Don’t you just hate it when you get back from a tiring hike and are ready to cook a delicious meal, but your camp stove is dirty and crusty? Or when you are packing for your camping trip, you pull out a greasy and stained camp stove? Have you ever faced a camp stove malfunction while camping? If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you need a deep camp stove cleaning.
Just like you clean all your other camping equipment, cleaning your camp stove is just as important. It prevents rusting and malfunction and helps prepare a hygienic meal. A clean stove will work better, and you can avoid dealing with all the cleaning while camping.
The basics of cleaning involve wiping the stove at the end of each day of your camping trip. Moreover, do a deep cleaning of your camp stove before keeping it away after your camping trip. Read ahead to get tips and hacks on how to clean a camping stove.
How to Clean Camping Stove While on the Trip.
A little cleaning goes a long way. Campers need to clean their stoves at the end of the day to avoid overnight rusting and stubborn grease stains. It is easier for RV campers and car campers to wash the grime and food debris off the camp stove with warm water. However, backpackers don’t have a portable kitchen handy, so it is best to clean their camp stoves daily on the trip.
· Dismantle the Cooking System
The first step in cleaning the camp stove is letting your stove cool down. It is best to clean all your camping gear after dinner. Begin with dismantling the camp stove; this allows you to do a thorough cleaning without missing a spot.
The cooking grill can be removed effortlessly and placed back in. At the same time, unscrew the bolt and clamps. If you have the famous MSR Canister stove, it cannot be disassembled, so it is better to let it cool down and then clean it.
· Wipe Everything Down
Since most people avoid carrying a lot of stuff for camping, you might not have dish soap. So, after dismantling the cooking system, use a washcloth to wipe any liquids like water, oil, sauces, etc. With the blunt end of a knife or a scraping tool, get rid of any oil or grease buildup and spilled food. Next, use a damp washcloth to wipe everything down.
· Assemble and Secure
You don’t want to wake up to a dismantled camp stove. Therefore, assemble the stove after cleaning. Screw back all the bolts and double-check that the stove is secured. If you use dish soap and water to clean your camp stove, it is best to let the dismantled camp stove dry.
When you are sure the camp stove is dry, assemble it back and secure it in your backpack.
How to Clean a Camping Stove After a Camping Trip
Cleaning your camp stove for the off-season is essential to avoid malfunction and spending money on a new stove on your next camping trip.
· Get Rid of Leftover Fuel.
The first thing for deep cleaning your camp stove is to get rid of leftover fuel in the fuel tank. Ensure that the stove’s fuel source is turned off, leaving only the leftover fuel. Drain the fuel or turn the stove on to burn all the excess oil.
· Soak and Scrub the Stainless Steel Stove
Dismantle the camp stove and soak knobs, bolts, grills, and other things in warm water. Soaking helps lose the stubborn grease and dirt stains, making them easy to scrub off. When you are sure that the food buildup or other stains can be removed, drain all the water. Use an old toothbrush to clean the smaller pieces and a scrubbing tool to scrap the dirt from more significant pieces.
· Deep Clean Burners
Clean burners ensure consistency and even flame. If you want your camping food to turn out great, deep cleaning of the burners is essential. The buildup of grime and stains on the burners causes inadequate fuel supply, causing under or overcooked meals.
For deep cleaning, soak the burners in warm water for a while and wipe off any food debris. Use an old toothbrush to clean the burner holes. If you still see clogged holes, use a pinhead or a safety pin to poke the dirt out of burner holes.
· Dry the Camping Stove
You should never keep away your freshly cleaned camp stove after cleaning. Although water helps eliminate food debris and grime, it can cause corrosion and rust if not dried. An excellent hack to ensure every bit of water is dried, flip your camp stove upside down and let it air dry. This way, if any water gets inside, it can slide out of the stove.
Another tip is to avoid leaving your camping stove near water bodies like the pool. The moisture from the pool will add to the rusting and corrosion.
· Store It Safely for Off-Season
After all the cleaning, washing, and drying, it is time to assemble your camp stove. Connect all the bolts, clamps, burner heads, grills, and caps. If you are keeping your stove away for the off-season, it is best to keep it in a plastic trash bag and secure it tightly. It ensures that your camp stove is dust and insect free for your next outdoor adventure.
Our Final Thoughts
Camping trips are full of fun camping food. Keeping your camping stove clean is a great way to enjoy clean food. It also reduces the hassle of cleaning the stove each time you cook. We hope our post helps make your camping excursions relaxed and hassle-free.