So you’ve managed to book that dream camping holiday you’ve been craving, and now it’s time to get excited about all the little things. But there are a lot of little things when it comes to camping – so much so that it can become overwhelming, especially if you are a novice. There are so many different factors to consider before hitting the road, but one of the most important is your choice of fuel. Anyone who has ever gone camping will tell you that the key to a successful trip is preparation. If you think you can just turn up with a tent and some sleeping bags and expect everything to be fine, then think again. You need to check which sites take what kind of gas, find out what kind of facilities they have for your type of gas, and check whether you need any special permits or registration documents in order to use your chosen gas in their region. Sounds like a lot?
What is Camping Gas?
Camping gas is a fuel used for cooking and heating while camping. It is usually a petroleum-based product. There are two types of camping gas – butane and propane. Both are widely used and easily available in different parts of the world. Butane and propane are both colourless gases. They are easily liquefied at outdoor temperatures and can be stored in heavy-duty steel cylinders. They are flammable and can be explosive when mixed with air below the lower explosive limit.
Propane vs. Butane
There are certain key things that differ between the two types of camping gas. For example, propane burns much cleaner than butane – so that means it leaves behind less soot and ash on your pots and pans. Propane is also slightly heavier than butane – so when you are refilling your tanks this can make a slight difference as to which outlet you should use.
Which type of Camping Gas should you choose?
There are many different things to take into consideration when choosing the type of gas you want for your gas stove. But the main factors you should be considering are the following: – Availability in the country you are going to. – Cost of the gas. – Availability of refill stations near you. – The type of cooking equipment you have. – Whether you are going to be camping in a group or on your own. If you are camping somewhere like the United Kingdom where butane is more readily available and there are plenty of refill stations, then this may well be the best option for you. However, if you are travelling to a place that is far away from a refill station or where butane is not readily available (like many countries in Asia), then you would be better to use a gas like propane that can be refilled from a can.
How to store your chosen gas while camping?
You need to store your gas in a cool, dry place. – You should avoid mixing your camping gas with other gases like petrol. – You need to make sure that your camping gas is kept separate from other items in your car (like food) – Make sure that it is kept out of direct sunlight.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when choosing your camping gas – and you need to do your research before arriving at your chosen destination. This way, you can make sure that you are equipped with the correct type of gas, and you can avoid the stress of finding the correct type of fuel once you are there. And, of course, the more prepared you are, the more likely it is that you will have a successful trip.