Best gun safes for camping

We chat a lot about camping stoves on our blog and how to choose the best one but another really important aspect of camping is gun safety. This is something we feel very passionately about and we really value the advice from Chris over at Best Gun Safes Info with his ultimate guide. He goes through every type of different gun safes available including portable ones for the cars to make sure your guns are safe from your kids. You must check out the laws regarding transporting firearms and especially if traveling to Alaska through Canada. The TSA has a great website with all the information about transporting firearms that you can find here.


His top tip in ensuring your gun safe is doing its job is to look for a safe that has a couple of ways to lock the safe. This can include biometric safes and a key or passcode and a key. Key’s can be hard to keep track of but if the digital system happens to fail when you are out camping you won’t have access to your guns.


Pistol Sized Gun Safes

If you are needing to only store smaller handguns then he recommends a few types but the ultimate portable car gun safe that is light and easy to use is the GunValut NV200. This will keep your pistol safe especially from the kids but allows you to feel secure even when camping.



Rifle Sized Gun Safes

If you are needing to store your larger rifles that you use for hunting while you are camping there are a few different options. A locking rifle gun case such as the Comie Gun Case is a great choice and storing your ammo seperate in say a locked glove box of your vehicle is extra secure with kids.



These tips can hopefully keep your firearms secure and safe while you enjoy the outdoors. And with a camp roast on the camp stove while you are out for a hunt, you will have a delicious meal waiting for you back at camp.

Best Camping Stoves

Buying a new camping stove can be overwhelming but here we hope to make it easier for you. There are a few things to consider as we explained in this post here
This post looks at more detail into what specifications you need for your camp stove needs.


The amount of burners is extremely important in what you are trying to cook but can also impact the weight of the stove. The single or two burner units are great to cook small meals and are perfect for a family. For bigger groups and lots of mouths to feed you may need to consider a triple burner stove.


Camping stoves come in one of two sorts, they either come with legs and are taller, or sit on a table top. Table top camp stoves are more popular as they are a lot lighter and easier to transport. They can take up valuable table space however so an extra fold up table is helpful. If you are wanting to cook a camping feast and you have the ability to transport larger objects, then the freestanding camp stoves are for you. You will be able to cook up an amazing feast!

cooking on a outdoor stove



A wind screen or shield is an important feature especially if you are going to be cooking in windy areas like the beach. The wind screen also helps to heat the water and food faster because the wind screen traps in more heat.


Many lightweight burners come with a push button ignition which can be very easy to start. Matches may be needed for some burners so check the features out on each item you research. In case the ignition doesn’t light the burner, carry a set of matches.


As explained in the post here about different fuel types, each type of fuel used as it’s benefits and drawbacks. Look closely at the recommendations and think about where you will use the stove most to work out the best fuel source.


Choosing the right camping stove for your needs will add to your camping experience but if you choose the wrong one it will become more of a hassle than a benefit. Don’t forget to maintain your camping stove as with anything dealing with fuel this is very important to keep you and your camping friends and family safe.

Different types of Camping Stoves

There are many different types of camping stoves on the market and it can sometimes be hard to know what will suit you best. Hopefully this post will make it clearer on what stove will suit you best and if purchasing a couple of different sorts would work for you.


Camping Wood Stove

This type of camping stove derives its heat from burning wood. To start you need small amounts of sticks that help start the fire. It is most important to use a camping wood stove in an open location as in an enclosed space carbon monoxide, which is a byproduct of burning wood, can be very dangerous. The fire can not be used in the rain as the water will put the fire out.

Camping fire

Camping Stove Propane

Propane stoves use propane for its fuel and is a very clean burning gas. Propane, which is located in canisters for stoves, make an excellent stove choice. If you are interested in mountain climbing be aware that there are reports of the propane stoves not working at higher altitudes.


Gas camping stove

Gas camping stoves a built-in tank where the gasoline is contained and ready to burn. The main disadvantage of gasoline is the toxic substance that is emitted. Also a soot that is produced when cooking can get into the food. This make is difficult to cook in low light as it can be hard to make sure that it’s not falling into the food. Gas camping stoves can be a fire hazard as the gasoline evaporates easily.

Gas fire


Alcohol burning stoves

These small stoves fueled by alcohol type fuels are a great choice for hikers as they are extremely lightweight and the fuel is easy to buy. They do have a slow cooking time so don’t expect your cup of tea in a hurry.


Electric camping stove

If you have access to an electrical outlet the electric camping stove is the best choice. You get clean, efficient cooking similar to home, without the hazardous by-products.


Our tip for camping in the outdoors is to use a propane camping stove as it’s a great all rounder. If you are heading on a long hike in the mountains the alcohol burning stoves are a great choice.

Backpacking Stoves

Backpacking stoves are an extremely important part of a hikers gear. To be able to boil water for a cup of tea while on a long hike is fantastic and should be something that you consider if you are hiking in the wilderness. The backpacking stoves have become very light and easy to carry but the one problem is choosing which one to use! If too much is overwhelming for you, this post should point you in the right direction.


What to consider with a backpacking stove



This is your number one consideration when picking a backpacking stove. The lighter they are the more you are going to want to carry it with your gear, too heavy and it will be the first thing you leave behind.


There are wide range of prices when it comes to backpacking stoves with cheaper ones still be ok but may not be as durable as others that can cost more than $100. We encourage to use a higher budget if you are wanting your backpacking stove to last for years to come.

Type of stove

There are a wide range of types including canister stoves, liquid fuel stoves, wood stoves, alcohol stoves and solid fuel stoves. Which one to choose will depend on what you want from your backpacking stove.

Simmer control

To be able to control the flame range is an important aspect of a backpacking stove. To be able to cook a range of more complex hiking meals you will need one of the canister or liquefied gas stoves.

Boiling or cooking

Do you just want to boil water for drinks or for re hydrating food? Most backpacking stoves are designed to quickly boil water but aren’t so great for cooking as they can be hard to control the temperature.

Using the stove in winter conditions

When you are hiking in the winter you will want to be able to melt snow for drinking water. As you will be using the stove more often you will need more fuel and one that can work in freezing conditions. Liquid fuel stoves are the best for this as they can cope with the extreme cold the best.


With a lightweight backpacking stove, stability can often be compromised as they will be less stable cooking with even smaller pots. If you need to cook larger meals in bigger pots then a stove with a wider base will suit your needs.

Wind performance

One thing that backpacking stoves really don’t like is wind. If you are in strong winds your stove can become quickly not efficient. One solution is a windshield which are perfect with alcohol stoves, solid fuel stoves and wood stoves but won’t work with canister stoves. Shelter is extremely important in strong winds.


This is essentially preheating the stove. You need to light a small amount of fuel and give it time to warm up. It is easy to do but can be confusing for new users with most liquid fuel stoves needing priming and some alcohol stoves. The great thing about canister stoves is they don’t require priming.

Cooking with portable stove


Canister Stoves

Our top pick for the ultimate backpacking stove in all conditions except for below freezing. These are light and compact with rapid boiling times. They are easy to use, have little to no maintenance and have no smell when they burn. They can be a bit more expensive to buy the fuel and aren’t as great in the extreme cold.


Liquid Fuel Stoves

This is the choice for extreme winter conditions and its fuel is less expensive. Fuel bottles are refillable and are perfect for melting snow in the cold. The downside is they are trickier to use so will require some practice as the fuel can be dangerous if spilt. The stoves can be more expensive to buy and some can be very noisy.


Alcohol Stoves

These stoves are very light and simple being a great inexpensive option. They are easy to make, find fuel and are very quiet. They can however have slower cooking times and the fuel is less efficient. Not useful for winter trips they also don’t have temperature control making it tricky.


portable camping stove


We hope this helps you to work out what is best for you when it comes to the best backpacking stoves. It is one of our favorite parts of our gear that we carry on long hikes!

What to look for in a Camping Stove

What do you need to look for in a camping stove?

Everyone has different needs when it comes to camping and camping stoves are no different.

  • Where will you be camping?

Depending where you choose to camp whether it is near a lake, on top of a mountain, under a bridge or in the middle of nowhere, you will need to think about the weight of the stove.


  • ¬†Will you need to carry the stove a distance to the camp?

Do you Many of the same considerations from above apply here as well with one main additional consideration space. this matters in both your backpack and your car. You don’ want to buy a stove that will take up all of the space that you have.

  • What types of weather will you be camping in?

Different type of weather conditions will effect how well a camping stove works. Windy conditions can cause problems for many small stoves especially if they doen’t come with some sort of wind shield.

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  • How do you camp?

If you are roughing it and just have limited supplies, small stoves without all the bells and whistles will be best for you. If you like to bring air mattresses and portable showers you will want a two burner free standing camping stove that has holders for your utensils.

  • How many people will you be cooking for?

The numbers of people that you have to cook for will change what size you need. If it is just you and your partner, you won’t need a big stove but if it’s for big groups of people you will need something larger that can handle the demand.

  • What types of food will I be cooking?

If you are keen to make delicious, hearty food while you are camping than a more advanced stove will be needed. The basic stoves will suit for simple foods, but more complex recipes will be harder.

portable camping stove