Things to Consider when Buying a Caravan Oven

There is no ONE right way to go caravan camping. Caravanning is a personal activity, allowing you to live life on the road in whatever manner you deem fit. While some owners enjoy escaping to far-off, luxury caravan parks, others would much rather indulge in a peaceful escape from society, ultimately opting for quiet, off-the-grid adventures.

Because there are so many different kinds of camping lifestyles, it can be hard to take online advice seriously. When it comes down to it, the needs of a caravan park aficionado will differ greatly from those of a determined nature explorer. To help determine the best appliance for YOUR specific needs, the following few paragraphs will be acting as a brief guide to caravan cooking options.

Do I need a caravan oven or stove?

As we discussed, the answer to this question will differ dramatically as a result of who you ask. However, when it comes down to it, the most important thing to consider is how you'd LIKE to camp. Are you going to okay eating canned tuna, beans, and other types of preserves during the length of your stay, or are you a picky eater that requires certain kind of meals to keep you happy? As can be guessed, those of you looking to indulge in a bit more than canned goods will likely benefit from a caravan stove.

What kind of caravan ovens are there?

Current caravan stoves and ovens differ based on two key elements:

  • Number of Burners
  • Type of Fuel

Number of Burners

As can likely be guessed, the number of burners on a stove will dictate how many pots and pans can be used at one time.

If you're only looking to do so simple cooking tasks, like frying up breakfast or boiling a pot of pasta, then a single burner will probably do the trick.

If you're looking to cook anything more complex, however, a two-burner unit is generally recommended.

Fuel Preference

Knowing your fuel preference is important when buying a caravan oven. Although different options exist, most campers end up opting for a gas-powered stove.

The gas for these stoves is either purchased in the form of cartridges or refillable cylinders. The cylinders, however, seem to be the option of choice for most consumers.

Types of Fuel Available

The liquid fuels currently available for caravans are as follows:

  • Methylated Spirits (Meths)
  • Coleman fuel
  • Paraffin
  • Kerosene

Methylated spirits burn at half the temperature of other liquid fuels. This means that twice the amount is needed, ultimately adding additional weight to your load.

Coleman fuel is a fuel that is formed without using additives that are known to block fuel lines. A popular alternative to Coleman fuel is unleaded, however, unleaded fuels do use these blocking additives, meaning that your fuel lines and generator tubes will require lots of cleaning maintenance.   
Paraffin fuel is a safer alternative to Coleman fuel, however, it requires a secondary source of fuel to achieve the optimal burning temperature. Like Coleman fuel, however, its use will require lots of cleaning maintenance.

Kerosene is a paraffin fuel variant and functions in essentially the same manner.