Though not a lot has changed over the year when looking at RV propane stove tops, there are a few changes that make cooking and cleaning so much easier than years ago. Some stoves have a recessed counter top, but the newer units have a few bells and whistles that help reduce noise and make cooking easier with a stove.
Getting to Know Your RV Propane Stove
You may need to put a towel over the top of your stove to prevent the grates from rattling. Plus, some of the older models have open burners, while the newer ones have closed burners. This prevents food from boiling over the pan and getting deep into the stove top making clean up much easier.
Older stoves run manually, requiring a separate lighter to ignite the burner. If the LP gas valve was recently closed, it may take a while for the RV propane stove to light. This is because all of the air in the line needs to work its way out before the gas runs to the stove. It is also necessary to manually ignite the stove part of the unit in manual models. Newer units have spark igniters installed and will turn on automatically.
Older stoves have four burners while the newer models have three. Three burner models have one burner in the front center where there is a higher output, making it possible to cook things faster.
Overall, RV stoves do not require a lot of maintenance. Just remember to watch the burners for an even flame and keep the area clean. This includes keeping the exhaust fan clean and the flap to the outside open when running the stove.
Be sure to brush up on RV propane tanks before lighting your rig’s stove.