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document updated 4 years ago, on Aug 23, 2018

There are four types of cooking while camping:

While staying at a hotel, you can use the electric option. (Though it's possible the hotel will look down on this for fire/insurance reasons. They will definitely have a problem if your cooking smells infiltrate neighboring rooms.)

Another consideration is how long it takes to start cooking. A wood fire is the slowest — requiring 30-45 minutes to build up a decent bed of coals if you're using the two-zone method, but still a fair bit of time otherwise. Propane and electric are the fastest, being basically "instant on". Charcoal is almost as slow to start as wood.




Packing lists for car-camping cooking: [1]

Cooking over a wood fire


Cast iron skillet:

Dutch oven:

Billy can: