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Tim Moss

Tim Moss has supported over 100 expeditions across all seven continents. He has climbed new mountains, crossed a desert on foot and recently cycled 13,000 miles around the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society London and a Guinness World Record Holder. He aims to encourage more people to live adventurously. Read more...

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    Giovanni mugliett

    Does anybody know what type of gas canister are easy to be found in south east asia!!! Especially in Cambodia?!!

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    1. 3.1

      Tim Moss

      Hi Giaovanni, we cycled across Cambodia a couple of years ago but I think we mostly just bought food, because it was so cheap, rather than using our camping stove.

      However, my hunch is that ‘piercable’ canisters will be the easiest to find. But, if you find a camping shop (e.g. in Phnom Penh), I suspect it will be ‘screw-on’.

      Do let me know how you get on.

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        Tim Moss

        Update: I asked on Twitter and was told that ‘aerosol’ canisters are the most readily available in Cambodia.

        You can see the exchange here.

        To use an aerosol canister, your best bet would probably be:
        – Get a free-standing stove (i.e. one that sits on the ground and attaches to the canister with a hose: like these)
        – Get an adaptor (like this one on Amazon or this one from Mercator Gear)

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    Sandie

    Hi, Tim. I have been sold a bleuet 206 plus with cv 300 canisters. Surely I can’t use easy clip canisters instead of the 260 or 260 plus pierceable ones the manufacturers recommend? Thanks!

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    1. 4.1

      Tim Moss

      Hi Sandie,

      I don’t think so, no.

      The adaptors let screw-on stoves used other types of canister. But with a piercable stove, like the Bleuet 206 Plus, you are stuck with piercable canisters.

      Good luck!

      Tim.

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      1. 4.1.1

        Sandie

        Thanks, Tim, all the wiser now. :-)

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    Haakon Stubstad Henriksen

    Hi Tim! Really informative article.

    Normally when I camp/hunt/hike, I like to pack really light (for obvious reasons) and the Primus Omnifuel is my companion. However, I’ve recently looked into a more base-camp type stove, and have landed on the Camp Chef Everest. This product is not sold in Europe (certainly not Norway, where I live), and thus is fitted for the 16.4 oz gas canister. We usually only get the screw on canisters here in Norway, so could I for example buy the Kovea adaptor in order to use screw-on canisters for this stove? Any answer is appreciated.

    Best regards

    Haakon

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    1. 5.1

      Tim Moss

      Hi Haakon,

      The adaptors allow screw-on stoves to use other types of canister (clip-on, aerosol and puncture). They don’t work the other way around i.e. they don’t let you use screw-on canisters with other types of stove.

      I’m afraid I don’t know of any that work the other way around.

      Good luck!

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    Stuart

    Hi Tim,

    I can’t quite see if there is a thread on this. It looks like it is a clip on though like the Easy-Clic?

    https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1S_oYMXXXXXc6XVXXq6xXFXXXj.jpg

    Could you let me know which cannister to buy?

    Thanks!

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    1. 6.1

      Tim Moss

      Hey Stuart,

      That looks like it is threaded to me. You can see an Easy-Clic fitting here: https://goo.gl/images/WpTU85

      If nothing else, 90% of camping stoves use screw-on canisters so the odds favour that.

      Thanks,
      Tim.

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    Daniel

    Thanks for this – we were recently caught out in the alps by a lack of screw canisters (despite looking in a number of shops in both Switzerland and Italy), and I was searching for some reliable information on adaptors so we have a back up in future. Thanks for providing it.

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      Tim Moss

      Glad you found it useful Daniel. You only need to get caught out once for it to be a real pain! I hope you managed to source some adaptors.

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    Simon Hopper

    I’m travelling in Africa next year with my lady, two up by motorbike. What’s the best kind of stove to use there (we’ll be riding down the west coast route north to south)?

    If I am to keep her happy, I must be able to make tea each morning!

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      Tim Moss

      Hi Simon,

      I’ve not been to west Africa but I suspect you won’t be able to reliably find camping gas on sale. If so, your best bet will be a stove that burns petrol instead, because you can get that every time you fill up your bike.

      See this article: Comparison of Multi Fuel Stoves

      An MSR Whisperlite, MSR Dragonfly or Primus Omnifuel are all safe bets.

      Thanks,
      Tim.

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    John Gallacher

    As I am desperate for information, I thought you might give advice. ! I have come accross some small gas canisters in my late parents house. They will be about 10 yrs old but not too rusty but I need to dispose of them. They are small, red ¨Gaskartuche¨ gross weight 290 grams (Butane 180 grams) Have tried recycling centres and outlets to retun them. No one is interested as they are full. Problem is that I do not have the fitting to empty them and I am apprehensive about puncturing them. They would have been purchased in the Canary Islands (Spain)

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      Tim Moss

      Hi John,

      That certainly sounds like a bit of a pickle. Does it look like any of the canisters in this article? You’d be welcome to send me some photos, in case we can find a stove that would fit them.

      Thanks,
      Tim.

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