Do you want to know how to use camping stove fuel? Having the chance to start a fire with just a click almost seems like a miracle when you are camping. It avoids the hassle of gathering firewood, carrying it or even finding dry wood. Additionally, most national parks prohibit the use of wood for fire, so a fuel stove becomes necessary when camping.
To use camping stove fuel, you will need:
- A camping stove
- Camping stove fuel bottles
- For liquid stove fuels, always use fuel bottles. These bottles have special devices to prevent vapors from building up pressure that can be hazardous.
- When traveling, avoid carrying stove fuel unnecessarily. You can find regular gas or white gas almost everywhere there is a camping site, so don't travel with stove fuel unless strictly necessary. Also, consider than given the quantities of fuel that you will use, even a big difference in the price of fuel is not going to do any harm to your economy.
- Store your stove fuel in different vessels. This way pressure build-up within containers and also the risk of losing all the fuel are reduced.
- Get specific information on how to control a fuel spill. It's your responsibility to be able to react properly in the event of a fuel spill. You should be able to minimize risk for yourself, other people and especially the environment.
- Keep the stove empty while travelling. Stoves tend to have tanks intended to work in a static position, as opposed to transporting bottles that can handle some shaking.
- If you use a gas cartridge stove, pack the gas cartridges in separate compartments. It's critical to reduce the stove fuel's firepower. So pack them as far as possible from each other.
- Keep the fuel clean. When moving fuel from a vessel to a tank and vice versa, a lot of dust and particles can stick to the fuel and the funnels. Make sure to filter the fuel at any opportunity. A good way to do this is to place a fabric filter inside the funnel. It takes more time for the fuel to pass, but it ensures cleanliness.
- Vent stove fuel containers even when empty. The gas vaporizing from liquid fuel can build up pressure even when a really small quantity of fuel is present. So vent all used fuel containers, and leave them open when possible.
- Never store fuel sharing a confined space with food or drinking water. The gases coming from fuel are contaminants, so food should never be stored in the same compartment with fuel. A good way to prevent such contamination is carrying the stove fuel containers hanging on the outside of a backpack or over the deck if on a boat.
- Pay attention when venting fuel containers. Volatile fuels expel extremely combustible gases, so don't vent in the vicinity of open fire or sparks.
Keep in mind at all times that fuel is hazardous and a dangerous contaminant, so handle it with extreme caution.