The Best Backpacking Stoves for 2020

Keeping your gear light and effecient is important on the trail. Check out The Texas Trailhead top picks for the best backpacking stoves for 2020.

Thinking about doing a extensive through-hike? Eating is important, so continue reading to learn about the best backpacking stoves for 2020.


Backpacking is all about ounces. The lighter you can get your load seems to be the marker for how successful you’ll be out on the long distance trail. While I’d argue that enjoying every moment is more important being comfortable on the trail with help with enjoyment. Part of being able to last for that amount of time involves, of course, being able to eat while hiking. A lot of food can be consumed from a pouch with water, but having a warm meal is something that hikers would agree is a nice reward after a long day.

The recommended backpacking stoves are of course a means to an end. You’ll need either fuel or a light source and/or both for most of these. One of the remaining options that I won’t list below, but are common among backpackers, is the cat can and alcohol method.

Denatured alcohol, ethanol, or similar spirits can be used in a small tin can and lit. That fuel is readily available and can be stored in most containers without worry of combustion. Similarly the Solo Stove Alcohol Burner Stove($20.00) meets the requirements of a more, um, elevated manner.

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In no particular order:

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

$109.95

Weight: 13.1 oz

The added weight may be a deterrent, but Jetboil flash systems work quickly, includes heating element, and has a few multi-use functions for the cup.


MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove

$44.95

Weight: 2.6 oz

Great lightweight stove for beginners, or seasoned trail vets. Fuel not included.


BRS 3000T

$16.95

25 grams

Titanium Allow, sturdy grip, generates 27000W, heats up quickly.


AOTU portable camp stove

AOTU Portable Camp Stove

$11.77

110 grams.

Adjustable flame control, comes with storage, Piezo ignition.

These picks were based off of extensive review research to find the top picks. Do you have a preferred cooking system? Let me know in the comments below!

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