There are lots of direct screw-on gas burners, but the Vango Compact Gas Stove offers an exceptional price with a good weight to match. It comes in at just 106g, so it’s plenty light enough for backpacking unless you’re really watching your pack and body weight, and slimming both drastically. It folds down reasonably small and packs into a supplied plastic carry case for ease of storage in your rucksack. In use it screws directly to the top of the gas canister and the pan supports fold out to provide 12cm diameter support, which is slightly better than some other stoves of this price and design. The flame control knob folds down and is easy to use. The burner is just 4cm diameter – so it’s smaller than some higher-priced stoves – and this does tend to focus the heat into one spot in the pan, which isn’t ideal. The biggest benefit of the Vango Compact Gas Stove is the price, because at just £15 it’s unlikely to frazzle your bank account and so if you’re on a really tight budget and want to take up backpacking then this is ideal. However, more cash brings piezo ignition for easier lighting, less weight and more stable designs.
Includes carry case
Packed size 10x5x5cm
Pan support diameter 12cm
Weight (without fuel) 106g burner
If you really can’t stretch your budget the Vango Compact Gas Stove is a superb option for backpacking if you can live without peizo ignition, more stable pan support or even less weight. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2014