Minimalism is making a huge impact on virtually every aspect of our lives these days, with people becoming ever more aware of their consumption and how it matches up to their actual needs. The phrase “less is more” is becoming a mantra in many households, and it even extends into our social activities, especially in the outdoors. Bringing only what you need to comfortably survive a weekend (or longer) camping trip will change your perspective a little on how much gear is really superfluous in the grand scheme of things. Since kitchens can be one of the more elaborate setups at camp, we thought we’d show you some of our favorite minimalist stove kits that may have you rethinking your packing list.
Esbit has long been on the outdoor gear scene with the introduction of solid fuel tablets in 1936, which led to production of lightweight, portable stoves that have stood the test of time. This alcohol stove and camp cookset is designed to function like a larger camp kitchen, using significantly less space and energy. The kit comes with two sizes of pots, each with their own heat exchanger (see photo) that enables much faster cooking with less fuel. The textured coating on the frying pan bottom retains heat and distributes it evenly across the entire surface, while the multi-layer non-stick coating makes cleanup a snap. Also included are a potholder, gripper, pot lid with plastic handle, 2 deep dish plastic plates, the alcohol stove, stand, and a windscreen, and all the pieces nest together for efficient storage.
Jetboil is a trusted name in the outdoor gear industry, especially among backpackers and others who need to keep it light. Most Jetboil stoves are made to accommodate a single person, but the Helios cooking system tackles that issue by changing the design a little, but not sacrificing much in the way of compact sizing and remaining lightweight. A 2 liter pot (3 liter is an option) sits atop a sturdy base that is connected to an inverted butane canister, whose operation entails little more than pushing a button. A stand for the fuel is also included, as well as a snap-on windscreen, and a lid and bottom cover that double as plates. Everything fits into the pot when done. This would be an excellent choice for one-pot camp meals.
Another great option for efficient camp cooking is the EtaPackLite stove from Primus. Like the others, the entirety of this lightweight cooking system collapses down into the main pot, so small that it can be held in your hand. Although this may not make it ideal for larger groups, the EtaPackLite is perfect for one or two people who want to keep their load light. This simplistic set includes a stand with burner, push-button fuel canister, windscreen, 1.2 liter pot, and a locking lid that doubles as a colander. Even when fully packed, there is still room for small items like cutlery or seasonings. And weighing in at 22 oz, this is one of the most lightweight cooksets you’ll find on the market.