A gas stove is often one of the most important pieces of gear we take with us camping, so it only pays to ensure it is well looked-after. Burnt-on food and grease stains around the burners can be unsightly and hazardous, so it’s important to know how to clean your stove properly.
Regular maintenance and thorough cleaning after each trip will help extend the longevity of your stove and provide you with a safe outdoor appliance.
A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER
- Always remove the gas supply (cylinder or cartridge) from your stove and remove the regulator and hose before you begin the cleaning process.
- Use everyday household ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar to create a chemical-free surface cleaner.
- Store your stove in a protective bag and place in cool, dry place when not in use.
- Deal with boil overs immediately.
- Check for gas leaks.
- Keep on top of rust.
- Give your stove a thorough clean once or twice a year.
- Always read manufacturer’s instructions before pulling apart or cleaning your stove.
HOW TO THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR STOVE
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Hot water
- Vinegar in spray bottle (or stainless-steel cleaner)
- Baking soda
- Course nylon brush or toothbrush
- Micro-fibre cloth
WHAT TO DO
- Detach the regulator, hose and remove knobs from the stove and set aside.
- Turn the air dampers around so there is a clear opening to the burner stems and clean the inside with a flexible brush, a garden hose, or a long wire with a hooked end. This will help remove any debris from the burner stems.
- Wipe down the stove with hot water then spray stainless steel surfaces with vinegar, focusing on any stained areas (or stainless-steel cleaner). Let the vinegar sit on the for a minute.
- Wipe off the vinegar in the same direction as the grain of the steel.
- For stubborn stains, reapply vinegar and sprinkle baking soda on top. Or use a course nylon brush or toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas.
- Wipe over with a damp cloth avoiding getting water etc into the burners or piezo ignition
- Dry the steel surface completely with a micro-fibre cloth
- Place appliance in storage bag if available then into a clean, dry storage environment.