Use the following steps on how to safely and efficiently remove rust from your burners: read manual, turn off knobs, prepare cleaning agent, clean the surface, clean the range and burners, remove rust, then do aftercare.
Cooking is always one of the best parts in camping. While cleaning the camping stove is not always. To effectively remove rust when cleaning you can follow these steps.
Before cleaning, it is best to review the stove’s instruction manual. There may be precautions you have to consider or features that are specific for your stove that needs special treatment.
Turn off knobs
Ensure safety first. Before cleaning, make sure the knobs are turned off and it is unplugged to prevent grounding. If the camping stove was just been used, allow it to cool for at least an hour before proceeding.
Prepare cleaning agent
Prepare now the cleaning solution. Mix a 3 drops of liquid detergent to 4 cups of water. Mix solution well until it creates a lot of suds.
Clean the surface
Clean the surface first using a damp rag and spray. This will remove most superficial food particles and residues that could harden and can easily invite rusting.
Clean the range and burner
After the range is being cooled, remove the burner from the stove. Life the loose end, pulling the burner and detach it from the surface of the stove. Place the removed burner in a bucket and spray the mixed cleaning solution over it. Set it aside for about 15 minutes. Clean the range with the solution using the damp rag and use a plastic scrubber to gently remove any surface rust. Use circular motions when scrubbing.
After 15 minutes, use another damp rag and remove residue from the burner. For hard to remove rust, make a cleaning paste. Prepare a solution of 3 tbsp baking soda and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Add another teaspoon of vinegar until the solution thickens. Cover the rust with the baking soda solution. Observe the reaction that takes place. Set aside again the burner for another 15 minutes, repeat procedure again if rust remains. Afterward, scrub the burner again using the soap solution, focusing more on the rusted area. Make sure to remove any debris of rust. Rinse the burner with soapy water. Wipe away all the residues with a clean rag. Place on a dry cloth and allow to dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour before placing it back to the stove.
After cleaning the burner, wipe dry the stove and remove any particles present. After drying, place the burner back to the stove and wipe again using a dry rag. Cover the stove and store it safely, away from direct sunlight, until next use.
Be a practical and responsible. Proper cleaning and handling can help preserve the quality and efficiency of your camping stoves.