I spent the past Thanksgiving with my friends at a group campground at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
My friends and I hiked, enjoyed the justly famous views, and had a feast Thanksgiving evening.
With three families and one unemployed bum, there were four two-burner camp stoves. The Zapins had a Coleman dual-fuel stove that I bought them as a wedding gift over ten years ago and is working rather well.
The rest of us? Propane stoves.
White gas stoves work terrific for winter. And the overall fuel cost is perhaps the lowest versus other stoves and fuel types.
But they can be tricky to use and perhaps too intimidating for some versus a propane stove. I have one friend who is hesitant to use the white gas stove. And another person I know absolutely refused to use the Coleman two-burner stove that was part of my standard camping kit until two years ago. Even when I bought a converter to run off propane, she still would not touch the stove as it was admittedly complicated to use efficiently.
Once a propane stove was purchased with its Piezoelectric starter, it was a game changer. Twist the knob, push the button, and the larger burners with lots of BTUs made cooking in camp almost as easy as cooking at home. Easy Peasy. Mac-n-cheesy!
The major downside of these propane stoves? The small green propane tanks.
Though stores almost everywhere stock these tanks, they are expensive to purchase overall. They are not easily recyclable. And though these one-pound tanks can be refilled, not convenient to do so on an extended trip: Sometimes, you have to carry multiple tanks when on a more extended trip or when cooking for many people.
The solution? Purchase an adapter hose!
With this adapter hose, you can easily use your standard Type 1 Valve ( the conventional type of valve for BBQ grills and RVs) with your camp stove. Grab the twenty-pound tank that you may already have for a grill and bring it along for some cost-effective camp stove use. Or, if space is limited in your vehicle, purchase a 10 lb or even a 5 lb propane tank. All choices are more economical than those 1lb tanks. And you have to worry a lot less about running out of fuel or switching tanks when on a trip. Note: I should quickly add that due to the economy of scale, the 20 lb propane tanks are less expensive than the other choices.
So, make your camping more efficient and economical if you use a propane stove. For $20 or less, you can say goodbye to having a collection of 1 lb canisters. And simply enjoy camping without any of the fuel worries or hassles.