Solo backpacking has been rising as a trend in these recent few years and let me tell you, even if you are a lone wolf solo backpacking can be a tough task. The feeling when you realize that this is the place you will be camping alone can be scary. But at the same time it can be so beautiful experience, meeting new people,exploring new people and of course, spending time with yourself figuring out everything by yourself, a feeling like non other.
I follow my own self made rule whenever going solo backpacking and camping somewhere. CEB that is Camp, Eat and Be fond of. Camping is a passion I have carried with me since childhood from when my father used to take me on weekends. Solo backpacking can get hectic at times so you need to carry less and the most practical things you can. A camping stove can be such relief for you if you pack it with you. So according to my experience and my fellow backpackers I have come out with a list of 7 Best Solo Backpacking Stoves to make it easy for you too choose.
7 Best Solo Backpacking Stoves
1. Jetboil Flash Cooking System
- Fastest Jetboil Stove
- Boils water in 100 seconds
- Push button Igniter
I must say Jetboil is a company which knows what they are doing, that is why it acquires top 2 positions in my list. Jetboil Flash Cooking System is the fastest Solo Backpacking Stove money can buy and still does not costs a fortune and comes at a very reasonable price. It comes with a 1 liter Fluxring cooking cup equipped with insulation to keep your water warm for longer periods. Unlike Jetboil Zip Cooking System it comes with a button, by which you can ignite the stove instantly.
It is very portable and sturdy weighs only 371 grams and is very efficient in terms of gas usage in comparison to its rivals making it the Best Solo Backpacking Stove in the market right now. Even if your itinerary has a lot many places to go and is time constraint it is very easy to assemble and disassemble the Jetboil Flash. As all cooking systems this one also comes with a plastic fuel canister stabilizer which keeps it very stable no matter what the surface (I suggest using it on plane surfaces).
2. Jetboil Zip Stove
- Very Lightweight
- It uses half of the fuel of what it’s competitor use and can boil water in approximately 2 minutes.
I have said it once and I will say it again, IT IS BUILT LIKE A TANK. I have used it for several years now and I must say it can last you ages and a must buy. I have done a brief review of Jetboil Zip Stove you can read it here. Okay, so why to go for Jetboil Flash Cooking System if you can buy Jetboil Zip Cooking System for less price? Though they both serve for just 2 people Jetboil Flash comes with a button which ignites the stove at the push of a button. Flash also is much more quicker than Zip.
But if you have a lower budget and igniting stove by a lighter is not a problem (makes a huge difference) for you and work around little lesser water to be boiled or feel the Jetboil Flash is a bigger system and you can go for this. It’s portability lands it up to the second place on our Best Solo Backpacking Stoves list.
Jetboil Zip Stove boils you water in just 2 minutes and it also comes with a plastic canister stabilizer to keep it stable while in use. It is a trusted product used by many and me myself and it is highly recommended. Don’t forget reading my full review before purchasing it.
3. Primus PrimeTech Stove Set
- Low Burner For more stability
- Fuel Efficient
- Comes with two pots
So why does Primus PrimeTech Stove Set makes up on third place on our list of Best Solo Backpacking Stoves. Simple, its the most reliable all in one cooking stove solution you can buy right now.
A friend of mine (Adrian) bought this stove set for his 2 week long solo backpacking trekking trip through Norway. He stated that the product is on the costlier side but worth the money spend. Primus PrimeTech Stove Set weighs around 903 grams and is good for up to 3 persons. It comes with an insulation bag and a lighter and a set of two pots even with a lid making it the all in one purchase for a solo backpacking trip. The only drawback is it does not comes with gas.
Pot gripper and igniter are of-course on the lighter side but overall as a set it turns out be heavy. Low burner helps is giving more stability and integrated heat exchange technology not only increases economy but boils water very quickly (1 liter in 3.5 minutes).
4. Campingaz Camp Bistro 2
- Adjustable Flame
- Best For Table Cooking
- Safe To Use
Campingaz Camp Bistro 2 is a special one in our Best Solo Backpacking Stoves list. It is not for hardcore solo backpackers but a very good option for weekend goers. To keep it in simple words, it’s small compact and easy to use single burner stove. An everyday camper may complain about it’s built quality but it’s safe to say that you can carry it anywhere for camping be it summers or winter.
It comes with a hard plastic briefcase design carry case but which makes it a breeze to carry it to places. It works with a Piezo Ignition which is built in so you do not have to carry a lighter separately and is very good in terms of stability and cooking on flat surfaces. These might not be boiling your water as the others but they still manage in a very less time. It’s not also the best in terms of fuel economy but you surely get what you pay for.
It weighs around 2.5 kilograms and is made up of plastic.It is on the heavier side so if you are driving a car to the campsite, it will be much more convenient .
5. PORTABLE SINGLE GAS STOVE COOKER WITH 4 x GAS
- Good Option For Seasonal Goers
- Built In Lighter
This can again be a good option if you are traveling your campsite by your car. Being a solo backpacker you must keep in mind that you are on your own and these kind of stoves can prove to be heavy. So I will suggest to buy it if you are in a car.
This generic stove comes with 4 gas cans so you don’t have to purchase any separately, it also comes with a plastic carry case and a built in ignition. You can regulate the amount of heat and canisters are easy to assemble and disassemble with the stove. No specific brand makes this so after sales service can be a pain. In short, it is a good value for money option and a lot of my casual solo backpackers use these are satisfied.
6. OPTIMUS Vega Gas Stove Camping Stove
- Lightest Of Them All, Weighs 178 grams
- Takes 4.5 minutes to boil 1 liter of water
- Comes with Stove, stove bag, wind foil (Wind Protection)
- Uses Butane/Propane Gas
This is the lightest one to make in our list. I bought this one for one of my solo backpacking trips, and I tested it very briefly.This stove has a lot of power. I even cooked for 3 more people who I made friends with during the trip and it was a breeze.
I will keep it short and simple, it is very stable good on fuel consumption and economy also is very powerful and very easy to carry but has it’s own flaws. The control handle (green handle) looks very weak and seems it will break so one needs to be very cautious when using it. It is a great cooker, which, due to lack of purpose/stable control handle for the gas supply, is completely unsuitable for use for several days and very quickly also unusable.
7. Lixada Camping Wood Stove
- Best Stove If You Don’t Want To Use Gas
- Very Durable
For years I have been playing with the idea of replacing my aluminum cookware with titanium cookware. The reason is that aluminum corrodes after some time and is not particularly stable (with me the cookware has been in the car for years, if I need it and has a lot to withstand). Until now, however, the salted prices had prevented me from doing so.
From the Far East, now some manufacturers (Toaks, Lixada, Tomshoo) offer almost identical titanium cooking sets at affordable prices.I finally bought the Lixada Titan wood stove and the 750ml titanium cup.
The wood stove is easy to cheer on, burns even with damp wood and burns the wood almost residue free. I didn’t have any black fingers when I took apart.It is larger than you would expect from the pictures and measurements, and can also be used as a campfire shell replacement.