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Butane Stove Sux. PROPANE PROPANE.

Discussion in 'Stoves & Cookware' started by VickyFresh, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. VickyFresh

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    I was given a butane camp stove recently, and although it worked well, those little gas canisters have such a short life that it defeats the purpose of cooking your own meal. I managed to cook a box of mac and cheese and heat up a can of chicken noodle soup before the thing ran out of gas. I used to have a propane stove which was way more efficient. The gas cans cost twice as much, but last about 10x as long.
    The only thing I liked more about the butane stove is how compact and stable it was. The small gas can fit beside the stove quite well, although the locking mechanism wasn't very stable. The single burner propane stove I had before felt like it was about to fall over all the time. The burner was balanced on top of the propane can which was on a stand, but with a heavy pot of food on top it's not the safest. I think the way to go would be with a propane stove that looks something like this:

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    This one is small and easy to carry, it uses propane and won't fall over and spill all your food. Although I guess if you're in the right location you could just start a goddamn fire.


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    This should be in the equipment and gear section. Under stoves n cookware.
     
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    I've got the upright style propane stove. It works but is precarious. That one you show flat box with hose to propane canister is better. Looks like it has a wider support for the vessel too - a real problem if you cook with a fry pan larger than 10". Steer away from the Walmart upright type that screws directly onto the propane tank. I returned two of them. They both failed after the first tank emptied and I screwed on the new canister. The Coleman of that type works much better. And I think I only paid 15 bucks on Amazon. But my regular cook stove is a Coleman dual fuel stove that uses white gas or regular gasoline, which I siphon out of my car gas tank. $15/gallon for white gas or $2/gallon for gasoline. The choice is obvious and a lot cheaper (and hotter) than propane. But I still keep the propane stove as backup and for reheating (faster to start and no pumping.) Another handy item, if you have an AC outlet available, is a $10 electric hot plate from Walmart. Cooks, warms
     
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    12volt appliances are a rubberhobos best friend. For camp cooking i like alcohol stoves and can hobo stoves, for large themecamps and basecamps i recommend an old house stove hooked up to an lp tank. Add a sheet of steel to the top of burners with a gap in between and your flatop cooking for the masses in no time.

    I wont bring lp stoves camping, im too old and that shit is to heavy. Twigs in a tin can reign supreme.
     
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    Ricky ruined my fuckin life, Julian...
     
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    Nice thing about that Walmart electric hot plate is that if you're where there's AC available, you have a free source of fuel/power. And it's great to keep stuff warm. It's fairly compact and stowable. And it's only $10.
     
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    That guy with the sideburns on his scalp Jim Lahey, is played by John Dunsworth. The character is always drunk. And the character is well played. But John doesn't drink at all. He died recently.

    Jim Lahey interview:
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    Just reminding y'all can get very cute with the amount of water you actually need to cook macaroni. Annie's in the blue box cooks super fast if you hit the sale.
     
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    For the first 6 months I was rubbertramping I used

    msr_dragonfly.

    White gas, kerosene, & diesel and jet fuel. The one time I used diesel it clogged up the jets after about 6 meals. I'll never use it again. I generally used:

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    Can get this in most stores like Home Depot or Lowes. It is, basically, lighter fluid. Not as explosive as gas, lol. I also used it in my zippo. However, after about 6 months a plastic part on the connector from the hose to the bottle broke. They've redesigned the piece but I still haven't replaced it. Pretty stable, but needed a small grill for smaller pots. I just used a small round bakers cooling rack from the thrift store. Overall, it boiled water like a mo'fo and a gallon of fuel lasted about 3 weeks cooking all meals. Needed to completely take it apart about once a month to clean. Very light and compact.
     
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    I mixed acetone with gasoline for my dual fuel stove and it melted the plastic in the ball valve and was very hard to turn. Started working OK again after I'd run a tank or straight gasoline through it.
     
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    wholly fwok don't go blind breathing that shit. wtf about the alcahol stove or has that been reiterated too many times
     
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    I think pound for pound they do the same dollar for dollar those camping cartridge things I'm sure suck, I bet someone figured out a way to refill them from a big cylinder, and anyway if you can refill a lighter why not a stove, but no one would let you and no one's going to carry one of those even in a car/van.

    For me its all fussy and I have a fire or nothing but I get it if it's for stealth or inside or whatever
     
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    alcohol just doesnt infuse the flavor that diesel and naptha have. its all about that flavor :p
     
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    Used inside my van multiple times without issue.

    Flavor? I cook in a pot, not BBQ'ng
     
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    Apparently you can refill the 16 oz cannisters from the BBQ ones you exchange outside grocery and convenience stores:
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Refill-Disposable-Propane-Tank-from-a-Standard-BBQ/
     
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