Backpacking stoves are a great way to prepare meals while out in the wilderness. However, many people are unsure whether it is safe to use them inside.
The answer is that it is generally not recommended to use a backpacking stove indoors due to the potential fire hazard they present.
Backpacking stoves are designed for outdoor use, and as such, they produce high levels of heat and create an open flame. This can create a dangerous situation if used in an enclosed space such as a tent or cabin. There is also the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if the stove is used in an area without proper ventilation.
Using a backpacking stove indoors can also be hazardous to your health. The flames from these stoves can reach temperatures of up to 1000°F (538°C), which produces smoke and soot that can irritate your eyes, throat, and lungs. In addition, some backpacking stoves require liquid fuel, which can be flammable if spilled.
There are safer alternatives that you can use to cook indoors. Electric hot plates or induction cookers are two examples of cooking devices that do not produce open flames and are much safer when used indoors. These devices also require less ventilation than backpacking stoves.
In conclusion, it is generally not recommended to use a backpacking stove indoors due to the potential fire hazard they present and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning without proper ventilation. Safer alternatives such as electric hot plates or induction cookers should be used instead for cooking indoors.