How to Attach a Propane Tank to a Camping Stove

How to Attach a Propane Tank to a Camping StoveCamping stoves are ideal for outdoor cooking because they are portable and easy to operate. Stoves eliminate the need for difficult cooking over a fire and they can provide you with a hot meal in remote environments. Stoves come in a variety of shapes and sizes with some being small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and others being large grills with waist-high stands. Small stoves are great for backpacking while the large stoves can accommodate a large camping party.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Camping stove
  • Propane tank
  • Hose connection or pipe connection
Step 1
Turn all controls on the camping stove to the off position.
Step 2
Thread the hose to the camping stove. Be sure the connection is tight to prevent leaking.
Step 3
Set the propane tank on a stable surface. Thread the hose connection to the propane tank by rotating the tank if it is small. If it is a large tank use your fingers to rotate the connection. Be sure the connection is tight to prevent leaks.
Step 4
Turn one of the stove controls to the on position and listen for propane being emitted through the stove. Light the stove.
Step 5
Use your fingers to thread the connector with the short arm to the stove for stoves with a pipe connector. Thread the propane tank to the long arm portion of the pipe using your fingers or by rotating the propane tank. The propane tank should be standing at an angle when finished.

Tips & Warnings

The use of a wind screen will increase the efficiency of cooking with propane in the outdoors. It will save fuel and allow food to heat faster.
Use the stove in a safe environment. Cooking should be done away from flammable materials and should be supervised at all times.

Article Written By Zach Lazzari

Zach Lazzari is an outdoor writing specialist. He has experience in website writing as well as standard newspaper writing. He wrote an outdoor column for the Silver World in Lake City, Colo., and articles for Lazzari is currently completing his bachelor's degree online through Arizona State University and lives in southwest Montana.

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