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Stove safety

Avoid naked lights except in initial lighting All fuels should be stored out of direct sunlight Never tolorate, or use an unstable stove Unburnt gases are toxic and therefore ventilation is essential Never use a stove inside a tent Refuelling, with correct fuel, must be carried out with great care at all times Beware of so called 'invisible flames' when using methylated spirit. All liquid fuels must be kept in screw top bottles Take plenty of spares, such as prickers, jets and washers for pressure stoves Be very careful when changing gas cylinders. Never change a cylinder in the presence of a naked flame Gas cylinders are forbidden in aircraft Take empty gas cylinders home to avoid leaving litter Butane (usually in blue cylinders) does not burn below -1 degrees centigrade, therefore on winter expeditions, propane (usually in red cylinders) should be used. Most fuel gasses are heavier than air and do not vent away completely. Be wary of gas being able to ignite at low levels in ground pockets. Never put empty (or full!) gas cylinders on a fire and keep all cylinders away from heat. Never mix fuels. Always use the correct fuel for the appliance in use. Always use the correct fittings. Do not substitute high pressure hose and fittings for low pressure ones. Check all hoses, regulators, taps etc regularly and have your stove serviced

Last updated: March 1, 2014