How to Set Up a Propane Stove

What You'll Need
Propane stove
Propane tank
Propane hose
Hose connection kit

A propane stove is very useful to have when you’re camping or if the electricity suddenly goes off at home. You’ll still be able to make a meal and even enjoy some warmth. Setting up a propane stove isn’t difficult, even when you’re doing it for the first time. The only thing you need to be aware of is whether your propane stove requires a propane regulator.

Step 1 - Location

It’s important that both the propane stove and the propane tank are located on flat surfaces and close to each other. Ideally, you should put the stove on a piece of stone or metal, where it’s not in direct contact with anything flammable.

Step 2 - Hoses

The hoses for hooking up the tank should be located under the propane stove. Check this before you go camping or plan on using the stove. You should also have a propane hose connection kit. If you’re missing any of these items, purchase them.

Step 3 - Connect to the Stove

Begin by connecting the hose to the back of the propane stove. The connector should fit over the threaded nut and can be twisted into place so it’s secure. Keep twisting until the connection is tight. Put a hose clamp on the free end of the hose and work it up over the threaded connection to the propane stove. Hold in place and tighten the clamp with a screwdriver.

Step 4 - Connect to the Tank

You should start by slipping another hose clamp over the free end of the hose before attaching the end to the threaded nut on the propane tank. Tighten the connector against the nut and then slide the hose clamp in place before using the screwdriver to tighten it.

Step 5 - Leaks

Before you begin using the propane stove for cooking you have to check for any leaks in the line. Create a lather with some soap and water and put it over the connections at both the tank and the stove. Turn on the propane gas from the tank. If there are any leaks the soap will begin to bubble.

Step 6 - Turning on the Stove

With the gas from the tank turned on, go to the control panel of the propane stove and turn on the gas for one of the burners. Strike a match (don’t use a lighter for this) and hold it close to the burner until the flame catches. Blow out the match carefully and discard responsibly. Alternative you can use an electric flame to light the propane stove.

Step 7 - Propane Regulator

If you have a propane regulator, it will be located between the tank and the propane stove. Its function is to regulate or limit the amount of gas going through the line. You’ll generally need a regulator with a stove that’s very basic and doesn’t allow for adjustment of the flame. They’re also a safeguard, able to stop the flow of gas if the propane stove is tipped over.