Best Light Weight Backpacking Stoves

A steamy cup of coffee in the crisp morning air is a perfect way to kick off a days adventure.

Or after a long day hiking, cooking up a favourite meal for dinner is hard to beat. Backpacking Stoves are an essential piece of equipment, a must-have.

The good news is, backpacking stoves overtime increasing become lighter and more convenient than ever. This means stoves take up less room in your pack, lighter to carry and faster at cooking up your meals.

The bad news is there are heaps and heaps of backpacking stoves to choose from. Enough to make your head spin.

Our Review of Backpacking Stoves

To help you make an informed decision have created a shortlist on the 5 best backpacking stoves in 2020 the market has to offer.

For this article, we spoke with seasoned hikers, read many reviews and testimonials.

We then narrowed down to 5 best backpacking stoves that we tested in a multitude of weather conditions.


Soto Windmaster

Soto Windmaster
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Solo Windmaster is our Editors Choice

Our Verdict

The Soto Windmaster jointly wins our editors award. It’s a lightweight stove and with its piezoelectric igniter that works every time. It simmers well and as per its namesake wind does not blow it out.

The Soto Windmaster is a very stable unit that packs up separately. I would be more than happy to rely on this unit when backpacking.

Wonder what is a piezoelectric igniter? Piezo ignition is a type of ignition that is used in portable camping stoves, gas grills and some lighters, and potato cannons. 

Piezo ignition uses the principle of piezoelectricity, which, in short, is the electric charge that accumulates in some materials in response to high pressure.

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe

MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe
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MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe is our Editors Choice

Our Verdict

Like the Soto Windmaster, the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe wins our editors awards.

We found the MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe to be lightweight with excellent simmering capabilities in and out of the wind. It has piezoelectric igniter that works every time.

I would happily pack this little pocket rocket away for backcountry adventures.

Jetboil Mini Mo

Jetboil Mini Mo
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Our Verdict

The Jetboil Mini Mo has been around for many years. A reliable performer with simmer control.

Does ignite and flame continues in moderate wind, did seem to struggle in the gusty wind.

The Jetboil Mini Mo does boil water within minutes.

We do recommend the Jetboil Mini Mo, will satisfy most backpackers who want a light and efficient unit that boils water very quickly.

BRS Ultralight Stove

BRS Ultralight stove

Our Verdict

If you are looking for a lightweight inexpensive unit, the BRS Ultralight Stove is hard to beat. It does feel sturdy and boiled the water quickly.

The BRS Ultralight Stove doesn’t feel so strong, so you would have to treat it with care. One could argue that care needs to be taken with all the stoves.

Whilst the BRS Ultralight Stove ignited without effort, wind resistance was low.

Snow Peak LiteMax

Snow peak lite max 
 Best Backpacking Stoves 2020

Our Verdict

The Snow Peak LiteMax is a lightweight and compact unit. The unit is sturdy and supports the pot well. The downside is it does not have a piezoelectric igniter which is common on most stoves these days.

The Snow Peak LiteMax unit is still reliable and useful with a favourable weather forecast.

5 Best Backpacking Stoves 2020

Final Thoughts

Thankfully these day stoves and lightweight, compact and affordable. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg buying a backpacking stove.

Some backpackers cut through the effort and weight not carrying a stove at all, hardly missing a stove.

The go stove-less you did need to be organised and pack food/meals for the trip. Backpacking stoves do provide comforts of cooked food and your favourite brew.

I personally enjoy cooked food and coffee in the morning. Too much to give away a stove. For me, it’s about going lightweight and compact as possible without sacrificing luxuries.

In conclusion, if you are after a lightweight stove that lights every time and won’t go out in the wind, we recommend the Soto Windmaster.

We hope this review of 5 Best Backing Stoves 2020 was useful and helpful in making a buying decision. Take care on the trails and happy backpacking!

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