One of the most important pieces of equipment for any camper is a camping stove. A camping stove provides the fuel that warms food, boils water for drinking and washing dishes, and can also be used to regulate temperature by using the proper ventilation.
A camping stove will help you much in your favorite hobby. But do you need a regulator?
Do You Need A Regulator For A Camping Stove?
The answer to this question is not a simple yes or no. A regulator is necessary for any use of high-pressure gas, whether it’s an oven or stove. High pressure gas has the potential to cause serious injuries if not handled correctly.
Naturally, regulators are much more expensive than either low-pressure tanks or cartridge cylinders of gas like butane and propane that do not require a regulator.
So it just depends on how you plan on using the camping stove that determines whether it’s worth the investment or not.
If you are cooking with high pressure, we highly recommend a regulator for safety purposes and to avoid wasting fuel by having an underpowered flame while at the campsite cooking with your stove!
If you’re only using your camping stove for low-pressure devices, such as propane lanterns or a grill, a regulator is not necessary.
If you are planning on cooking with a high-pressure camping stove and have not purchased one yet, we recommend an aluminum model over plastic. This is mainly because the plastic models are less resistant to cracking and leaking than the aluminum models.
The regulator should be compatible with your camping stove before you even leave the store. Most regulators can be attached to almost any standard low-pressure propane tank that hasn’t expired.
If you’re using a grill, you will need a propane tank with a regulator built into the cylinder or an adapter to attach one on to the cylinder.
In conclusion, if you cook with high-pressure gasoline or not at all the answer is no to needing a regulator for camping stoves.