We test out Vango’s folding stove, which is small enough for you to throw in a backpack and enjoy warm food on your next picnic.
Whether you plan to do a more adventurous camp where you hike to your campsite, or you just want to be able to have a picnic with some warm food, getting a lightweight stove is essential.
have a picnic with some warm food
Vango produces such a stove that is approved by the Scouts Association and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. So, even if you don’t use it, it may be something that your children will in the future.
Vango Folding Stove Review
The Vango Folding Stove weighs just over 200g and comes in a rugged carrying case that would easily fit into a large pocket.
Unfolding the Stove
We found that the protective plastic case wasn’t that easy to open and close. The case is made of plastic, and the mouth of the case is a little too large, and so I might be taking my knife to the excess plastic to make it easier to get on and off.
the protective plastic case wasn’t that easy to open
Once you get the stove out of its protective case, the pan supports unfold, and then the legs fold down from each of the pan supports.
When it is unfolded, it can support quite large pots and pans.
it can support quite large pots and pans
Connecting up the gas
The Vango stove has a screw fitting that will work on many different brands of camping gas bottles that accept a screw fitting.
Simply screw the gas cartridge onto the stove’s connector.
The stove has a re-enforced ‘tube’, which is a very good idea, particularly since this stove will be packed and unpacked many times. A standard rubber hose will soon get damaged.
has a re-enforced ‘tube’
Using the Vango Folding Stove
If you have only used large family camping stoves, you might be surprised at the power of this little stove.
surprised at the power of this little stove
The smaller gas cartridges are under a lot more pressure than the large camping stove gas cylinders, and so despite its small packed size, this stove can put out a lot of heat quickly.
You just open the gas by turning the knob at the gas connector, then press the piezo ignition on the stove.
We did find that the piezo ignition will typically need a few pushes before the stove lights.
Once lit, you can control the heat with the knob on the gas connector.
It says on the box that it comes with a windshield. I think this is a little misleading. The ‘windshield’ is a small lip of metal around the bottom of the stove. It might provide some protection from light breezes, but if you are going to be cooking when there’s the slightest of wind, you will need to take a larger folding windshield with you.
Well, despite a few niggles, we do like this little folding stove from Vango.
I can’t say how it compares with similar folding stoves, but I can say that it’s been a useful bit of kit for us.
Thanks, credits, and disclaimers: We would like to thank the guys at Vango for sending us this stove for us to test out. All photos and opinions are our own.
- A small lightweight stove easy to fit in your backpack for some warm food when hiking out on the hills.
- The piezo ignition needs a few pushes to work, and the orange box it comes in isn't very good. Although it says on the box it comes with a windshield, for any wind more than a breeze, we recommend you take a separate folding windshield.
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