When you're out camping, the last thing you want is for your camp stove to malfunction and not light up or cook food properly. To troubleshoot the issue, start by removing the grill and burner cover. You may find some leftover greasy food on the stove, which can burn when you turn on the stove and interfere with the amount of oxygen that is burned. If you suspect spiders or earwigs are to blame, be careful when removing them.
Low-flame problems are common on any type of propane stove or grill due to the safety mechanism of each regulator. If this is a problem for your stove, make adjustments to allow more oxygen to enter. This could be caused by food, insects, oils and debris from outside, or fire. Then remove the control knobs from the oven and unscrew the bolts that hold the metal stove, but leave them in place.
If you've been using your camping stove for a long time, dirt may have built up in areas other than the burners. To get rid of this, let the stove run for a while to burn off any remaining oil. A lack of oxygen usually means that the flame cannot be heated enough to cook well. If you're using a larger propane stove, it works especially well for camping by car since weight isn't an issue.
Instead of heating up efficiently and turning into a blue flame, you may notice a wild yellow flame. Compact stoves can develop a yellow flame for different reasons than non-portable stoves, so keep that in mind. A yellow flame on your liquid camping stove is usually a sign that something may be wrong with the generator. However, there are a couple more possible causes you might notice when it comes to a liquid camping stove.