Safety in Using a Liquid Fuel Camping Stove

Safety in Using a Liquid Fuel Camping StoveCamping stoves provide the convenience of cooking on a stove while on a camping trip. Liquid fuel camping stoves are economical to operate and heat efficiently. When safety precautions are followed, a liquid fuel camping stove is a safe tool for camp cooking.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Carry the stove and fuel separate from food, water and medications to avoid contamination.
Step 2
Make sure an adult is present at all times.
Step 3
Wipe debris off stove fittings if necesssary.
Step 4
Use only fuel recommended by the stove manufacturer. Check the operating manual.
Step 5
Discard fuel that is more than a couple of years old and replace it with fresh fuel.
Step 6
Fill the camping stove with fuel in a safe manner. Keep the fuel cap closed while the stove is hot or when it is next to an open flame. Do not fill the stove when it is hot or near an open flame or other heat source. Fill the stove or fuel container to the safe-fill line and no higher. If you spill gas while filling the stove, move the stove to a different location before starting it.
Step 7
Listen and smell for gas leaks before turning the stove on. If you hear or smell a gas leak, do not light the stove.
Step 8
Use the stove away from brush and in an area with plenty of ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Set the stove up on a flat surface away from trash, papers, twigs and other flammable objects. Do not set the stove directly under a tree and do not use it inside an automobile or tent.
Step 9
Keep unused fuel containers, including empty ones, away from an open flame.
Step 10
Allow the stove to cool completely before packing it up.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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