CampingGaz – Bistro 300

This one pot CampingGaz stove is a big step up from the wobbly canister types I recall using during my early forays into camping. If you like your life a bit on the wild side, with perilously balanced pots  you’ll probably not want to read any further.

However, if like me you like the reassurance of your dinner staying put whilst cooking then read on, as this may well be the stove for you!

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Bulk wise it is obviously a trade-up from a wobbly little canister-topper stove, but weight wise this little beast only tips the scales at 1.6kg (with gas) which is lighter than other stoves of this ilk I’ve had my hands on and is perfectly fine for a bit of weekend camping.

Personally I would even be tempted to take it in a backpack – it comes with a protective case which does bulk it up a bit further, but the stove is made of pressed steel (I think) and feels very robust despite it’s lightness. Design wise it is pretty streamlined with no widgets that can be knocked off so I’d be inclined to ditch the case if pack space is an issue  – plus I’ve already managed to break one of the hinges on our test case and I don’t consider myself to be that hamfisted.

[Ed – that was me, I dropped it!]

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Carry case and a display of hamfistedness?

The stove uses a CV300 canister, which is very specific and typically wasn’t the type that I had dozens of in the shed – it’s a push-fit, rather than a screw-on.

This canister slots into it’s own compartment, which was actually a bit fiddly as screwing the bottom back on was difficult to align and it took a while to want to go in properly. I can’t see any reason why this would be the case because to the untrained eye it all lines up OK.

The size of the canister is not big –  research tells me it’ll last just over an hour, and due to the size of the compartment you can’t upgrade it (no other canister we own fitted) so if you are away for longer than a long-weekend you’ll likely to want to take a spare.

Once up and running the stove is straightforward to use, it has one dial which also controls the in-built ignition, you then use this dial to adjust the flow of the gas and you can fry or boil to your heart’s content.

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One knob to ignite and control the flame

My little experiments included an egg sandwich for breakfast and pasta pesto for dinner. Both the frying pan and saucepan felt properly balanced on the stove, despite the stove itself being a bit wobbly because I had popped it on an old, holed iron table. It’s fine when on the floor or a proper surface.

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During my culinary escapades I noticed :

  • The stove got the water up to boiling temperature in under 3 minutes and turned down to simmer really responsively.
  • The pot-holder part of the stove is rather high, meaning that in windy conditions the flame is more likely to be blown out – you could use the case as a windbreak to reduce this risk.(see pic)
  • With the gas on full-whack the flame is pretty big. It was still light during my evening meal so couldn’t see the flame but it managed to super heat the handle of my saucepan before I turned it down.
  • The sides of the stove get rather warm during use, so care is needed if you decide to move it.
  • It is easy to keep clean; a quick wipe did the trick as it has no annoying dips/edges.
  • When my pasta water boiled over, it dissappeared  down underneath the burner and came out at the bottom of the stove through little vents (see pic)

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    L: Trivet hight is rather raised                                          R: Overflow holes/vents

So, what to say in conclusion here…

It’s a good-looking, well-made, easy to clean stove. Potential down-sides are the push-fit gas canister (rather than screw-in), and potentially the ability for food and goo to cludge up the interior of the stove if it runs down by the burner. That said, the positives are a nice big burner, secure pot-holder and really easy usage.

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Price: £40 rrp

 

 

 

 

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