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Newbie and gas
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I have acquired and tested my first stove ... Coleman butane. Bought one can of butane for the test .. $1.99 at asian market. I hear rumors of .99 across the Bay.

Installed easily and started immediately. Now what? Should I removed the canister if I won't be using it for 3 weeks? What keeps the gas from leaking out??

One more thing checked off the list,
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You just need to disconnect the canister. You can leave it inside the stove, but store in a place that doesn’t get hot.
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Woost2 (12-20-2017)
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don't be afraid to use your new stove but do be carful. the cans can leak, they can not seat just right, or if you use a pan that is to big it can reflect the heat and they  cane get to hot and explode. they had two explode in a resturant in south korea last week and hurt a bunch of people.
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My butane stove says not to use pans with bases bigger than 8 inch in diameter. So those Korean explosions most likely were caused when people used larger pans on them. Always follow directions for safety sake.
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(12-20-2017, 08:58 PM)travlinman and wife Wrote: or if you use a pan that is to big it can reflect the heat and they  cane get to hot and explode.

For onlookers:  this issue is not restricted to butane.  It affects any stove that has the burner and fuel tank close to each other, which is common in small, portable, or backpacking singleburner stoves.  The reason wide pans are deprecated is that they reflect more heat back onto the tank/font.  Narrower pots will help the stove run cooler if it is prone to overheating.  My Coleman 60s-era 502 sportster runs hot and requires monitoring.  I touch it regularly to see how the tank is doing.  It's beautiful, though.

Trivia:  some liquid fuel stoves actually require a bit of heat blowback to provide pressure since there is no pump.  Optimus, svea, etc.
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ColdBrook (12-23-2017)
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I recently posted about "remote adapters" available allowing you yo relocate the canister away from the stove.

Also converting to use different (safer) butane tank types, and also for running any butane device off (much cheaper) propane.
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frater secessus (12-22-2017)
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I've found these small butane stoves to be one of the safest designs I've encountered, if used with some common sense, and I've used multiple propane, white gas and alcohol stoves.  They are most definitely not the choice for putting a large stock pot on the burner and turning it up full blast, nor were they designed for such cooking.

Their small, low, stable footprint and lack of external hoses and tanks to catch on things or fall over make them very safe in real world use.
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My butane stove came with a carrying case that forces the lever in to the disconnect position when the stove is packed in to it. It also allows the stove and the butane canister to be stored in an upright position.

K&B still has the stoves at $15.00 IIRC.

I still carry my 2 burner propane stove for cooking outside but for inside the van the butane is my 'go-to' stove.
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(12-20-2017, 05:58 PM)SondraRose Wrote: You just need to disconnect the canister.  You can leave it inside the stove, but store in a place that doesn’t get hot.

Uh oh ... by "disconnect" do you mean just "unlock" the vertical lever and leave the can in place?  I took it out. Will it go back in again???
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Yes, it will go back in again...the same way you put it in there in the first place.

You can either separate the canister completely from the stove between uses or you can just unlock the vertical lever - that disconnects the canister from the stove so it won't light or leak.

Store the canister in an upright position when not locked in to the stove for use.
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