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Coleman 425 camp stove, $80
My Coleman 425 white gas camp stove isn't the newest, the most innovative, or the sexiest piece of equipment I own. In fact, the basic design is almost 100 years old and the dirty green box always looks like it came out of an ancient crawl space at a church camp. But it works. Quite well, actually. It's a robust, elegantly simple design that inspires me with confidence in the field. Yes, rookies will need a mulligan when lighting it for the first time. On the other hand, it's hard to break, and if it ever does malfunction (mine hasn't in 20 years), it's thoroughly user-serviceable. You can come by fuel and spare parts at most hardware stores. When I head out, I like knowing that it's going to be harder to find the ripe huckleberries for pancake batter than it will be to heat the griddle.