Camping stove for 2020: GSI Outdoors Selkirk 540

‘Tis the season to buy that camper in your life the new gear he or she is fawning over (or maybe that camper is you, and you’re ready to treat yourself this holiday season…that’s just fine, too!). If you have an RV, camper van, or tent camper in your life, I can guarantee that person wants to try GSI Outdoor’s new Selkirk 540 camp stove

Made of steel and weighing 10 pounds, this camp stove is not for the backpacking set, but for car and camper van folks, this stove will allow you to create all those Pinterest-worthy meals at your campsite. I’m lucky enough to camp with someone who loves to cook in the outdoors, and this stove allows us to eat in style.


Forget about wonky, tempermental stoves with ‘personalities of their own’. The Selkirk’s focus is twin 10,000 BTU/h burners with precise, individual controls that allow the cook in your camping life to choose between a simmer and a boil just like at home. It’s truly made to cook, not just to heat stuff up or boil water. Individual, micro-control valves provide precise tunability and output for each burner. You can fit GSI’s Bugaboo camper pans or pots (2 liter, 3 liter, 9 inch…they all fit), side-by-side. The ignition system isn’t a test of your trust or an adventure you’re not sure you want to embark on: it’s a simple push-button ignition system.

The Selkirk is made to last, with a powder-coated steel exterior and wraparound windscreens to keep the elements at bay while the stainless steel and nickel-chrome cooking surfaces make clean-up easy after even the biggest meals. And it’s pretty too, with a fun orange exterior.

If you’re the one cleaning up instead of cooking (like me), you’ll be happy to know the stainless steel burner surround makes it easy to wipe up spills and burnt-on messes. And your pots and pans on this stove won’t squirm away from you on unstable surfaces or in off-weather: welded, nickel-chrome-plated, 4 mm/0.15″ diameter steel pot supports provide a stable, secure cooking platform.

Pick up the Selkirk 540 for $124 on the GSI Outdoors site, or opt for the slightly smaller 460 for $99, if you need a lighter model.


Posted in


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.