Camping Stoves are reliable, light and take care of your cooking needs while you venture out to explore the unknown. It is important that you know your requirements before finalizing on your preferred camping stove. Would you use it for boiling predominantly or would there be more usage?
What to look for in your camping stove?
The plastic stoves are usually the least expensive ones. While they could be extremely light, they can be fragile and have the disadvantage of becoming dysfunctional in minus temperatures. The best bet in investing in an aluminum body, which is corrosion resistant.
The most stable stoves are the ones where the canister is not directly below the flame. If you opt for a bigger burner, it will work more effectively but exhaust the fuel faster. If you generally camp in colder areas, opt for stoves with a generator tube. In this case, the fuel is preheated and is easier to ignite.
What are the various kinds of camping stoves available?
You could opt for a canister stove which functions on pre-pressurized gases such as isobutene and propane. Isobutene gives you a better yield if you are camping in colder regions. The canister stove comes with the facility of self seal once the stove is detached, minimizing chances of gas leakage. There is no soot and the flame control is superior. The Liquid fuel camping stoves run on white gas, or naphtha. It is less costly than canister stoves and burns equally clean, leaving no residue behind.
Apart from these, there are certain other camping stoves which are multifuel ones. Apart from the above fuel, they also operate on kerosene, diesel and jet fuel.
After you have zeroed in on the category, you can compare various campaign stove models using certain attributes such as its burn time, the average time it takes to boil a litre of water, it’s holding capacity, and ease of operation. There are various sizes of camping stoves available in the market. You can decide upon the size of your camping stove based on your camping group. While you travel, you can carry a push button spark producer, commonly referred to as the piezo igniter rather than carrying matchsticks.
Things to keep in mind while using a camping stove:
- Never cook in enclosed spaces or inside the tent. Burning causes production of carbon monoxide which can lead to fire.
- Before you light you stove, ensure that you check the fuel lines, connections and valves.
- Never fill a fuel tank to the brim. Leave an air space to prevent pressure from building up.
- Always use a lid while cooking.
- Spilling of fuel on skin can cause frost bites in cold areas. Ensure that you carry appropriate remedies.