Are your camping days done because the cold weather is here? Maybe you’re a fair weather camper. If so don’t forget to check your camp stove for cleaning and repair before storage or before each trip. Here are some tips to help you complete that task:
- Always remove excess fuel from the stove when not in use and place into original fuel bottle. This should be done even when you travel from camp site to camp site.
- White gas should be the choice of fuel used because it burns cleaner and leads to less repair on your burner and generator.
- Clean all food spills with warm water and mild soap. Next drip dry for a minute or two and then thoroughly dry the entire stove. Pay special attention to the manifold, fuel tubing, and generator for any water left sitting.
- Check fuel lines, o-rings and jets that may collect deposits. Most fuel stoves come with a cleaning needle and repair kit. Carry kit with you when you camp.
- Read your manual for proper use and care of your camp stove.
- Use lightweight machine oil to lubricate the pump cup on the stove’s plunger.
- Store stove in something that will protect from dust. Example the bag it came in or a plastic storage bin.
- Clean any excess food spills with warm water and mild soap.
- Disconnect the canister when not in use and pack separate from stove when in transit.
- If your stove does not burn efficiently you may have to clean the jet. Follow the manual in doing this procedure. You will need an 8 mm open-end wrench and a cleaning needle. North American Gear sales a multi-tool for about $12.00 dollars.
- Check the sealing joints for wear and tear and replace (O-Ring).
- There are fewer parts to maintain on a canister camp stove but that does not mean over look maintenance procedures.
- Store stove in carrying case or in a dust prove container (I use clear sterilite storage containers to store camping equipment).
Never try to repair or alternate your stove which is mentioned in your maintenance manual, as it may then be dangerous to use. The above tips should be done routinely before, during and after every trip to keep your stoves performance in tip-top condition. Also, most stoves usually come with a one year or life time manufacturer’s warranties protect it by sending in your registration card.