How to Use a Camping Percolator

Brewing coffee in the wilderness is one of the great pleasures of camping. There’s nothing like waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee in the fresh air, surrounded by nature. Although a French press might be the most common option for brewing coffee while camping, a percolator is a great alternative.

In this article, we will show how to use a camping percolator to make the best coffee possible on your next camping trip.

1. Choose the Right Percolator

Camping percolators come in different sizes and materials, so it’s essential to choose the right one for your needs. Stainless steel percolators are durable and easy to clean, but they are heavier than the aluminum ones. However, aluminum percolators heat up quickly and are more affordable. The size of the percolator depends on your camping group size. It’s always best to brew more coffee than less, so be sure to get a percolator that is slightly larger than your group.

2. Add Water and Ground Coffee

Once you’ve chosen the right percolator, it’s time to add water and coffee. Fill the percolator with cold water up to the line or mark inside the percolator. Always use fresh, cold water for the best coffee flavor. Next, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of water. You can adjust this ratio according to your preference.

3. Assemble the Percolator

After filling the percolator with water and ground coffee, it’s time to assemble the percolator. First, insert the basket with the coffee filter in the percolator. Check to ensure that it is tightly secured in place. Next, add the water and coffee mixture into the percolator. Be sure to screw the top tightly onto the percolator.

4. Heat the Percolator

Place the percolator onto your camping stove or campfire. Heat the percolator until it begins to boil. Reduce the heat to a lower temperature, making sure that the percolator is still steaming. Let it brew for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to monitor the temperature of your stove or campfire, so you don’t burn the coffee.

5. Remove from Heat and Enjoy

Once the coffee has finished brewing, turn off the stove or campfire, then carefully remove the percolator. Use potholders or heat protectors to avoid burns. Then, pour the coffee into your mug, add creamer or sugar, and enjoy your perfect cup of coffee.


Coffee is a vital part of camping, and brewing it on a percolator can enhance the camping experience. Using a percolator is easy, and it can make coffee that rivals even the best coffee shops. Follow the above steps to make the perfect cup of coffee on your next camping trip. Remember to choose the right percolator, always use fresh, cold water, adjust the coffee to water ratio to your preference, and carefully monitor the temperature when brewing.

Whether you are camping alone or with a group, a percolator can provide everyone with the perfect cup of joe in the wilderness. Bear with safety and enjoy your coffee!

Dennis Noble

Dennis Noble

Hi, my name is Dennis and I am an avid outdoor enthusiast. I love exploring the great outdoors and have been passionate about camping since a young age. As a writer for a camping blog, I get to share my experiences and knowledge with others who are just as passionate – it gives me a great sense of joy! I'm always seeking new adventures and places to explore; whether it's visiting stunning national parks or simply getting out in nature for the day.

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