Free Samples from Valley Food Storage – Emergency Food Kits

Valley Food Storage Emergency Kits

Have your family ready for that unexpected emergency with Valley Food Storage. With a 25-year shelf life, Valley Food Storage offers the highest quality and real ingredients in all of their products. Experience healthy, great tasting food storage that will get you through unpredictable times.

Great for Camping

Not only does Valley Food Storage offer long-lasting food products for emergencies, they also have great tasting meal options for the avid camper or backpacker. These freeze-dried meal kits can be added to any camping pantry and make quick, easy, delicious meals while on your adventure.

You can choose from a variety of breakfast items, eggs and dairy, as well as lunch/dinner meals. There are even gluten free and dairy free options for those with specific dietary needs.

Valley Food Storage

Monthly Kit Options

Get your 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or 1 year supply and be ready for any situation. The prices are incredible and compared to the other leading companies, much more affordable.

They have a basic and a premium food kit option. The kits are designed to feed 1 person for the month specified. For instance, the 3-month kit would feed 1 person for 3 months.

Free Samples

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Loaded Baked Potato Style Eggs

What You’ll Need – (AKA Ingredients)

3 Eggs – Beaten

Loaded Baked Potato Style Eggs

1 Tablespoon Butter (or cooking spray) for pan

1 Tablespoon Real Bacon Bits (or just use leftover bacon from the breakfast before)

1 Tablespoon Sour Cream

1/2 cup Shredded Cheese (mild to sharp cheddar works best)


Salt & Pepper (to taste)

What To Do – (AKA Directions)

Camping Breakfast

Melt Butter (or cooking spray) in pan.

Add beaten eggs to pan. (TIP: constantly remove pan from heat and then replace…. makes for fluffier eggs)

Add Bacon Bits to halfway scrambled eggs (reserve some for garnish)

Add Sour Cream to eggs (reserve a dollop for garnish)

Add half the shreddded cheese (reserve the rest for garnish)

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish scrambling the eggs til done.

Move eggs to plate… top with Chives, cheese, sour cream and reserved bacon bits.


This recipe serves 1 person. You can  easily adjust the recipe by adding more eggs.

Loaded Baked Potato Style Eggs


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The Best Rechargeable Headlamp – UCO Gear Air Headlamp Review

Air HeadlampUCO Gear recently came out with an amazing headlamp that is not only rechargeable but also extremely lightweight. The New Air Rechargeable Headlamp is ultra-light and ultra-bright.

UCO is a company that is based out of Redmond, Washington and has been crafting outdoor gear since 1971. It’s name tells you all you need to know about this innovative company.

U = Utility

C = Comfort

O = Originality

They specialize in mostly lighting and fire gear, such as headlamps, lanterns, grills and firepits. This latest product being offered by UCO is incredible.

The Air Rechargeable Headlamp will light your way and change the way you see the outdoors… (at night anyway)!

Weight and Specifications

The Air Rechargeable Headlamp weighs less than 2 ounces (1.6 oz WITH BATTERIES). Making it the lightest and thinnest headlamp currently on the market.

The lamp itself measures about 2.3 inches across. It also has the ability to tilt allowing the user to move the light beam without having to move his head.

Rechargeable Headlamp

The headache free headlamp features a hook and loop Velcro strap that is very durable and extremely breathable. The neoprene inner lining of the strap also lends itself to drying out easily and quickly.

Brightness Settings

There are 3 brightness levels as well as a red light option.

  • 10 Lumens – lasts for 5 hours
  • 60 Lumens – lasts for 1.5 hours
  • 150 Lumens – lasts for 48 minutes
  • Red light

The 150 Lumen setting on this headlamp is incredible. It has a broadcast range of about 154 feet. I also love that there are 3 settings as most headlamps really only have 1 option.

And of course every backpacker or hiker loves the red light option that allows you to read or look for something in your tent or around camp without blinding people or disturbing others who might already be sleeping.

Rechargeable – USB Port

The Air has a 170 milli-amp lithium ion battery that is rechargeable via a standard micro USB cord. However, the Air Headlamp does not come with the charging cord.

Personally I think including even just a small USB charging cord would have been a nice touch, but these days most people have those lying around anyway.

Colors – 5 Options

Currently UCO is offering the Air Headlamp in 5 different colors.

  1. Black
  2. Camo
  3. Pineapple Party
  4. Reflective Grey
  5. Sporty Stripe

Price – $34.99

The Air Lithium Ion Rechargeable Headlamp is priced at a reasonable $34.99 on the UCO website.

I received my headlamp via the Cairn Subscription Box that is delivered to my front door every month. It was a very pleasant surprise and so far I’ve enjoyed all of its features especially how comfortable and lightweight it is.

This would also make a great gift for anyone that enjoys the outdoors and camping. I actually plan on buying 2 more to give as Christmas gifts this year. I won’t tell for who just in case the happen to read this post. (wink, wink)



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Cairn Outdoor Subscription Box Review – October 2017

This month’s Cairn Subscription Box included some great outdoor gear. I was pleasantly surprised and can’t wait to use some of these products.

The total contents of October’s box had a value of $68.93.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the items:

Hydrapak Stash 750 ml Collapsible Bottle – $18.00
Air Rechargeable Headlamp – $34.99
Skout Organic Energy Bar – $2.95
Portland Bee Balm – $2.99
Tribe Pilot Adventure Planning App (4 GB free) – $10 value

October Cairn Box

Cairn Scout Newsletter

As always, the box comes with a small newsletter that is made of recyclable paper. The newsletter includes product descriptions as well as valuable coupon codes for the items in the box.

Cairn Newsletter

There are also a few short articles designed to inspire and motive your next outdoor adventure.

Cairn Newsletter



Hydrapak Stash 750ml Collapsible Bottle


The Stash 750 by Hydrapak is a collapsible bottle that only weighs 2.5 oz. It has flexible walls that flatten easily to pack away, which gives you even more room in your backpack.

It retails for $18.00 and comes in 3 different colors… Malibu (light blue), Mammoth (green), and Mojave (orange).

Hydrapak Stash 750Hydrapak Stash 750 


UCO Air USB Rechargeable Headlamp


This item really impressed me. Everyone needs several sources of lighting when camping or backpacking and the headlamp is one great way to go. It frees up your hands and lets you move freely about camp.

The Air Lithium Ion Rechargeable Headlamp is lightweight and comfortable. It features 3 various light selections (up to 150 lumens) as well as a red light option that is easily adjusted via the Infinity Dial.

It is also rechargeable with a standard USB cord. I love this option because carrying extra batteries all the time can get tedious and this feature eliminates that need.

Air HeadlampHeadlamp



Skout Argentinian Peanut Butter Organic Bar


Skout Backcountry uses plant based organic food to produce the most powerful nutrition. This energy bar only has four ingredients… Organic Dates, Organic Argentinian Peanuts, Organic Oregon Pumpkin Seeds, and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

I love most protein or energy bars as they are super convenient and usually quite tasty. This particular bar was very good tasting and although I wasn’t sure about the sea salt at first, I found that I rather like it. Calories for this bar are 130, which is pretty common for these types of bars.

The bar retails for $2.59

Skout Organic Energy Bar


Portland Bee Balm – Oregon Mint


The mint flavoring of this bee balm is actually quite nice. It’s not too overpowering and has a slight sweetness to it. It is made with all natural ingredients including local Pacific NW beeswax and Oregon peppermint essential oil.

The Portland Bee Balm Company supports their local bees and their keepers. The tube is surrounded by a handmade wooden wrapper made by a Portland woodworker.

Portland Bee Balm retails for $2.99.


Portland Bee BalmPortland Bee Balm



Tribe Pilot Adventure App


Included in this month’s box was a downloadable adventure planning app. The code gives you 4GB of free storage on the app that is valued at $10.

I don’t know too much about this particular app, but at first glance it looks like it would be perfect for those who like to plan trips with their friends or family. This app allows you organize everyone together and finalize everything from dates to meal plans.

Tribe Pilot Adventure App


Box Recap

Click here to read more about Cairn Subscription Boxes

This month’s box arrived on Oct 21, 2017.

Number of Items included: 5

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Headlamp
  3. Energy Bar
  4. Bee Balm
  5. Adventure App

Retail Value of Items: $68.93

Price of Monthly Subscription: $29.95


Sign up here NOW to get in on the next month’s box


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What is the Cairn Subscription Box?

CairnMonthly subscription boxes are all the rage right now and there are so many varieties of boxes available. Everything from nutrition snack boxes to boxes for dogs.

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, I recently started searching for outdoor/camping subscription boxes and I came across Cairn. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!

Cairn is based in Bend, Oregon and strives to inspire people to get outside and discover new products that will enrich and expand their experience. The word Cairn refers to a man-made stack of rocks that is usually used to mark trails.

What is the Cairn Subscription Box About?

Basically the Cairn Subscription Box is outdoor inspiration delivered monthly to your door. If you are an outdoor adventure enthusiast or someone who loves camping and being outside in general, then you will love this subscription box.

Every month, you are sent a box of 3-6 amazing outdoor products. The contents inside the box are valued at $50 and up. You simply subscribe, wait for your box, and enjoy. They also have a way that you can review the products and get rewarded with points. Points can be accumulated and once you have enough, you can get a free box.


What is The Cairn Subscription Box


Once you subscribe for your first box, it will be sent to you within a week or two… I got mine in about 5 days. After that, the box is sent around the middle of each month.

It is a subscription, so every month you will be billed, but you can easily cancel and even restart your subscription at any time. So if your budget gets tight and you need to give your wallet a break, you can stop the monthly subscription and then crank it back up again when you want.

2 Subscription Levels

There are 2 separate boxes that you can sign up for. The “Original Box” is the one that I described above and it’s only $29.95 per month. The contents inside are valued at over $50. It is delivered monthly.

Cairn Subscription Box

The 2nd type of box you can subscribe to is called the “Obsidian Box” and it is delivered quarterly. This box includes 5-10 PREMIUM outdoor products (valued at $300+) and costs $199 per quarter.

What Comes in the Box?

Once you subscribe, you are given a profile survey to fill out. This gives Cairn more information about the kind of outdoor activities you enjoy, your apparel sizes, food & drink preferences and so on. This info allows them to better personalize your box.


Cairn Subscription Box
The boxes include items such as gloves, beanies, cookware, gear, energy bars, freeze-dried meals, lip balms, insect repellent, fire starters and first aid items. One of the first boxes I received had an LED headlamp that featured 4 different brightness settings. And I believe one of the boxes over the past summer had a hammock with tree straps.

The Obsidian Box has more Premium items in it. Items such as a Marmot winter jacket, ThermaRest camping chair, Premium lanterns, trekking poles, sleeping bags, etc. In other words, this box includes more big ticket items.

The Brands Cairn Works With

Clif Bar
Hydro Flask
Gossamer Gear
Mountain Smith
And Many Many More!!!

Conclusion – Is it Worth It?

I personally subscribe to this amazing box and I always look forward to walking out to the mailbox and getting that month’s box. It’s like Christmas every month. I like the fact that they personalize the box based on what you are interested in.

I’m contemplating subscribing to the Obsidian Box in the future in order to upgrade my personal inventory of outdoor gear. But so far the Original Box is great and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

I’m even setting aside some of the items that I receive to give as gifts to family and friends for Birthdays or Christmas. Technically that’s not “re-gifting”, is it? Shh don’t tell.

If you are someone who loves the outdoors, camping, skiing, backpacking, etc then you will love this box. I highly suggest signing up at least for a few months and see how you like it.

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Foil Packet Pasta with Sauce – Customizable

This recipe can be adapted virtually any way you can imagine. For instance, I have used all types of pasta and added a variety of different sauces and even meats and veggies.

Spiral pasta with pesto sauce… Bow Tie pasta tossed with fresh tomatoes and Feta cheese… Ditalini pasta with diced ham and alfredo sauce. The list goes on!

As you can see, this recipe is merely a template for you to use and customize as you wish. Get creative and feel free to leave a comment with your unique creations.


What You’ll Need – (AKA Ingredients)

Pasta of your choice – Spaghetti, Penne, Spiral, etc
1 jar/can spaghetti sauce
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper


What To Do – (AKA Directions)

AT HOME – Cook the pasta according to package directions, Cool and pack in a Ziploc Bag.

AT CAMP – Lay out foil big enough to make a packet folded over meal. Toss pasta with spaghetti sauce and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. If you are adding meat, be sure to cook separately beforehand (either at home or at the campsite). Divide the pasta mixture into separate foil packets and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.

Fold foil packet together and place over hot camp fire. Cook for about 12-15 minutes and remove from fire. Let cool slightly and enjoy.

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Finally a Mosquito Repellent That Doesn’t Suck

Mosquito RepellantThis past weekend I was on a mission to finish assembling the new patio furniture set that I recently bought for our back patio. The temperature was about 85 degrees and the mosquitoes were out if full force as usual. We haven’t had enough cold weather yet to get rid of them, so you either have to deal with them or stay inside all day.

The patio furniture was not going to put itself together, although that would have been great, right? So I decided to brave the heat and bugs and just get it done so we can enjoy our back patio once the cooler weather arrives.

I set up the assembly area inside my garage so that I would have less mosquitoes to worry about, but obviously they still exist in there. The day before I had been out there for only 5 minutes and got bitten 10 times. This is the story of my life… mosquitoes LOVE me and like to show their undying affection for me by constantly reminding me of their presence.

So Sunday, I decided that if I was going to get anything done out there, I would need to spend more time and that meant more exposure to my little friends. I needed something that would keep the little suckers at bay while I did work. But I wasn’t interested in smelling like bug spray all day or getting that sticky feeling that most bug sprays leave all over.

I had done a blog post a while back about getting rid of mosquitoes and other bugs while camping, so I decided to put one of the tricks to the ultimate test. I had tried it out before, but I always like to test those kind of things out several times in different conditions just to be thorough.

Baby Creamy OilBefore walking out to the garage, I took the tube of Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil lotion and applied a thin layer to my arms, neck and face. I love that if isn’t greasy at all and leaves you feeling quite refreshed. The smell is also about 100 times better than any bug spray, even those that claim they are unscented.

I was still a bit nervous about whether or not this would really work, but I gave it a go. As soon as I started working on the patio furniture, I felt a little buzzing near my ear and sure enough, mosquitoes were present. They wanted to help I guess.

But then a strange thing happened, I didn’t have any itchiness or red welts… so I continued working. I got one chair completely assembled and took a quick break. Not one bite was found anywhere on my skin.

I went inside for some water and to cool off a bit, and then decided to re-apply the lotion. I’ve often found that I need to re-apply mosquito repellent often and this lotion is so pleasant that I really didn’t mind.

The verdict regarding this particular mosquito repellent is that it is GOLD!!!! The fact that it is pleasant to put on as well as smells rather good is just the tip of the iceberg. The real test is whether or not it works… and I have to say that it absolutely WORKS.

I even noticed while I was assembling the furniture that a few mosquitoes would land on my arm and then immediately take off without sticking around to bite me. I guess they didn’t like the lotion. Sorry mosquitoes… we may just have to break up. It’s been a good ride, but you really never treated me right.

Have I found my new go-to mosquito repellent? You bet! As long as it works, I’m stocking up. I will say that I had a hard time finding the exact lotion I needed. For whatever reason most stores don’t carry it. But I did locate it on Amazon and that’s probably where I will continue to buy it.

Pro Tips: Re-apply the lotion OFTEN… it just makes good sense.

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Valley Food Storage – 2017 Halloween Special

Valley Food Storage – Halloween Sale 2017

Be sure to check out this great promotion for the month of October.

Save 15% using the code: trickortreat

Stock up on the highest quality long term food storage on the market.  This is a great opportunity to save money while preparing for the future.

Sale ends October 31st, so be sure to act fast!

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AquaBrew San Marcos – Brunch and a Brew

AquaBrew San MarcosOn a recent trip to the Texas hill country, we made a quick stop in San Marcos and discovered a great little brewery downtown. AquaBrew Restaurant & Brewery is relatively new to the scene, but already gaining popularity. When we visited, there were already about half a dozen people enjoying a Saturday morning brunch and brew. We got there shortly after it opened up for the day, so to see so many people was a bit surprising but it also told us that this place must be good!


Getting There – Yelp Assisted

Our Yelp app led us a little astray at first, but we figured out how to get there. AquaBrew is located about half a block south of the square. We took a little alleyway to a back parking lot and then proceeded to approach the building through their back patio. The outdoor area, which they refer to as the beer garden, looked quite inviting with several picnic style tables, large fans, and an outdoor stage area. We definitely plan on going back some nice fall evening when there is live music and we can sit outside enjoying the weather. AquaBrew’s beer garden area is dog friendly, so we might even bring our dog if he can promise to behave for once.

AquaBrew San Marcos

We found out later that Yelp could have sent us to the front of the building but we would have had to park on the street, so the back alley parking was just fine. The front also has small patio with a few tables if you like to sit outside and people watch.

AquaBrew San Marcos

To be clear, AquaBrew is located at 150 S LBJ Dr (formerly known as Austin St).


Brunch and a Brew

Once inside, we made our way to the bar and sat down. We were greeted by a very friendly bartender who gave us the drink menu as well as the Saturday brunch menu. She informed us that they have been there for only about 1.5 years. They make 10 brews in-house and also offer a variety of “beer to go” options. They also have 3 local guest taps that they rotate occasionally.

AquaBrew San Marcos   


The brunch menu was not exactly what I expected… but in a good way! They serve a modern American cuisine that features unique dishes such as Artichoke Benedict with Romesco Sauce, Sticky Edamame, and Bacon Jam Fries. Prices range from $6 to $17, with most items being around $12. Every delicious item pairs well with the selection of beer or craft cocktails they offer.

As any good brunch menu should have, they also offer a variety of Mimosa’s for only $4. The Mimosa choices include grapefruit, peach-mango, cranberry, and orange.


More Food and Fun

We were only there for the brunch menu, but AquaBrew’s Executive Chef Joe Feldmann has created a fantastic menu for lunch as well as dinner. There is even a “Just for Kids” menu that features popular kid favorites like PB&J and Grilled Cheese.

As I mentioned before, there is also Live Local Music at the AquaBrew Beer Garden. Most of these events are in the evenings on weekends (Thursdays – Sundays).


Beer to Go

AquaBrew San Marcos

Most breweries these days have a “beer to go” option for those that want to enjoy the craft brews at home. AquaBrew has several different options when it comes to taking it with you. You can get what’s called a “Crowler” which is a 32 ounce can of whatever AquaBrew you prefer. You can also get the Crowler 3 pack, which is simply 3 cans of your choice of brews.

The Growler is a 64 ounce glass container that most people seem to choose. And they also have a very select “Growler Club 100” which is only open to the first 100 members. So basically you join the club and you receive 10 fills, a club card, and a drink tank of your choice. At the time we were there, there were only 71 member spots left.


Wine – Because Not Everyone Drinks Beer

While they are primarily a brewery, AquaBrew offers a great selection of wine from all over the world. Personally I would like to see a few local wines offered in the future, but for now there is definitely plenty of good styles to choose from.

When I looked around the interior of the building, I noticed a really great thing… there were people of all ages enjoying the food and fare this place had to offer. Some had a cold craft beer in front of them, while others sipped a chardonnay with their friends. This is what I like to see at a local establishment… people bonding and having a good time while enjoying what makes them happy.


Check It Out For Yourself

If you are ever in the San Marcos area, I really suggest you try this place out. You will be pleasantly surprised and if you see me there, be sure to stop and say hello. I might even buy you a drink!

Aquabrew San Marcos


Visit the AquaBrew Official Website for more info

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The Best Camping Stoves of 2017

Having the right camping stove can mean the difference between an awesome camping experience and a mediocre camping experience. While cooking over the camp fire is always fun, sometimes a proper camp stove is necessary in order to put out great meals for the entire family.

There are tons of different kinds of camping stoves to choose from and finding exactly what will work best for your situation is key. Will you be backpacking and need a lightweight camping stove or will you need a 2 burner camping stove in order to feed a big group?

I’ve compiled a list of the best stoves in each category below.

Pro Tip: It’s always a good idea to have more than one type of stove in your camping kit. It can always be used as a backup in case of emergency or if your main camping stove suffers damage or is inoperable.


Best Backpacking Stoves

Backpacking Stoves tend to be lightweight and compact. They often are 1 burner and use minimal fuel. When looking for a stove for backpacking, be sure to find one that boils quickly and can withstand the various conditions you might encounter (wind, rain, freezing temps, etc).


1. Jetboil Flash Cooking System – $99.95

Best Backpacking Stove


Fuel Type: Canister
Fuel: Isobutane-propane
Auto Ignition
Integrated Pot
Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.5 x 4.1 inches
Liquid Capacity: 1 Liter or 33.8 fluid ounces
Weight: 15.25 ounces


This is actually a full cooking system that includes the pot stabilizer, supports and jetboil cooking cup. The only thing not included is the canister of fuel. It comes in 6 different unique colors/patterns including a realtree camo print. Boil liquid in just over 2 minutes. Enjoy an easy push button ignition that gets you quickly started heating your meal or beverage.


2.  MSR PocketRocket 2 Stove – $44.95

Best Backpacking Stove

Fuel Type: Canister
Fuel: Isobutane-propane
Average Boil Time: 3.5 minutes
Dimensions: 7.25 x 5 x 4 inches
Weight: 2.6 ounces


This is one of my favorite compact stoves that is perfect for backpacking. It simply attaches to the fuel canister and it holds a variety of sizes of pots. I love how much space it saves in my pack and that it doesn’t require a lot of set up. It has a fully adjustable flame making it easy to choose between a rolling boil or a soft simmer. Gourmet meals in the backcountry are easy to whip up with this little gadget.


3.  MSR DragonFly Backpacking Stove – $139.95

Best Backpacking Stove

Fuel Type: Liquid
Fuel: Diesel, Auto, White Gas, Jet, Kerosene
Average Boil Time: 3 min. 30 seconds
Dimensions: 6.3 x 5 x 3.5 inches
Weight: 14 ounces


This is a completely durable stove that features great stability and the ability to accommodate large group cooking situations. The DragonFly can actually be utilized for more gourmet outdoor cooking including baking for those that want to try their hand at it.


Best 2 Burner Camping Stoves

Having more than one burner on your camping stove allows you to cook more than one thing at a time or to cook more of the same thing for a big group. Whatever you situation, a 2 burner camping stove is a lifesaver in most campsites with more than 2 people.


1.  Camp Chef Summit 2-Burner Camp Stove – $99.95

Best Camping StoveFuel Type: Canister
Fuel: Propane
Auto Ignition
Heat Output: 20,000 BTUs
Average Boil Time: 2.5 minutes
Dimensions: 23.5 x 11.5 x 4.25 inches
Distance between burners: 12 inches
Weight: 12 pounds


The Summit 2-Burner stove is a workhorse with 2 big 20,000 BTU burners. There is also a temperature control that allows you to fine-tune the flame. With a strong steel cooking grate, you can even use heavy cast iron cookware without damaging the stove. Cooking for a large group is so easy on this surface as well. I’m also a fan of the adjustable legs on the bottom of the unit that let you level out the stove if you are on an uneven surface.


2. Camp Chef Mountaineer 2-Burner Stove – $229.95

Best Camping StoveFuel Type: Bulk Tank
Fuel: Propane
Auto Ignition
Heat Output: 20,000 BTUs
Average Boil Time: 3 minutes, 10 seconds
Dimensions: 27.25 x 14.75 x 7 inches
Distance between burners: 11.5 inches
Weight: 15 pounds


The Mountaineer is a heavy duty, slightly bulky 2 burner stove that can handle whatever you throw at it. It is made from corrosion-resistant aluminum that is lightweight and super durable. Table legs can be purchased and added in order to use this stove for tailgates or barbeques. With an regulator and a 5 ft hose, the Mountaineer is designed to be used with a bulk propane tank so you can cook virtually anything that requires more fuel and longer cooking times (like game-day chili).


3.  Jetboil Genesis Basecamp System Camp Stove – $349.95

Best Camping StoveFuel Type: Canister
Fuel: Propane
Heat Output: 10,000 BTUs
Average Boil Time: 3 min, 15 seconds
Dimensions: 9.8 x 4.6 inches
Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz.
Integrated Pot
Liquid Capacity: 5 Liters or 169 fl. Oz

This camp stove system includes a 5 L FluxPot and a 10 inch ceramic coated fry pan. I like this stove because it can fold up easily but still allows you to have a 2 burner stove while backpacking or camping. It is a lot easier than carrying around one of the larger briefcase style 2 burner stoves.


Best Electric Camping Stoves

A lot of campsites now come equipped with electricity and water, so having a portable electric stove is definitely an option. This is also a great alternative for people that are in a Pop-Up style camper


1. Kung Fu Master Single Burner Electric Stove – Buy Now

 Electric camping stoveAdjustable temp controls (Lo, Med, High settings)
1,000 watts
Stainless steel drip pan
Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 inches
Weight : 2.85 pounds


The Kung Fu Master electric stove is so convenient and small. When you need a simple single plate stove top and you have access to electricity, this is the best option. The temperature controls range from Lo to Med to High for various cooking needs. This is also a great addition to any dorm room (which if you think about it is a lot like camping sometimes.)


2. Elite Cuisine Maxi-Matic Electric Stove – Buy Now

Electric Camping Stove7 inch and 6 inch cast iron flat cooking plates
Dual adjustable temp controls (Lo, Med, High)
1,440 watts
Dimensions: 18.5 x 11.5 x 3.6 inches
Weight : 8 pounds
Portable for convenient cooking (camping, college dorms, offices, tiny houses)

The Maxi-Matic electric stove features 2 different sized cast iron cooking surfaces (7 Electric Camping Stoveinch and 6 inch). It is powerful at 1,440 watts and is small, so it won’t take up too much room in your camping gear. This stove is also perfect for tiny houses and pop up campers.


Best Wood Camping Stoves

Cooking with wood is great because wood is usually very plentiful and you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel. If you are camping in an area that allows you to gather firewood then a wood stove is also going to save you money.


1. Solo Stove Lite – Compact Wood Burning Stove – $69.99

Wood Burning Camping StovesWood Burning camping stoves

Packed size: Height 3.8 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Assembled size: Height 5.7 inches, Width 4.25 inches
Weight: 9 oz
Materials: 304 stainless steel, nichrome wire
Fuel: sticks, twigs, pine cones and other biomass
Boil time: 8-10 mins (32 fl oz of water)

The Solo Stove is designed with a double wall that has unique airflow properties. This makes it extremely efficient. It runs on just a handful of twigs or an alcohol burner.  There is also very little smoke produced by this stove as a result of the design.

Solo Stove is the 2017 Gear of the Year winner and is a Backpacker Magazine Recommendation. It is a must-have for all serious backpackers, survivalists, and campers.


2.  WoodFlame Ultra Lightweight Wood Burning Camping Stove – Buy Here

Wood Burning Camping Stoves              Wood Burning Camping Stoves

Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.25 x 6 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds
Easy set up and take down
Collapsible (Folds Flat)

The WoodFlame is a light weight, collapsible camping stove that is made with high grade stainless steel. It folds flat and comes with a nylon carrying case.


3.  Ohuhu Portable Stainless Steel Wood Burning Camping Stove – Buy HereWood Burning Camping Stoves              Wood Burning Camping Stoves

The Ohuhu Wood Burning Stove is easy to set up and extremely affordable. It has a stable cooking platform (3 arm pot support system) that reduces the chance of tipping over. There is no feeding slot on this stove, so you cannot add more wood while there is a cooking pot in place. However, this design gives the stove a consistent, hot and efficient burn that feeding slots would interfere with.


4.  EcoZoom Rocket Stove Versa – Buy Here

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Dimensions: 12.5 x 11 x 11 inches
Weight: 16 pounds
Refractory metal combustion chamber
Abrasion-resistant, lightweight ceramic insulation
Two hinged doors
3-pronged universal cast iron stove top

The EcoZoom Rocket Stove is great for outdoor patio, camping and emergency situations. It is eco-friendly and energy efficient. Cooking can be done with wood, charcoal, or solid biomass fuel. The Versa is also extremely durable and has reinforced doors to ensure that it will last for a long long time.


Best Solar Camping Stoves

Solar stoves are a great way to utilize the power of the sun to cook your meals. When fuel is not available or wood cannot be burned because of burn bans, the use of a solar stove is priceless. Having at least one solar stove in your camping or survival gear is a very good idea. It makes a great backup stove and is also great for the environment.


1.  GoSun Sport Solar Stove – $279.00

Solar Stove

Max Temp: 700 degrees F (371 deg C)
Material: Durable Borosilicate
Cooking Chamber: Evacuated glass tube
Stainless Steel cooking tray
Weight: 9 lbs


The GoSun is a extremely fast and powerful with the ability to cook a meal in 20 minutes using only the heat from the sun. It reaches temperatures of over 550 degrees F. It can bake, boil or fry any food you want.


2. Sunflair Mini Solar Oven – $79.95

Solar Stove


Dimensions: 11 x 5 x 13 inches
Weight: 1.25 pounds
Max Temp: 285 degrees F



The Sunflair solar oven utilizes the sun to gently simmer liquids or food. The 3 wall system helps to capture and reflect the sun’s rays. Included is a thermometer to help you know what temperature you are cooking at. Many people use this particular cooking method by setting it up on the dash of their vehicle.

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