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DIY Appliance Repair: The Do’s and Don’ts of At-Home Oven Repair

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:

Multi-Fuel Stoves

  1. 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.
  2. White gas should be the choice of fuel used because it burns cleaner and leads to less repair on your burner and generator.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Read your manual for proper use and care of your camp stove.
  6. Use lightweight machine oil to lubricate the pump cup on the stove’s plunger.
  7. Store stove in something that will protect from dust. Example the bag it came in or a plastic storage bin.

Canister Stoves

  1. Clean any excess food spills with warm water and mild soap.
  2. Disconnect the canister when not in use and pack separate from stove when in transit.
  3. 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.
  4. Check the sealing joints for wear and tear and replace (O-Ring).
  5. There are fewer parts to maintain on a canister camp stove but that does not mean over look maintenance procedures.
  6. 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.

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When camping in secluded places it becomes especially vital that your liquid camping stove has the care and maintenance needed for performance. Nothing becomes more frustrating than a less useful, portable camp stove that works ineffectively. Why then sacrifice performance without the proper care needed to keep your stove in tip-top condition? Important tips to remember; reading the factory manual, cleaning after every use, test run at home, and annually cleaning are guidelines.

Factory manual

All too often people do not properly read the stove repair los angeles  manuals and rely on past experiences handling a camp stove. Every stove has differences for procedures of lighting, setting up, and cleaning. Thus, reading the manual will save time and money down the road. Get to know your new camp stove inside and out, which should include safety. Not only safety information can be found but routine maintenance and cleaning tips as well. Also, check the fuel that best helps in stove performance. More than likely the best fuel class will be white gas.

Cleaning after every use

After cooling stove you should begin cleanup procedures, paying attention to hoses and checking for clogs in the fuel line. Wipe down any food spills immediately that may hinder stove operation. Warm water and biodegradable soap will help until you get home. Usually, backpacking stoves have a maintenance kit which includes a spare o- ring and tools to tighten or disconnect stove parts and a cleaning needle. Always take the repair kit with you on your camping outings. It is best to clean the jet prior to set up and then again at take down for best performance.

Test Run at home

Before, you leave on your camping trip testing your stove at home should be a priority. That way you can look over the stove for any repairs needed. Test all operations of the stove to make sure it runs properly. If it does not, you have the time to determine what needs to be done before you are on the trail.

Cleaning annually

Before, the stove gets placed in storage for the season and annual cleaning should be completed. Hence, the importance of reading the manual to provide the information needed to clean the stove. Liquid fuel stoves do have more parts particularly with a pump, generator tube and connecting hose.

The proper maintenance and care will extend the life of a liquid fuel camp stove for years to come. You invested the money to buy the stove take time for up keep. Always keep your owners manual in a location easily accessible when you want it to make repairs, clean, or know where to order parts.

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