Using gas bottles when camping

Camping is a popular way to spend your free time. It’s become more popular recently due to the coronavirus pandemic, with more people choosing to stay at home for their holidays, instead of going abroad. Gas bottles can be used for camping – here are some reasons why you should choose to use them for your camping trip.

Camping stoves

Many people choose to take camping stoves with them for a camping trip so that they can easily cook hot food and make hot drinks during their stay. Camping stoves usually use a mixture of butane and propane in their gas canisters; however gas cartridges can also be used. The type of fuel you use can be dependent on the weather – butane is often popular as it is less toxic than propane and can be rather cheap, however it can struggle to operate at lower temperatures. Propane can be used at lower temperatures and is lighter.

Using camping stoves and gas bottles means that you can keep yourself warm by consuming hot food and drink – you can also eat more nutritional food this way, which may be useful when exposed to the elements during camping.

Non-electric lanterns

Lighting can often be an issue when camping. Whilst some people try and rely solely on torches or phone lights, this is not always a reliable source of lighting. Lanterns are popular and can be hung from structures such as gazebos (please ensure that they are hung safely so as not to cause a fire). Using gas bottles for camping can be quite advantageous as they usually provide better lighting and heating than electric ones, although they do need ventilation and refueling can be rather messy at times.

Safety tips

As with any gas product, safety is a high priority.

You can improve safety during camping with gas bottles by ensuring the area where the gas canister is being used is well ventilated (it’s not recommended to use them inside tents) and that canisters and bottles are always changed during the open air.

Always turn your gas bottles/cylinders off when travelling or when they are not being used and never use a naked flame to look for leaks.

For all of your camping gas requirements, as well as informed advice on many gas-related matters, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly experts at London Gases.