How to Use Camping Petrol Stoves

How to Use Camping Petrol StovesCamping petrol or gas stoves are much more efficient than cooking over a wood camp fire. Stoves have many benefits such as the ability to incrementally adjust the heat for a wide range of cooking needs as well as avoiding the smoke associated with a fire. There are many different types of stoves available on the market today from which to choose. Camp stoves are usually larger and heavier than backpacking stoves and may feature multiple surfaces for cooking. The typical camp stove will use either white gas, other wise known as Coleman Fuel, or propane fuel.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Petrol stove
  • Fuel source
  • Cooking utensils
  • Pan
Step 1
Setting up a camp stove will most commonly involve several steps. First, place the stove on a stand or table, which will allow easy access but will also be sufficient distance from object which may be combustible. Open the stove and either support the lid or remove it depending on the model. Next, attach the fuel supply. This may involve screwing a propane bottle directly to a valve on the stove, filling a self contained container, or attaching a canister by way of a supply line. Regardless of this process, make sure the correct fuel, white gas or propane, is being used.
Step 2
Lighting the stove will consist of either depressing an ignitor switch which acts as sparker to the burners or manually lighting the burners. Regardless of the method, only one burner at a time should be lit with multi-burner models and the valve, which controls the flow of fuel to the burner, should only be slightly opened or set to the light position. Opening the valve further can result in a flareup, which may cause burn injury.
Step 3
Once lit, allow the burner to heat and then gradually increase the amount of fuel to the burner. If a second burner unit is to be lit, Light it prior to turning up the flame on the first burner. Once again, this step will help prevent unexpected lighting and dangerous flare ups. Once the burner, or burners, are lit and have had sufficient time to heat, you can now increase the fuel, which will prepare the stove for cooking. Depending on what you will be cooking, the flame will need to be adjusted accordingly as this will determine the heat to the cooking vessel.
Step 4
Place the pan or pot on the stove and begin the cooking process. One of the great features of a camp stove, as opposed to a fire, is the ability to easily control the heat for cooking, Simmering, for example, is easily done be simply turning down the fuel flow to the burner being used. With a fire, this would require situating the cooking vessel to the side of the fire, which can result in uneven cooking.
Step 5
When the cooking process is completed, simply turn off the fuel flow to the valves and allow the stove to cool. Do not attempt to break down, close, or handle the stove until it has had a chance to completely cool. When safe to handle, the stove may be packed up and transported. Remember to disconnect the fuel supply and securely turn off or cap any fuel valves, hoses or canisters.

Tips & Warnings

Camp stoves allow you to use many of the same types of cookware that is used on stoves in the home. This is a plus as additional cookware does not necessarily need to be bought for the campsite. Cookware for a fire is typically heavier and made of cast iron or other heavy metals to withstand the heat of open flames.
Use caution when filling and connecting fuel supplies to a camp stove. Secure all connections and valves to ensure there are no leaks. You can test for leaks by rubbing a soap and water solution to connection points, open the fuel flow and watch for any bubbles caused by a leak. Also use care during lighting.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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