Can You Use a Propane Stove Indoors?

Propane Stove’s are a great way to save money while keeping warm, however it is dangerous to keep indoors. Just like kerosene heaters, you are able to use a propane stove indoors, but you must take safety precautions before doing so. If you fail to follow all of the steps intended for your safety, you could cause a problem having your propane stove indoors.

Propane Stove’s need to be monitored at all times and you need to be educated about the control of carbon monoxide to prevent poisoning. While we definitely do not recommend putting a propane heater in your home unless you absolutely have to, you can follow these safety precautions to make sure that you are using your propane heater in the safest way possible.

For Cooking:

1. The first thing you should do is make sure that the propane stove you are planning to use has been serviced within the last year. You will want to make sure every year that you have had maintenance work completed on the stove or at least have it looked at by a technician to make sure it is in proper working order. This will give you the comfort of knowing your stove is safe and save you from any future expensive repairs that could have been prevented.

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2. Next you will want to check out the stove yourself before you start cooking to make sure that everything is working properly. You will want to check and see if all valves, controls, and components are in place.

3. You will also want to make sure that you are constantly supervising your stove while it is operating. This doesn’t mean you have to stand next to it and watch it but do make sure you are nearby so that you can access your cooking if you need to in a timely manner.

4. Make sure that your children and your pets are not in the same room you are cooking in. It takes one second for an accident to occur and even though you may be watching, if you have kids then you know its no secret that they can get into trouble in the time it takes you to turn around. The same goes for curious cats that like to jump on countertops or rambunctious dogs that can’t stop themselves from running quick enough. Propane heaters are also very hot, so if you can prevent a child or a pet from getting burned, it is highly recommended.

5. Proper ventilation is very important when cooking on a propane stove indoors. If you are using a propane stove for everyday cooking, you will likely of had a hood installed over your stove to help the smoke exit your home. If you are just using it momentarily you will definitely want to crack a few windows before you start cooking. Propane produces a pretty alarming amount of carbon monoxide, so keeping the windows open and the room properly ventilated will make sure that you do not set off your carbon monoxide detector and put you and your family at harm.

6. Last but not least, keep your stove clean. Food and grease can drip down onto the burners that will essentially create more smoke when it is turned on. You want to try to decrease the amount of smoke and chemical that is forming in your home, not increase it.

For Heating:

Propane heaters are great to have on hand in case of blackout’s in the winter or if you can’t afford your heating oil because they are cheap and effective. However, they are not as safe as a costly infrared heater. If you are planning on using a propane heater to heat your home, you should take the following safety precautions:

1. Have Proper Ventilation. Whenever you are using a gas operated stove indoors you will want to make sure you are ventilating it properly to avoid the acclimation of carbon monoxide. A good way to make sure that you are ventilating enough is to install a carbon monoxide detector. This will help let you know if you need to crack another window or turn on a fan to help push the dangerous substance out. Although cracking a window while you are trying to heat your home sounds counter- productive, it is absolutely necessary to have at least one window opened while operating your propane stove/ heater. You will need a place for the carbon monoxide to leave your home. Although it is letting cool air in, it is also letting all of the dangerous toxins out.

2. You will want to check for leaks pretty regularly. Make sure you are inspecting the hose connections throughout the day to make sure that the unit is not leaking onto the floor. This can cause a fire very quickly. You can also listen for a hissing noise, which will tell you that gas is leaking out somewhere. You should check for this noise right when you connect the heater to the gas supply before turning it on. If you notice any leaks at all, please do not turn your heater on or you can cause an explosion or fire. Your unit will need to be replaced, or you may just need to replace a hose.

3. When you purchase your propane heater you should definitely check for a tip over safety feature if you plan on using it indoors. Most modern propane heaters have this feature and some even have automatic shut off features If they detect low oxygen.

4. Never put your propane heater on a carpet. Placing the propane heater on a carpeted area is a bad idea because If there is a leak it is much more likely to catch fire than a hardwood or solid floor is. It is also safer because the unit can get very hot itself and some carpet can become heated to the extend of catching fire.

5. Another great safety tip is to place your propane heater somewhere where your pets and kids do not have access to it. It is best to place it in a room with a hard floor that you can put a baby gate up to prevent pets and children from touching it or knocking it over. Cat’s are sneaky, so keep your eye on your cat while you are running your propane heater.

6. NEVER run your propane heater overnight while you are sleeping. This is the worst decision you can make because you aren’t awake to monitor it. You need to be aware of your propane heater at all times so you can ensure that the level of carbon monoxide in the room is safe, there are no leaks, and pets haven’t bothered with it.

7. You will also want to make sure that you aren’t storing your extra gas anywhere near the heater. Don’t give the opportunity to create a fire by putting flammable gas near your open propane heater flame.

8. Finally, only use your propane heater as needed. If you have no power, it is best to run the propane heater for about an hour and let the room get very warm. Then shut the windows and turn the heater off for the next hour. To turn off your propane heater while saving fuel, turn the fuel supply off before shutting the burner off so that it uses all the propane that is available in the hose.

Other Options:

1. Kerosene heaters are another way you can heat your home if you are low on money in the winter or loose power. Kerosene heaters should be used following the same safety precautions as propane heaters. Although they are cheaper than propane heaters, they leave a bigger carbon footprint an do not burn as clean. You have a higher risk of carbon monoxide poisoning if you do not properly ventilate with your kerosene heater. Kerosene heaters are also started using the burning of a wick inside the heater.

It is very important to either wash the wick and let it dry before burning it or light the wick by itself outside before lighting it in your house. If you light the wick brand new without first prepping it, your home will be filled with dark smoke because it is burning off all of the chemicals used to preserve the wick.

2. The best option for those who are looking to save money is to go with an electric or infrared heater. Although they do not heat as well, they are a ton safer and your pets and children won’t be harmed by either.

3. Unfortunately, gas heaters are the only alternative if you loose power, so even if you are scared of using them or prefer not to, it is important to have one on hand in case of black outs that last days in the winter. Its best to move your whole family into one room of the house where you can put blankets up to cut off the rest of the house. That way you are all together and conserving the heat you get from your propane heater. You won’t have to run it as long and you will conserve more of the heat this way. Use blankets to substitute for warmth when it is time to turn your heater off for a little.

Conclusion:

Although it is not exactly the safest thing to do, it is okay to use your propane stove indoors. Whether for cooking or for heating you will need to follow a lot of safety precautions when using it indoors to prevent illness caused by carbon monoxide poisoning and the risk of having a fire. Make sure that you trust the propane heater you have, and if possible, opt for newer models with enhanced safety features like automatic shut offs if it tips over and automatic shut offs if low oxygen levels are detected. Remember not to put your propane heater where your kids and pets can get at it, and don’t set it on anything or near anything that is flammable.

When possible, it is always best to use your propane stove outside. It is understandable that some people opt to use propane heaters for heat in their home during harsh weather, power outs, and months that are hard financially. Propane stoves are a great way to counter any of these scenario’s if you are safe while doing it.

Before you decide to get a propane stove or heater for you home, please make sure your home has a carbon monoxide detector. If you do not have one already, make sure you add it into your budget when you shop for your propane stove. It is absolutely necessary to have this to protect yourself and your family from harm.

If you know that you wont be able to follow all of the safety procedures to use your propane stove, we highly recommend choosing another option.