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, if 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 Thetford Spinflo Minigrill K1540 Cooktop(4 Gas)+grill. This is a great option for your cooking needs while on the go. It has 4 hot plates ready to fry or boil up your feast and then finish off with some freshly grilled garlic bread.
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.
Induction cooking is also becoming quite popular in the caravanning and 4WD world. With a decent battery and inverter system installed you can cook off-grid using a portable induction cooktop. The Westinghouse Twin Induction Cooktop can have you cooking your fresh catch straight on the beach in no time.
How Many Burners Do You Need?
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.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
Hotplate & Sink Combo: Check out the Thetford 353 Combination Unit, Left Sink and the Thetford 353 Combination Unit, Right Sink these are a great space saver and when not in use the glass lid closes flush for even greater work space and a fresh clean look
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 K1520 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!
In a nut shell, whatever your cooking requirements are at Caravan RV Camping we can offer a range of solutions to get you whipping up your favourite meal while enjoying the outdoors in no time. 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.
ApricatedAll of your guides are well written. Helpful information on your caravaning needs, comparison of appliances and energy requirements. Thanks guys/girls, well done. Regards Steve