How To Use A Camping Non-Electric Percolator

Making coffee on a camping trip is easy, by learning how to use a camping non-electric percolator. Before electricity was around, percolators were the tool of choice for making coffee. Percolators are fairly simple devices, and will make a good cup of coffee.

Camping non-electric percolators are available at many hunting and fishing outfitter stores and some discount stores. The additional gear required for using a percolator is a filter. Specific percolator filters are find in almost any grocery store in the coffee aisle.  These filters are different from regular coffee maker filters in that they will cover the coffee grounds entirely.

To use a camping non-electric percolator, you will need:

  • percolator
  • filter
  • coffee
  • water
  • heat source

The steps on how to use a camping non-electric percolator are:


  1. Remove the pump stem and basket from the percolator.  Fill the percolator with water.  Percolators have markings on the side for the number of cups of coffee you want to make.
  2. Place a filter in the percolator basket and add the amount of coffee you need to match the amount of water you added in the previous step. Use 1 tablespoon of coffee per cup of coffee, or according to taste. Fold the edge of the filter over over the center tube and place the cover over the basket.
  3. Lower the pump stem and basket assembly into the camping non-electric percolator and close the lid securely.
  4. Place the non-electric percolator on a heat source. A grill over an open fire is usually the best option, though you can set the camping non-electric percolator on a bed of coals.
  5. Watch the clear cover knob to see what color the coffee is. Once it's the desired color remove the percolator from the heat and serve.

Coffee from a camping non-electric percolator is very hot, since the water was boiling for the percolating action to work, so use caution when serving.

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