pans? ›

Brush away the coals and cook your food directly on the flat rocks. This is good for small game and fish. You can also put a flat rock into the coals or prop a flat rock between two rocks with coals underneath. Grease the rock or your food will stick.

How do you cook on an open fire? ›

To cook, set the grill on rocks or wetted green logs. Put food directly on grill or in cookware and prepare your meal. If cooking directly on the grill, a small spray bottle or squirt gun is handy for shooting down any rogue flames, usually caused by food drippings.

How do you do dishes while camping? ›

Heat filtered water over a stove. Take the water and dishes at least 200 feet from water sources—approximately 70 adult paces. With a scrub pad or something similar, use the hot water to clean the dishes. If possible, collect the wash water, also known as gray water, into a single pot.

Can I use kitchen pots for camping? ›

While you can use some of the pots and pans from your home kitchen, there are some benefits of owning a dedicated set of camp cookware. Makes Packing Easier: The biggest advantage of owning a set of camp cookware is that you don't have to rummage through your kitchen each time you want to go camping.

How do you pack pots for camping? ›

I place a couple of paper towels or a clean dishcloth between stacked pans to avoid scratching and store the cookware in an area where it won't get wet from rain or dew. A plastic tote box with a lid is an even better way to transport and store camp cookware, as it will shield items from dirt and moisture.

Which type of cookware is ideal for outdoor cooking and campfire? ›

Cast iron: Cast iron cookware is the classic choice for outdoor cooking. Cast iron is very durable; it heats evenly and you can place it directly on an open fire. The downside is that a single cast iron skillet is heavy and hard to clean properly. Note that wrought iron campfire cooking gear isn't a thing.

What is the best material to cook over a campfire? ›

Material. It goes without saying that construction material for any cookware is essential, and even more so when you're cooking on a campfire. Ideally, the pots and pans in your campfire cooking kit should be made of cast iron, aluminum, stainless steel, or titanium.

What do you cook over a fire when camping? ›

You can cook satisfying stews, belly-warming soups, classic baked beans, boil water for pasta and even bake bread over your campfire with a Dutch oven. Serve your Dutch oven masterpiece with cornbread and everyone will be happy. Skillet: Choose a cast-iron or aluminum skillet to cook up a variety of scrumptious meals.

Can you boil water on an open fire? ›

You can boil water over a campfire. You can boil water with a Jetboil, alcohol stove, charcoal grill, propane stove, or wood stove. If you have sunny weather, you can even use a solar heater or solar kettle. If you have power, you can also heat with an electric kettle.

What temperature is a campfire cooked at? ›

While there are techniques to cook directly on coals, most campfire cooking cooks food with the heat coming off the flames. That heat can reach around 600°F (320°C).

Can you use Dawn dish soap when camping? ›

Use biodegradable camping dish soap – No Dawn dish soap, or any other products with polluting sulfites.

What dish soap is good for camping? ›

Castile soaps are vegetable-based soaps that can be used in a number of different ways. They're great for camping because one bottle can serve as your shampoo, body wash, and dish soap.

What is the 3 bucket wash method camping? ›

Three-Bin Dishwashing.

The first bin contains hot, soapy water, the second is filled with clean, hot rinse water, and the third bin contains cold water with a sanitizer such as bleach to kill bacteria. Before washing, make sure you use a rubber spatula to scrape excess food into a trash bag.

How can I make camp cooking easier? ›

14 Camp Cooking Tips You Need to Try
  1. Plan your meals ahead of time. ...
  2. Freeze your meat. ...
  3. Always keep a supply of aluminum foil. ...
  4. Use heavy-duty aluminum bags. ...
  5. Chop your meat and vegetables before you leave. ...
  6. Select and take only the cookware you plan to use. ...
  7. Heat your cleaning water while you eat.
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How do you clean dishes when camping without water? ›

Wipe down the stove's surface with a damp cloth or sponge and a little soap; remove burned or dried-on food with an abrasive pad. If needed, unscrew or gently pull off the burners to clean or brush them off with a wire brush, then wipe off the stove surface underneath. Let air dry.

Where do you put food at night when camping? ›

When camping at a campground, here's how to store your food safely:
  • Keep food secure during the daytime. ...
  • At night, food needs to go into your vehicle or a bear box (if one is available.) ...
  • If you don't have access to a vehicle or bear box, you can hang a bag with your food or use a bear canister/bear bag.
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What food to pack for a 7 day camping trip? ›

Here are the 10 best foods to bring camping.
  • Dehydrated Foods. A personal favorite of mine is the Mountain House brand. ...
  • Trail Mix, Nuts, and Bars. PIN IT. ...
  • Instant Mac & Cheese and Cup Noodles. PIN IT. ...
  • Chili. PIN IT. ...
  • Beef Jerky and Dried Fruits. ...
  • Instant Coffee Packets & Tea Bags. ...
  • Sandwich-Making Materials. ...
  • S'mores Ingredients.
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What food is easy to reheat camping? ›

First, it's important to to choose recipes that can be easily reheated. So anything that can be made at home and heated up over a campfire is perfect for camping. Think stews, casseroles, soups, grilled chicken, slow cooker meals are all perfect for this.

How do you organize pots and pans in a camper? ›

How To Store Pots And Pans In An RV
  1. Minimize the number of pots and pans.
  2. Switch to Instapot.
  3. Place barriers between pans to prevent scratches.
  4. Store the lids in a single place.
  5. Use non-slip liners to minimize movement.
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What is camping cookware? ›

Unlike kitchen cookware, pots, pans and dishes meant for camping, hiking, kayaking and other adventure sports are built to travel. They often feature lightweight materials and multifunction parts; they can also come with insulated, fold-away handles or removable handles for carrying hot pots.

How do you not overpack for camping? ›

Another way to avoid overpacking is to give yourself the time you need to pack. (The alternative is to wait until the last minute.) This can cause you to feel rushed and tempted to just throw everything in and sort it out at camp. The other risk with this is that you can — and will — forget key items.

What should you not pack in a container? ›

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  • Small Valuables. ...
  • Hazardous Substances. ...
  • Food & Other Perishable Goods. ...
  • Plants, Soil, Animals and Seeds. ...
  • Ammunition.
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Is stainless steel better than Aluminium camping pots? ›

Stainless Steel is slightly heavier than Aluminum however; it is a stronger metal and therefore more resilient to dents. The Aluminum kettle boils slightly faster than its steel twin as Aluminum conducts heat faster than steel. There is little or no difference in price. There should be no 'taste' off either metal.

What cookware do most chefs prefer? ›

Carbon steel frying pans are one of the most popular choices in commercial kitchens, made to easily withstand the demands of hospitality environments. Pro chefs will know that using a carbon steel pan is probably one of the best materials due to its superb durability and affordability, and it heats up quickly.

What is the safest pan material to cook with? ›

As a safe alternative, stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and cast-iron pots and pans are the go-to materials to avoid risky ingredients seeping into your food.

What is the best meat to cook over a wood fire? ›

Which cut of beef is best for cooking on an open fire? When campfire or fire pit cooking, choose a thick cut of beef with a generous amount of fat, such as a marbled rib eye – on or off the bone is up to you. A well marbled steak will also provide some insurance against overcooking.

Does aluminum foil melt in campfire? ›

Solid pieces of metal don't burn easily.

Aluminum foil doesn't catch on fire in an oven, on the grill or even in a campfire. It can burn, however — though sparklers actually use aluminum as their fuel.

How do you keep coals hot overnight camping? ›

Banking a Fire

It is a simple and effective way to keep your fire safely burning overnight so that you don't need to re-start it every morning. To bank a fire means to build a wall out of rocks or stones around the fire pit or to build the fire next to a rock or dirt wall such that it blocks the wind.

What not to burn in a campfire? ›

Similarly, batteries, plastics, metal, foil, cans, plywood, styrofoam, coated cardboard and other packaging materials can leave toxic residues and add toxic gases to the smoke. To avoid these problems (and others associated with campfires): Burn natural wood that has not been painted or treated with any chemicals.

What not to put in a campfire? ›

Don't ever use gasoline or other flammable, combustible liquids to start or accelerate a fire. Don't have a campfire on windy, dry days. It's easier for fires to spread in these conditions. Don't wear flammable fabrics, such as cotton blends, rayon, nylon, and acrylic.

What is the fastest way to put out a fire with water? ›

So, boiling water is even better than Hot water for extinguishing the fire. Hence boiling water can extinguish fire more quickly than hot water, ice or cold water.

How long does it take to boil 1 gallon of water? ›

To boil one gallon of water, it usually takes five minutes, but you must use a stove with high BTUs(18,000 BTUs ). The stove with a 15,000 BTU burner will usually take 11 minutes to boil the water. If you have a home stove, the average per burner will use 7000 BTUs, Which may take 17-20 minutes to boil the water.

What fire should you not use water on? ›

Never use water to extinguish flammable liquid fires.

Water is extremely ineffective at extinguishing this type of fire, and you may, in fact, spread the fire if you try to use water on it.

Can you cook hotdogs over a campfire? ›

It will only take about 3 – 4 minutes to cook your hot dog over the campfire. If you like you hot dog browned or even charred black, hold it in the flames for just a little bit. Keep your eye on it as it can burn quickly.

How hot is blue fire? ›

Blue flames usually appear at a temperature between 2,600º F and 3,000º F. Blue flames have more oxygen and get hotter because gases burn hotter than organic materials, such as wood.

Can you cook meat on a campfire? ›

You can grill meat and vegetables directly on the grate or use it as a stand to hold pots and pans for boiling water, frying, or slow cooking. Cast iron cookware is recommended for campfire cooking as the dense metal retains heat better and distributes it more evenly.

How do you get the most heat out of an open fire? ›

To create fires that produce more heat, open the damper as wide as possible when lighting a fire. A wide-open damper will increase the amount of air reaching the fire and improve combustion. As a result, the fire will burn hotter.

How do you cook on an open fire camping? ›

To cook, set the grill on rocks or wetted green logs. Put food directly on grill or in cookware and prepare your meal. If cooking directly on the grill, a small spray bottle or squirt gun is handy for shooting down any rogue flames, usually caused by food drippings.

How do you get the best heat out of an open fire? ›

Use hardwood logs for sustained heat

Once your fire is lit and burning, you should ideally use hardwood logs to keep the fire going. The most common forms of hardwood are oak and ash. Because they are very dense forms of wood you'll get more heat out of them, for longer.

Can you use regular cookware for camping? ›

Normal pans, taken from your home kitchen, can be used for camping cooking. Over time, it is going to be much easier to have set of camping cookware that is kept solely for use while camping.

What is the kind of stove use for camping? ›

Camping Stove Types

The main ones are: Canister-top stoves – lightweight, packable and easy-to-use, these simple stoves consist of a burner head that screws directly onto the top of your propane-butane gas canister. You'll need to buy a pot separately. Example – MSR Pocket Rocket 2.

Is cast iron or stainless steel better for camping? ›

Cast iron is the best camping cookware because of its durability, ability to cook over a fire, longevity, and for its versatility. They also retain heat better than stainless steel. You should opt for stainless steel if you want to make the cleaning process easy and the baggage lighter.

Is stainless steel or cast iron cookware better for camping? ›

Stainless steel is the most durable, but it's heavier and prone to hot spots, so it's best for attentive cooks. Cast iron is extremely durable and cooks beautifully over an open flame, but it's really heavy and requires special care.

Is gas or propane better for camping stoves? ›

Butane and propane are popular fuels for camping stoves. Which type of camping stove is best depends on your needs. Propane is easiest to source, has a lower vapor pressure, and is typically cheaper. However, butane has a higher liquid density, making it lighter to haul and perfect for backpackers.

What is the best wood stove for camping? ›

The best wood-burning stoves
  1. G2 Firebox Stove. ...
  2. UCO Flatpack Grill. ...
  3. Solo Stove Campfire. ...
  4. Kelly Kettle Scout Kettle (1.2L) & Hobo Stove. ...
  5. Patagonia Untethered wood-burning stove. ...
  6. TOAKS Titanium Backpacking Wood Burning Stove. ...
  7. Camp Chef Alpine Heavy Duty. ...
  8. BioLite Fire Pit.
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