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Go Systems Venture

Go Systems Venture

Go Systems Venture

PRO’s: Lightweight & powerful, excellent flame control

CON’s: None that we can think of!

VERDICT: Superb lightweight, budget stove. Buy it!

OUR RATING ★★★★½ 

The Go Systems Venture is Go Systems take on the classic lightweight cartridge stove.  Weighing in at just 200 grammes it’s small but does it pack a punch ?

Oh yes!  Size isn’t everything and this little stove is up there with the best of them.  Sporting a 2500 Watt burner it’ll boil a litre of water in 3 minutes and will run for just under two hours on a mixed Butane/Propane Go Systems Powersource 125 gas cartridge.  Like many other Go Systems stoves this will accept the larger Go Systems Butane/Propane gas canister such as the mid-sized Go Systems Powersource 220 gas cartridge and the larger Go Systems Powersource 445 gas cartridge.

Now power is one thing but it’s nothing without control and, thankfully, the Go Systems Venture has loads of control.  The fold out flame adjuster is easy to grip and allows precise adjustment of the flame from a low simmer to a full on boil and anywhere in between.

The stove simply screws onto the cartridge and is lit by pressing the ignition button.  Yep, that’s right, this little stove even includes piezo electric ignition.

One limitation of many lighweight stoves is that they can’t take large pots but the Go Systems Venture, thanks to its fold-out pot supports can.  For small pots keep them folded in, for large pots just fold them out.  The supports are serrated to prevent pot slippage too.

Like many canister mounted stoves, this one is prone to wind and will need to be sheltered behind a rucksack or similar although you could also use a small folding windshield.

Considering its price, what you get for your money (lightweight, folding pot supports, built-in ignition, excellent controllability of the flame) this is a no-brainer.  Buy this stove if you’re after a lightweight stove and you’re on a budget.  Oh, and it even includes a storage bag too.

Highly recommended !

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Campingaz Bistro 300 Stove

Campingaz Bistro 300

Campingaz Bistro 300

PRO’s: Updated version of Campingaz Camp Bistro but better looking

CON’s: None that we can think of

VERDICT: Cute design, fast boil time, good adjustability. What’s not to like?

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Campingaz stoves have always looked a bit plain but their latest offerings are far more stylish. The Campingaz Bistro 300 is no exception but how does it stack up against its predecessor (the Campingaz Camp Bistro) as well as the competition ?

For 2012 Campingaz have been busy redesigning some of their most successful models. We’ve already looked at the Campingaz Camping Chef Vario which replaces the Campingaz Camping Chef Stove and Grill but in this review we turn our attentions to the Campingaz Bistro 300 which replaces the older Campingaz Camp Bistro which spawned many budget copies such as the Go Systems Dynasty Compact Stove.

Like its predecessor the Campingaz Bistro 300 is a table-top, single burner unit but, unlike its predecessor, it’s a good looking bit of kit. The single burner is located to one side whilst a small raised tower holds the gas canister. Sitting between them, but located well away from the burner, is the flame adjustment knob. No matches are required for this camping stove as it’s got built-in piezo electric ignition.

The Campingaz Bistro 300 takes the Campingaz CV300 Plus butane gas canisters and uses the Easy Clic system so that a canister can be removed safely even when only part used. Although the CV300 Plus is a new canister and thanks to Campingaz‘s share of the market they are already widely available.

However, for the moment at least, you’ll need to stick with the manufacturers own canisters as there are no third party copies yet. That said, they are pretty inexpensive although the runtime isn’t great. We managed to get around 1 1/4 hours out of ours which is slightly less than the Campingaz Camp Bistro but this is due to the slightly higher output (2600 W compared to 2300 W)  and correspondingly faster boil time. We got a litre of water to boil in just over three minutes compared to the five minutes of the old model.

Overall we like the Campingaz Bistro 300: it’s well designed, extremely easy to use and stows away in its own hard storage case when not in use. It’s ideally suited for festival use or just cooking side dishes at a BBQ. We’d even consider keeping on in the house to use during power cuts.

As you would expect, it’s more expensive than the model that it replaces whilst suppliers still have stock of the old model but we compared to the budget clones of the Campingaz Camp Bistro made by other manufacturers we’d definitely go with this model.

Recommended !

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Coleman Fold n Go Two Burner Stove

Coleman Fold'n'Go two Burner Stove

Coleman Fold’n’Go two Burner Stove

VERDICT: if you’re limited on space & need something that folds this is the stove for you

PRO’s: relatively lightweight, two burners, easy to use

CON’s: needs a windshield to get the best out of it, canisters still not that easy to find

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

Coleman have been at the forefront of camping cooker design for years and have brought out a range of innovative products lately. The most recent addition is the Coleman Fold’n’Go camping stove which features two extra large rings separated by a hinge so that you can cook, fold and go.

Able to take two 12 inch (30 cm) diameter pans at the same time, the Coleman Fold’n’Go is robust and compact. It’s also rugged with a hinge that looks like it could take some serious abuse. Two built-in carrying handles mean that it’s easy to lug around and it’s relatively lightweight means that you can carry it some distance.

As it uses the same Coleman Propane canisters as its cousins the Coleman Perfect Flow 2 Burner Stove and the Coleman Perfectflow Stove and Grill, the same comments about them apply to this stove as well. Namely, that these relatively new canisters aren’t that easy to find in shops so it’s best to stock up with spares before you leave home. That said, we are seeing more of these canisters in camping shops now than we did 12 months ago.

Each propane canister will run for around 1 hr 10 minutes with both rings on so should easily last for between three and four days under normal cooking conditions where you’ll mainly use one ring at a time and occasionally two together.

The time to boil a litre of water is not great mainly because this stove lacks any real wind protection. A simple aluminium folding windbreak will reduce the boil time from 6 minutes down to around 5 minutes and will also help to conserve fuel.

Each of the burners can be individually adjusted although, to be honest, the difference between minimum and maximum isn’t all that great !

So who is the Coleman Fold’n’Go aimed at ?

We’d have to say that we can see it appealing to the festival go-er and perhaps the occasional car camper. The relatively short life of the canisters means that a week long family camping trip might be more expensive with this stove then say the Campingaz Chef Stove and Grill.

Overall, if space is at a premium and you need something that folds this is a good buy but if you don’t then we’d recommend its cousin the Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove.

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Go Systems Dynasty Compact Stove

Go Systems Dynasty Compact Stove

Go Systems Dynasty Compact Stove

VERDICT: Compact & self-contained.  A good alternative to the Campingaz version although, being more widely available, the Campingaz version is cheaper.

PRO’s: Compact, self-contained unit. Includes carry case.  Three year warranty

CON’s: Short runtime, need to carry a spare cylinder. Pricier than the Campingaz equivalent

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

The Go Systems Dynasty Compact stove is Go Systems take on the single burner ‘suitcase’ format camping stove made popular by the Campingaz Camp Bistro.  And if it looks familiar then that’s because it is – the chassis is exactly the same as the Gelert Portable Gas Cooker and the Hi Gear Portable Gas Cooker as well as other non-branded versions so if your budget can’t stretch to the (slightly) more expensive Campingaz version then this could be a good alternative.

So what do you get for your money ?

The stove consists of a steel body which houses a click-in bayonet fitting gas cylinder containing a mix of mostly butane with a small amount of propane as well.  Each Go Systems 220 bayonet gas cartridge contains 220 grammes which is enough fuel for a constant run time of around 1.5 hours – enough for a weekends camping but not much more so ensure that you have a spare cylinder with you.

In use, the stove is simple to light thanks to it’s built-in piezeo-electric ignition system with a powerful flame that’s easy to control from a gentle simmer to a full boil.  The pan supports are serrated for grip and are of a good size.

Like the Campingaz version, this one also comes with a protective carry case but offers a three-year warranty whilst the Campingaz Camp Bistro only offers one year.

In our opinion there’s very little to choose between the two stoves but if you really had to push us, we’d say that despite the extra warranty the Campingaz Camp Bistro is still the better choice.  But if you can’t find one, this is a worthy alternative and offers the advantage of a longer warranty.

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Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner Stove

VERDICT: The Coleman Perfectflow 2 Burner stove is a well designed, compact stove suitable for festival goers and families

PRO’s: Two burners, clever windshield design. Quick boil time

CON’s: Gas cylinders still hard to find. Take a spare

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

The Coleman Perfectflow 2 burner stove is a sturdy little unit with two independently adjustable burners which means that your sausages and beans can cook to perfection !  It’s ingenious built-in windshield (similar to that found on it’s cousin the Coleman Perfectflow Stove and Grill) ensures that as much heat as possible is directed into your pots.  Neat design touches such as this ensures that the boil time for a litre of water is a very respectable 5 minutes.  And it’s built-in piezo electric ignition system ensures that you won’t need to carry matches either.

Although it folds down quite small this stove still feels quite sturdy and feels like it could take some abuse.  On the face of it then, this camping cooker looks like the perfect solution for families, festival goers and even solo travellers who don’t want to compromise on luxury.

So what’s not to like ?

A minor criticism is that both burners are the same size.  In our experience of camping it’s extremely rare that you have two pans on the stove at the same time which are the same size.  More often than not you’ll have a frying pan and saucepan, or two different sized saucepans.

In an ideal world it would make sense to have one larger and one smaller burner so that the ring (and the heat output) could be tailored to suit the size of the pot because this would help to reduce the stoves fuel consumption.

And talking of fuel, we move on to the aspect of this stove that we like the least although it’s by no means a deal breaker.

This stove uses Colemans own high-pressure propane gas canisters which only last for around one hour.  Annoyingly, because these canisters contain propane at high pressure the stove cannot be used with larger, low pressure propane cylinders.

At the time of writing these cylinders are still relatively new and not that easy to find so it’s worth buying a few spares when you buy the stove.  Many retailers realise this and will offer you a discount which is well worth taking advantage of.  Without it, this stove could be expensive to run.

Overall this is a well designed stove, with some neat features but spoiled by the relative poor supply of fuel canisters.  In time this situation will improve so we still have no hesitation in recommending this stove, just make sure that you buy (and carry with you) some spare gas canisters.

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Campingaz Camp Bistro Stove

Campingaz Bistro Camping Cooker

Campingaz Bistro Camping Cooker

VERDICT: The Campingaz Camp Bistro Camping stove is a superb budget stove for the price concious camper suitable for use at a festival or a weekend getaway.

PRO’s: Compact, has own carry case

CON’s: Can be expensive to run, suited only to occasional use

OUR RATING ★★★★☆ 

If you’re working to a real budget you’ll really can’t go wrong with the Campingaz Camp Bistro from Campingaz.  For the price of four disposable BBQ’s you get a sturdy enamelled gas cooker complete with its own sturdy plastic carry case which, unlike some other designs of camping cooker, makes it easy to store when not in use.

These so-called suitcase stoves are becoming extremely popular with many clones on the market.  The Campingaz Camp Bistro falls at the top end in terms of build quality, as you would expect carrying the name Campingaz, with most parts made of metal.

Ease of use is good too with Piezo ignition means there’s no need for matches, a high output (2300 Watts) and a flame adjuster which actually does vary the size of the flame (unlike some of the clone stoves).  Our only criticism of the Campingaz Camp Bistro is that we’d like the flame on the lowest setting to go just that little bit lower.

With such a high output it’s no surprise that it boils a litre of water just over five minutes and will run around an hour and a half on a single butane gas cartidge.

Talking of cartridges the Campingaz Camp Bistro uses Campingaz’s CP250 gas cartridges which simply clip into place.  Other non-branded cartridges will work although don’t be fooled by the lower price of some of these.  They don’t always contain the same amount of gas – for reference, the CP250 contains 250 grammes of Butane.

The stove doesn’t usually come with a gas canister but many merchants offer discounted bundles when bought with the cooker.  Our advice is to take a look at the merchants below and see what offers they may have.

Overall an excellent little stove which is perfect for the occasional camper.

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