Do you need a caravan stove for your RV? There’s no one size fits all. Depending on how you like to travel, cook and eat, there are different caravan stoves designed to tick your boxes.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the things you need to consider when choosing a caravan stove and share some of our top recommendations to get you started.
Things To Consider:
How Long Will Your Trip Be?
Are you a weekend warrior or long-time adventurer? If you’re mostly planning weekend road trips, you won’t need much more than a small caravan stove for your meals. But if you are heading off around Australia for months, consider a caravan stove with more features that will make mealtimes taste like home.
What Kind Of Meals Do You Enjoy?
Let’s face it, eggs and bacon are your go-to meal, you won’t need to worry about a full-featured oven for your caravan. But if you want to whip up family feasts, you’ll want to consider a caravan stove with more functionality.
Check out the newly released Dometic Oven With Grill and 3+1 Gas/Electric Hob which has all the cooking options covered, so you can cook literally anything you can imagine from the comfort of your RV!
The fuel is important when buying a caravan stove. Most caravan owners end up opting for a gas-fuelled stove, as there are more options on the market and it is easy to control how much fuel you are using. However, there’s a growing number of electric appliances if you know you’ll have access to reliable power.
Types Of Caravan Stoves
Caravan stoves and ovens can be categorised based on two key features:
Number of Burners
Type of Fuel
Number Of Burners
The number of burners on a stove will determine how many pots and pans can be used at one time.
So, if you're only looking to do some simple cooking, like frying up eggs or boiling a pot of pasta, a single or double burner will probably do the trick.
If you're looking to cook anything more gourmet, a three or four-burner stove gives you more options.
The other thing to consider is the amount of space in your caravan. You might only have room for one or two burners, so check out the space available before you buy.
Look out for caravan stoves made for smaller vehicles, like the Dometic PI8022 2 Burner Hotplate. It’s a great two-burner stove for less spacious RVs.
Type Of Fuel
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is the most common fuel type for caravan stoves, just as you’d use for your BBQ at home. It’s easy to refill or swap your gas bottle at hardware stores and fuel stations while you’re on the go.
Most camping stoves, which are made for hiking, are designed to be used with disposable cylinders that have a resealable valve and thread. Some of these can be used with butane canisters.
There’s also a growing number of caravan stoves that are electric, which means you can power your appliance using solar and batteries, or mains power if you’re on a powered caravan site.
You should also consider ignition. Some gas-powered caravan stoves still require an electric connection for the ignition, while those without ignition mean you need to keep matches handy.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
Hotplate & Sink Combo: If space is limited, check out the SMEV 3 Burner Gas Hotplate & Sink Combo which covers both cooking and cleaning in one unit! This is a great option to maximise smaller spaces.
Stovetop & Grill Combo: If you want the grill and cooktop without an oven, Dometic offers the solution with its 4-burner cooktop and grill combo. You even get an integrated black glass lid that doubles as bench top when not in use.
Stovetop, Grill & Oven Combo: Looking for everything in one unit? Check out the Thetford Triplex or the Thetford Caprice MK3 which offers an all-in-one unit with four burners and a large oven capacity of 36 litres. Both models feature a glass lid, flame failure device on valves, oven shelf, multifunctional pan, detachable handle and pan trivet. Both options are ideal if you have a large motorhome, caravan, or RV and are looking for a full-sized cooker.
Slide Out Kitchen: Short on space inside your caravan? We highly recommend a Slide Out Kitchen! These versatile units are installed on the side of your caravan, so you can cook in the great outdoors with the rest of the family instead of being stuck inside alone! Dometic offer a small and large model; both come with 3 burners and a sink, while the large model also comes with additional bench space and built in storage.
Portable Stove & Oven: Looking for a portable option that allows you to take the unit with you on shorter camping trips without your caravan? Check out the Dometic CSO103 Portable Gas Stove & Oven!
Shop our wide range of caravan stoves to find your perfect match.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.