The Basics and Best of Hiking Stoves for 2024

Of everything on the rucksack pack list, your hiking stove is the essential bit of kit for every lightweight trip. Transforming the raw to warm and the dry to rehydrated, it becomes a comrade on a solo escape and just another mate on a group getaway.

In this blog, we touch on two types of hiking stoves, offer tips on how to make the most of their respective features, and list our top ten best-selling hiking stoves for 2024 based on the past 12 months of sales data.

Let’s crank the heat!

JetBoil Stash Cooking System

A hiking stove becomes a comrade on a solo escape and just another mate on a group getaway. Credit: JetBoil

The Liquid Fuel Stove


Stoves such as those by Trangia generally burn an alcohol-based fluid like methylated spirits. Others such as the WhisperLite International Multi-Fuel Stove by MSR operate with both Shellite and unleaded fuel.

Pack this fuel separately in a dedicated fuel bottle, labelled accordingly and tightly capped to prevent spillage.

Quantity of Fuel

This depends on the frequency of use – but 600mL methylated spirits for a 2-3 night hike should suffice. For the WhisperLite, for example: roughly 28mL of white gas boils just over 1L of water, while the same volume of kerosene boils just over 1.5L.


This is simple: first, decant a small volume of fuel into the stove’s fuel well (which looks a bit like an old ink well). This then sits in the stove’s body. Light the fuel with your lighter, and place your pots, pans, or kettle on top. The flame’s heat is adjusted using a small attachment, which limits its size.

Trangia Stove

The flame’s heat is adjusted using a small attachment. Credit: Peter Inverarity

Pros & Cons

The advantages of these stoves includes the ability to see and measure your remaining fuel, the quiet flame, and the ability to ‘water down’ your fuel to extend it’s life. Anywhere up to 30% of water still works. The flame is ‘natural’ looking, compared to gas – and this makes for better company if you can’t have a fire!

Disadvantages include the occasionally clumsy attachment, which limits the size of the flame and needs practice in use. The energy provided by the flame also isn’t as much as that provided by gas; you’ll likely wait a lot longer for your billy to boil!

As for stoves that operate with Shellite, these work well in any climate or altitude. That said, they tend to be complex to use, as reverberent as a jet engine, and fail to produce a pleasant, soft flame.


The ol’ primus stove is great for learning the basics of lightweight cooking using a relatively safe and reliable system.

A birds-eye view of two hikers cooking food with JetBoil stoves.

For a 3-night trip, a 230g canister for meals and 100g canister for hot drinks should still leave some fuel remaining. Credit: JetBoil

The Gas Stove


The gas consists of around 75% Butane and 25% Propane. This combination allows a mostly-liquid state of flammable fuel under pressure in the canister, which vaporises as it exits. In theory, the Propane is supposed to provide better performance in sub-zero temperatures. In reality, it’s better to keep your canister warmer than that. More on that later.

Quantity of Gas

Commonly, canisters are 230g (small) and 450g (large). Smaller 100g canisters are also convenient for keeping inside a Trangia kettle – easy to locate for a quick cup of tea on the track.


For a 4-day, 3-night trip – 1 x 230g canister for cooking a meal and hot drinks, and 1 x 100g canister for other hot drinks should still leave some fuel remaining in the 100g canister.

That said, it’s recommended to shake your cannister before using to gain the most from them, and keep them warm (body temperature).

Gas Hiking Stove

Once you go gas, you won’t look back! Credit: Peter Inverarity


Simply screw your burner onto your gas canister. Most burners look like a tiny showerhead with three prongs radiating out to support your cookware. Turn the gas on using the adjustable knob, and ignite with your lighter.

You can then adjust the heat of your flame by rotating the knob, much like on your cooktop at home.

Pros & Cons

Once you go gas, you won’t look back!

The biggest advantage is the quick, hot flame, which makes cooking a breeze. It’s also super easy to adjust the heat for boiling or simmering, while setup is convenient without the need to decant (as with primus stoves).

That said, there is an element of risk in not knowing exactly how much gas you have left in your canisters. When in doubt, over-cater for your gas until you’re confident in how much you use each time.


While gas flames can be said to spoil the serenity, they can also create a sense of comfort. Somewhere out there, you’ve made it!

Regardless of which stove you choose, keep it clean, maintained, and in good working condition. Check it over before packing into your rucksack. From the solo treks to the summit, to the humble blaze boiling the cuppa for banter between mates – a hiking stove makes for good company on those great escapes.

It’s a bit like the Ford vs Holden debate; at the end of the day, the choice in stove really comes down to personal preference. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten hiking stoves for this year, based on our sales data:

JetBoil Stash Cooking System

Save weight on the heavy endeavours! Credit: JetBoil

Best-Selling Hiking Stoves for 2023

10. JetBoil Stash Cooking System

The lightest in the JetBoil range, the Stash Cooking System is a peak-performing gadget for the gram-counters of the gradient.

Comprised of a FluxRing cookpot and a stand-alone stove, all components nest together with a separately available 100g JetPower fuel canister for compact storage. Complete with a handle for easy pouring and a lid for tidy use in the field, this system feature’s JetBoil’s FluxRing technology for boiling water in just 2.5 minutes – ideal for rehydrating dinners at the summit, or kicking back with a cuppa on the side of the hike track. A fuel stabiliser also secures the system as a whole on the ground.

Save weight on the heavy endeavours with the JetBoil Stash Cooking System.

MSR Whisperlite International Multi Fuel Stove

The Whisperlite International is ideal for use in extreme environments, from the heat to the sleet. Credit: MSR

9. MSR Whisperlite International Multi-Fuel Stove

Guaranteeing hot grub for the go-getters of the gradient and the all-round globetrotters of the trail – the MSR Whisperlite International Multi-Fuel Stove has rightfully earned its high regard in the backpacking stove category.

Multi-fuel, this stove enables hungry hikers more cooking power through its flexible fueling from shellite, kerosene, or unleaded fuel – ideal for use in extreme environments, from the heat to the sleet. Control the pressure in the separately available fuel canister, for a fierce flame irrespective of climate or altitude.

Manufactured with stamped stainless-steel legs to save weight, this stove also features a self-cleaning Shaker Jet which, with some simple regular maintenance, can offer decades of outdoor reliability.

Coleman Peak 1 Trekking Stove

Delivering simple, minimalist meals for roadside camping or compact, portable, one-pack hiking. Credit: Coleman

8. Coleman Peak 1 Trekking Stove

Stripped of the unnecessary and embellished with essentials – Coleman’s Peak 1 Trekking Stove is efficient without the excess fuel.

Owing to serrated pan supports, your pot of porridge stays put! This stove ignites with a simple strike of the humble match, delivering simple, minimalist meals for roadside camping or compact, portable, one-pack hiking.

A woman in a purple jacket lifts the lid of a JetBoil Zip.

A no-frills, on-the-go cooking system that doesn’t beat around the bush! Credit: JetBoil

7. JetBoil Zip Hiking Stove

Compact but action-packed, the JetBoil Zip is considered the stark version of the Stash – incorporating essential features in a stripped-down design for the pared-back, fast-tracked solo adventurers.

Its insulated 800ml cooking cup features JetBoil’s FluxRing technology for fast boil times. The simplified, adjustable burner requires only a match or flint for ignition, fit with a lid featuring both a strainer and a pour spout for cooking convenience. Set to slay with a fuel can stabiliser and a protective base cover that doubles as a measuring cup – the JetBoil Zip is compatible with all accessories, boasting a no-frills, on-the-go cooking system that doesn’t beat around the bush.

JetBoil MiniMo Stove & Pot Support

Fast, light, and versatile. Credit: JetBoil

6. JetBoil MiniMo Stove & Pot Support

Lift your degustation game with lightweight performance that’s heavy on convenience: the JetBoil MiniMo!

Well-designed and constructed from hard-anodised aluminium, with sufficient regulator technology – operate the stove with superior simmer control for those ready-made meals at the summit. Ergonomically shaped to allow easy scooping from a low angle, the stove pot houses the burner – plus, like the Zip and Sumo siblings, features a drink-through lid and dual-purpose measuring cup that protects the pot base.

Fit with robust metal handles so you can get a grip on your grub – the JetBoil MiniMo Cooking System may have dropped a few ranks from number 2 last year, but is still as fast, light, and versatile.

As compact as it is feature-packed, this stove fast-tracks you straight to those sunset dinners at the summit. Credit: JetBoil

5. JetBoil Flash Hiking Stove

The JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking System slays the slopes with you on every outdoor adventure; a compact, packable, and lightweight package that warms wholesome eats and heats hearty drinks with true reliability.

Once again, JetBoil’s FluxRing technology boasts fast boil times, while a cup clips securely to the stainless steel burner and a fuel can stabiliser ensures security on tricky cooktops. Push-button ignition and adjustable flame control guarantee ease of use, while a colour-changing heat indicator in the insulated cup cosy reveals when your contents are hot. As all-in-one as they come, eat straight from the cup for crockery convenience, while an integrated spout in the lid allows a simple storage solution in transit.

For a cooker as compact as it is feature-packed, the JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking System fast-tracks you straight to those sunset dinners at the summit.

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove

The MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is big on the burn and small on size. Credit: MSR

4. MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe and Pocket Rocket 2 Hiking Stoves

Boasting all the premium features common to each other, PocketRocket Deluxe Stove and PocketRocket 2 could be considered brothers.

At just 83g, the Deluxe is slightly heavier than the PocketRocket 2, with a larger burner head that improves both heat distribution and simmering. As the most durable MSR lighters, the burner protects the push-start piezo ignition – and owing to its internal pressure regulator, this stove withstands a wide range of temperatures and maintains a fast boil even in cold climates. Plus, a lip around the burner shields from windier weather.

For the trailblazers, flavour cravers, and space savers – the MSR PocketRocket Deluxe is big on the burn and small on size.

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Hiking Stove

Fit for the adventure seekers and the outdoor retreaters! Credit: MSR

The PocketRocket 2 Hiking Stove delivers warm meals and hot drinks to hikers, bikers, and bushwalkers across the world.

Fashioned with features like precision flame control, the WindClip windshield, a fast boil time, and efficient fuel consumption – this cooking comrade is smaller, lighter, and more compact than the original PocketRocket stove. Pot supports enable the small packed size too, meanwhile accommodating a wide range of pots and pans.

From the adventure seekers to the outdoor retreaters – the PocketRocket 2 Hiking Stove is the dependable companion on the ups, dips, and drops!

Bolster the wholesome post-hike grub beyond the dining table. Image: JetBoil

3. JetBoil Genesis Basecamp Backpacking and Camping Stove System

We love fresh meat – and new to the rank is the Jetboil Genesis Basecamp Stove System!

This all-in-one, all-star camp champ comes with a non-stick ceramic 10-inch Fry Pan, Flux Ring 5L Camp Pot, and carry bag. From melting snow to brewing joe, its impressive 10,000 BTU heating system caters for any kind of tea break. Construct a gourmet, trackside creation, and stow away snug into the included carry bag.

Bolster the wholesome post-hike grub beyond the dining table with the Genesis Basecamp Stove System by JetBoil – also available in the HalfGen model.

Trangia Aluminium Stove

From the hiking pack to the side of the track. Image: Trangia

2. Trangia Mini Trangia and Aluminium Stoves (Small UL, Small UL HA, and Large UL)

Taking out the silver medal is an aluminium number – the range of aluminium stoves by Trangia.

From little things, big things grow – so lets start small. For the fast-paced space saver, the Mini Trangia Stove streamlines cooking efficiency to a new level. With a minimal design and a lightweight aluminium construction, this stove set comes with one saucepan, a non-stick lid or frypan, spirit burner, and windshield. Be it a one-pot wonder or a dehydrated dinner, this stove set is also complete with a handle for convenient, hands-on cooking without the burn!

Its simplistic design bodes especially well for multi-sport activities, rapid expeditions, and lightweight missions; the ultimate cooking system a solo hiker can count on. 

Two campers in the bush overlooking a foresty landscape with a beach in the far backdrop, cooking a meal on a Trangia at sunset/sunrise.

Simple, reliable, and designed with an eye for quality. Credit: Trangia

As for the standard sized stoves, these hot-shots boast their high ranking based on the number of sales across all models; the standard ultralight aluminium models are the most popular.

From the hiking pack to the side of the track – hard-anodised (HA) componentry have the Small 27-7 Ultralight HA Trangia Stove the ultimate balance between affordable and durable. Despite a more sizeable model, the Large 25-1 HA Trangia Stove boasts a classic yet uncomplicated design that’s just as suited to the minimalist hikers.

With hard-anodised cooking and eating surfaces, they’re not only easier to clean and resistant to wear and tear, but boast more corrosion-resistance than their untreated counterparts. Complete with two saucepans, a frypan, and a pot grip for more effective handling – the Trangia aluminum stoves are easy to both set up and operate, sending even the most simple of pathfinders beyond standard, dull, rehydrated dinners. A two-part windshield protects your flame from wind and frosty conditions, while an easy-to-light spirit burner and simmer ring allow both control and extinguishing of the flame.

Simple, reliable, and designed with an eye for quality – the Trangia Aluminium Stove systems are hot-to-go for the solo hikers or minimalist couples at the summit.

360 Degrees Furno Stove and Pot Set

Just like a hiker, the Furno stove can be found both solo or with company. Credit: 360 Degrees

1. 360 Degrees Furno Stove Sets

Just like a beer, this stove could be a little lighter – but the 360 Degrees Furno would nonetheless boast the best value, perched proudly on the podium in first place for this year’s top 10!

Three folding arms provide support and stability for pots up to 20cm wide, meanwhile enabling compact stashing back into the hike pack. A stainless steel and alloy body features a folding heat adjustment knob for durable yet lightweight performance from the path to the mountain peak.

Just like a hiker too, this stove can be found both solo or with company. While the addition of piezo ignition dodges the need for tedious matches, the Furno Stove and Pot Set is the complete cooking solution for the minimalists of the mountainside, offering an all-in-one, on-the-run kit that comes complete without compromise. Included with the stove is an 850ml pot, scourer, a mug or bowl that doubles as a lid, and a stabiliser for both 100g and 230g canisters.

The 360 Degrees Furno Stove sets are for the versatile adventures from the slope to the summit!

Ben and Lauren also discuss hiking stoves on the Snowys Camping Show:

A JetBoil Stash Hiking Stove.

Image: JetBoil

What is your setup for cooking on the trail? Let us know in the comments section below.