There are many reasons why having a clean camping stove is always easier. It will work better and be cleaner than a dirty one to use, obviously, and with a clean stove, you will get better fuel efficiency and flame control.

Regular cleaning can help combat corrosion and rust. For the best performance, your camping stove requires regular cleaning and ensuring that your food is safe to consume.

You will need to remove the propane line from your stove and all connections to the controller and propane cylinder before you start. You should start cleaning your camp stove once you’ve done that.

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How often should you clean your camping stove?

When left uncleaned, it will become difficult and hard to remove food spillovers, and, of course, the dirt will obstruct the holes and openings around the burners’ perimeter and cut off proper flame control.

Your stove will gradually become unpleasant and dangerous to use — you don’t want to ruin your camping trip.

Supplies you might need when cleaning painted metal surfaces:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Hot water
  • Wire brush or toothbrush
  • Nylon sponge or scouring pad
  • Paper clip
  • Garden hose

Supplies you might need when cleaning a stainless steel surface

  • Hot water
  • Vinegar or stainless steel cleaner
  • Spray bottle
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Mineral oil or olive oil
  • Wire brush
  • Paper clip
  • Garden hose

How to clean the outside of your camping stove

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Each time you use it, you can effectively clean the outside and top. Upon drying, the outside of the case can be washed with soap, water, and a cloth or wipes and left to dry.

An old toothbrush is also a convenient tool for cleaning the burner’s holes.

Cleaning the inside of the camping stove

You will need to remove the cooking grate to clean the inside of your pot. Using soap and water to clean the cooking grate and, rinse it in clean running water, put it aside to dry.

Then remove the drip pan and use soap and warm water to clean it, rinse it in clean water, and put it to dry.

With a dab of dish soap and warm water, most indoor messes can be cleaned up. There are a few ways to properly scrub your camping stove for bigger messes.

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Cleaning the nasty boil-over messes

You will need to remove the burners as follows for boil-over messes: remove the screw from the middle of each furnace burner and remove the rings and bowl of the burner. You’ll need a mid-range flat screwdriver for that.

Check the grime build-up between the burner rings. If there is any debris between the rings, clean it with a nylon brush and make sure to match back the rings in the appropriate order to remove them and put them back together tightly.

Inspect the collector for any drops of food, food fluid, or grease. Remove the cover and rinse it with clean water using warm water and dish soap to remove any buildup.

Often, soaking the burner rings and bowling in soapy water is an excellent option to remove the hardened debris on it.

You might want to use a needle or paper clip to unblock the burner’s holes, but don’t poke in the holes too hard. You don’t want to make them bigger.

Use a high-pressure hose to clean in the stove case or under the burners some excessive grease or debris buildup. Do not use any heavy-duty cleaners like an oven or engine cleaner because they can damage the paint and metal on your camping stove.

You can use a nylon brush to scrub off stubborn grime and grease if you don’t have a high-pressure hose.

Camp stove post-cleaning care

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After the camping stove has been thoroughly cleaned, turn it upside down to dry. Make sure that any water is removed from the camping stove. If not, it can make the stove burner rust and even affect the fuel flow.

Reassemble the drip pans, burner heads, caps, and grills when all the parts are completely dry. Attach the cylinder and line of propane and test burners.

Drying time

drying time is important. After all, because you were in a hurry, you don’t want to put your camp stove away for the season just to get it rusty. Tip your stove and drain any free-flowing water.

Now, let it dry out in the heat, or if you don’t have time, dry all the components of the stove thoroughly with a dry cloth. Just make sure that it’s completely dry before putting it in a storage container.

Winter storage suggestions

Now that the cleaning, drying, and polishing are out of the way, now is the time to consider safe storage. You may want to put it inside a plastic trash bag and then tie off the top if you plan to keep your camp stove in your organized garage camping portion or out in a shed during the fall or winter.

This will prevent any insects from accessing the bag and nesting inside your stove’s interior or blocking fuel lines.

This is not a process that needs to be done once a month or even more frequently, but if you ensure that your camp stove is cleaned at least once every camping season, it will surely remain in great shape for years to come.


A clean camp stove turns you into a happy camper. For purposes of health and safety, it is best to ensure that you clean your camping stove as often as you need it. It may take a while, but the effort is worth it.

When it comes to cleaning a camp stove, the rule of thumb is to clean the gas burners whenever the flame is flickering or yellow. Clean the burners once a month or depending on how frequently you go camping.