Camping stoves vary in size from big three-burner propane stoves, useful for car camping, to pocket-sized backpacking stoves that weigh 3 ounces or less. Backpacking stoves are recommended for hiking trips and whenever you need to carry your stove with you. The bigger stoves are obviously limited to the campground, since you won't want to add 20 pounds to your pack load.
The MSR Reactor, MSR XGK EX and MSR Pocket Rocket all receive excellent professional and user reviews. For larger groups, the Jetboil Helios is considered a good buy, and the Brunton Wind River Range is a top pick for the campground. See our camping stove update for more.