1.30.2018

REPOST: My Dual Propane and Butane Camp Stove by Gas One - (How to use it)

Reposting for 2018 preparations.... 
Not a sponsored review. 





Original 2017 post:

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 those 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








  • 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
         








  • 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.
  • 1.26.2018

    Rambling over coffee: The best camp cooking experience verses one of the worst (The GAS ONE propane and butane stove)

    It's just the coffee talking.... 

    This morning as I sipped my coffee I was glancing over some of the photos in my camping file for Coffee Talking.  I came across one I used on CoffeeTalking not long ago in a post about taking my son and his friends camping one weekend when all we had was torrential rains 95% of the time. 
     
    With all the constant rain, the wood was so wet we could not get it to burn warm enough to cook biscuits or even dry any of our saturated clothes.  

    It was a fight to get it going and even bigger fight to keep it going as there was nothing dry enough to burn.  We didn't own a cookstove of any type back then in part due to the fact we had no extra money to buy any real camping gear but also because we believed that when camping... you cook over a fire. Period.  For better, for worse; a campfire is mandatory to cook over!  

    eedless to say we were wet, cold and hungry that weekend.  (Most of our group took it in stride and had a great time anyway; only one was so miserable she was trying to make it miserable for everyone else... it really was fun hiking in storms and slipping all over muddy hills and trails!)

    That was then....


    This is now...

    One of our best camp/cooking nights was when one of my daughters and I were in a beautiful state park, with some great hiking trails, incredible rocks and a gorgeous river.  This was our first experience in a 'sleep' cabin - opting for it over a tent when we saw they were offered for only about $10 more than a tent site at this particular site.  Sparse, 1 room; it offers a bunk bed, a bench and a hook.  No kitchen, bathroom, separate rooms, etc. You bring your own sleeping bag and pillow and everything else because it's basically a wood tent with a built in bed frame.  It  also offered a great deck overlooking the river and one of the trails below.

    I had bought a camp cook stove for this particular trip because later, we were camping in some primitive areas that in addition to no facilities, also banned all open fires of any type.  The only thing they allow in this area was a cook stove.  I was 'forced' to change my view on camp cooking and honestly?  Thank you God!  Ha.  Having coffee in mere minutes of waking verses building a fire waiting for it to get hot and brewing coffee in my little percolator was a blessing and a gift on that trip.  Especially when the temperatures dipped down to the 20's on that trip - and we were in a lightweight tent.



    We had a sleep cabin.  A private deck. A picnic table and instant heat to cook over.  We had such a great night this particular night; every single thing was perfect.  It was actually the first night of our 2 week girls road trip in which we went on to tent camp across the state; but for this first night of relative luxury....  we are forever thankful.  And yes, a cookstove on this trip earned it's place as a "priority" now when camping. 

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    The GAS ONE propane and butane stove I personally bought and is in the picture above:  HERE

    Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set 24oz Stainless Steel
    Texsport Aluminum 9 Cup Percolator Coffee Maker for Outdoor Camping







        

    1.22.2018

    Could a mother have but one glimpse into her baby's future she would see there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best....



    The title is paraphrased and a smidgen of the quote is this;


    "..... could she look into its soul to see its possibilities; 
    could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility 
    for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and 
    for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is 
    no other work so noble and so worthy...."


    This afternoon I reached a stopping point so of course, what else would I do but to brew a fresh cup of hot, strong coffee and come to the open laptop for a bit to check the latest emails and to scan some news headlines.

    I don't regularly read any one personal blog or site but today, I somehow ended up lost in that click-then-click-then-click-that-too and ended up on a random blog where the woman had posted a quote by JR Miller.  As I quickly skimmed the page I saw nothing of interest on it... except this quote.

    And I read it.
    And then I read it again out loud.
    And by the time I finished reading it aloud slowly and pondering the words, I had tears running down my face.

    Where did those come from!?

    I wasn't expecting to have that kind of reaction but there were so many thoughts running through my brain at breakneck speed as I read this quote.

    My own babies, grandbabies, how I want to tell my own children how precious every single moment is and to not fuss and yell and get angry over little things, that in a blink they will be grown.  The children I see being raised by parents with poor parenting skills, being used as political props at marches for things they don't understand and in many cases, things their little eyes don't need to see!  Children harmed by Momma's 'boyfriends'.  Children abused by those who love them.  Children never read to, never sang to, never rocked for hours or taught nursery rhymes.  Children dropped off at daycare at 5:30 am and not picked up again until 6:pm only to be rushed through a drive-thru and a bagged meal tossed at them for dinner, eaten in the car and then sat in front of a tv when they get home until bedtime.  Children not tucked in and given a kiss goodnight.  Children never taught there might be a higher power, a creator of this world.  Children not taught to sing the ABC's and taught to count to 10. Babies left to cry for hours in a bouncy seat in a room alone while the parents party.  Babies that never got to gaze into their father's eyes as they lay in his large hands, heads close.  Children who have never had a pony ride on Daddy's back or get to 'help' Daddy or Mommy make dinner.  Children who don't know the joy of a birthday cake.  Children that are taught by age 2 or 3 to 'fight' and swear and use language even adults shouldn't use because their parents think it funny.

    And the list goes on.

    Children.
    So precious.  So innocent.
    So trusting. So perfect.


    1.16.2018

    Some Obama Reading: 3 books regarding the Legacy, the Scandals and Betrayal of America by Obama






















    1.15.2018

    Girls Road Trip 2018: Information Overload! WeBoost Cellphone Signal Boosters - reviewing, reading reviews and pulling my hair out


    Girls Road Trip 2018 - Topic - cell phone boosters!

    Although I'm going to be doing a series of coffee talk regarding the planning of our 2018 trip, I haven't yet even announced where exactly we are going or what we are doing (because I don't know for sure myself) but here I am skipping ahead to tell you the cell phone boosters I'm looking at.

    We have Sprint for our cell phone provider and if you have Sprint, you know they SUCK for coverage.  Seriously, there is no getting around it.  Verizon rocks for coverage but Sprint serves our family well for the whole family line coverage, and unlimited data, and we've not had issues with billing, etc. so we keep them for now.  Mostly, because maybe I'm too lazy to change providers.  But that is neither here nor there.  The fact remains we have Sprint and I can tell you from the kajillion cross USA trips I've made in the past few years there are more dead spots and weak signal spots than there are hot spots.  And if there is a cloud in the sky, all bets are off.

    Last year I was bothered and inconvenienced (and a tad worried) about the lack of reception we had in many of the places my daughter and I were hiking, camping and traveling through.  Even while driving on interstates the Sprint signal is often missing or weak so I decided this trip, perhaps I'd invest in a cell booster.

    Overwhelmingly in my research I've seen weBoost (Wilson) top rated time and again.  So I started to look at the options and reviews and after about 2 hours my head blew up so I had to stop.  In the end I'm happy with a couple of their products but 1) they are EXPENSIVE (*like, OMG expensive - $400 and $500) and I saw one review that said an odd thing; that Sprint reception can't be boosted because the signals are so 'close' to emergency signals that the boosters won't work on them.  I haven't figured that one out but it's intrigued me.

    Here are three I was looking at and ultimately I'd love to go with the multi-phone/user wireless booster verses the more affordable single-phone cell cradle 'sleek' booster.

    I don't know anyone who personally owns any of these so I'd be interested in hearing feedback if you do!