Look for a reliable stove that has a large enough capacity for your needs – you don’t want to be waiting hours just for your pasta water to boil! Different stoves take different fuel types; briefly, these are:
Gas – gas stoves offer a high heat output for little weight and tend to be the most standardised across countries, but gas canisters can be heavy.
Solid – solid fuel stoves are great for weight saving as you find your own fuel (eg. sticks), but tend to give a weaker flame and take longer to cook with.
Gel/Liquid – these stoves offer better stability of heat in colder climates and at extreme altitudes, but require very delicate handling.
Multi-fuel – multi-fuel stoves are the most versatile for when you don’t know what fuel will be available to you. They’re durable and great for extreme conditions, but require the most maintenance.
We usually recommend gas stoves for family camping trips, because they’re easy to use and transport, and usually easy to get fuel for wherever you are. Depending on the type of fuel your stove requires, you may need to bring enough fuel for your whole trip, or your campsite may have supplies of gas available to buy.