Gear Editor Bjorn Dihle recommends the Coleman Guide Series Dual-Fuel Stove as the best stove for friends and family.
The Coleman’s Guide Series Dual-Fuel Stove is perfect for road, river, and base camping trips—especially when you’re cooking for bigger crews. It’s also a great stove to have on hand in case of a prolonged power outage and other urban emergencies. It can burn either white gas or gasoline; some say even whiskey will work in a pinch. Easy to use, and with two 10-inch burners, it makes cooking outside so easy it almost feels like cheating. I’m so used to cooking on small camp stoves that using Coleman’s Guide Series felt like something akin to discovering the wheel or fire or tasting Thai food for the first time—speaking of which, there isn’t a fancy recipe too difficult to tackle with this stove. It has a built-in windbreak for cooking in any weather and is easy to clean. Whether you’re planning a long road trip or a two-week moose hunt, this stove will keep you in hot drinks and good eats.