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Cooking stoves and utensils

Advice and safety instructions on cooking and eating outdoors on expedition.

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What is the best cooking equipment for a DofE expedition?

How to choose your cooking stoves and utensils

You’ll need to cook a hot meal during your DofE expedition, and show you can use a cooking stove, or ‘campcraft’ effectively in the wild. Compact camping stoves and utensils are a great addition to your pack, as hot food is always welcome when camping outdoors!

Your stove will use gas, bio-gel or methylated spirits (meths) as fuel. Whichever you have, you must be trained before you use it on your own.

DofE recommended cooking stoves

 Trangia 25 series  Trangia 27 series  
Vango folding stove

Trangia 25 Series

Ultralight aluminium
Includes multiple pans
Either gas or meths burner
Caters for a larger group
Weighs from 865g

View Trangia 25

Trangia 27 Series

Ultralight aluminium
Includes multiple pans
Either gas or meths burner
Caters for 1-2 people
Weighs from 720g

View Trangia 27

Vango Folding Gas Stoves

Ideal for large pots
Folds to compact size
Stable as close to ground

View Folding gas stove

 

 Trangia gas burner and gas fuel  Trangia spirit burner and spirit fuel  Trangia gel burney and bio gel fuel

Trangia Gas Burner & Fuel

View gas burners | gas fuel

Trangia Spirit Burner & Fuel

View spirit burners | spirit fuel

Trangia Access Gel Burner & Vango Bio-Gel

View gel burners | gel fuel

All Duke of Edinburgh’s Award recommended stoves are safe, compact, lightweight, easy to clean and cheap to run. If looked after well, they can last for many years.

DofE recommended cooking utensils

Using specially-designed camping utensils can really cut down on weight and space. It’s also more robust than regular cook ware, which is helpful on longer Gold Award expeditions.

Available from Lifeventure:

Tritan flask (1L)
Tritan bottle (650ml)
Stainless steel water bottle (800ml)Folding knife, fork and spoon
Ellipse knife, fork and spoon
Basic knife, fork and spoon
Stainless steel camping bowl
Stainless steel camping plate
Titanium camping plate
Ellipse camping plate
Ellipse camping bowl
Stainless steel camping mug
Titanium camping mug
Ellipse camping mug
Lifesystems Windproof matches
Expedition food - photography by fergusburnett.com

 

Ways to save money on your DofE expedition

The right camp cooking kit helps bring a team together, and can be used for many expeditions in the future. There are lots of ways to keep your costs down:

  • Check cheaper gas burners for infrequent use – a burner that sits on the ground next to its fuel is a good option
  • Get FREE stove safety and fuel storage advice from your local Cotswold Outdoor store
  • Mugs can be converted into handy measures by scratching lines in the right places
  • Use our exclusive DofE Reward Card to get your 15% discount* on stoves and fuel in all Cotswold Outdoor stores and online
*Full T&Cs apply

How to use your cooking kit safely

Get into good habits with your stove and campcraft to maintain your gear and stay safe when you cook outdoors:

  • Halve your cooking time by placing a lid on your pan
  • Always use a purpose built bottle to carry fuel
  • Keep your burner in a strong plastic bag to prevent tarnishing

For more guidance on stove safety, download the DofE stove safety instructions here.

Stoves and utensils - photograhpy by fergusburnett.com