The best bit of camping is, arguably, eating al fresco.

Whether that’s cooking a meal for the entire family, barbecuing dinner or simply enjoying the unalloyed pleasure of the smell of frying bacon wafting over a sun-drenched field, we’ve got you covered with a whole range of campsite cooking options.

From the weekend camper who just needs a bowl of soup, to the festival goer who needs a restorative brew, to the glamper who wants to be the envy of their canvas neighbours with the latest in top-end design, there have never been as many choices for those who need to eat away from the comfort of their kitchen.

We were looking at a range of criteria when testing the stoves, taking into account whether they’re geared towards the weekend warrior or family fortnight expedition.

Portability and weight was important, as well as how neatly the stove packs away. And longevity of gas supply was also looked at, as well as how strong and durable the burner flames were, especially in British weather.

The following products were rigorously tested in a garden in Yorkshire during a very inclement spring, so you can guarantee they’ve been put through their paces…

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The verdict: Camping stoves

If you’re heading off for a family holiday and planning to do some serious cooking, our best buy the Vango combi IR stove noses ahead thanks to that innovative infrared grill. The Primus onja, though, looks the business and for serious glampers with money to spend it’s the perfect status symbol.

We thought the Campingaz party grill was a versatile piece of kit equally at home on the campsite or festival field, and looks neat as well. Want to go cheap and cheerful for the odd cup of coffee or Pot Noodle? No-frills single burners like the Campingaz bistro or the Summit portable should see you through a weekend.

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