The burner power of all camping stoves is measured in British thermal units (BTU) and, as you can expect, the more BTU your stove has, the faster it manages to bring water to a boil. However, higher BTU also means higher fuel consumption – something you must carefully consider when using 16-oz fuel cans.
Single burner propane stoves can have anywhere between 7,500 and 15,000 BTU, and while a high-power stove is ideal for shorter trips, one with fewer BTU but higher fuel efficiency is undeniably a better choice if you plan to explore the outdoors for more than a couple of days.
When it comes to ignition, you can pick from a variety of manual or automatic ignition. Stoves with manual ignition are cheaper, but if you don’t want to carry matches or a lighter with you, go for a stove with Piezo igniter.