CAMPING GEAR ROUND-UP PART TWO: THE KITCHEN

Daniel Neilson examines a range of kit for car-campers and those looking to set up base for a few days at a time

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[1] PRIMUS NJORD STOVE (£65, primus.eu)

I’m thoroughly impressed with this two-burner stove, especially given its £58 price tag. Two legs fold out, providing good stability, then a pair of LP gas canisters can be screwed on under the burners. They need snapping in first, making it very secure. The heat is effectively controlled with two knobs on the side of the stove.

Boiling time is around three minutes per litre. After decades of balancing pots on little stove tops, there’s a refreshing amount of cooking space – 205mm in diameter to be precise. Highly recommended.

See also: CampingGaz 400S (£80)

[2] LIFESTRAW PERSONAL WATER FILTER (£25, tiso.com)

Water filter technology just gets better all the time. I’m a big fan of the Water-To-Go bottle that you just fill and drink through like a regular bottle, as well as the Sawyer squeeze filter. Now Swiss company Vestergaard have built a simple straw that eliminates pretty much any bugs and bacteria from your water. It only weighs 51g and measures 22.5cm by 2.5cm. Simple, reasonably priced and well-designed.

See also: Sawyer Squeeze water filter (£56), Water-to-Go Water Bottle (£25)

[3] ECOZOOM VERSA LITE STOVE (£118 inc shipping, ecozoom-uk.com)

There’s little not to like about this wood burning stove, but let’s get the drawbacks out of the way first. It weighs 12kg and it is bulky. It’s also tricky to clean. However, this will be accompanying me on most camping trips as it provides a safe and efficient wood-burning stove and focal point (everyone loves a fire) without scorching the ground.

It’s pretty easy to get going, and once there’s a decent flame in the main chamber, the suggested method is to feed larger logs through on a special stand. A second door underneath controls the ventilation. The combustion chamber is made from refractory metal, and is ceramically insulated to hold the heat. This is a solid piece of engineering, and stable too, both at the bottom and for pans on the top. It also burns charcoal.

See also: Wild Stoves Frontier Wood Burning Camp Stove (£150)

[4] ORTLIEB FOLDING BOWL (£18.50, ortlieb.com)

Now this is a surprisingly useful bit of kit. The waterproof bag manufacturers have created a little bowl that can be used for carrying water, cleaning vegetables and washing up in (using the Optimus Bob sponge of course). There are two carrying handles. It’s stable too. I didn’t think I’d use it much, but it came in very useful for all sorts of stuff. It comes in three sizes. Pictured is the medium.

[5] MSR 2-PERSON MESS KIT (£30, msrgear.com)

This neat little set includes two plastic bowls, two folding sporks and two insulated mugs, and comes in a little mesh storage bag. The bowls fit into other MSR pots which I use more than any other. The sporks aren’t particularly sturdy, but suffice. The mugs are insulated, which is a big bonus; I’m a fan. A worthwhile, and light (416g) set.

[6] LIFEVENTURE ELLIPSE COOKWARE (£15, lifeventure.co.uk)

This small set of a plate, bowl, cup and plastic cutlery should be sufficient enough for most needs (including those of Duke of Edinburgh Award participants), and it can hold together with some string or, as recommended, a karabiner. The cutlery does lock together. Perfectly acceptable for £15.

[7] BIOLITE CAMPSTOVE (£130, whitbyandco.co.uk)