Everyone knows food tastes better when it’s cooked outside. But despite what you might’ve learned as a Boy or Girl Scout, a campfire can be a complicated endeavor — it blows smoke in your face, its open flame doesn’t always cook evenly, and it can be difficult to light and maintain in windy weather. (And then there’s the issue of finding dry-enough firewood from a convenient local source — don’t be that person who introduces an invasive species to a state park.)
Technically speaking, you could subsist on trail mix, saltines, and Slim Jims during a weekend in the woods if you had to, like some wannabe Bear Grylls. But why would you when portable camping stoves are a thing?
From classic propane stove/grill hybrids to an unconventional canister model that can run off twigs and generate electricity, here are a handful of great camping stove deals that are live at REI, Amazon, and/or Best Buy as of July 2:
Rated highly by Amazon reviewers for its sturdy, lightweight design and ease of use, this dual-burner, 17,000 (total) BTU Coleman stove boasts a spacious cooking surface with enough room for a 12- and 10-inch pan. Conveniently, it can run on either Coleman Liquid Fuel (sold separately) or unleaded gasoline.
Amazon’s got it on sale for $139.79, which is just over $50 off its suggested retail price of $189.99.
This powerful little propane-powered stove delivers a whopping 22,000 total BTUs of cooking power across its two independent burners and features two innovations from Coleman: “PerfectFlow” pressure control technology for consistent heat, and “PerfectHeat” technology for efficient fuel use. It normally retails for $79.99, but you can snag it on sale at Amazon and REI right now for only $59.89.
For about $20 more, you can upgrade to Coleman’s Triton+ Propane Stove for the addition of “Instastart” push-button ignition. (Read: No matches required.) Both Amazon and REI have it on sale for just $74.89, which is 25% off its $99.99 MSRP.
Weighing in at just 12 ounces, this backpacker-friendly, push-button canister stove is reliable in temperatures as cold as 20°F and capable of reaching a rolling boil in just over two minutes. It comes with a drink-through lid featuring a pour spout and a strainer, and its bottom cup doubles as both a measuring cup and a bowl.
It typically retails for $144.95, but we found it on sale at REI for only $108.69 — a 25% savings.
For a more traditional portable stove, look into Coleman’s Fold N Go model: It’s a propane stove with two independently adjustable, 10,000 BTU burners that folds up “smaller than a briefcase” (per the brand’s website) when you need to stash it away.
Get it on Amazon for $75.95, or about $24 off its $99.99 MSRP.
This one’s our personal favorite portable stove: You power it by burning the sticks and random wood scraps you find around your campsite (or BioLite’s BioFuel pellets — sold separately), and it comes with a built-in USB port that lets you charge your phone out in the wilderness. An LED panel on the side of the device will tell you how much juice you’ve got and how much airflow its flame is getting from its internal fan.
Normally $149.99, you can snag it on sale at Best Buy for just $114.99 — a $35 savings.
This versatile push-button camping stove offers up to 7, 000 total BTUs of cooking power and comes with three interchangeable cooktop inserts: a stove, a wok, and a reversible griddle/grill.
Amazon has it on sale right now for only $97, or nearly $23 off its suggested retail price of $119.99.