Campingaz Camp Bistro Stove
August 2, 2011
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
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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