Product Type: Campingaz Camping
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Camping Bistro Stove
Campingaz Camp Bistro
Member Name: hunts1874
Campingaz Camp Bistro
Advantages: Compact, Easy to Use
Disadvantages: Quite Heavy
I invested in one of the these camping stoves at the beginning of the summer to allow me to cook some good when I was off camping. I had always tended to BBQ food when camping, but this was only really suitable for making something for your lunch or dinner. I was looking for a quick and easy way to boil water for a cup of tea or coffee and also something that I could heat up some beans for breakfast or boil some pasta for example.
I picked up the stove from Argos for around £15. The stove is made from steel, which means that it is nice and sturdy, durable and it is also easy to clean. There is also a handy carry case which is included. I find that this makes storing the stove the car or even a rucksack if you are off walking nice and easy. It also keeps any dirt from getting into the stove, which can easily happen in the boot of my car when it's with wellies, tents and ground sheets.
The stove weighs 2.5kg, which isn't light and makes a noticeable different to your rucksack. It's not ideal for taking on a walk and I would recommend only doing so if you feel it's essential. To put the weight into perspective, most laptops with a 15 inch screen are around the 2 - 2.5kg mark.
The stove uses Campingaz CP250 Gas Cartridges which are widely available. I normally pick mine up from Homebase. You will pay around £10 for a pack of 4. On full power the gas cartridge will last around about an hour. I think this is pretty economical as you can boil a litre of cold water in around 4 or 5 minutes, which is plenty of water for a few cups of tea.
The gas cartridges are easy to install too, so set up time is minimal. There is also an ignition system built into the stove so there is no requirement for matches or a lighter. This usually isn't an issue as I would normally have a box of matches and a lighter with me when camping, but a nice feature never-the-less.
I have used the stove on about 4 occasions now and I am extremely happy with it so far. The stove only has one ring, so it probably isn't suitable for large groups or families, but is the perfect size for a couple.
Summary: A Handy Piece of Camping Kit
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