Anyone who wants a hot meal or at least some warm water when they go camping will need to look at camping stoves to meet their needs. While cooking over an open fire is popular among campers, the heat for an open wood fire is difficult to control and there are only certain types of foods that can be cooked. For example, if a person wants to have eggs for breakfast other than hard-boiled, camping stoves give them the option of frying foods.
There are different sizes and types of camping stoves that make them easy to carry and, depending on the number of people involved in the camping trip, it may take more than one of the camping stoves to feed everyone without cooking in a series of meals. One of the earliest types uses liquid fuel and its tank is pumped for pressure to push the gas into the burners of the stove. Many newer models use liquid propane gas and can connect to small bottles.
The camping stoves that use the propane tanks are considered safer and the fuel is easier to carry since it does not require packing a can of high-flammable liquid that can spill or leak into your equipment. The type that use bottles of propane are considered safer, but the bottle can become heavy in a backpack after carrying them for a few days.
Consider Safety First With All Stoves
There are inherent dangers when using camping stoves, and of course burns are one of the most obvious. With the liquid fuel types of stoves, there are is ever-present danger of leaking or spilled fuel that catches fire causing flare-ups of flames. With the bottled fuel, if the burner is turned on for any length of time before lighting, there is the danger of flare-upt cause burns to the user.
Camping stoves are available with one, two or more burners and some may require separate fuel tanks for each burner, although most stoves can use one fuel source for each two burners. The camping stoves should be on a level, stable surface to prevent them from falling over or sliding, spilling hot water or food on the ground or onto the person doing the cooking.
It is important to understand that camping stoves often provide a method of controlling the size of the flame, but they are not always as accurate as the heat control available on the home stove. They should never be left unattended while in use, especially if food is being cooked. A spill of oil on the flames can have disastrous consequences, especially when cooking outdoors.