If you're working with a basic tent or hiking in the mountains, you may find that you need a portable camping stove to support you. After all, we wouldn't be able to do those long treks without sufficient fuel and energy.
Sometimes it's nice to eat out or go to local restaurants and pubs but when you're really in the wildlife or enjoying your own company, a camping stove can be your best friend.
How do I choose a camping stove?
Cooking while camping doesn't have to be so stressful, it can actually be one of the best parts of a camping trip. There are definitely a few things to consider before you decide which camping stove you invest in.
Firstly, who are you cooking for? This will significantly impact the size and weight of the stove you wish to invest in. Whether you're cooking for one person or for four can drastically change which stove you want.
As well as this, you should consider: how am I going to get this stove to my camp? If you're driving, that makes life a lot easier and you have the opportunity to invest in a much larger stove. If you're hiking and have to carry your stove, however, you'll probably want to buy a stove that you'll know you have the capacity to carry on your travels. Stoves can generally hold up to three burners.
Finally, you should think: what fuel do I need? Many common camping stoves are powered by gas fuel but you can also get spirit fuel if you're looking for something slightly more eco-friendly. You can also get wood burners but make sure to double-check your campsite before you go as not all allow this.
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Things to remember before cooking on a camping stove:
1. Always cook in an open area: Never cook in an enclosed space or tent. It can be very dangerous, toxic and even lethal to use a camping stove inside and most are meant for outside purposes only
2. Cook on a stable surface: You don’t want any pots, pans or food spilling around, so you’ll want to ensure your camping stove is secured on a flat surface that’s not going to knock over
4. How will you carry your stove: Depending on your setup, you may want to consider lighter options or heavier options so you don't have to leave it behind
Camping stoves can be totally safe and efficient if you know how to use them and use them right. It's always good to get advice from someone experienced or if you're unsure, read from your stove manual.
How do I use a camping stove?
If you're new to the camping lifestyle, you might not yet know how to use all the classic tools and gadgets. Here's a great introduction on how to use a camping stove to make it extra easy.
Although this is a good tutorial, make sure to double check your camping stove instructions for the best way to work your stove.