Frypans, billys and hotplates can all be used on a gas burner. Frypans and billys come in cast iron (excellent heat retention but heavy), aluminium (lightweight but a health risk and food is prone to sticking/burning), enamel (lightweight and cheap but prone to chipping and then food can stick/burn), stainless steel (lightweight, durable but expensive).
Personally, we prefer stainless implements. We carry 2 billys that nestle inside one another plus a billy with a spout for use as a kettle. The only problem we have had is that our equipment uses rivots, which have eventually created weak spots and leakages (after approx. 4 years use). This problem is overcome with a spot
We also carry a thin cast-iron hotplate that is designed to fit 2 burner gas cookers. These are available from most good camping stores and means you can have a BBQ without an open fire.
Some people prefer gas cooking, simply because they find campfire
cooking too dirty. However, gas cooking is often your only option when fire restrictions are in place or where firewood is scarce.
There are three main types of gas/fuel camp stoves.
LPG StovesThese stoves are very popular due to the significant advantages over other stove types. LPG is a fairly inexpensive fuel to purchase. It burns clean and efficient, leaving the stove to be cleaned afterwards with ease. The LPG gas bottles are readily available at most hardware, camping and service stations for direct bottle exchanging or refilling. LPG bottles can be used to power other devices such as LPG lanterns. Last but not least, some trailers have welded LPG bottle holders built in to carry them safely.
Dual-Fuel StovesThese stoves are quite expensive to purchase and can run off Coleman fuels and unleaded petrol. Being designed to run of off unleaded petrol definitely has its advantages because unleaded fuel is cheap and easily available. Most travellers also carry extra unleaded petrol in petrol cans or jerry cans for various uses. The main problem, is that if you spill unleaded petrol or get it on your hands, you will have a hard time getting rid of the odour.
As at April 2015, this style of gas cooker has been totally withdrawn from sale in Australia
. Consumers owning any portable butane "lunchbox" style cooker are warned to stop using them immediately. The warning comes from a result of Australian gas regulators who have identified that some models are unsafe as they fail the overpressure tests with a risk that the cookers may explode if they overheat. Testing has found a fault with the cookers' shut-off valves. A comprehensive list of affected models can be found on the ACCC website here
. The list mostly includes models that are currently available. This does not mean that older models are any safer. The ACCC recommends that you also stop using all models, including older models not listed.
Consumers who have been using these successfully for many years may be reluctant to stop using them however if you choose to ignore the ACCC recall and warnings, you are advised to research the specific safety faults that have been identified and take heed to avoid using the unit if it displays any unusual functioning and especially to watch for abnormal heat build-up in the base. You should also avoid using the unit in any way that will trap heat. Do not use oversized pans or large grill plates. The pot/pan should not overhang the butane cartridge area. Never use aluminum foil on or around the burners or on any part of the unit. Try to always allow for adequate air flow over the top and sides of the unit. Use on very hot days should also be avoided. Do not place the unit on any hot surface, like a metal table, ute tailgate, or bitumen in the sun. Avoid direct exposure to the sun.