A bit of history
Here is a little bit of history of the Propane Camping Stove. In 1923 the Coleman Co. introduced the Model-One a two-burner camp stove. When the American families were able to afford the Model T Ford, they were able to take vacations and travel around the country. Motor camping became very popular. The families would strap their camping stoves and other camping equipment to the running boards of their car. The American families would pull along the side of the road or in remote areas and pitch their tents and make camp.
In 1942 the GI Pocket Stove was introduced during WWII as the backpacking stove. The U.S. Army wanted a compact stove for their particular unit of ski troopers. The stove needed to be compact in size and be able to burn a variety of liquid fuels and gasoline. The Pocket Stove also needed to light quickly in temperatures ranging from 60 degrees below zero and 125 degrees above zero.
In November of 1942 during the invasion of North Africa, 5,000 pocket stoves accompanied the American armed forces. More than one million Pocket Stoves were sent to the battlefronts in Europe and the Pacific until the end of the war in 1945. The soldiers used the Pocket Stoves for many things other than cooking their meals, like warm up their bunkers, hot water for drinking or shaving and the Medics would use them to sterilise their medical supplies.
In 1969 the first propane camping stove was introduced to the American Public. To this day, there are many types and styles of propane camping stoves.
Depending on your camping needs and the size of your group, you can choose between a two burner or a three burner propane camping stove. Also available is a one burner propane camping stove which can be used as an extra burner or ideal for backpacking.
Using a propane camping stove is one of the easiest types to use. A propane camping stove uses small portable propane fuel cylinders that you attach to your stove. The cylinders weigh about two to three pounds. You can use the larger propane tanks like the one you use on your barbeque at home. There are adapters that you can purchase to accommodate for the larger propane tanks. If you are camping for the weekend, the small propane fuel cylinders are the best way to go. If you are planning on camping for longer than that, the larger propane tank would be the better choice.
Cleaning and Care of your Propane Camping Stove:
A clean stove is not only better looking but works better. The benefits of a clean stove include better fuel efficiency, flame control and has no rust or corrosion.
You should clean your stove whenever if becomes dirty or after a boil-over that causes buildup in the burners. It is recommended that you clean your stove between camping trips and before storing your propane camping stove at the end of the camping season.
Under most conditions, stoves can be wiped out with a warm damp cloth and dishwashing soap and dried before storing. If your stove needs a deeper cleaning here are a few suggestions for cleaning it:
If you have encountered a boilover, remove the screw from the centre of each burner and lift off the burner rings and bowl to check the manifold for fluid or debris. If there is a build-up, clean it with a warm damp cloth and dishwashing soap before rinsing with clean water.
If the stove has a large amount of grease or dirt build-up inside the case, on the burners or grill, you can use a high-pressure hose on it like at a car wash. Make sure that you don’t use any tire, oven or engine cleaner as it can cause damage to the paint on the inside of the case and the metal grate and manifold.
If the stove has been cleaned with any hose, turn the stove upside down to make sure all the water is removed from inside the manifold. Any water left inside the manifold can cause it to rust and disturb the flow of fuel to the burner. It can cause the stove from burning properly.
After cleaning your stove, it is important to store it properly. Put stove in a plastic bag and seal it with a twist tie to prevent spiders and other insects from getting into the unit. It can block the fuel and airflow.
Listed below are just several types of propane camping stoves available on the market.
One Burner Propane Stoves:
PowerPack Single Burner Propane Stove, 1-Burner Propane Stove
Here are a few two and three burner Propane camping stoves that I recommend:
2-Burner Propane Stove: It has consistent cooking performance even in cold weather and high altitudes. Individual burner controls from simmer to full boil for perfect outdoor cooking. Windblock shields burners for maximum heat or folds down for a convenient side table. Two high performance 22,000 BTU adjustable burners. This stove lasts up to 1.1 hours with both burners on high and 4.5 hours on low with one 16.4-oz propane cylinder. Heavy-duty nickel chrome grate, it removes easily for cleaning. Resist rust and easy to clean. Match light.
Propane Stove, Two-Burner, Standard: This stove has a high-pressure regulator and provides a constant output, regardless of weather conditions. It is equipped with two 10,000 burners. It can boil a quart of water in 4.5 min. One cylinder of propane (16.04 oz) will last up to 4.5 hours.
Propane Perfectflow Instastart Portable Skillet: This propane skillet is perfect for cooking large meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Consistent cooking performance in cold weather, high altitudes and when fuel is low. The 8,000 BTU tube burner provides more heat than an electric griddle. The 100 oz. Capacity is perfect for cooking chilli, chicken or any of your favourite camping recipes. One 16.4 oz propane cylinder will last up to 1.1 hours with both burners on high and up to
4.5 hrs. on low.