How Do You Use a Backpacking Stove?

By Michael Ferguson

Backpacking stoves are essential tools for anyone who enjoys getting out into nature and exploring the great outdoors. Whether you are looking to go on a short day hike or an extended backpacking trip, having a reliable stove is essential for preparing food, boiling water, and creating a hot drink. Knowing how to use a backpacking stove correctly is key to ensuring your safety and having an enjoyable experience.

The first step in using a backpacking stove is to make sure it is set up properly. You should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for details on how your specific model should be set up. Generally, this means making sure the fuel canister is securely fastened onto the stove and that any connections between the fuel canister and the burner are properly connected.

Once your stove is properly set up, you will need to adjust the flame for safe and efficient cooking. You can do this by using the controls on the side of the stove.

Make sure that you keep your flame size small enough that it won’t cause any danger. The goal is to have enough heat for efficient cooking without wasting fuel or creating a fire hazard.

Once you have your flame size adjusted correctly, you can begin preparing food or boiling water. For most stoves, it is best to wait until they have lit before adding any food or water so that they do not get too hot too quickly. Many models also come with simmer controls which allow you to adjust the heat intensity while cooking.

Finally, when it comes time to shut down your stove make sure that all of your connections are secured tightly and that all of the flames have been extinguished completely before packing up and heading home.


Using a backpacking stove safely and efficiently requires some knowledge about setting up and operating one correctly. Make sure you always read through manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using one and pay close attention when adjusting flame size for safe and efficient cooking. Finally, always ensure all connections are secure when packing up after use as well as making sure all flames are extinguished completely before leaving!