How To Use A Volcano Stove For Survival Or Camping

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If you want to know how to use a Volcano Stove for survival or for camping, I have you covered today. Of course, if there are fire restrictions where you live we must all adhere to those rules.

The thing I like about the Volcano II Stove is that you can use it outside for emergency cooking and baking. The deal that nails this product for me is that you can use propane, wood, or charcoal with this awesome cooking stove.

This is an updated post because I was shopping at Costco and there was a roadshow with a great young man telling people how to use a Volcano Stove. I mentioned that I love their product and I would love to try the new grill they have designed.

We talked about the book that I had published and that I recommended their stove. Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation I sent the owners of the company a book and they sent me the griddle outlined below.

This stove even has a tent to bake bread, muffins, cornbread, etc. I invited a few neighbors over to roast hot dogs tonight so you can see this Volcano Stove II in action. It’s also safe enough to use on top of your picnic table and folds down to about 5 inches tall when completely closed after using it.

The stove is easy to open and close after it cools down, then store it on a shelf in the garage. My purchase came with a bag to store the propane hoses, connections, and the grills tucked inside.

How To Use A Volcano Stove:

Here are the new Volcano griddle and grill pan. You will love this new accessory because both sides of the unit come pre-seasoned with a grooved griddle on one side and grill pan with a pour spout on the other. It has two handles and a detachable grip. What I love about it is the fact that it’s ROUND and fits perfectly on the stove. Volcano Outdoors 40-013 Reversible Griddle

Volcano Stove Griddle

Volcano Stove

Here is what the inside of the Volcano II Stove looks like before we start to assemble it right out of the bag. There is very little assembly if you want to even call it that. Volcano Grills 3-Fuel Portable Camping Stove

Volcano II Stove

Here is the Volcano II Stove sitting flat on the concrete and ready to open by pulling straight up using the handle. The legs drop down and it is ready to start putting the grills in it.

Volcano Stove Handles

The picture below shows the unit ready to take fuel. Here is grill #1 you put inside the stove if you are using wood or charcoal to cook your meal.  You crumple newspaper and put a few small pieces of dry wood and then throw a few more pieces of scrap wood or charcoal on top of the newspaper.

I lit the fire, and luckily my husband Mark came home and really got the fire going! I used a butane fire starter tool to light the fire. Once the fire is going, you place the grill # 2 on the ridge inside the stove. This grill # 2  is where you would cook with a pan, dutch oven or a Wok.

If you are going to barbecue you put the grill # 3 on the top (it doesn’t show up very well among the rocks in the bottom left of the picture). This top grill #3 is approximately 13 inches in diameter. The lever shown above on the left side is the vent to adjust the air flow.

Volcano Stove w/Three Grills

I was cooking hot dogs, I don’t usually buy hot dogs because I don’t want to think about what it is them. I must say, I do eat an occasional kosher hot dog with mustard and relish at Costco’s. Yep, $1.50 with a drink and people here line up to get that bargain. Update, Costco is doing away with the Kosher dogs and drinks.

Volcano Stove Set Up

Here are the hot dogs cooked and ready to serve. Yep, hot dog, mustard and relish with a bun!

Cooked Hot Dogs On A Volcano Stove

Here are the items needed for the stove if you are using propane. It has a centerpiece that the flame comes through with the connection on the lower left. The hose completes the connection for you to use your propane tank.

When I bought my stove I had to purchase the larger hose connection for the large 20-pound propane tanks like you use with your barbecue. Be sure and check to see what you are buying because some of the stoves do not come with any propane accessories.

Some come with a small attachment to go with the one pound propane containers. The companies sell different accessories like an extra handle, tent and propane attachments. This is the burner/cradle, 4″ nipple, hose, valve, and regulator.

Volcano Stove II Propane Gas Line

Volcano Stove Tent

Here is a Tent you can buy as an accessory to bake bread, muffins, casseroles, etc. It makes the stove like an oven. Volcano Outdoors 30-700 Lid for Grilling

Volcano Stove Tent

Here is the awesome bag that the Volcano Stove II is stored in horizontally. You basically let the stove cool down and shake out the little residue that is left. Wipe it out and store everything back in the storage bag shown below.

Volcano Stove II Bag

Here’s the deal with the Volcano Stove, it’s awesome to use after a disaster or an unforeseen emergency, and you can take it camping to cook your meals! Like I said before, it uses several fuel choices, wood, charcoal, lump charcoal, and propane. Thanks for being prepared for the unexpected.

Other Ways To Cook Outside

The Kelly Kettle is awesome too

6 thoughts on “How To Use A Volcano Stove For Survival Or Camping

  • January 16, 2019 at 9:59 am
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    Boy Howdy, but I Love my Volcano II Stove!
    The only accessory I haven’t purchased is the cooking tent since it wasn’t available when I first bought my stove and I haven’t seen it in ANY local store lately. Guess I should get off my laurels (??) and order one off of Amazon if they have them in stock, eh?
    Then again, I would have to start baking yummies with it straight away, right?
    Corn Bread, regular breads, cookies, cakes (YES! I said CAKES!!), or you name it.
    If it will fit under the heat-proof “Tent” you can cook it using some learned techniques and patience, Yessiree BobbaLoo! Hahahahaha!!
    Thank you for the article.
    I hope that others will find the information useful and see their way towards buying one for themselves.
    Even if they don’t do a lot of camping out in the woods they will enjoy having this at their disposal for cooking in their back yard at home.
    Live in an apartment complex and have a modest porch off one side (and no restrictions on BBQ use??)?
    Well, it would be SUPER handy and doesn’t require a ton of wood or charcoal briquettes to cook with.
    And using the propane adapter you won’t need ANY wood or briquettes anyway. Just turn on the gas, strike a long propane match to the burner and cook away!
    Although you can use the smaller 1# gas bottles, the gas feature tends to use a bit of fuel, especially when cooking a larger meal or several courses, unfortunately. That is the nature of the beast.
    But use it with charcoal or mesquite wood or scraps of building lumber like 2″X4″ chunks in modest sizes and your Cast Iron Dutch Oven and you are good to go!
    Oh, and you can use your Cast Iron frying pans over the flames or heat, too, just as if you were cooking on your stove indoors.
    Just beware if you are cooking an early weekend morning breakfast including bacon outdoors…….
    Your neighbors WILL be peeking out their windows to find out WHO is cooking THEIR Breakfast for THEM, too! LOL
    Start with your camping coffee pot and then, the Peace De Resistance!!!! (Yeeaahh, NO! I don’t know how to spell that in Frenchy. Sorry. LMBO)
    Oh, YEAH! Bacon, Bacon Gravy, hash browns, eggs and BISCUITS?!?
    Yup! You’ll have visitors galore!
    Hmm. Guess I need to set my Volcano II up and start ME some Breakfast now. LOL
    Thank you for the article. I hope you don’t think I am trying to hijack your thread but I wanted to give my HONEST opinion on this excellent device! (And NO I don’t work for the Volcano II folks or get any consideration from them, either. Hint, HINT Volcano II stove people, pay attention here! Hahahahaha)
    They are a bit pricey but are WELL WORTH every single PENNY!
    Easy to transport and set up.
    Easy to take down and clean to put away when done.
    And super easy to learn how to use.
    If you happen to find yourself in an emergency situation without benefit of natural gas or electricity with which to cook, well then THIS device could be a real Game Changer and make difficult times all that much less uncomfortable for you and your family to endure.
    One last thing and I’ll sign off.
    The instructions mention it but it bears repeating.
    Like ANY cooking device using gas or charcoal or wood of any sort, the Volcano stove is NEVER to be used to cook with (or be used as a heat source) inside an enclosed environment like your kitchen!!!
    Besides the smoke component, the stove and heat source(s) ALL produce Carbon Monoxide which is has NO odor and can be DEADLY!
    So PLEASE only use your Volcano II stove OUTSIDE in the open air.
    Thank you again for the excellent article.
    God Bless and Good Day!
    Howard
    (AKA Huggy)

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    • January 16, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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      HI Howard, I mean Huggy! How are you??? I love your comment today as always, you make me smile with your awesome comments. Yes, indeed please do not cook with one of these indoors! God bless you my friend, Linda

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      • January 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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        Howdy, Linda! I’m glad to hear back from you, too. It’s been too long in my interaction with most everyone except my own, personal, Linda. LOL (She says Hello, BTW)
        I’m getting better, thanks for asking. Im on the mend after spending 9 months with the VA causing me MORE health issues than helping me to recover. But I’ve taken my issues to a proper facility and in one month I’m getting better.
        All that aside, I do lurk here and there and enjoy reading your posts.
        They always have information that folks can use in many, MANY, ways and I’m proud be one of your Fans.
        Have yourself a very good day!
        Regards,
        Huggy

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        • January 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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          Huggy, glad you found someone that can help you feel better!! Holy moly, 9 months is too long! Say Hi to your Linda! Stay well! Linda

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  • January 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    I have yet to really read the article…. your recipe on caramel popcorn distracted me 🙂 Popcorn is one of the healthiest snacks and I love the taste of condensed milk.

    We shop at BJ’s and they used to have a hotdog and with a drink and chips it was just a couple of dollars. While the vendors in front of Home Depot would charge around $5.00. They allowed Dunkin Donuts to come in and setup shop in their store, so no more bargain lunches…. a real bummer.

    I read your article on January deals. Seems like a perfect time to buy a dehydrator and put up some edibles. My brother and I shop for bargains all the time. Just last night we were at Walmart and found something useful. They marked down some nice red aluminum flashlights (Telescoping with a magnetic head) to just a dollar. There are sturdy, well made and great for a small tool kit.
    This is how I am able to buy my survival gear with very little extra cash. We just look around. And it’s really easy to do with a little persistence and by just keeping your eyes open.

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    • January 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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      Hi Frank, oh my gosh, I LOVE popcorn! It’s a great food storage item! Add some condensed milk and butter we are good to go! I love hearing you got some great deal at Walmart! I call it a score day! Great tips! Linda

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