The modern camping gas stove has changed from a suitcase sized folding camping stove with 2 gas rings and a grill to a simple single burner appliance. The old calor gas camping stove that we all remember from our youth – if your youth was between 1960 and 1990 – was a relatively heavy blue cooker that folded down for slightly easier transport.
It had a built in wind shield that was a very important feature. Some models even had legs so that they could be free standing at work top height. This kind of design feature, unnecessary but useful for the camper who wanted a cheap family holiday with as many home comforts as possible, was typical of the time. A time when more was better. He who died with the most toys wins was a popular saying at the time.
Not only was this type of camping gas stove large it also needed a separate and heavy pressurised cylinder of butane gas. The gas cylinder was attached to the cooker via a regulator and rubber hose. Over the years the hose would perish which led to gas leaks and sometimes accidents.
To see why this type of gas stove was so popular you only have to look at a full English breakfast in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Toast was an important part of the meal so a grill was a necessity. Room for two pans on the top meant that the scrambled egg could be cooked at the same time as the bacon and potato and beans and mushrooms and black pudding was being fried in a frying pan with a liberal portion of animal fat.
Lunch would probably include a one pot stew put on the stove almost as soon as breakfast was over. The kettle would be steaming away for most of the day to ensure boiling water for endless mugs of tea as well as hot water for washing and washing up the dishes. This was usually Mums domain and her camping holiday reflected life at home only in the open air.
All this cooking and heating of water meant that the large gas cylinder was a necessity. It also dictated the size of the gas stove.
These days Mum expects to be taken out to lunch and not to be permanently cooking when on the family camping holiday so the camping gas stove can be more light and compact. The style of cooking has changed as well. A multi tier steamer on a single gas burner will take care of the potatoes and other vegetables. Pasta based meals are even easier if you buy the ready filled pasta from your local supermarket.
So the modern camping gas stove is a single burner appliance which has a canister of gas built into it. A lever on the front engages the canister and the canister valve automatically opens. Rotate the power knob to the ignite position , press it and the gas ring is burning and good to go.
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