How to Use a Fuel Canister Stove

Backpacking Cooking Stove Instructions
Backpacking stoves come in a variety of sizes and designs, including pressurized stoves that use a canister of fuel such as propane. When choosing a backpacking stove, consider its weight, ease of getting fuel and the ease of using it. All stoves will have three basic elements: the fuel, a burner, and a support that holds a pot. Most backpacking stoves are relatively easy to use and you should use one that matches your personal requirements.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Using a Fuel Canister Stove

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fuel canister
  • Match
  • Pot
Step 1
Choose a flat, stable surface to set your backpacking stove up on. Make sure the stove is not situated around anything flammable.
Step 2
Unfold the pot supports on the stove to the outward position. Make sure they are completely pushed down so they will be able to support a pot or cup.
Step 3
Remove the plastic cap from the top of the fuel canister. Place the cap in a protected area, so you can replace it when the canister is not being used.
Step 4
Screw the fuel canister securely onto the bottom portion of the stove. Set the stove and fuel canister on the ground. The fuel canister will be its support.
Step 5
Turn the heat control valve slightly on. Light the stove by holding a match close to the burner.
Step 6
Place your pot on top of the support. Adjust the flame by turning the control valve.
Step 7
Turn the control valve to the "off" position when you are finished cooking. Remove the fuel canister and replace the plastic cap on top of it. Fold the pot supports inward and store the stove until you are ready to use it again.

Tips & Warnings

Discard any leftover food in an area away from your camp. Otherwise, you will attract wild animals to your campsite.
Be sure to carry any empty fuel canisters out of the forest with you. Don't leave any trash behind.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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