6 Best Single Burner Propane Stoves (2021 Buyers Guide)

by Kyle

Single burner propane stoves often come in handy during our camping adventures. Particulary when we roast our beloved coffee beans for that extra little kick in the morning.

Although camp fires are our go to method for cooking food, single burner propane stoves serve as an effective reliable alternative for when we run out of fire wood, or when we want somthing cooked fast, like our coffee.

With the amount of propane stoves on the market it can sometimes become confusing as to which ones are the best and worth buying.

This article aims to navigate you through the common issues gas stoves face, such as a weak burner flames, gas odor and flame noise.

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6 Best Single Burner Propane Stoves

GasOne  GS-3400P

The portable GasOne single burner propane stove is the first in the Dual Series Line, which means you can use both 8 oz butane canisters and a 16.4 oz propane tank as fuel.

What I like about this particuar propane stove is it’s safety measures. It features an automatic shut off system which turns off the gas flow when a irregular pressure of 5-7 kgf/cm² or greater is detected. Additionally, this safety system will actually eject the gas canister if this irregular flow is detected.

single burner propane stove

Key Highlights:

  • Automatic safety shut off device
  • Built in – cartridge ejection system
  • Dual Fuel (butane and propane)
  • Heat output: 15,000 BTU
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Coleman Powerpack Propane Stove

This is the ideal single burner propane stove for ultralight backpacking or keeping warm while camping. It’s compact and designed to fit a large 12 inch pan in it’s effective pot support system.

Coleman have introduced PerfectFlow technology to their propane stoves which means it uses less fuel which ultimately leads to longer burn times. Another point I like about this single burner is it’s removable chrome-plated grate, it just makes it that much easier to clean.

Key Features

  • Compact and light
  • Removable cooking grate
  • PerfectFlow heat (uses less fuel)
  • Heat output: 7500 BTU
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GasOne High Pressure Camp Stove

If you aim to do some heavy duty cooking or plan on camping out for longer periods of time, then we most certainly recommend this single burner propane stove from GasOne.

The removable legs allow for taller people to stand whilst cooking, however if you prefer to sit you simply remove the legs and voila you have a short burner. The frame was made with noticeably tough welding, which reinforces the thought overlanding with it (which we do alot of).

Key Features

  • Tough welding frame
  • Easy height adjustment
  • Bundle offer comes with weather proof cover
  • Heat output: 100,000 BTU
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Martin Propane Hot Plate

When it comes to quality, Martin doesn’t sacrifice. Their our single burner stoves are constructed from heavy-duty metal with a commercial grade stainless steel finish.

Their propane hot plates come with an ignition button which fires the flame with a push of a button and yes, the flame is steady and controlled. Another bonus and reson for you to choose this single burner propane stove, is it comes with a free regulator for indoor use.

Key Features

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • High quality design
  • Lightweight (10lbs)
  • Heat output: 12,800 BTU
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Concord Banjo 1 Portable Gas Stove

Enter the beast of our best single burner propane stoves. This stove pushes out 200,000 BTU and can easily bring a 50 gallon kettle of water boil within a few minutes.

The frame is made from heavy duty cast iron, with all necessary parts already included. Additionally, it also includes a 20 PSI regulator hose and one 10” single burner head (which is replaceable).

Key Features:

  • Heavy duty
  • Cast iron frame
  • Able to boil liquids in minutes
  • Heat output: 200,000 BTU
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Primal Ridge Windproof 900ml Propane Stove

I remember on one of my bike packing trips in Spain how much I needed one of these windproof propane stoves. If you are planning a bikepacking trip I highly recommend looking into a windproof stove.

This particular one comes with a 900ml pot with folding, silicone handles, and a lid with sipping holes perfect for​ your morning coffee ​or afternoon​ tea​. The flame is highly concentrated which allows you to heat things up quicker without wasting too much gas.

Key Features:

  • For lightweight camping or bikepacking
  • Comes with a 900ml canister
  • Weather and water resistant
  • Heat output: 3400 BTU
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What is the best single burner camping stove?

Knowing what the best single burner camping stove completely depends on what you aim to use it for. You need to ask yourself questions such as: does weight matter, does it need to be windproof, am I happy with less power or do I need something that pumps out 200,000 BTU’s?

Once you’ve answered this question you’ll know which one is best. Our personal favorite single burner propane stove for camping is the GasOne  GS-3400P.


What does BTU mean?

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and is used as unit of heat energy. Essentially, BTU represents the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.


Is it safe to use a propane stove indoors?

Generally speaking, if you plan to cook long term with a propane stove it’s best to use it outdoors, unless it’s fitted with a regulator for indoor use. If not done right you can create a dangerous amount of gas buildup inside your van, tent or cabin. So if you must cook indoors without a regulator, make sure there is ample airflow.


Which is better butane or propane stove?

Propane produces more heat than butane. However, butane has some environemental benefits such as it liquefies easily, making containment easier. When it comes to eco-friendly concerns, both gases have no long term negative effects on the environement.

Both propane and butane have a lower carbon content than oil, gasoline, diesel, kerosene and ethanol and are clean burning, non-toxic fuels which are a great source of energy.


Is it cheaper to cook with propane or electricity?

Propane is primary source of energy whereas electricity is a secondary source. This simply means propane can be used ‘as is’ to create energy while electricity requirers a longer process in order to be used.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating a home in the U.S with propane has become far cheaper than heating a home with electricity.


Conclusion

Single burner propane stoves are perfect for short camping or bikepacking trips where you aim to travel as lightly as possible. Yes you can get large cast iron single burning stoves. However, the vast majority of brands out there cater for the light camping market.

Please feel free to share your camping/cooking experiences whilst using one of these stoves in the comments section below. And if you have any questions, reach out and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Until then, happy camping!

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