The 9 Best Alcohol Stoves of 2023

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TripSavvy's Pick

If you're in the market for a camp stove that's leak-resistant, lightweight, and easy to use, check out the Trangia Spirit Burner with Screwcap. Weighing only 3.8 ounces, this versatile camp stove can boil a liter of water in about 8 minutes, and you don't need to dump your leftover alcohol when you're done. But if you're searching for an all-in-one option, we recommend the Trangia 27-8 Ultralight Anodized Stove Set. It's significantly heavier but convenient.

When purchasing gear for a backpacking or camping trip, you will definitely want to think about how you will be cooking. Alcohol stoves, lightweight and portable, are a classic go-to for many campers and hikers, and for good reason. The setup only entails adding the fuel (the best is ethanol; methanol also works), lighting it up, and waiting for the flames to come out of the jets around the stove rim. The downside is that there's no way to adjust the temperature, so you'll want to stick with easy-to-cook foods—think things that involve boiling (leave the gourmet recipes at home). We've researched the top options to help you have the energy you need for your outdoor adventures.

Read on to learn more about the best alcohol stoves available.

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Best Overall

Trangia Spirit Burner with Screwcap

Trangia Spirit Burner with Screwcap

Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Simmer ring

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to adjust simmer ring while in use

  • Short handle

Scandinavians are among the best when it comes to designing for the outdoors, and this alcohol stove is no exception. Made in Sweden, it’s consistently received top marks as one of the best alcohol stoves money can buy—though it’s not going to put you too much out of pocket. It takes about 8 minutes to boil one liter of water, with an output of 1,000 watts. Uniquely for an alcohol stove, the included simmer ring lets you adjust the output from full, to simmer, to shut off. It also comes with a twist-on cap with an O-right that seals a burner, meaning you don’t have to empty unused fuel each time you’re done with cooking. The cap is part of what accounts for its 3.8-ounce weight, but it makes toting this on the trail a lot more convenient. As a bonus, this little stove is super-versatile: You can use this stove with gas, multifuel, or gel burner, too. Infrequent campers, don’t worry: The metal holds its own over time, even with leftover alcohol still stored in it.

Price at time of publish: $21.92

Weight: 3.8 ounces | Material: Brass | Dimensions: 4.1 x 3.1 x 2 inches

Best Budget

Redcamp Mini Alcohol Stove

Redcamp Mini Alcohol Stove

Amazon

What We Like
  • Entry-level

  • Fuel cover

  • Carrying bag

What We Don't Like
  • Heavier

  • Not the sturdiest

Redcamp's alcohol stove is one of the best-value alcohol stoves on the market. The entry-level price makes it great for those who are just starting their explorations into alcohol-stove camping, though be warned, if weight's an extreme consideration, this might not be the model for you: It weighs 5 ounces, an ounce (or five) heavier than some on this list. You can expect about 50 minutes of burn time per 3.3 ounces of alcohol. Keep in mind it's not the most sturdy, so you'll want to ensure that whatever you're setting this on is super-stable. On the plus side, it has a cover that seals the stove completely, so you don't have to empty the fuel before you pack up. This stove also comes with a carrying bag and a one-year limited warranty.

Price at time of publish: $19.99

Weight: 5 ounces | Material: Aluminum | Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1.8 inches

Best Lightweight

EVERNEW Titanium Alcohol Stove

EVERNEW Titanium Alcohol Stove

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • No need for separate burner

  • Wide-burning flame

What We Don't Like
  • No cover

When we talk about lightweight with alcohol stoves, it's pretty hard to narrow down the field—after all, one of the perks of an alcohol stove is that it is light. Evernew's take on the popular backpacking stove, however, is practically featherweight, weighing just over one ounce. With a side-burner design, the pot or pan you're using to cook will sit directly on top of the stove—there's no need for a separate burner or attachment of any sort. (Another bonus is the design that purposefully allows for wide-burning flames, so you can use up to a fairly large-size pot with this stove—long as the ground is solid and it's not very massive.) It has a 60-millimeter capacity and measures 1.73 x 3.07 x 2.99 inches. There's also an option to purchase a lightweight stand to prop the stove higher so the alcohol burns more efficiently.

Price at time of publish: $54.99

Weight: 1.6 ounces | Material: Titanium | Dimensions: 1.73 x 3.07 x 2.99 inches

Best for Bonus Features

Out-d Stainless Steel Alcohol Stove Camping Stove

Stainless Steel Stove

Amazon

What We Like
  • Can hold a lot of fuel

  • Carrying case

  • Versatile

What We Don't Like
  • Lid isn't seal tight

  • Heavier

No, this stove isn’t going to win any awards when it comes to weight—it’s a relatively hefty 8 ounces—but this stove delivers when it comes to having it all on the trail. Although it’s not a stove set, which inherently offers more versatility, this stainless steel stove brings a lot to the table on its own. We love the built-in support arm set, which you can put in a position to make the stove more stable or create a pot rest. A 100-milliliter capacity (about 3.38 ounces) can hold a lot of fuel for a longer burn time. However, you’ll still want to empty the fuel—the lid seals tight enough to put out a fire once it’s going but not tightly enough to ensure any leftover fuel won’t leak out. Most say that denatured alcohol works best on this stove, but you can use even cheap alcohol in it. Keep in mind that the case is slightly too big for the stove, so you might want to use a pair of socks or a bandana if the rattling in your backpack drives you crazy.

Price at time of publish: $20.99

Weight: 8 ounces | Material: Stainless steel | Dimensions: 4 x 3.6 x 3.5 inches

Best for a Fast Boil

Solo Stove Solo Alcohol Burner

Solo Stove Solo Alcohol Burner

Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Thoughtful design

  • Twist on cap

What We Don't Like
  • Shorter burn

The Solo Stove model has a simmer lid with a fold-out handle, which allows campers and backpackers the still-rare ability to adjust the amount of fuel being burned, and, therefore, the temperature food cooks at. Also, like some other models, it comes with a twist-on cap, which lets you leave unused fuel in the stove, so you don’t have to empty the canister each night, though some say that the cap isn’t as leak-proof as some comparables. Going full speed, this stove has a slightly faster boil time than others on this list, with 5 to 7 minutes for a liter of water. It also weighs slightly less, at 3.5 ounces. If you want more from it, pair it with the Solo Stove Lite wood-burning backpacking stove for even more nuanced cooking power. 

Price at time of publish: $24.99

Weight: 3.5 ounces | Material: Brass | Dimensions: 2.9 x 2.9 x 1.8 inches

Best Compact Stove Set

Esbit 5-Piece Lightweight Trekking Cook Set

Esbit Stove

Amazon

What We Like
  • Comes with full cook set

  • Can also be powered with methanol

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Heavy

This little set has a lot going for it. Namely, it comes with two pots: one large, with a handy volume indicator, that holds almost a full liter of water (it’s 985 milliliters or about 33.3 ounces), as well as a smaller, 470 milliliters one that doubles as a lid. It also has a brass alcohol stove, a stand, a base for solid fuel should you choose to use it, and a mesh carry bag. The cook pots feature a durable-but-light anodized aluminum, and the alcohol stove, in line with the best ones, has a fold-away handle that allows for a range of temperature control, and its screw-on top seals tightly enough to hold leftover alcohol after the cooking is wrapped up. All in all, it weighs about 15 ounces. At just under a pound, it’s not the lightest means to cook with, but for those who don’t want to go totally bare-bones, this is an excellent introduction to alcohol-stove cooking. Although it’s made for alcohol, keep in mind that you can also use methanol. 

Price at time of publish: $60.34

Weight: 14.81 ounces | Material: Brass and aluminium | Dimensions: 6.5 x 5.38 x 5.13 inches

Best Luxury Stove Set

Trangia 27-8 Ultralight Hard Anodized Stove Kit

27-8 Ultralight Hard Anodized Stove Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Comes with everything you need

  • Easy to use

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Heavy

No one's claiming this will come cheap, but Trangia's stove set is incredible for cooks on the trail who don't want to go without a good meal just because they're roughing it. It comes with the Swedish company's best-overall alcohol stove, plus two one-liter saucepans, a frypan with a pot grip, and a kettle—basically everything you need to make a meal for one to two people. The pans look small, but they cook a surprising amount of food—and quickly too. There are also two wind shelters to protect the flame from breezes and keep flames where they should be: focused on cooking your food, which helps maximize fuel efficiency. Just like the Trangia stove sold solo, the one included in this pack also allows you to store fuel in there, making this whole set a convenient, easily useable—if expensive—breeze. Thanks to the brass construction of the stove and the anodized metal of the accouterments, the set isn't only light but virtually indestructible and easy to cook on, meaning no harm, no foul if it gets banged around a bit on the trail.

Price at time of publish: $144.99

Weight: 1 pound, 13.12 ounces | Dimensions: 7.6 x 4.4 x 7.5 inches

Best Solo Stove

Esbit Brass Alcohol Burner

Esbit Brass Alcohol Burner

Amazon

What We Like
  • Screw top with rubber seal

  • Fold-away handle on flame regulator

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Snuffer hard to readjust when hot

When you're hiking or camping alone, you just need a little something to get your food and beverages fired up. The Esbit Alcohol Burner is lightweight and easy to use. The screw top with rubber seal is excellent because it means you don't need to dump your unused fuel and don't have to worry about it leaking in your bag.

Price at time of publish: $22.99

Weight: 3.25 ounces | Material: Brass | Dimensions: 2.91 x 2.91 x 1.81 inches

Best for Fuel Efficiency

Trail Designs Caldera Cone System

Trail Designs Caldera Camp Stove

Trail Designs

What We Like
  • Virtually zero heat loss

  • Cone is made to fit your pot

What We Don't Like
  • Heat vent could damage insulation on pot handle

The wind is the main rival of cooking outdoors with an alcohol stove. The Caldera System offers a unique and effective solution. A thin sheet of aluminum unfurls from its included caddy and attaches to itself to form the wind-blocking stand with a wide and incredibly stable base. This completely enclosed system maximizes fuel efficiency as almost no heat is lost to the air. Just how efficient are we talking? The Caldera Cone boasts the capacity to boil a cup of water on little more than a half ounce of fuel. It comes with your choice of the 12-10 or Kojin stove and a fuel bottle. Suitable for ultralight backpackers, it comes in at a top weight of just 4 ounces, depending on the size of your pot.

Price at time of publish: $34.95

Weight: 4 ounces (max) | Material: Aluminium | Dimensions: Variable

What to Look for in an Alcohol Stove

Weight

The reason why alcohol stoves are so popular with thru-hikers and ultralight backpackers is because of how lightweight they are. Other stoves are certainly less messy, easier to cook with, and less dangerous. But the fewer ounces, the better.

Versatility

For the most part, you'll likely want to use alcohol-based fuel for your stove. But it's also possible to get a stove that can use other types of fuel (like wood or gas), which could be helpful, depending on your camping style.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What kind of fuel do you need?

    While other stores use gas or liquid fuel, alcohol stoves use various types of alcohol. We're talking methanol, denatured alcohol, or ethanol.

  • Are alcohol stoves safe to use indoors?

    Generally, if you keep an eye on it and be careful, yes. However, it is still an open flame and should be constantly monitored.

  • Are stands necessary?

    Some are designed to be used without a separate pot stand, but most aren't (and putting your pot directly on the mouth of the stove will snuff out the flame). It's helpful to have the pot stand for added stability (and therefore added safety).

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Krystin Arneson is a freelance editor and writer based in Berlin, Germany. During the week, you'll find her traveling as often as possible; during the weekend, she serves as editor for Glamour.com. Krystin began writing for TripSavvy in May 2018.

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