Do you want to know how to use a butane camp stove? Butane camp stoves are among the most reliable and practical tools when it comes to heating and cooking outdoors. They are compact, mechanically simple and sturdy, but they do require some attention and care.
Things you'll need:
- Butane burner
- Butane cartridge
- Butane connecting line
- Wind-protected place
- Fire starting method (sparkler, matches, electric starter)
- Connect the burner to the butane cartridge. Some butane stoves have the burner sitting directly on top of the canister, while others have a flexible connection hose from the tank to the burner. Make sure the connector parts are dust-free and click perfectly.
- Place the burner in a site protected from wind. While butane is a very efficient heat source, it does not perform so well in windy conditions, so you will need to place the burner behind a wall or other protection. Where nothing else is available, digging a hole is a way to get protection.
- Make sure the burner is stable. Remember, you will have to put a pot or other cooking device over the burner and some stoves are quite heavy on the upper part, so use rocks or sand to make a stable platform.
- Open the valve close to full power and light the burner. Some newer stoves include an electric starter. But in most cases, you will have to use a conventional source of heat to start the burner, such as a lighter, matches or a sparkler. The most adaptable devices are the old school magnesium fire starting bar that will not cease to work under any conditions.
- Regulate the fuel flow to find the right power output for cooking. Remember that burning too much fuel will make you carry more weight than strictly necessary, a critical aspect when backpacking.
- After cooking, let the burner cool before repacking. A common mistake when packing is burning several pieces of equipment by trying to store a hot stove. This, added to the risk of skin burns, is reason enough for waiting for the stove to cool down before packing.
- Know the specs of your stove. By doing some basic research of your stove's specs, you can find out important information–like fuel consumption at maximum rate–with which you can accurately find out how much fuel you will need, avoiding the hassle of carrying extra weight unnecessarily.
Remember that butane is a highly explosive fuel, so it must be carried and packed accordingly. When carrying more than one vessel with fuel, place them in separate compartments to minimize risks.