Can You Take a Camping Stove On A Plane? 2024

Camping stoves are lightweight, portable and handy devices to use on a camping adventure, but taking them on plane is a bit tricky.

Here is a short answer: Camping stoves are allowed on planes in carry-on and checked baggage, but they need to be clean and empty from any fuel or traces, Fuel and gas canisters are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags.

In this post, we will find out more about the TSA regulations on traveling with camping stoves, the types of camping stoves that are allowed on planes, and provide some additional tips and recommendations when flying with your stove and camping gear in general.

Let’s dive in more.

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TSA Rules Camping Stoves

The TSA (The Transportation Security Administration ) has restrictions on what to take on planes in airports within and from the United States.

And according to the TSA you are allowed to bring camp stoves in carry-on or checked bags, if they are clean and free from any fuel or residue.

Before gearing up with a used camp stove ensure that it is clean from any flammable vapors, if it is not there is a high chance that it will get confiscated at the airport and you won’t be able to transport it on board or even as checked baggage.

Even though there are so many types of camping stoves, ( Butane Stoves, Propane Stoves, Solid Fuel Stoves and Alcohol Stoves ) , the area of concern is only the flammable liquids they operate with.

The AskTSA replies to a passenger question about taking a portable camp stoves in carry-on

However; there is no guarantee that your camping stove will make it in your carry-on bag, even if it is clean and empty from any remaining liquids.

Some TSA agents may want to provide extra security and will tend to confiscate any item that they feel is not safe.

So you will need to have a plan B and know where to get a new stove at your destination.

In some cases even if the TSA allows certain items the airline company may have different rules and policies so it is always a good idea to check with your airline ahead of time to see if they have any additional regulations or restrictions when it comes to flying with this type of gear.

StovesCarry-on baggageChecked baggage
All types of stoves ( Butane Stoves, Propane Stoves, Alcohol Stoves, Fuel Stoves)Allowed but must to be empty and cleaned so that no residue is remained inside the stovePermitted but need to be empty and cleaned so that no residue or liquids is remained inside
Jetboil Must be empty and free from any residue Permitted but need to be empty and cleaned so that no residue or liquids is remained inside
Electric StoveAllowed (ensure it is within the airline size)Permitted

Take Camping Stoves In Checked Baggage

Here is an answer for the TSA customer service replying to Matthew that taking a camping stove in checked bags is allowed as long as they are empty of all fuel and no fuel vapors or residue are noticeable.

The AskTSA replies to a passenger question about taking camping stoves in checked baggage

No matter what type of camping stove you are taking, I advise you to pack it inside your checked bag.

Just ensure that it is clean and well protected.

Even though I would recommend traveling with a brand new stove using its original packaging.

That would save you a lot of trouble.

If you still want to take your stove but you are not confident that it will pass through the security checkpoint, there are some alternatives, either to ship it to your destination or you can borrow one at a local store at your destination.

Read also: What Items Are Not Allowed In Checked Baggage?

How to Clean a Camp Stove for Flying?

To ensure that your stove is safe and ready for travel, it is important to clean it thoroughly before taking it to the airport.

Just like cleaning any item, use soap, hot water and a brush to remove any liquids and debris from the stove, and make sure it is dry before placing it inside your bag or backpack.

Can I Bring an Electric Stove and Hot Plates on A Plane?

Electric stoves and hot plates are generally allowed on planes, and are much more safe and easy to travel with.

But you will need to ensure that they are within the size and weight of your airline, it is better if you pack them in checked baggage.

Can We Carry Gas Stoves in Flights?

Gas stoves are generally permitted on planes, but there are certain precautions that need to be taken when flying with them.

For example, the fuel must be completely empty and the stove must be cleaned thoroughly before flying.

Can You Fly with JetBoil Stoves?

JetBoil stoves are allowed on planes, but it must be clean from any files and gas and need to be packed properly.

If possible make sure to pack JetBoil stoves in its original packaging and place it in a plastic bag to avoid any inconvenience at the airport.

Can You Fly With Isobutane?

Isobutane is not allowed on planes, if you want to take an empty container it must be completely empty and the valve must be removed before flying, so the security officer can see that the container is empty inside.

Even though I wouldn’t recommend taking one at the airport, there is more chance it will be confiscated even if it is empty.

Final Thoughts

As was mentioned before, flying with camping stoves is generally permitted as long as it is clean and free from any fuel or liquids.

You can even bring more than one , but it’s better to check with your aliens before doing so.

It’s also important to choose the right type of camping stove for air travel and to pack it properly to prevent damage during transport.

We hope this helps and you can safely and easily bring your camping stove on your next adventure.

We hope this helps

Happy travels

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