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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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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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Campingaz Bleuet 206 Stove

Campingaz Bleuet 206

Campingaz Bleuet 206

VERDICT: Best suited to lightweight camper on a tight budget who can afford anything else

PRO’s: Lightweight, gas canisters available everywhere

CON’s: Surprisingly low power, long boil time

OUR RATING ★★½☆☆ 

The Campingaz Bleuet 206 stove from Campingaz offers no frills camp cooking but then it comes at a no-frills price.  Packing into a box barely larger than a can this tiny stove offers excellent value for money.

If you only camp a couple of times a year this lightweight 260 gramme stove will probably be all you need although you may be frustrated by the relatively low power (1250 Watt) output from the Butane burner demonstrated by the long 7 minutes needed to boil a litre of water. Windy conditions can make this even more of a problem although a basic shield to shelter the stove from strong gusts will help massively.

The inexpensive and widely available Campingaz C206 butane gas cartridge (not supplied) clips into the base of the unit and includes enough gas for a weeks use cooking two meals a day plus miscellaneous cups of tea.  It’s worth noting that should you not be able to find a C206 cartridge then the Go Systems 190 Pierceable gas cartridge will also fit.

Although it’s tall and slim the stove proved to be stable in use helped by the four stainless steel pan supports.

Best  suited to the lightweight camper on an extremely tight budget this is an excellent little stove but if your budget can stretch further there are more powerful  camping cookers.

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