Here are the Camp Stoves that can be used Indoors

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If you want to recreate the experience as if you were outdoors by bringing the camping equipment indoors but are wondering whether you can actually do that, don’t worry because yes, you can do it.

Camping stoves can be used indoors, however you need to keep an eye on the fuel that the stove uses. Kerosene, and propane are some of the most popular camping stoves to use. However no matter what fuel choice you choose, you need to make sure you have good airflow, and stay safe.

However, it is more complicated than that because that can apply to only a few camping stoves and even then, you still need to ensure that you have proper ventilation.

In this article, we’ll tell you about everything you should know and provide you with a list of types of camping stoves you can use.

What camping stoves can be used indoors?

You can use any stove indoors as long as it predominantly uses the following type of fuel:

  • Propane
  • Kerosene
  • Alcohol
  • Isobutane-propane
  • Wood burning

1. Propane

Propane is a very common fuel for camping propane stoves as it does not have the odor as kerosene does, it also burns cleanly as well as remains relatively inexpensive.

However, just like the kerosene, propane can give off carbon monoxide as well, so proper ventilation, supervised use, and extreme caution are all highly recommended.

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2. Kerosene

This fuel type is characterized by quite a strong smell and can put out lots of carbon monoxide.

Nowadays it is not as widely used as it was in the past and even though you can still use it indoors, many people don’t really recommend using a kerosene-fueled stove while you are indoors.

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3. Alcohol

Alcohol stoves are very much similar to propane stoves in the sense that you can use them as long as you have proper ventilation.

You should consider purchasing either Everclear or denatured alcohol as other forms can be toxic.

4. Isobutane-propane

These are quite common small fuel tanks you may buy for backpacking as well as ultralight stoves.

However, do not allow its small size to make you underestimate it; just like large propane tanks, they can be just as equally capable when it comes to providing CO to an atmosphere. Always make sure that you use this one in the well-ventilated area.

5. Wood Burning

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Oftentimes, the old fashioned, commonly used wood-burning camping stoves can be the safest type out of them all you can use indoors.

But know that when one uses it, they run a higher risk of burning themselves due to an open flame, which means that using ventilation is required to get rid of the amount of carbon monoxide in the air as well as smoke.

Fire may also create ash and soot. There are some wood-burning camping stoves that use wood chips, wood pellets, or other forms of fuel.

However, if you’ll take care of the ventilation and do everything as mentioned above, then you can safely use a wood-burning camping stove in the indoor environments.


As you can see, even though you can use a camping stove indoors, it still can be risky if you ignore the guidelines and tips mentioned above, but if you follow them, then you can safely use a camping stove when you are indoors.