Food cooking on a camping stove

Camping Stove Safety Tips For Beginners

There’s still a few weeks of summer left, which is great news for anyone who wants to go camping before the weather turns cooler. If you're planning on going camping soon, you should consider investing in a portable camping stove and the gas needed to fuel it. If you’ve never used gas when camping before, there’s no need to worry. We’ve created a list of simple tips that will help you get started and stay safe while using gas.

1. Choose the right campsite

Not all commercial campsites allow you to use gas-powered stoves. Before choosing a campsite, make sure it’s friendly towards gas users. If you plan on camping out in nature rather than at a commercial campsite, check online to find out if the area is protected or if there are any by-laws regarding the use of gas there.

2. Never use your stove in your tent

It’s a little too easy to knock over a gas stove as you try to maneuver around it in a tent. If this happens, you could end up setting fire to your tent. That’s why we strongly recommend using your gas stove outside, where you have plenty of space. It’s also a good idea not to leave it near flammable materials. Although gas burns slowly and safely, a single litre contains over 24,000btus of thermal energy, so it's obviously best to keep it away from combustible surfaces.

3. Use a reputable gas brand and supplier

Make sure the gas you’re buying is safe by choosing a widely-known and reputable brand like Calor and purchasing it from a supplier with a good reputation, like London Gases.

4. Keep a bottle of water nearby

Provided that you follow the advice in points 2 and 3, it’s highly unlikely that you'll experience any accidents when using your gas camping stove. However, it’s worth keeping a bottle of water nearby, just in case a spark does catch something flammable and you need to quickly extinguish it. Knowing that you can extinguish any fire that might occur will allow you to use your gas stove with confidence.

Here at London Gases, we sell a wide range of different gases for camping, so check out our range today. If you plan on taking a gas stove on a camping trip for the first time, we have the fuel you need.