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Portable Gas Stove Safety Tips


Portable gas stoves are a very handy appliance to have when camping. They allow you to cook outdoors when fire bans are in place, bad weather sets in and campfires can’t be lit, and they are known to lessen the impact of the environment as there is no wood to burn. While there are a lot of positives to owning a camp stove, they can also be dangerous if not looked after or used correctly.

To avoid a potential disaster occurring, we’ve outlined a few safety tips to follow. Always read your manual or care guide before using any gas appliance.


You should always be aware of potential safety risks from fuel gas but one way to avoid an accident is to regularly check for leaks. To test for leaks while operating your stove or cooker, follow these steps below. *Note: Check gas hose condition & stove operation before you leave on your trip.

  1. Attach hose to gas cylinder (hand tighten only, do not overtighten).
  2. Attach hose to stove (hand tighten then use shifter).
  3. Turn gas on. Using gas leak detection spray or soapy water, spray solution or brush soap suds onto the gas cylinder connection. Check for any bubbles.
  4. Spray solution or brush soap suds onto stove connection fitting, hose and crimp. Check for bubbles.
  5. No bubbles = no leaks!


To avoid exposing your fingers to heat, ensure the flame never reaches out from under the cookware on the burners. The flame in gas stoves can be easily controlled by adjusting the knob to change between low, medium, and high. Always read the owner's manual and only use the recommended size/diameter cooking vessel.


Cookware should be anti-corrosive and non-inflammable. Do not use any plastic, melamine or glass utensils with your gas stove. A necessary check is that the bottom of your cookware or utensil must cover the flame when it is turned to high, in essence, the fire should not escape from the bottom to the sides of the appliances. 


The kind of attention you pay to small details when cooking outdoors can be a huge determinant of how safely you are using your gas stove.

  1. Ensure the surface your stove is set up on is durable and non-flammable.
  2. Plastic utensils or containers, foil paper wrappings and camping gear such as torches etc must be kept at a safe distance from the gas stove, primarily when it is being used.
  3. Keeping the handles of cookware tucked to the side will help eliminate the risk of knocking over or pots and pans off, spilling hot food everywhere.
  4. Never cook inside your tent. For one, there may be things that you keep inside your tent (as well as your tent) that could easily ignite, but it also poses risk to Carbon monoxide (CO) exposure.
  5. Gas cylinders should always be stored upright in a well-ventilated area and never inside a car, caravan, tent or camping trailer unless in a certified cylinder compartment.
  6. Ensure Children are kept away anytime the stove is in use or still hot.
  7. Always turn burners and gas off immediately after use.


Thorough cleaning and regular maintenance will not only minimise danger risks, but it will also help extend the life of your stove. Always read the manual or care guide before dismantling the stove.


In the event there is a gas fire it is important to remain calm and act quickly. Depending on where you are, the best response is to get everyone out of danger then call the emergency services. If it is safe to access, turn off the gas cylinder as quickly as possible (there’s a chance cutting the gas will put the fire out) and remove it from immediate heat.