camping stove

Can camping stoves be used indoors?

For example, you would like to heat your tent or you would like to cook food on a camping stove because it is cold outside in front of your tent or it is raining again. Now you are wondering if this is even possible. A camping stove is operated with fire. But there are ways with which you can safely operate a camping stove indoors.

It always depends on which type of stove you want to operate. Camping stoves that are open and run with wood are less suitable. Wood can produce sparks and these sparks could fly around the tent, damaging the tent or creating burn holes in your sleeping bag. But there are also camping stoves that can be operated completely closed. There is a small door there that you can open and add the wood. Then there can be no flying sparks. But also with these stoves make sure that these stoves are not directly on the tent floor. The camping stoves get hot, as does the floor of the stove. Since most tent floors are made of a synthetic material, the floors can melt. So make sure that the camping stove is equipped with feet. Nevertheless, you should, if possible, place a metal plate under the camping stove. This will prevent too much heat from building up on the floor.

camping stove wood

If you operate a camping stove in a tent, you also have to make sure that the smoke is drained off. For this purpose, camping stove should be equipped with an exhaust system. This allows the smoke and carbon monoxide, which is extremely toxic, to escape upwards out of the tent. Make sure that you always let enough fresh air into your tent to ensure the supply of oxygen.

Camping stoves that run on gas or petrol are better united. The gas cartridge or tank is on the bottom and the flame is on top. This means that the floor of the stove cannot get so hot. The advantage of a gas or petrol-powered camping stove is that you can regulate the flame better in contrast to a camping stove that is powered by wood, where you don’t have much influence on the size of the flame.
With a gas or petrol stove you can usually adjust the flame size with a regulator. There is also a device on which you can place your pot or pan. But be careful with the camping stoves that run on gas or petrol. Any kind of flame or fire consumes a large amount of oxygen and converts it into carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide gas is very dangerous for people and animals, so you always have to make sure that you provide enough fresh air in your tent. You can do this either by opening the tent door or, if your tent has a window, open this to provide fresh air.

Camping Gasoline Stove
Camping Gasoline Stove

It is ideal if your tent or tent cover has an opening on the top that you can open and close. So you can also ensure an air flow that transports the harmful gases outside.

If you want to operate the camping stove in your tent, always make sure that an area is kept free. Best not directly at the entrance where someone could hit the stove and knock the stove over. If the camping stove is knocked over, a fire can of course quickly develop if the camping stove falls on your sleeping bag or backpack. You absolutely have to avoid that. So place the camping stove in such a way that it does not stand in the way or in the passage where someone is constantly coming into or out of the tent.

If you can, I recommend building a stone wall for a gas or petrol camping stove. If the stove should fall over, it only falls against the stones and cannot fall over completely.

Oxford Bell Tent with Stove Jacket

But if you plan to cook in a tent from the start, then I can recommend a camping tent that already has the necessary openings. There are tents that are ideal for cooking and heating in there. You can click on the picture and you will be directed to the product, where you can get more information about the right tent.

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