The Pros and Cons of Popular Types of Camping Stoves

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on The Pros and Cons of Popular Types of Camping Stoves

Enjoying a hot meal by the side of the trail is one of the most rewarding pleasures enjoyed during a camping trip, but what kind of stove is best for cooking that meal up? There are several options available, each with its own list of advantages and drawbacks. Here’s a quick overview to help you choose the right one to fit your needs. Canister Stoves Canister stoves are made up of a pre-filled fuel canister and a stove head that can be plugging into the top to regulate the output of gas. These stoves are popular because they are relatively easy to use and burn very efficiently; it should only take a few minutes to bring water to boil. It’s also easy to change the temperature. However, canister stoves are tough for longer journeys because it’s difficult to tell how much fuel is left in the canister. Additionally, it’s quite wasteful to have to keep buying new canisters. Fuel Tablet Stoves Fuel tablet stoves are one of the less-common varieties, but they still come with several benefits. They use a very small tablet that burns hot for a set length of time, and they require only a very simple stove to use. This makes them perfect for long-distance backpackers who will naturally be worried about weight. Of course, fuel tablets are much harder to get your hands on than other types of fuel, and you can’t really regulate their temperature once they start burning. Liquid Fuel Stove Liquid-fuel stoves run on white gas, or naphtha. Liquid fuel vessels can be reused, making them eco-friendlier than canisters, and liquid fuel is widely available. It’s also easy to see how much you have left, and the fuel will perform well across all temperatures and weather conditions. However, even with these advantages many people will be put off by the heavier weight of these stoves, their higher initial cost, and the fact that they are slightly harder to use than other options. For these reasons, they tend to be more popular among seasoned campers. Alcohol Stove Ultralight backpackers or those on long-distance hikes often enjoy using alcohol stoves. These burn on nothing more than denatured alcohol, which is very inexpensive and easy to find, even if you can’t locate an actual camping supplies shop. Unfortunately, alcohol stoves are very susceptible to the wind and are harder to cook with. They also tend to burn quite inefficiently, so it could take 10 minutes or so to boil water for your morning cup of coffee. Keep these things in mind when looking to buy a stove to add to your camping...

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Propane or Butane – Which is Best for your Caravan?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 in Uncategorized Comments Off on Propane or Butane – Which is Best for your Caravan?

When it comes to choosing caravan accessories, many essentials, such as heaters, cookers and refrigerators are gas-powered.  But what’s the best type of gas to choose: butane or propane?  Read on for a helpful guide. Which is which?  Propane gas is produced as a by-product of the petroleum refining process.  Propane is always sold in red cylinders. Butane gas is a hydrocarbon gas constituent of petroleum and as such is highly flammable.  Butane is always sold in blue cylinders. The majority of gas-powered caravan accessories can be fuelled by either butane or propane.  However, you must have the correct regulator for the gas that you have chosen to use.  Caravans over 10 years old may have a removable regulator, enabling you to swap and fit one that is appropriate for your choice of gas.  Newer models may have a bulk head regulator that just requires you to change the hose to suit the type of gas you’re using.  If you’re unsure about your connection, ask for advice at the caravan accessories shop; they should be able to set you up correctly. Propane gas When considering using propane, consider the following facts: Propane is lighter than butane.  This means that the cylinders are smaller, easier to handle and take up less valuable storage space.   Propane burns hotter than butane due to its higher calorific value.  This means that your heater will be warmer and your cooker hob will cook food more quickly.   Propane is usually cheaper to buy than butane.   You can use propane gas all year round, due to its ability to burn in very low external temperatures. Butane By way of comparison, here are some important facts to note about butane: Butane burns cleaner than propane and is less toxic, making it a more environmentally-friendly choice   Butane will not burn at low temperatures (less than about 20C), so it’s only suitable for use during the warmer months of the year. In conclusion When considering whether to use propane or butane to fuel your caravan accessories, the best choice appears to be propane.  It’s cheaper, lighter to transport, less bulky to store, and you can use it all year around.  Remember that any type of gas can cause carbon monoxide poisoning if the appliance it is fuelling is faulty.  Ask your caravan accessories supplier for a carbon monoxide alarm for use in your caravan, and always have your gas-powered devices serviced by a qualified contractor every...

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