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Camp Stove Safety Guide

The Camp stove safety guide here will provide you with enough tips to ensure you protect yourself and loved ones from potential hazards while using a camping stove.

If backpacking, hiking or car camping we get a well deserved break or adventure. However, we also want to make sure we have an awareness of safety aspects involved including using stoves.

Many accidents caused camping are avoidable with suitable and relevant knowledge for preparation before we go camping. Please , do not let us scare you, as camping is absolutely safe especially with some basic knowledge.

Points To Consider

  • First things first: Follow the instructions provided with the stove when bought. If unavailable or you have a home made camp stove these tips below should help, a lot.

  • Testing the stove: Bring your new stove home and test it in an outdoors environment. You can familiarize yourself with its operation and contact the store if you have any questions or issues.

  • The Kids: Taking the kids is a major part of camping for many. If children help out with any activity involving stoves and cooking allow this under close supervision from an adult.

  • Containers: Keep fuel containers well away from the stove or any other heat source. Before setting out for a trip check the fuel container is not damaged. Use fuel containers specifically made for stoves or fuel incase a substitute container is not safe.

  • Refilling: When refilling a stove with fuel allow it to cool down to prevent burns. With solid fuel camping stoves allow spilt fuel to evaporate before igniting. Using a funnel for fuel will help prevent spillages.

  • Cooking area: Try and keep the area you cook well away from anything flammable that could ignite unexpectedly. Also keep any type of cannister's such as hair spray or deodorants well away.

  • Lighting the stove: When lighting a stove try to keep your face well away from above the stove. I know when we have a small stove it may be on the floor with us kneeling down and it's tempting or easy to forget our face or hair is above the stove.

  • A level surface: Before setting up find a good clear and level surface to prevent the stove from tipping over. It can be easy to use dodgy ground and lose a pot of water or food or even worse get burnt by the pan or it's contents.

  • Maintenance check: Before leaving home it's wise to make a safety check. This is advisable for all gear if it has been stored away for the winter season or a long period of time. Check hoses and valves for cracks or leaks. Give the stove a quick 2 minute trial to make sure it is working as it should . If you suspect leakage you can check by putting a little soapy water on all connections. The soap will bubble if it leaks.

  • Overloading: Try not to overload a stove with pots that are too heavy to prevent them from tipping it over.

  • Empty fuel containers: It helps our environment if we discard empty fuel containers properly. Maybe taking them home is the best option if they're not reusable, although most are though.

  • Regarding tents: It is very important to resist the temptation of lighting a stove within a tent. If it is freezing outside I would advise to wrap up with warm outdoor gear and set a windscreen up. When we get a cup of tea and breakfast on the go when it's a cold morning we can just walk on the spot and keep moving around to generate heat.

  • Food and fuel containers: Keeping fuel container's away from your food is important to avoid contamination. If backpacking, store the stove well away from food in the backpack in the protective casing to prevent contaminating the food.

  • Hoses/ valve connections: Double check a propane camp stove has the supply valve and hoses disconnected.

Final and most important camp stove safety tip, have a great time enjoying great camp food cooked in the great outdoors.

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