Cookers and gas
Gas is the popular choice for easy and convenient cooking and larger groups and families tend to use a larger multi burner stove and a gas cylinder. Our guide here will help you use it safely and efficiently.
Campers have the choice of propane or butane. Propane (normally in a red cylinder) is ideal for colder conditions like late season and winter camping, but butane (normally in a blue cylinder) is more popular for, although less efficient, it burns cleaner and you get slightly more for your bucks. It also works at a lower pressure than propane so needs a different regulator. You rent your cylinders and then just purchase the refill via a cylinder exchange when empty. Prices vary greatly between suppliers so check them out carefully – especially if travelling abroad.
Tip: To find out how much gas you have left after a trip take the empty (tare) weight from the cylinder and convert from pounds to kilograms (if needed) by multiplying by 0.453592. Place on some bathroom scales to get its total weight and deduct the empty cylinder weight to give you how much gas you have left against the fill weight.
There is no universal regulator and you have to match your regulator with the gas type and gas supplier. Some regulators simply clip on to the cylinder. Others screw on. Calor Gas requires a gas spanner to connect its regulator – using a counter-clockwise twist to prevent you accidently undoing the connection. Campingaz is readily available throughout most of Europe so no need to change regulators if travelling and using this gas source.
Tip: Never try to repair a regulator – they do not cost that much so carry a spare in case the one in use seizes.