single burner butane stove

Can you use a butane stove indoors?

Yes. The biggest example of this use is from the Asian culture where the butane stove is widely used indoors. The stove is also great for preparedness, emergency cooking, while camping, at the cabin, or anywhere…

>> Cooking without electricity is something that everyone should consider in case of a power outage or other emergency situations.

There is a wide variety of portable single burner stoves to choose from. They vary from ultralight camp stoves for hiking expeditions to larger stoves with multiple burners.

Best Butane Stove For Indoor Use

Safer Choices | Portable Butane Stove Indoors

A good choice emergency stove for ordinary cooking that’s safer indoors than others is a single burner butane stove.

Years ago I bought the ‘ GAS ONE ‘ butane stove and have used it many times. The GAS ONE butane stove served me well (indoors) on vacations, road trips, (even cooking in a hotel room – shhhh…don’t tell anyone )

Gas ONE Portable Stove
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But I like the next one even better:

IWATANI Portable – Single Burner

 If I were to buy another one today, I would seriously consider the Iwatani stove.


Butane stove for indoors by Iwatani
iwatani butane stove

  Butane Fuel Canister (4pack)

Why is Butane Safer for Indoors?

Can you use a butane stove indoors?

Butane burns cleaner.

Burning butane does not normally produce carbon monoxide.

Complete combustion of butane produces carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (not carbon monoxide which is different).

“When oxygen is plentiful, butane burns to form carbon dioxide and water vapor;” (wikipedia)

Asian families commonly and regularly use the butane stove indoors for cooking. I’ve used my single burner indoor butane stove lots of times without issue whatsoever.

With that said, and quite unlikely in a normal environment, “when oxygen is limited, carbon (soot) or carbon monoxide may also be formed.”

It’s always a good idea to be aware of ventilation in your space, especially if you’re cooking in a very small area. A Carbon Monoxide Detector should be in every home. Why? Because you can’t smell it.

[ Read: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Do You Have These Symptoms? ]

For your information, this is the most popular non-stick grill for a portable butane stove such as the IWATANI or others. The best feature is the drain hole and unique swirl design. The channels slowly (slow for flavor retention) drain any fat/grease out into a cup. Minimizes splashing while grilling.

Stovetop Korean BBQ Non-Stick Grill Pan


– When the power goes out. Heat up a nice can of (fill in the blank) for dinner!

– Again, power outage. It’s out all night. Hot coffee in the morning! Got a percolator for that?!

– Road trip! Took mine cross country. Served us well on the trip! Because we took lots of our own food with us (cans of this and that, etc..).

– Convenient for a camping trip. Not so much for backpack but a base camp, yes.

– Hunting camp. Fishing camp. You name it…

– Simply an emergency backup! And it’s safer for indoors.

Note: My experience with using our butane stove is that it burns hot and heats food up fast. The butane canisters last longer than I originally thought they would. I bought a bunch of spare canisters for just in case. I store them with my other fuel products outside the house in a ventilated shed.

Any of you have a single burner butane stove?

[ Read: Cooking Without Electricity ]

[Read: Thermal Slow Cooker Saves On Energy! ]

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