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Fun Stoves For Camping-Style Cooking In The Garden | Lockdown Tips

Want more outdoor time? Try taking your cooking out of the kitchen

It sucks not being able to get out for a bit of adventure, but when the reality is that there’s nothing we can do about it, perhaps the best option is to try to improvise and find ways of bringing small bits of outdoor time into our normal lives.

Taking your cooking into the garden or onto your patio, terrace or balcony (if you have any of those) is a great way to bring a bit of outdoor fun to your lockdown life. Even if you don’t have kids to entertain, there’s no denying that a cup of coffee will be even more enjoyable when it’s been brewed outside in the sun. 

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To do this, you’re obviously going to need some kind of stove though, so to help you out there, we’ve pulled together some of the options that you’ll have the most fun with…


Savotta Happy And Grumpy Stoves

If Ikea made camping stoves they’d look like this. It’s a mini biomass burner that packs down into a flat package that’s small enough to slip into a trouser pocket. Assembly is quick and easy – you just slide the metal pieces together. It’s also super simple to get a good fire going so long as you have dry enough materials to hand. One handy thing about this, compared to the other biomass stoves in this list, is that the mouth on the side lets you feed the fire without having to remove your pot from the top. Just be mindful that large pots can easily be unbalanced and also that the flames tend to singe the ground underneath a little.

Happy Stove or Grumpy Stove? The choice is yours.

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Solo Stoves

This stainless steel wood burning stove might not pack down quite as small as the Savotta one above but you can expect a faster boil or cooking time from it thanks to its clever construction. Air intake holes on the bottom pull air in towards the fuel source and the double-walls allow this air to be heated up and fed through the top vents providing an extra boost of pre-heated oxygen. It doesn’t just mean a hotter fire but less smoke as well. The one pictured is a mini option for backpackers but if you’ve got a decent sized garden, you might want to consider one of Solo Stove’s huge fire pits – they’re super cool.

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Biolite Campstove 2

Who thought it was possible to create a stove that was ‘back-to-basics’ but high-tech all that the same time? That’s exactly what Biolite have managed here. It’s a biomass stove (so it runs off sticks etc) that has a built in fan to help with convection and to minimise the amount of smoke quite dramatically. What’s more, the burning process powers up a built in battery that you can use to charge your phone or power an integrated lamp. Like the Solo Stove, there’s also a big fire pit version of this that the whole family could sit around. 

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Primus Tupike

This is one nice bit of kit that we’re big fans of it here at Outdoors Magic. Primus have basically taken the standard template for a two hob camp stove but made something much sleeker and more practical and effective than what you’d get from the middle isles of Lidl. It folds up and is easy to carry, it’s made from quality stainless steel (with lovely Swedish wood detailing), there are wind blocks, temperature regulators, spark igniters and it even comes with an excellent little griddle. 

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MSR PocketRocket 2

A simple mini has burner is probably the most straightforward option out there if you want to cook up something in the garden. Imagine it; on a sunny morning you can nip out onto the patio and have a brew ready in less than two minutes. That definitely beats standing in the kitchen waiting for your kettle to boil. MSR’s PocketRocket 2, which costs £30, is one our team at Outdoors Magic rate highly, or you could go with a personal cook system like the Alpkit Brukit or Coleman FyreStorm PCS. 

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Helinox Chair One

OK and once you’ve got your stove, you’re going to need an appropriate chair. If you’re going to do it, do it right. And right in our eyes equals this, the Chair One from Helinox. It’s really light (like, super light), quick and easy to assemble and it packs away into a neat little storage pouch. Oh and it’s comfy, real comfy.

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