Vango produces a range of exceptionally low-priced gas burners, and the Folding Gas Burner is one example. It is a low-profile burner, so that a pan’s centre of gravity is kept low to the ground to increase stability. It features an 16cm diameter pan support, meaning you can easily used good-sized pans on here. The burner is just 5cm diameter, though, so the heat is a little localised on the pan, compared to a 7cm burner for example. The gas canister attaches to the feeder pipe where there is a control knob, so you can adjust the flame safely without getting close to the bubbling pot. The whole lot folds down very neatly as the legs of the burner fold in and this allows the stove to be stored in its supplied plastic case to make packing in the rucksack neat. You don’t get a peizo ignition, though, which some similar stoves do offer at this price. At 219g this is also not the lightest option; but some other low-priced stoves of this design are slightly heavier. No windshield is provided, though, which is a surprise. Higher-priced burners of this ‘remote canister’ design allow the gas canister to be inverted for improved performance in cold weather, but you cannot do that with the Vango Folding Gas Stove. But what you are getting here is a low-priced, low-profile burner that is very easy to use, compact and light enough – unless you are skimping on every gram of your kit.
Includes carry case
Packed size 11x7.5x5.5cm
Pan support diameter 16cm
Weight (without fuel) 219g burner
The Vango Folding Gas Stove is a stable and compact stove that is easy to use and ideal for camping and backpacking, unless you want to save every gram and are prepared to spend more cash.
Review by Graham Thompson
Just missed out on being in Trail magazine August 2014