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Portable gas stoves safe for indoors?

I rent, and our house has and electric oven and hotplate. I've gotten used to them, but sometimes I just really want gas! Especially for wok cooking.

I'm considering getting one of those small camp stoves to use for this purpose. Problem is, all the ones I can find say "DO NOT USE INDOORS!"

Is it really a big danger? Are the manufacturers just covering their butts?

I'm in Australia - butane camp stoves are pretty cheap to buy. Would these get hot enough for wok cooking and are they safe for occasional indoor use?

Are there any options? There is really nowhere outdoors where I can easily cook, being able to plonk a portable stove on kitchen counter would be soooo much easier.

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n7of9
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC)
(this is just from a google image search)

opt for this:


instead of this:


and you'll be sweet :)

the contained gas bottles with an attachment at the top for opts and pans are safer than the camping gas-in-a-can types
pacalissanctum
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
I have one of those, specifically for table-side cooking bulgogi/kalbi and hotpot shabu-shabu dishes. LOVE IT.

ETA: I got mine at an Asian grocery and it was marked specifically for indoor use. I still use it with the windows open, as a commenter noted below.

Edited at 2010-09-29 12:40 pm (UTC)
hugh_mannity
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
The trouble with carbon monoxide is that it is colourless, odourless, and potentially lethal.

Butane camp stoves can produce quite a lot of it, which is not an issue outdoors.

I wouldn't use an outside one inside. And I'd only use an inside one with the windows open.

rowangolightly
Sep. 29th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
This, most definitely this. You even have to take care when running a fireplace inside to make sure there's good ventilation. Many years ago, I had to pull people out of a cabin at a winter camping situation because they left the fireplace going overnight without adequate ventilation. I was told if they'd been in there even an hour longer, it would've been too late. And carbon monoxide poisoning is cumulative.
madame_manga
Sep. 29th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
I can't speak for Australia. But where I live, the Chinese/Asian markets carry portable gas burners that are presumably meant for indoor use. They are probably NOT very high-powered if they are cheap and can be used on a countertop. Otherwise you're liable to set fire to the kitchen. :)

The truly high-powered ones with 100K BTUs and more are VERY expensive and need proper venting. Those are the ones that let you get the wok so hot it will shoot yard-high flames! So they will either be built in to a real stove and have a ginormous restaurant-rated wind-tunnel hood above them, or they'll be meant to use only outdoors.

Please, don't use a camping stove indoors. Especially not one that burns white gas (I don't know the specific Australian term for that, but it's a type of petrol). Cheap little camping stoves lack all sorts of safeguards that proper indoor stoves have, and yes, carbon monoxide can brain-damage or kill you. If you decide to try it anyway (yep, on Google I predictably see a bunch of sites claiming it's no big deal) then at least get a CO alarm.
gemfyre
Sep. 29th, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Currently looking at restaurant supply places. I actually saw those burners in Asian food store two days ago! They looked just like the camp stoves though and had very little information on the boxes, which makes me wary.

I've no intention of putting myself in danger. I just hadn't yet found an option that was safe for indoor use.

Might just end up getting another flat-bottomed wok and just keep using it on the electric stove.
bethaniej
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
hi :)

what about an electric wok? i have that i don't even use! i prefer the stovetop - even though it's electric. but the electric wok can get VERY hot which is really good - much hotter than the stove i reckon.

hmmm maybe i ought to drag mine out more often lol.
gemfyre
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
We have an electric wok. I find it doesn't get hot enough!
gemfyre
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
And it's a pain to clean. ;)
bethaniej
Sep. 29th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
well there you go - mine gets really hot. i often use it as a deep fryer - great for spring rolls and prawn crackers.
annaonthemoon
Sep. 29th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
We used our camp stove inside when we had a blackout and had half-cooked food on the electric range. We just opened the kitchen window and the front door for cross-ventilation. Of course, we considered that an emergency. I'm not sure if we'd use it for normal cooking.
phantom42
Sep. 29th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
do you have a garage? a lot of people in our area store and use their gas grills in the front of the garage with the door open.
andweewoo
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
I definitely recommend finding an indoor gas burner. Erm, if you have an asian market nearby you will most definitely find one there. I have one (though I live in japan so they're readily available) and use it all the time in the winter for hotpot and yakiniku and stews!
saint_aura
Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem & have been wondering the same thing. I can't wait until it's barbie weather again!
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