How to Pack a Camping Stove

How to Pack a Camping StoveGetting a camping stove into your pack is relatively simple, as long as you've properly packed the stove into its canister or case. Taking a few minutes to properly pack your stove away, instead of just tossing it into your pack, will help ensure its useful life and also ensure your safety, as the stove is a vital component of your emergency safety kit.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Case or pot
Step 1
Turn the stove off, if it's on, and wait for it to cool.
Step 2
Make sure all relevant valves are closed, then disconnect the stove from its fuel source. Usually this means unscrewing a pressurized fuel canister from the bottom of the stove.
Step 3
Fold up the stove. This won't apply to all stoves; for example, the MSR Reactor camping stove, pictured above, doesn't fold. The MSR PocketRocket, on the other hand, does; just squeeze the "tripod" base together into one compact bundle and fold the fuel valve flat against the stove.
Step 4
Place the stove into its case. Almost every stove comes with a hard-shell case; in some cases, such as the Reactor system pictured above, the stove comes with a pot that doubles as the hard-shell case.
Step 5
Tuck the stowed stove, in its case, into a stuff sack along with any other relevant supplies--cooking pots, cook towels and utensils, for example. This helps to separate anything with food odors from other items.
Step 6
Store the stuff bag containing your stove and cooking utensils with your food while you camp. Often, this means suspending it in a bear bag, out of the reach of wildlife, or storing it in a bear-safe food canister.

Tips & Warnings

If your stove didn't come with a case or pot to store it in, you can purchase and use a pot that is large enough to stow the stove--you're going to need a pot for cooking anyway, after all. You also can store the stove in its own stuff sack or even a plastic bag, but make sure you wait until the stove cools before putting it away. Otherwise, it might burn through the plastic or nylon and ruin both the stuff sack and the stove.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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