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.
CHECKING FOR GAS LEAKS
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.
MANAGING THE FLAME
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.
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.