More than half of Americans who camp do so in a vehicle, and RVs are the most popular type. Over 25 million Americans camped in an RV last year, but many are looking to try something new.
Learning how to use a camping stove while staying in a tent allows you to cook as you would in an RV. Let’s dive in so you can make delicious meals while tent camping.
- Enhancing Campsite Experience: Understanding how to use a camping stove is crucial for improving your camping experience, providing a reliable cooking method compared to firewood.
- Inspection of the Stove: Before use, inspect the stove for fuel leaks, dents, or damages. This includes examining buttons and knobs, essential for safety and functionality.
- Proper Stove Placement: Set the stove on a sturdy, flat surface to prevent it from flipping. Avoid placing it near flammable objects such as tall grass and bushes to reduce the risk of wildfires.
- Safety Checks: Ensure all parts, especially knobs and buttons, are in good condition and turned off when not in use to avoid fires or injuries.
- Fuel Attachment and Cooking: Attach the fuel source, typically propane for ease, and light the stove using a match or butane lighter. Adjust the temperature for cooking. Plan your meals in advance with a camping food list.
- Post-Cooking Steps: After cooking, turn off the stove and remove the fuel source. Clean the stove thoroughly, including metal grates, to ensure longevity and readiness for future use.
- Basic Stove Usage Steps: The basic steps for using a camping stove include inspection, setup, fuel attachment, cooking, and post-use cleaning. These steps vary slightly depending on the stove’s fuel type.
How to Use a Camping Stove
Knowing how to use a camping stove will come in handy if you want to up your campsite experience. Firewood isn’t always reliable and camping stoves are the closest thing to a kitchen while outdoors.
Inspect the Camping Stove
Whether you have a camping gas stove or another fuel type, you should always inspect it. Don’t use a camping stove that looks compromised. Unlike a camping Dutch oven (see How to Use a Dutch Oven Camping), a camping stove will have buttons and knobs to inspect.
Check for fuel leaks, dents, or bent and broken pieces. Most manufacturers include maintenance guides, so double-check this information before proceeding.
Set Up the Stove
Find a sturdy, flat surface to place the stove on so it won’t flip over. Consider bringing along a foldable table.
If you don’t want to pack a table, you can use the ground to place your camping stove. But don’t turn on your stove around flammable objects like taller grass and bushes to avoid wildfires.
Check Knobs and Buttons
Stoves for camping can be dangerous, especially if you are at a remote site without access to emergency services. Check the various parts of the stove for wear or damage, especially moving parts that might malfunction, such as the knobs and buttons, before attaching the fuel to the stove.
Gas stove knobs are delicate. Make sure they are completely turned off when not in use to avoid fires or injuries when you attach the fuel.
Attach Fuel to Camping Stove
Attach your fuel source to your camping stove. Propane stoves are the easiest to affix fuel to.
When you are ready to start cooking your meal, light the stove with a lit match or butane lighter. Turn the igniter knob until the burner is on.
After adjusting the ignition to your preferred temperature, it’s time to start cooking something delicious. Prepare a camping food list in advance to plan out your meals.
Remove Fuel Source and Clean
Once you are done cooking, make sure to turn off the knobs and remove the fuel source right away.
To make your stove last, you need to clean it thoroughly. This step can wait until after you’ve eaten, of course.
Remove metal grates and dampen them with warm water and dish soap. Wipe down any buildup on the stove and clean the burner. Towel dry the stove after you’ve rinsed it enough.
Make Your Camping Trip a Delicious One
Who says you can’t eat great food while camping? A camping stove is the closest thing to having a kitchen while outdoors, but it’s important to know how to use a camping stove before investing in one.
While stoves will differ based on the type of fuel used, these are the basics to follow. Inspect, set up, and prep your stove. Attach fuel, cook your meal, and clean your stove when you’re done.
How Do I Prepare to Use a Camping Stove?
Before using a camping stove, it’s essential to inspect it thoroughly for safety. Check for fuel leaks, dents, or any damage to buttons and knobs. This step is crucial, especially with stoves that have moving parts, as they can malfunction and pose a risk.
Where Should I Place My Camping Stove?
Place your camping stove on a sturdy, flat surface to prevent it from tipping over. A foldable table can be ideal, but the ground can also work if it’s flat. Ensure the stove is away from flammable objects like tall grass or bushes to avoid fire hazards.
How Do I Safely Attach and Light the Fuel on My Camping Stove?
Attach your fuel source, like a propane tank, to the stove, ensuring all knobs are completely turned off before ignition. Light the stove using a match or butane lighter, and then adjust the igniter knob to your desired temperature. This procedure is critical for safe and effective cooking outdoors.
What Should I Do After Cooking With a Camping Stove?
After cooking, immediately turn off the knobs and detach the fuel source. To maintain your stove, clean it thoroughly after use. Remove any metal grates and wipe down the stove, including the burner, with warm water and dish soap. Ensure it’s completely dry before storing it away.