4.30.2017

How to use the "GAS ONE GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Propane & Butane Camping and Emergency Gas Stove Burner"


Not a sponsored review.








UPDATE: I am in love with this product!  I just returned from a 2 week camping trip in which one area did not allow open fires.   

We ended up using this product the entire time - even in areas we were allowed to build fires.  It was a blessing many times over when we woke to freezing cold mornings and had hot coffee in hand within MINUTES instead of an hour!  Making hot dinners from our freeze dried foods, heating water quickly, cooking without smelling like a fire afterwards... 



I love the Gas One brand dual camp stove.  It's 'dual' because unlike most camp or portable stoves that use either propane or butane, this one can use either.

Many people already own portable camp stoves, however in all these years, I've never wanted one.  I never wanted to haul 'extra' gear with me; space and weight is always an issue when doing any kind of camping. I've also always felt cooking over a campfire is not only true 'camping' but fun. I also never really knew anything about them since I've never been interested.

So, what happened to make me change my mind?

An upcoming camping trip that includes an area where open fires are not allowed but small cook stoves are.  


After pondering a few options for food and water during these two days I suddenly had one of those light bulb (stupid) moments where I asked myself;  "Why in the heck don't you just buy a small camp stove?"

It's always been so far off my radar that it didn't even occur to me to want one.

But we're going to have our car; we don't have to carry everything in our backpack so a small stove made all the sense in the world!  In addition to this, if it's raining or storming the rest of the trip, we'll have an option to boil our water (for coffee!) and cook our food when we can't get a good fire going.  The icing on the cake is we will have yet another cooking option at our home in an emergency situation where the power is out.

It was time.
It was time to research and purchase a portable camp stove.

And I'm SO incredibly happy and thrilled with the one I chose! I spend a lot of time researching my purchases and I finally decided to go with the Gas One brand GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Propane or Butane Camping/Emergency Gas Stove Burner with Carrying Case.  It's pretty lightweight, it's pretty sturdy and stable with good quality, it's a cool gold color and best of all it works with EITHER an 8 oz. can of butane or a 16.4 oz. bottle of propane.


 
Product description from Amazon;





  • Compatible with both butane (Fuel not included) and propane fuel (Fuel not included) / Operates on a single butane cartridge 8 oz or a propane cylinder 16.4 oz (Propane converter Regulator Included) With Propane connect the adapter hose to the stove first before connecting to the 16 oz Propane tank
  • Piezo-electric ignition that eliminates the use for lighter/matches in order to ignite flame
  • Easy to use - Our GS-3400P is easy to use with adjustable heat dial and piezo-electric ignition  
  • Great for Camping, Backpacking and Emergency Preparedness
  • Built in Pressure Sensor Cartridge Ejection System and Gas Flow Cut Off Mechanism (butane)
  • Flame supervision that does not allow for the flow of fuel until flame is ignited (propane) 
  • If you can not find butane canister near you, with our GS-3400P you can always use propane cylinder instead or vice versa.


  • Now for my thoughts and lots of photos...


    Although the small bottles of propane are easy to find, it can be much more difficult (based on where you live) to find the cans of butane.  It uses the 8 oz. size which is the size of a typical can of hairspray - not the smaller cans of butane that are sold for torches, etc.  I went ahead and ordered a 4 pack of butane at the same time I ordered my stove.  The butane burns a little cleaner and hotter as well as takes up less space than the 16 oz. propane tanks.  (You can order them through Amazon like I did or look for them locally where you live.)

    When you open the case it comes in, you will find the propane attachment stored inside the canister space.


    To use the stove, remember to flip the pan support over so the supports are facing upwards.  It lays flat to store and flips over for use.



    If you've never used a portable stove before and are wondering how to use the cans of butane - it is EASY and quick.  I swear.

    In the front of the stove make sure the 'lock' 'unlock' level is in the unlock position.
    You just LAY THE CAN DOWN in the fuel area with the nozzle facing the brass fitting on the end.  It lays 'loose' and you don't need to attach anything.  The only thing you have to do is line up the open space on the rim, with the little lock down level on top.  (See the next photo)



    Here is a close up showing the small space that is open on the rim of the can of butane that you lay facing up so this little lock level with the spring is setting above it.


    Now push the lever down to 'lock'.



    The stove pushes itself into the canister nozzle and seals tight.
    If it doesn't, you probably forgot to lay the canister with the open space on the rim facing up.  Check and try again.


    Now you are ready to go!
    Just turn the dial down to the ignite position until you hear and feel it click.
    At this point the little blue flame will be going on high.  Just turn the dial to lower the flame to where you want it to be.



    If it's an extremely sunny day it might be hard to see the flame so be careful.  It burns hot obviously.
    One of the options sold with this stove on Amazon (where I purchased mine) is a wind screen.



    To turn it off just turn the dial back to off.
    Push the lever back to 'unlock' and the canister unlocks and you can lift it out.
    You can store the propane adapter back inside the unit to store.


    Flip the burner back over flat to store.  And do not store with a butane canister inside the unit.




    So here is the one I ordered and tested twice - and I love it.  No regrets at all - I like everything about it.

    The case it comes in is pretty thin plastic - pretty cheap I suppose but it's lightweight.
    I plan to use mine primarily with the hotter burning butane, however, because it can be hard to find in parts of the country and propane is easily found at sporting good stores, Walmart, etc. I am always storing the propane attachment with my stove so if I ran out of butane while traveling I can pick up a bottle of propane and carry on.

    I bought mine through Amazon but they sell these in many different places.  IF you are interested in the dual propane/butane style be sure to read carefully.  Most stoves are only propane burning so you have to be sure you are looking for the dual option.  The gold colored stove by Gas One is dual.




    GAS ONE Propane or Butane Stove GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Camping and Backpacking Gas Stove Burner with Carrying Case Great for Emergency Preparedness Kit (GOLD)


    You might also be interested in checking out some related products from Amazon;

    Portable Camping Stoves,Werleo Ultralight Foldable Collapsible Windproof Outdoor Backpacking Stove Propane Butane Small Camping Gas Stove Burner Mini Camping Cookware Cookout Stove for Picnic Hiking
    GAS ONE GS-3900P Dual Fuel Propane or Butane Portable stove with Brass Burner Head, Dual Spiral Flame 15,000 BTU Gas Stove with Convenient Carrying Case (Stove)

    GAS ONE 50411 Propane Adapter Replacement Hose for Gas One Dual fuel Stoves GS-2000, GS-2300P, GS-3400P, GS-3900P, GS-800P
         






    4.28.2017

    Roasting Wheat Berries to Use for Coffee - Wheat Berry Coffee

    A couple years ago I was looking for information on some 18th century recipes and stumbled across the site of Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc. Since then I end up back either on his site or sometimes his YouTube videos about once every 6 months or so (and secretly am coveting some of the period clothing - I want so badly to purchase!  How fun!)

    But back to 'coffee'.

    This was posted on Youtube and of course got my attention because it was an old fashioned wheat berry coffee.  I've heard of making coffee out of many different ingredients through the years, (usually due to due coffee being banned or hard to get at various points in history and around the world).

    This one caught my attention because we always have wheat berries at our home as I grind our own wheat.  I thought it would make a good morning "coffee talk" topic around the kitchen table.

    "We recently found this very interesting concept from John Houghton in 1694. In it he talks about using wheat berries as a substitute for coffee beans to make an imitation coffee."

    I thought it was interested and I'm willing to give it a try in the near future... have you roasted wheatberries and made coffee from them?  What did you think?

    Watch the video for instructions and information...

    2/3 c wheat berries

    roasted in frying pan over open fire (like coffee beans)

    Roast and stir constantly until dark roasted






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    4.27.2017

    Those Nordstrom "Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans" for $425 with fake caked-on mud? CHILL OUT! IT'S A FAD.

    From today's news....  Coffee Talk

    Nordstrom sells the "Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans" for $425, which feature fake caked-on mud.


    It's afternoon coffee break time so with cup in hand I log into my computer and click on the news only to see...  some of the headlining news is apparently about a little 'uproar' over some faux muddy jeans.

    Seriously?

    With all the important issues going on in our world today people are choosing this to get up in arms over?  Good Lord.

    "The heavily distressed straight-leg blue denim jeans have "seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty," according to Nordstrom's website. 

    Ok - so most people would have a good laugh and move on.

    But apparently not TV host Mike Rowe, formerly of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," who kicked off the controversy. 

    "I offer further proof that our country's war on work continues to rage in all corners of polite society," he wrote on Facebook. "Behold the latest assault from Nordstrom's ... Finally - a pair of jeans that look like they have been worn by someone with a dirty job … made for people who don't."

    Oh for pete's sake.  Well, people jumped all over that not only on Facebook but it spread to other forms of social media and then, I read an article in the news  that covered Reebok having some fun with the story by releasing their own faux 'sweaty' shirt - selling of course for the same $425 price tag as the jeans.

    People. 
    Chill. Out.
    It's a pair of jeans.
    I'd say it's a fad but it's not even THAT yet.
    Is this something that is going to stay around for years and become the new thing?
    No.
    Is everyone going to rush out to buy it and will be become the new approved casual Friday look at the office?
    Doubtful.

    It's a flash in the pan just like most things people get up in arms on over social media in America today.

    Go back to work.
    Get back to your homework.
    Go find something else to surf about.
    Go read some different news.
    Go shop for jeans, or whatever you were looking for when you saw it.

    It's really (really) not a big issue and certainly not worth people bickering about.  There are so many other better topics for that right now, don't you think?







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    4.25.2017

    A simple hack for cleaning your camping coffee pot from the campfire


    Originally posted in August of 2014 - reposting for 2017 as we still own and use this coffee pot - and still love it!





    Originally posted in 2014. Still using today in 2017.

    I have had this 9 cup Coleman coffee pot for quite some time.  Although I don't particularly care how sparkling and clean it is, I do try to keep it somewhat clean as I don't want the blackened soot from campfires and coals to get on the other things it is packed with.  People with sparkling, shiny camping equipment are much like people with sparkling, shiny baking pans and cookware;  they don't actually use them much! 

    In the past I've done what most campers tell each other to do.  Rub the bottom and sides with soap to keep it from getting especially bad, and then scrub it off with hot soapy water later.  Except, it really doesn't work all that great and I really hate to scrub pots and pans of any sort.  Still, that's what I've done for years.

    After my solo camping trip this weekend, I had a very dark colored camping coffee pot.  When I took it off the campfire, poured the remaining bit out and rinsed it well, I used my finger and fingernail to rub the side.  This discoloration from the flames was not going to go anywhere without a fight.  It was 100 degrees outside, I had to pack up camp and return home... and I refused to sit and scrub this pot at the campsite.  Being it was not 'rubbing off' it went into my pack for later, after I had returned home.

    "That afternoon I kept eying the coffee pot
    sitting on my counter, waiting for me to scrub it...
    but I was loathe to do so, so I kept ignoring it"


    That afternoon I kept eying the coffee pot sitting on my counter waiting for me to scrub it... but I was loathe to do so, so I kept ignoring it.  Finally, I don't know what made me think to do it, but I grabbed a large plastic bowl, filled it with some water, added about 1/2 cup ammonia (cheap, regular bottled ammonia I had bought at Walmart for less than a dollar), immersed the pot, filled it with water to keep it in place vertically, and went about the house doing other things while I forgot about it.

    When I cam back about 1 1/2 hours later I used my fingernail to test if it was helping at all.  A perfectly clean path appeared.  From there, I grabbed a simple scrub brush with stiff bristles, gave it a couple swipes and it was coming right off.  Right off without any real work or scrubbing at all. 

    Here is a photo I snapped on my phone immediately after running the scrub brush over it.  You can see exactly where the pot was immersed in the water/ammonia mixture and where it wasn't.

    I then laid it down as you see in the photo below, left it for another hour or so, rolled it over to the other side and did the same.  Then I used the scrub brush, washed and rinsed it in hot, soapy water and packed it away for my next trip. 






    What I'm using:   I have the Coleman version, but as you can see, the Stansport brand looks to be remarkably similar.



    Coleman 9-Cup Aluminum Coffee Pot

    • Lightweight and durable
    • Rust-resistant
    • Bail handle for easy pouring
    • Replaceable clear glass knob lets you see the strength of your coffee as it percolates
    • Easy to clean



    Stansport Outdoor 277 9 Cup Aluminum Camper-Feets Percolator Coffee Pot
    • Made of durable, rustproof, high gloss Polished Aluminum
    • Percolator stem and basket included
    • Comes with top and side handles
    • Easy pour spout
    • Heats quickly










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    Sili-Dripper Silicone Collapsible Cone Coffee Filter Holder & Drip Brewer NO LONGER available through Amazon - Use Ozark Trail Instead

    Originally posted on Coffee Talking in April, 2015 - it is no longer available today.  This is reposted for 2017 with an update that a similar version can be had from Ozark Trail.


    Ozark Trail ~ Collapsible Coffee Drip/Brewer ~ Neon Green




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    Sili-Dripper Silicone Collapsible Cone Coffee Filter Holder & Drip Brewer below is no longer available.  But a comparible one currently available is the Ozark Trail model.












    • Collapsible cone saves space for drawer or backpack storage makes it easy to bring camping, or store at the office.
    • One simple, durable part is easily cleaned in the sink and is dishwasher safe.
    • Brew delicious, home-made, drip brew coffee without expensive equipment.
    • Easily use this single cup coffee maker while sitting beside the campfire.
    • Carabiner included to make it easy to attach to your backpack or belt loop.

    One of the FYI details I found while researching is that with very hot coffee and a level surface to the mug below, it can produce a tight seal, which slows down the dripping.  Some people cut a tiny hole in the base so an air pocket cannot form between the mug and silicone brewer.  Another person mentioned they put a straw through one of the drip holes to allow air to flow and therefore the coffee to drip through.  Pour about 1/3 of your water, wait for the bloom, then slowly pour the rest through for a drip style brewed fresh cup of coffee.  The amount of cups you make is based on how much coffee grounds you put in your brew filter.  Works best with a #2 filter like these from Melitta.-



    Melitta Cone Coffee Filters 40 Count #2 Natural Brown








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    The Kuissential Slick Drip Collapsible Silicone Coffee Filter Cone

    Originally posted on Coffee Talking in May, 2015
    Reposting for 2017.





    Last week I did a couple collapsible coffee drip filters for being 'on the go' hiking, camping and what-not.  I said I had one more, then life got busy and I forgot to post it!  Sorry bout that one!  This is the Kuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone but you might also know it as the Cuissential brand as apparently they used to spell their name with a C but recently had to switch to the "k" spelling.

    Why do I like this one?  The size mainly.  It's going to collapse down so it won't take up much space in your pack and it's also food safe, FDA approved so you don't have to worry about strange chemicals leeching into your morning coffee.

    You can use a #4 or #2 filter, but I'd opt for a #2 Natural as the 4 is just a little big and you need to position it to get it to fit just right.  A #2 will slip right in.

    The strength of your brew and how big of a mug you make is up to you.  You simply use as much grounds as you wish and pour through the amount of hot water you wish.  The end result will be as strong or weak as you like - or as you get used to it, you can play with amounts of each to see what brew is your favorite.

    From their own description:

    • Brew delicious flavorful coffee without an expensive, bulky machine
    • Modern silicone design will last longer than more expensive glass/porcelain coffee drippers
    • Unlike cheaper plastic coffee drippers, silicone does not absorb odors or pass on chemical taste into your brew
    • Unique collapsible design saves tons of space and makes storage a breeze...Perfect for your RV, Camping, Glamping, and Office caffeine fix
    • Easily cleaned in your dishwasher or sink


    Product Description
    Are you having trouble getting a delicious, flavorful brew with your counter-top coffee machine? Need something portable for your Office, RV, or outdoor adventures? Tired of having to make a whole pot of coffee when all you want is one cup? Those days are over thanks to the Cuissential SlickDrip Coffee Dripper. Simply place the SlickDrip over your mug, set the paper filter, add coffee and boiling water, and your java fix will be satisfied within minutes. Thanks to its modern, FDA food-safe silicone design, the SlickDrip lasts much longer than more expensive acrylic, glass and ceramic versions. Also, unlike cheaper plastic drippers and counter-top coffee machines, silicone does not pass any odors or flavor into your coffee. Who likes plastic coffee??? For best results use a #4 or #2 coffee filter, which will keep loose grounds out of your mug. If you want more control over your coffee's flavor, and a more affordable, collapsible, alternative to glass and ceramic drippers, welcome the SlickDrip to your home.










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