For outdoor cooking there are many portable gas stoves available on the market which vary in size and ability depending the requirements of the consumer.

During weekends and holidays, many families like to vacation outdoors, and the best part of these family and friend gatherings is cooking and eating outdoors.

If you are traveling by car to your vacation spot, then the size and weight of stoves are not an issue. As a result you can buy 2, 3 or even 4 burner stoves which can be placed on picnic tables or car tailgates, and are suitable for feeding a group of people.

However, if you are backpacking or bike touring, then size and weight considerations are very important indeed. Less weight equals easier pedaling.

So what you need is something that packs down to virtually nothing, very light and easy to set up and use. Fortunately, these types of burners are readily available, and are powered by various types of gas canisters. These touring gas stoves range in weight from around 2.5 to 3 ounces, (72-80 g), plus some include small wind shields for use in breezy conditions. Having a wind shield is actually quite useful, although it cannot beat the amusement of watching somebody constantly moving around the stove, trying to block the wind just to get more heat to their food.

The average performance of a typical stove will boil 1 litre of water in around 3 to 3.5 minutes depending on the climate or altitude. Burn time for a typical 220g canister is generally quoted to be around 60 minutes on a full burn.

So, if you are looking at a long distance bike tour or just an overnight backpacking trip, then there are various bike touring gas stoves available to suit, as such, we have detailed a number of excellent lightweight stoves on this article.

A quick note on safety. Never leave stove fuel cylinders in direct sunlight or in a hot car or trunk. Also do no operate the stove close to a heat source such as campfire etc. or leave the stove burners going unsupervised.

While at home do not store your gas stove with the gas bottle attached, and ensure it is kept in a cool dry area. Take care the gas is not in an area where equipment may puncture the cylinder.

By proper use and storage of your gas stove, you will have many years of outdoor cooking ahead of you.

Nothing tastes better than bacon, eggs, and your first coffee in the early morning, while listening to the sounds of nature all round you.

Now is the time get one of these babies, throw it in your pack or pannier,