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What is Camping Gas?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 23, 2024
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Camping gas is bottled gas that can be used for many activities associated with the experience of camping or outdoor cooking. Containing gas that has been pressurized and liquefied, the cylinder or bottle usually fits onto different types of devices and provides the energy source for a given function. It may be used to cook or to create a source of heat during a camping trip.

There are several different types of camping gas that are in common use. Butane, propane and a white gas such as clear kerosene are often used to fuel camping stoves as well as small heaters that are ideal for use in tents or other small camping enclosures. Increasingly, butane gas is becoming the gas of choice for people who enjoy camping out regularly, due to its clean properties.

The bottles for the camping gas are normally manufactured to meet strict requirements for containers that are intended to hold gaseous substances. Many bottles will be made of either stainless steel, aluminum, or carbon steel. Some brands offer bottles that are made of composites of two or more of materials. While some of the containers are meant for a one-time use before being turned in for recycling, other types are configured to allow the camper to have the container reloaded at an authorized dealer.

Camping gas may be housed in containers that are constructed for use with specific devices. For example, many camping heaters will require a specific style and shape of gas cylinder in order to work properly. Generally, manufacturers of heaters and stoves for camping use will recommend specific brands of products that are considered compatible. Other manufacturers will offer their own line of camping gas bottles that are designed to work with their camping products.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including Sports n' Hobbies, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By andee — On Jun 29, 2011

We like to have a hot breakfast on the weekends - even when we go camping. I love my coleman gas stove for this purpose. I can fry some bacon, cook some eggs and have a nice breakfast.

This does mean you have to allow room for the stove, the gas, pots, pans and cooking utensils. I keep all of this stored in a big tub so everything is in one place. When I get home from camping and wash everything I put it all back in the tub, so everything is ready to go the next time we take off.

By bagley79 — On Jun 28, 2011

We have a camp stove that needs camping gas in order to work. If we are going to be gone for several days, I like to have the stove with me. You can heat up water for hot cocoa and coffee. I also will heat up water for pasta and even put eggs in a zip loc baggie and drop in boiling water to cook.

When the stove is not being used, I store it with the rest of my camping gear, so I always know where its at when I am ready to go. I also make sure my cans of gas are full, and take extra ones, so I don't run out while I am gone.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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