On the internet, you’ll find a lot of posts about safely cooking with your propane-fueled stove, how to estimate how much propane remains, how to light the burners, and “everything” you wanted to know, EXCEPT…
…what to do when you’re about to cook and you run out of propane or lighter fluid!
I’ve lived in our 15ft travel trailer for a month and have experienced both. While I may not be an expert on full-time camper living, I am quite adept at handling chaos. I am a dark fantasy writer, after all. Gods and monsters are my thing. 😉
Rules to Save Your Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, and Dinner
1. Always have extra propane tanks, filled and ready to switch out the emptied.
2. Always have extra lighter or matches on hand to replace dead lighter.
3. Always have alternative cooking methods.
–We have the convection oven microwave and an Instant Pot. Even the electric tea kettle would do to heat water for oatmeal or any other just-add-water instant foods.
4. Always stock your pantry or refrigerator with foods that don’t require cooking.
–Salads, sandwiches, cheese, hard-boiled eggs, fruits, vegetables and dip, pita bread and hummus, nut butters, seeds and nuts
Our long-reach lighter wouldn’t spark this morning, and I’d already broken the eggs and whisked them with cream and feta cheese. While we had an extra lighter, I didn’t know where Shane stored it. Perhaps that should be a rule: know where you keep your supplies. 🙂 So, I’d texted Shane but was too hungry to wait for his reply. Patience is not always my virtue. So instead of making scrambled eggs, I poured the egg mixture into a ramekin and baked a crustless quiche. 🙂
I had to eat my cinnamon-sprinkled toast and drink my green jasmine tea before eating my eggs, but in the end it worked out for me
The final rule should be: Be flexible and creative when cooking chaos happens. Because it will happen, no matter much you know about how a propane stove works or how to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.