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Camping comes with its fair share of responsibilities and an extensive list of things to pack—the most difficult and undoubtedly most important things to pack are your food, drink and kitchenware. Forgetting your cookset or portable stove could be the difference between peanut butter and jelly for the third night and a hot, tasty stir fry. Whether you are an experienced camper or preparing to embark on your first outdoor adventure, there are several essential camping supplies that you should splurge on to ensure you are equipped with the absolute best gear. Sleeping bags, footwear and tents are at the top of the list followed closely by camping stoves.

Optimus is one of the leaders in the industry when it comes to the highest quality camping stoves and outdoor cookware. From extendable flatware to award-winning stoves and cooksets with pots, pans and mixing bowls, you will never have to worry about adhering to a cheese and crackers diet while you camp. Below, we’ll outline five must-have Optimus products that will cover all of your outdoor cookware needs. Because as we all know, packing the ingredients for a delicious dinner is only half the battle—you need a quality stove and cookset to bring your ultra-yummy camping meals to fruition!


Popcorn for dinner, again? Not when you add the Optimus Terra HE Cookset to your inventory of awesome camping gear. The Terra HE Cookset gives you the freedom to prepare any meal—from stews to noodles to oatmeal and more! The ultralight anodized aluminum cookset features a fuel-saving heat exchanger (HE) that cuts boil time by 20 percent. The set features three pieces and a slim neoprene cosy to keep food warm and fingers safe. Keep all of your camping cookware in one place when you stash any Optimus stove and cutlery inside the cook set.

Key Features:

  • Dimensions (mm): 115 x Ø 210
  • Volume: 1.75L (large pot) / 1.7L (small pot)
  • Weight: 720g
  • Kit includes:
    • 1.75L HE pot with measuring marks (mL and oz.)
    • Non-stick coated 1.7L pot with measuring marks
    • Fry pan that doubles as kit lid
    • Neoprene bag

pots.jpgWhat customers have to say about the Optimus Terra HE Cook Set:

“I use this with the Optimus Crux. I store all my cooking gear inside the Optimus Terra Cookset including three sporks, x-mug, x-bowl, Crux stove, pot lifter and flint. It boils water super fast. The two pots and one pan come in handy and all fit together nicely, and the neoprene cover holds them together without them banging around. Easy to clean, food doesn’t stick to the teflon coated pot and pan.”

“I can pack by Svea stove inside along with compact silverware with plenty of room to spare. It’s one of the bigger sets I’ve found but nests nicely. The heat exchanger noticeably decreases boil time. And the neoprene case it comes in is perfect for keeping foods warm, or you can cook your rice halfway and place it in the neoprene to finish cooking while you use your stove to finish a sauce or make a cup of coffee, saving time and fuel!”

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The award-winning Optimus Nova is the stove by which all others are measured. The stove burns any fuel, simmers at any altitude and features a quick-priming burner and self-purging aluminum pump. The turbine-shaped legs offer better stability so you will never have to worry about your dinner tipping and spilling. For all of your backcountry treks and family camping trips, this compact and lightweight stove is an absolute essential addition to your extensive inventory of camping tools and equipment.

300002-2-56218.1479707534.500.750.jpgKey Features:

  • Boils approximately 1L water / 3.5 minutes
  • Fuel type: white gas, jet fuel, diesel, kerosene
  • Dimensions (mm): 140 x 80 x Ø 65
  • Weight: 460g
  • Output: 2850W
  • Kit includes:
    • Stove
    • Pump
    • Windshield
    • Multitool
    • Stuff bag

What customers have to say about the Optimus Nova Backpacking Stove:

“A superb stove, probably the best currently available on the market. I strongly recommend this stove based on my experiences over 40 years of using backpacking stove in the field.”

“I’ll start by saying this isn’t one of those puny micro lite stoves that feel like the smallest bump could break it at any moment. This little stove is just awesome. After using it as my only means of cooking for eight months, it’s starting to show a little wear—considering that’s about 600 meals cooked, I say that’s dang good! I’ve convinced several friends that this is the stove for them and would definitely recommend it again.”

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The Optimus Svea Classic Stove is called a “classic” for a reason. This all-in-one stove is an essential piece of cookware for hiker, climbers, campers and everyone in between! The lid doubles as a cook pot, the handle serves as a maintenance tool and the built-in cleaning needle helps you keep the flame burning. Include one of the best camping accessories around when you add the Optimus camping stove to your arsenal of awesome camping gear. Use it for solo adventures or when you’re part of the whole group.

classic-stove-1.jpgKey Features:

  • Dimensions (mm): 130 x Ø 100
  • Weight: 550g
  • Fuel type: white gas
  • Output: 1400W
  • Boils approximately 1L water / 7 minutes
  • Kit includes:
    • Burner
    • Small cooking pot that doubles as kit lid

What customers have to say about the Optimus Svea Classic Stove:

“I remember my first climb to the top of Mt. Whitney, my first time above tree line, and I needed a stove. The guy in the Lone Pine camp store convinced me to buy this and he was so right! You can carry this easy, it starts us well and always gives a hot liter of water in about five minutes.”

“How many things do you own that always work as they’re supposed to, and always have worked for more than 30 years? Probably not too many. This little wonder is in that elite company. I inherited mine from my Grandfather who used it to boil water on his row-boat when we spent nights fishing. It always worked. It has been on the Larapinta trail in Outback Australia and always worked.  It has been beach camping on Fraser Island, mountain climbing in the Snowies and car camping all around Australia and always worked.”

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The Optimus Titanium Folding Spork (spoon/fork) is one of those essential camping supplies that you need to add to your inventory of Optimus camping cookware. Perfect for foods in deep stand-up pouches, you will be able to reach every last crumb with this long and lightweight titanium alloy spork. When folded up, the spork is extra compact to save you space when you pack up all of your awesome camping gear.

 Key Features:

  • Lightweight titanium alloy
  • Matte finish
  • Dimensions (mm): 165
  • Weight: 18g

spork.jpgWhat customers have to say about the Optimus Titanium Folding Spork:

“This folding titanium spork is my go-to utensil in the backcountry. I thought it was flimsy at first, until I realized it locks into place with the sliding toggle (open and closed). Weighs nothing, strong, and it folds up so it will fit in any solo cookware set. I use it to cook as well as eat.”

“So lightweight! Love this! Carry it with me everywhere. Had French Onion Soup, applesauce, salad… all is great. The tines are sharp when eating soup, so go carefully with that. Love that is doesn’t weigh anything but is sturdy like crazy. Great purchase!”

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Ready to maximize stove efficiency and reduce gas consumption when you’re cooking in the mountains this summer? This handy-dandy clip-on windshield is a must-have camping gadget and an absolute essential addition to your already awesome inventory of camping supplies! The windshield fits pots with a maximum diameter of 11cm and every gas canister. Get your cook on without having to worry about pesky and unexpected gusts of wind!

windshielddd.pngKey Features:

  • Dimensions (mm): 103 x 115
  • Weight: 87g
  • Easy packability
  • Fits on every gas canister
  • Fits pots with max diameter of 11cm

What customers have to say about the Optimus Clip-On Windshield:

“Used the Optimus Clip-On Windshield while backpacking the Mt. Whitney high country (Sequoias/Inyo) for five days. Worked like a charm. Worth every penny for the price. And YES, worked great with a decent amount of wind. Clamps on to the neck of the canister and no wobble. Even looks great!”

“No more slow cooks or boils in windy conditions! Helps speed the heating process by eliminating wind. Snaps right onto the propane. Good quality and lightweight.”

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About Optimus

Optimus was founded in Stockholm in 1899 and has continued to create the highest quality and most dependable outdoor stoves and accessories for more than a century. Optimus products have earned numerous awards and have played a significant roll in millions of expeditions throughout the years. From climbing Mt. Everest to backyard camping with the family and everything in between, Optimus gear is for expert and novice outdoor adventurers alike. Optimus prides itself on continuously re-engineering and improving its products, ensuring all cookware and accessories feature the latest cutting-edge technology.

In 2007, Optimus joined the Katadyn Group portfolio. The Katadyn Group is a global corporate group specializing in self-sufficient nutrition and drinking water supply. The team provides products and solutions for the outdoor and marine industries as well as for industrial and municipal needs.

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How To Choose Your Camping Cookware

The type of stove and cookware you choose depend on several factors including the size of your group, the  average length of your trip and where you typically like to adventure. If you are someone who enjoys long, rigorous backcountry adventures, the size and weight of the gear you take with you is an important consideration—your game is figuring out how to pack the fewest number of items that meet your camping needs but take up the least amount of space. When choosing your Optimus cookware, ask yourself the following questions:

dreamstime-xxl-22137064-1-.jpgDo I want a full cookset or just individual pieces?

There are so many options when it comes to camping cookware. Most kitchenware like bowls, plates, cups and flatware come in kits but are also sold separately. Cooksets usually feature items that can all nest within each other, meaning sets like this are excellent space savers. For a more extensive and versatile collection of cookware, buying these pieces individually may be in your best interest.

Do I want my cookware to be made of a specific material?

Camping cookware comes in a variety of materials including aluminum, hard-anodized aluminum, stainless steel, cast iron, titanium and plastic. There are pros and cons to each of these materials, with the exception of anodized aluminum—this oxidized material is long lasting and resistant to scratches and abrasion. Most Optimus cookware is made of this high quality metal because of its non-stick, scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean properties.

  • Aluminum: While it is lightweight, affordable and a good conductor of heat, aluminum dents and scratches fairly easily. Aluminum cookware also slowly deteriorates when it is frequently exposed to acidic foods. Best for simmering foods without burning them.

  • Hard-anodized aluminum: Scratch-resistant, non-stick and easy to clean—hard-anodized aluminum is the one material with all pros and zero cons. Best for cooking real, hot meals with fresh ingredients.

  • Stainless steel: Stainless steel is more scratch-resistant than standard aluminum, but it is also heavier and doesn’t conduct heat uniformly. If weight is a consideration when you pack for camping trips, stainless steel may not be your best option. Best for outdoor enthusiasts who adventure with ferocity and tend to be hard on their gear.

  • Cast iron: Perfect for cooking and baking, a cast iron skillet is great for backyard or local site camping, but not ideal for more rugged trips or backpacking adventures. Not only is cast iron extremely heavy, it also requires special care and maintenance that can prove burdensome while camping. Best for car camping cooking.

  • Titanium: Titanium is the lightest and most expensive of the other materials. It heats up quickly and is extremely resistant to corrosion but fails to conduct heat evenly. Be mindful of hot spots if you invest in titanium cookware. Best for making backcountry meals that rely primarily on boiling water.

  • Plastic: It may be lightweight, inexpensive and non-abrasive, but when it comes to camping gear, plastic is a less desirable option. Plastic is not as durable and heat-resistant as metal is, which is problematic if you’re really “roughin’ it.”

Do I want any cooking accessories?

From pot grippers to coffee percolators and more, there is no shortage of options when it comes to cooking accessories. Again, ask yourself what your camping tendencies are—where are you headed and how many days are you going to stay? If you need to hike a bit to get to your campsite or you are planning on backpacking around for a few days, you will not need (and not want to carry) as many “extras” as a family that is driving to the foothills for a weekend of site camping.

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tall-skinny-2small.jpgAbout Cooking Cleanup

Preparing, cooking and devouring your well-deserved dinner is the fun part. The post-meal cleanup, however, is much less intriguing. But, as every good camper knows, you always leave your site better than you found it. This means taking extensive measures to clean your gear and the area around you. If your cookware goes too long without cleaning, it will accumulate debris which will interfere with its performance and its overall lifespan, in the long run.

When you pack up your camping cookware, make sure you toss in one or two dish towels, a few scrubbing pads and biodegradable soap. If you have a spare, deep cooking pot, boil some water over the campfire and add a dime-size drop of soap. After the water is hot enough to disinfect (but not so hot that it will warp your flatware), toss your dirty cookware into the pot. Scrub, rinse, dry, repeat. If you decide to pop your plates, pans, pots and other kitchenware into the dishwasher when you get home, make sure to check that all of the gear is dishwasher safe.

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