Flying with stoves

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1. Posted by Matt2258 (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I have heard that you are not supposed to fly with camp stoves. I have a Dragon Fly stove and am planning on going to SE Asia for two months and expect to be doing some independent trekking not to hill tribe villages and so will need to cook for myself sometimes. Any suggestions on how to get a stove over there?

2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Matt2258

I have heard that you are not supposed to fly with camp stoves.

Why not? I can understand why campstove fuel would be prohibited, but why the stove itself?

Kevin Pfeiffer

3. Posted by Demian (Full Member 117 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Unfortunately, it is a bit of a roulette... some airlines do allow the stove, but not the fuel; some only allow the stove if it is VERY clean (a friend of mine had to remove his from his luggage once, as it wasn't clean enough...) and don't allow the fuel bottle; and some don't allow stoves at all. But you can hardly find whether your stove will be allowed on board or not. And if you have connecting flights, or fly on charter-base, it is virtually impossible to find out on forehand if you can take it.

In general, gas stoves are allowed more easily than liquid fuel ones, as there is hardly any residu left in gas stoves.

I happen to have a Dragonfly too, and I took it on board of a plane at one trip (which meant about seven different flights with four different airlines), without any trouble. But I cleaned it very good, especially the fuel bottle.

So my suggestion would be: clean and ventilate your stove well before you leave, and clean the fuel bottle even better. Just tuck it deep in your luggage, close to other metal objects so the shape doesn't stand out, and go. Worst case scenario might be that you have to leave the fuel bottle, but that's the cheapest part, and probably available at your destination too...

good luck and enjoy your trip!

4. Posted by Matt2258 (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Damien. I appreciate you taking the time to give a through answer.
Happy travels,

5. Posted by mudman (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Flying with stoves going to SE Asia doesn't make sense to me at all. Why missing all these exotic and wonderful tastes by trying to cook something by yourself. You can't usually be in such a remote area that there isn't a small grill or roadside boot selling excellent food.Or just ask some locals. I had it happen very often that people are delighted to share their food for a story from the outside world. Hospitality often counts more in other countries than in western Europe or other so called civilised countries. And going shopping in a food market only ends up with an extra bag and usually higher spendings than getting some local food. I never take my own cooking device and so far never suffered from hunger during my trips. Have in mind, even locals have to eat at some times. Ha, ha.


6. Posted by nichoco (Budding Member 22 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You may want to try to clean your stove and fuel bottle this way.Clean with dishwashing detergent and rinse thoughorly.Then put coca cola in the fuel bottle and attach the stove.Pump as though using it and open valve to allow coke thru stove.Shut off valve.Leave for 10-20 minutes and then flush.
This gets rid of the residual fuel and smell.This is the way a lot of climbers do it now.Hope this helps.The other way is to try to find a Titanium fuel bottle as these don't hold the fuel vapors, very expensive though.