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Newbie and gas
If I had the time and money I would buy the butane stove that can use either butane or propane. I didn't know they made those until after I had boughten mine that only uses butane.  That way if I run out of butane I can always use my propane that I always have with me for my heater.  Also apparently butane doesn't always work in really cold temps  and since I live in the cold, snowy northeast I might have that problem sometimes. Same issue with really high altitudes but most people say they haven't had a problem with that. Plus during hunting season it became very hard to find the butane canisters. Next year I will stock up ahead of hunting season.
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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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(12-22-2017, 11:19 AM)Almost There Wrote: I still carry my 2 burner propane stove for cooking outside but for inside the van the butane is my 'go-to' stove.

As I real newbie, can I ask why? Why is butane better inside, but not outside?
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Guessing, bigger size and BTU means easier/safer outside.

Butane more compact and lower power output.

Personally I'd only carry two if I had a big rig, and would convert the indoor one to propane, and only use the butane cylinders when backpacking a picnic.
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GeorgiePorgie (01-17-2018)
luv our Butane stove(s)...just picked up a new one for our 2nd van conversion (a 15K BTU, our original is going with Van1 and was 12K BTU). We've never had issues in or out, always follow safe practices and enjoy the convienience. We typicaly get ~4 days of use out of a canister. At 12K to 15K BTU it easily takes the chill off while heating up the water kettle on a cold morning (~2 to 3min is all we need).

On the WET! Coast of Oregon
2017 Ram Promaster 159WB HR camping conversion
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Back from my inaugural travels with my Prius. I like the size and stability of the square butane stove and the first bottle worked OK. I never got it lit again after that one. I tried three of the other bottles I had. All lit with gusto, went out immediately and never lit again. The spark was snapping. Any thoughts on this?

I was at Chisos Basin in Big Bend so ... maybe 5000 feet. Temps into the 30s at night. I mention that because people were saying "oh, it might be too cold/high for butane" but that sounds ridiculous. People backpack with butane. I did try again when I had a day in the 80s and still nada. I intend to buy another bottle and see if it is just bad luck with gas. It was the cheap stuff from the Asian food store. Korean made, I think.

Another issue was that the vaguest puff of a breeze impacted the flame. Which wasn't very robust even when I had one. I tried various wind blocking methods and was able to eventually get soup hot, but jeez ... what a pain. Need to find something that actually does the job blocking wind.

Anyway, had a great first trip and managed without much cooking. Good thing I've never had a coffee jones.
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did you try to lite it with a match/lighter? could you hear gas coming out? is there gas in the can? you can tell by shaking it. if you think it's to cold you can heat up the can. It sounds to me like the can is not fully engaging in the stove. highdesertranger
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(03-04-2018, 11:02 AM)highdesertranger Wrote: did you try to lite it with a match/lighter?  could you hear gas coming out?  is there gas in the can?  you can tell by shaking it.  if you think it's to cold you can heat up the can.  It sounds to me like the can is not fully engaging in the stove.  highdesertranger

The whole thing makes me pretty nervous. The three new bottles lit once with a biggish flame. And then immediately went out. Did not try with match. All felt heavier and I could feel movement with a gentle rocking but I didn't know if shaking was a good idea. This stove is suppose to be idiot proof -- if the canister isn't loaded correctly, they aren't suppose to lock and if not locked nothing happens. I did unlock and reload and relock several times. I will try a new bottle when I find one, and report back.
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(12-22-2017, 11:19 AM)Almost There Wrote: 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.

K & B? That's a great price!  Looking for an indoor single burner right now for my hot water.....
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(12-22-2017, 09:35 AM)KroFlite Wrote: 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.

Shopping for the best and safest way to heat water inside my cargo trailer, is this the best option?  I have a 2 burner propane stove for kitchen outdoor use (where I do basically all my cooking), but want hot water PDQ inside the trailer.  Is a single burner propane stove just as safe inside?
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