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Fake Britain episode reveals deadly dangers of fake camping stoves

by Sophie Haigh | Aug 22, 2019

You may have tuned in to last night’s episode of Fake Britain, which focused on the deadly consequences that fake camping stoves can have on an inconspicuous consumer. Presenter Dom joined a keen camper who had suffered burns to his face and arms after a £20 stove bought online from a discount shop exploded upon being lit.  

Surrey Fire Brigade, clad in full protective gear, put the fake stoves to the test and discovered the deadly impact that a counterfeit stove can cause, of which there are thousands being sold in the UK each year putting the general public at risk of serious fatalities. Trading Standards found fake CE labels on the stove and evidence that the equipment had not been checked at any stage upon delivery to the retailers or wholesalers. The sellers responsible received fines of £15k and the 1,200 stoves that hit the UK market were withdrawn from sale.

We’ve spoken to many caterers who are, or have considered, using camping equipment when starting up in the catering industry - our advice is always please, under no circumstances, use camping stoves for your business. Each year there are lots of incidents of explosions caused by this type of burners and we have come across caterers who have suffered life changing burns and disfigurement following their use. Camping stoves should only be used for short durations of time as they don’t feature the flame failure devises that commercial equipment does. In addition to that, large commercial pans on a camping stove will reflect heat back onto the LPG cylinder causing it to over-pressurise, risking leaks from or even splitting the cylinder.

In addition, there are laws against using camping stoves as a main source of equipment. Caterers are legally required to have their LPG equipment checked by a qualified Gas Safe engineer at least once a year, but due to the gas tight seal at the gas cylinder connection they would be unable to inspect them, leaving you unsure if they’re safe and potentially risking lives every time they’re used. Ultimately, nothing will work in a caterers’ defence should an accident occur. Criminal proceedings could be brought against anyone found in breach of the law and if anything should happen, there would be no insurance pay outs; potentially risking an entire business and people’s livelihoods.

The Fake Britain episode only touches the surface of the risks associated with not buying stoves from reputable suppliers and how easy it can be to stumble upon counterfeit and potentially deadly equipment. It can be difficult to know where to source the best equipment from, and in fact, many experienced caterers fall trap to dodgy dealers. NCASS Equipment eliminates the chance that you may spend your hard-earned cash on a faulty, dangerous or wrong product. Our product reviews are written by real traders whose purchases are verified by NCASS and all specifications are listed so that you have the correct information; ensuring that the equipment you’re ordering is best suited for your business needs and safe for staff to handle.

If you’re in-doubt about where to source safe and compliant equipment, please call our Equipment Manager, Penny on 0121 603 2524 who will be able to advise. Remember, listings on websites that offer the best value for money are often too good to be true, so it’s always better double check with an expert and avoid any potential accidents. To watch the Fake Britain episode, click here

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