Indeed, there are many ways to cook while away from home. An open pit with nothing more than a few branches and twigs can do the trick. Others choose something a little more formal such as a naptha stove, but for individuals that prefer the taste of the grill itself, they will use charcoal in a pit or barbecue.
There are definite advantages to each method of cooking depending on personal preference, how much a person can carry in a sack or pack in a vehicle, whether or not the campsite has restrictions on open fires, and cost of the unit plus the fuel.
Once you decide upon the fuel you want to burn, the size of the stove will be important. If cooking for lots of people, a bigger grill surface is required. Some have their own stands, while others may be part and parcel of a camp kitchen table. Plenty of models have wheels, so that they can be pushed to the right spot, especially if the ground is not level. Regardless, each situation is a little different so it wise to make a list of what is expected before deciding on an actual stove.
Although we have tried different stoves, we do find portable gas grills for camping an excellent choice if we pack the truck and head to the campgrounds for a week or two. Plus, when we invite friends and family along, having a stove powered with propane makes more sense. You can buy those big 25lb and 40lb bottles to attach with a designated hose. This will last a while so that you are not always running out of fuel. We went to a fishing lodge once and that was what they did, but they had an even bigger tank because there were so many customers that weekend.
Other benefits of an outdoor propane stove.
- Fuel is inexpensive.
- Not toxic and clean burning. It does come with a rotten cabbage smell if the valves are leaking. This is a safety precaution.
- Cooks more evenly since the heat is distributed all around.
- Newer models have ignition button for starting so matches are not needed.
- Easy to control the flame to economize on gas while you avoid burning the food.
- Less messy to cleanup.
- Doesn’t extinguish like wood burning fires.
- With longer connector hoses, you can move the bottles away from direct sunlight.
- Come in many models and configurations such as one burner, two burner, grill with side burner and grill alone.
In another article on this site, we mentioned that out parents were going to try out camping with us as long as it wasn’t roughing it too much. They like barbecuing, but one thing they did say was they wanted to use one of the portable gas grills for camping on their first trip because they thought it would be a lot cleaner.
Whatever they want is fine with us. We already have one and we want them to come along, so, so be it.