Updated May 08, 2020 by Alexander Rennie

The 5 Best Camping Popcorn Makers

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This wiki has been updated 2 times since it was first published in April of 2020. Not only is camping a great way to experience nature, but it's also a perfect opportunity to experiment with new cooking methods. S'mores and hot dogs are probably the first things to come to mind, but popcorn is another treat that can easily be made around the campfire. These fireside popcorn poppers are designed to be used in the great outdoors, and should always be used under adult supervision. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best camping popcorn maker on Amazon.

5. Wabash Valley Farms Traditional

4. Extension 1669

3. Rome Industries Roaster

2. Rome Industries 120

1. Wabash Valley Farms Set

Editor's Notes

May 05, 2020:

Don’t let the simple design of these popcorn makers fool you, cooking over an open flame is more difficult than it looks. If this is your first time using one, be prepared to burn one or two batches before you get the hang of it.

Regardless of the model you purchase, the same basic cooking process is used (excluding the tins used by the Extension 1669, which will have their own instructions).

First, fill the popcorn maker with the recommended amount of unpopped popcorn kernels. It's helpful to add a small amount of cooking oil to add flavor and ensure your kernels are cooked evenly, but it isn’t mandatory.

Hold the popcorn maker above the flames of your campfire, allowing it to heat up the kernels inside. Once you start hearing pops, begin shaking the unit to make sure the unpopped kernels make contact with the hot metal.

Once there are more than 3 seconds between pops, remove your popcorn maker from the heat, carefully open it with a potholder or protective glove, and immediately pour the popcorn into your bowl. If you leave it in the maker to cool, you can end up burning your popcorn.

Now, you can season your popcorn with butter, salt, or any other ingredients you'd like.

The metal components of these products can become extremely hot, so make sure to read their safety manuals carefully, and never assume a metal surface is cool enough to touch with your bare hand. Camping injuries are especially dangerous because, if you’re in a remote area, it can take much longer to get medical attention. These products are especially dangerous for smaller children who might grab a handle or container that is still dangerously hot.

If you choose one of our options that doesn't include its own popcorn supply, you’ll need to purchase it separately. There is a variety of popping corn to choose from, so this could be a good opportunity to try some different types. If you're really feeling adventurous, consider topping the finished product off with truffle salt.


Alexander Rennie
Last updated on May 08, 2020 by Alexander Rennie

Alex Rennie is a writer from Los Angeles, CA, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. Having been a successful residential and commercial carpenter for six years in New York City, he has a comprehensive knowledge of woodworking, power tools, and the world of home DIY. His passion for construction and carpentry keep him up to date on the latest gadgets and techniques, and he never misses an opportunity to patch up a drywall dent or sand down a rough edge. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking the Santa Monica mountains with his family and their dogs, and fostering rescue animals.


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