Safety First: Stove Safety Guide for Camping Trips with Children

Do you need help choosing the right safety cooking equipment to use with your wood-burning cooking stove when cooking in your canvas tent? If you’re using hot stoves near children playing or running around, family and friend safety becomes a high priority.

Our 15x tips will help you ensure that you have everything you need in place before leaving for your camping trip and during it.

1) Ensure every member of your party who cooks wears a pair of inexpensive heat-resistant gloves – for only £11.99, you’re ensuring their safety when handling hot cooking stoves.

2) Set up your stove as near as possible to campsite amenities or the local water supply – this can be used to extinguish hot ash once your cooking is finished or to feed your pet, if you bring one along.

3) Protect the base of your tent or the grass underneath with a heat-proof mat.

4) Place your stoves and ovens in the required position within your tent or shelter and use flue pipe extenders and air-flow controllers.

5) Once you’ve installed your flue pipe, insert a Heat Protector Chimney from it, into your chimney outlet.

6) Our heat protectors are available in stainless-steel mesh or titanium and are designed to protect your tent being burnt from overheated pipes.

7) Protect your tent with a ceiling flashing kit attached to the chimney exit.

8) Before you attempt to use your new stove, read the instructions fully – this is best done prior to leaving for your trip, so that you know how to operate the stove, especially for when it’s piping hot.

9) Have enough dry firewood to burn in your stove or firepit. Bring a lighter and firelighters to ignite your stove.

10) Use a stainless-steel multi-slim table to store cooking utensils and prepare food for your stove.

11) Use a fire-guard stove table to protect young children and pets from unintentional contact with hot stoves in your cooking area. A fire-guard can also be used to help keep campers using sleeping bags a safe distance from fire.

12) Bring a roll of black bags to put left over food or rubbish in – better still, use recyclable bags to help the environment. Whichever you use, make sure you dispose of your rubbish responsibly.

13) If you cook on your patio or in your garden, remember to close your properties windows, otherwise you’ll smoke out your rooms that have them open.

14) If it’s forecast to rain or snow on your camping trip, purchase a blocker to stop water from entering your tent.

15) Make sure any meat or fish that’s used to cook is fresh. Newly purchased packets of food from supermarkets or storing them in a freezer box should be fine.

If you’re not sure which piece of safety equipment you need for your stove or tent, please let us know.  Which safety tips would you add, based on your experiences of using cooking stoves safely while camping? Add your comments below!

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