It is a good idea to carry liquid fuel stoves when you go camping. A lot of caravan parks now have cooking equipment like BBQ’s, microwaves and stoves in their camp kitchen, but these may not be available everywhere and if you want to be self sufficient or are going bush a small stove will be necessary.
There are many places that have solid fuel fire bans during the summer months. Other times, it may be too windy to have a wood fire. During these times, you will either have to use a portable stove or eat cold.
Remember though that on days of total fire ban the use of all naked flame is not permitted. This includes not only your solid fire, but also includes all fuel stoves, cookers and BBQ’s in the open (including trailer and tent) are also prohibited.
There are many different options on the market burning fuels such as petrol, butane gas, methylated spirits etc. The most common type of fuel stoves is the one that burns Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) that comes in different size gas bottles that are readily exchangeable or refilled.
The stoves themselves come in all sorts of different sizes as well to suit different needs. There are single ring burners that screw directly onto the top of your gas bottle that is great for a quick cuppa or simple meal for one. However, the two burner gas stove is probably the most popular, but you can also get a three burner stove for a larger group of people. Cast iron gas burner rings are also available.