Many electrical stoves can be used outdoors, and portable units are popular for camping. Large stoves designed for use indoors, however, may experience problems and wear due to weather conditions.
Rain poses a problem for many electric stoves used outdoors. While the tops of large units are designed to handle some water during cooking, rain can leak into the unit and damage electrical components. Rust can also threaten a unit's integrity.
Small stoves called "hot plates," however, are often designed to withstand outdoor conditions, and many can use batteries, making them portable solutions. Some manufacturers also offer stoves designed for use outdoors, but many of them are only recommended for covered areas.