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Vango Folding Stove Review

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SKU: Folding Stove
Brand: Vango

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.

have a picnic with some warm food

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.

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

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.

Vango Folding Stove

Unfolding the Stove

the protective plastic case wasn’t that easy to open

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.

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.

Vango Folding Stove

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.

Vango Folding Stove

has a re-enforced ‘tube’

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.

Using the Vango Folding Stove

surprised at the power of this little stove

If you have only used large family camping stoves, you might be 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.

Vango Folding 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.

Verdict

Well, despite a few niggles, we do like this little folding stove from Vango.

Vango Folding Stove

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.

8.5Expert Score
This is a handy little stove. There are a few niggles we found with it, but it does the job just fine.
Value for Money
9
Quality
8
PROS
  • A small lightweight stove easy to fit in your backpack for some warm food when hiking out on the hills.
CONS
  • 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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    • Gav

      The one we tested is the newer model with the ignition and small winsheild around the burner, which is meant to make it more efficient.

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