Portable Butane Stove (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High heat 10,000 btu
- Brass burner
- Safety shut off
- Adjustable heat range
- Piezo ignition system
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The butane canister kind of looks like a large bottle of hairspray. It's simple to install the butane canister - you just put the canister in there gently and flip a lever to connect it - there's no chance that you will get it in there the wrong way. (You don't have to pour any fuel in with a funnel, or anything smelly like that.) When you are ready to store away the stove, you just disconnect the butane canister, pop the plastic cap back on, and put it away.
I found out that butane canisters can be purchased on the web, but the shipping costs are more than the cost of the canisters, so it's easier to buy them locally at restaurant supply stores, or sporting/camping stores. On the other hand, if you are in the middle of a big weather disaster, and every store in town is sold out of butane canisters, then who cares about how much it costs. Thankfully UPS and Fedex deliver will stuff to your door, even in the middle of a winter wind/ice storm. Normally a butane canister costs about $2 or $3, and lasts around 3 hours. It's better to have a few in the garage, because they sell out pretty fast during a big windstorm, even in a metro city area.
This is a great stove for when the power goes out. The next time we get a windstorm, and the power goes out for 3 days, like it did during the big windstorm of Jan 2007 in the metro Seattle area, I'm all set.
By the way, I would recommend getting a butane stove even if you have a generator, because you will need the generator to run some lights and a heater. It's not much fun to have to disconnect the heater and the lights from the generator, , in freezing weather. With a butane stove, you can have your coffee, and your lights and heater too. It makes life much more pleasant during a long power outage.
Although I only expect to use my stove in emergencies, I tested it out when I first got it. I put a pan of water on, and it boiled in a very reasonable time. However, there are some annoyances that I have to point out. First of all, as others have said, you have to make sure the notch on the fuel can is lined up with the pin on the fitting before you press down the lever that pulls the can into the fitting. Unfortunately there's no kind of guide to help you line it up, you just have to eyeball it. In contrast, I found an instructional video for the Sterno ActionStation stove, and it has a little tab that folds down into the slot so you know it's lined up correctly. In hindsight that would be a nice feature to have. Second, when you do push down the lever, the torque of the lever-driven assembly pulling the fuel can into the fitting causes the entire stove to bend a little bit out of shape until things are fully seated.Read more ›
I found and ordered this product and, while I haven't actually cooked on it yet, I have assembled it (with a butane canister that I purchased separately) and turned it on several times. It is very easy to set up, but there are a few things that I feel potential buyers should know:
1) It wasn't immediately obvious to me (and no instructions were included) that the burner top is shipped upside down, not right side up as shown in the product picture. So, upon opening the carrying case, you need to lift out the burner top and flip it over. Note that there are curved sides and a straight side--the burner will only fit into the stove one way, so you'll need to line up the curves on the burner with the curves on the stove for it to fit right.
2) When you insert the butane canister into the stove, look for an opening (a cutout of sorts) on the lip at the top of the butane can. Line up that opening with the stove's receptacle and then push down the lever on the front of the stove to lock it in place. If you put in the butane canister and you don't get a flame when you turn on the stove, it is likely because you did not align the canister properly (this happened to me twice).
3) Some reviewers have reported not being able to find butane canisters to fit this stove at their local hardware store. I bought a 4-pack of canisters on Amazon. If you do the same, be very careful to review shipping costs before adding it to your cart.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are great little stoves and work well. The only drawback is the air/gas can temperature. Butane does not work well or may not work at all below about 38 F degrees. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by TruthTeller
If you are looking for a great way to heat a regular size pot of soup, boil water or any thing normally done on your house stove, this will do it, albeit one pot at a time. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by GP
Great, I would never go back to those Heavy Coleman camper stoves. Its like a 1/3 the weight and performs 2x as well.
10,000 BTU with precise control. Read more
This very same butane stove can be acquired at your local Asian market for under $20 (I got mine for $14.99 on sale and it was red and black). Read morePublished on June 14, 2013 by J. Reilly
After Hurricane Sandy, I felt compelled to assemble some items in case a disaster ever happens in the Midwest. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by k-buckeye
After losing power for a week after Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to have something like this to cook on should we lose power again for an extended period of time. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by JaniceM
It was easy to set up and the flame is strong. It will be very useful when the power goes out.Published on November 30, 2012 by KMM
I bought this gas stove for my home and all I can say is well worth it, I've fried steak chicken fish and cooked curry on this, very easy to clean assemble and put back on carrying... Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Fijimafia650