It’s always fun and romantic to gather around a campfire and share stories while you roast dinner, but it’s not so romantic when you have to build a campfire all throughout your camping trip or hike. So it’s great that there are many outdoor burners and cooking systems that are compact and convenient for your outdoor trips.
They’ve also changed the way we enjoy meals when we’re out camping or hiking. You can fry and sauté or prepare a hearty soup from the fish you’ve caught by the river easily. One pot fixes and even bread isn’t so impossible now either.
They’re also a great solution for the summer heat when you want to keep off steam inside the house. You just need to simply set-up your outdoor gas burner at the backyard and do all the boiling and slow simmered meals outdoor or even deep-frying, to keep the heat from building-up inside the household.
Having a portable and versatile gas stove to take to your trip is a true convenience, especially when you’re out somewhere cold, you’re tired from a long hike and start craving hot soup or cocoa to sip and enjoy the mountain top view. Photo-op time caption: “enjoying this perfect hot cocoa with a backdrop of all this glory”. So let’s get started on how to use your propane burner.
Setting Up Your Propane Burner – Safety First
Before you get all-excited, let’s talk about safety, yup, always safety first. Your gas stove may be small and compact but that propane burner tank packs a lot of power. You wouldn’t want soot all over you either. So to keep you safe from an explosion, and your meal safe from burning, here are some simple tips for a safe cooking experience.
Check the canister for leaks. You will be tempted to only do this before your trip, but a lot can happen along the way. So best to check the gas stove’s tank before use. To do this, simply use a mixture of 1tbps dishwashing soap with a cup of water, as you pour it over your canister, it’ll bubble-up lightly on any holes.
Make sure your canister is completely secure in your baggage. You don’t want to accidentally drop it or shake it too much; it’s like dropping or shaking a small bomb.
Set-up your cooking area outside. As compact as it may be, outdoor burners aren’t safe in your tent or camper. Propane burners release carbon monoxide, enough of that will suffocate and kill you.
Ignition problems. If for some reason your propane burner won’t fire up, the boy scout in you might resort to using a match or later. This isn’t advisable. So if you check your burner ignition before leaving, it’ll give you time to purchase or bring an individual igniter easily purchased at your hardware store.
Turn off the propane tank. Make sure that before you set-up and after each cook that you turn it off to keep from gas leaking around your camp area.
Ready to Cook with Your Propane Burner
With those safety precautions in mind, it’s easy to get started on your with your gas stove.
Decide on your cooking space. Preferably, place it on a flat surface, away from your tent, camper and things that could burn.
Stove in. Connect the hose to your gas stove. You’ll find a threaded nut behind or under your gas stove where you can twist the hose to and secure it there. Make sure you have it in tight. Slide in the clamp to the hose until you reach the nut and tighten the clamp around the hose and nut to keep gas from leaking.
Tank in. Slide the other clamp on the free end of your hose and connect this side to the propane tank’s regulator, the same threaded nut will be available. Just as you did with your stove, twist the hose into place securely and use the clamp to tighten the hose unto the nut.
Secure the regulator unto your propane tank.
Check for leaks. As mentioned above, using your soap and water mixture.
Start it up. Using the knobs start-up your gas stove, or use your portable electric igniter to get your propane burner started. Adjust the flames accordingly. And as simple as that, you’re ready to get into chef mode at camp. Happy camping!