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anyone used one of them cheapy stoves that you stick an aerosol can in the side of?

Worth the $30??
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:44

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:44
You can get them cheaper than that at Big W...and yes..they're GREAT !..

though I believe that they are a bit hard to start in really cold weather..but I haven't tried it in the cold....

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Reply By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:51

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:51
Truckster we were so impressed with Lyn's and also I think Fat Fingers John and Muddy had one too, in the Wombat we bought one for our daughter in law for mothers day. Not as compact as a Trangia but for the modern girl........
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:13

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:13
hahahahaha
lol lol
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 23:46

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 23:46
Dont laugh, I still have my trangia from the old bike rally days
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 06:55

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 06:55
Still use our Trangia too Truckster from the kayaking and walking days....
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 08:11

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 08:11
Still have my trangia from bike rally days too, also have the stove's you are all talking about as well they are good mines called thunder range and it starts well in any condition cold or hot, they are affected by wind though.

Baz.
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Follow Up By: Patrol22 (Queanbeyan - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 08:54

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 08:54
Aren't we all affected by wind??
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:18

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:18
Some more than others LOL.
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Reply By: Savvas - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:55

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:55
Got one for about $24 and the butane cartridges for $2 ea.

Even at double the price, they are well worth it. But at $24 they are just mind blowing. The cartridges last around 90 mins and you can boil 2litres of water in less than 5 mins.

You can get little grilling plates and other gadgets for them but I have my doubts on how long they'd last as the metal seems quite thin. However as a stove, they are fantastic value and the cartridges seem to be safer transport than an LPG cylinder.

I've stopped carrying an LPG cylinder and stove for most trips now.
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:58

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:58
goodday savvas
we bought one of the originals still going strong after about 5 or more yrs
steve
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Reply By: outback ted - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:55

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:55
Truckster

Quite happy with mine. Not a subtitute for the traditional portable gas stoves but they can't be beat where size and weight is a factor.

Gas refills last a while ( a lot cheaper at the big chain stores ).

For around $25+ dollars I don't think you can go wrong.

ted

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Reply By: John - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:58

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 18:58
Hi Truckster
As JohnR said I have one, Eric, Toonfish and Diamond also have them and I think Garyin Oz has one ?

$25 at Kmart good for a quick BBQ.
They are Butane ans as Lyn said they may be a bit hard to start in real cold weather, not that I have had the problem.

Take care in the snow.

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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:06

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:06
Hi John, we have the little gas torch for the same cans. Press the turn on switch to ignite and fantastic for caramelising the sugar on the creme brulee too....... just what you make while camping of course
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:00

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:00
We bought one for an extra burner and roadside cuppas and they are great, quick and easy with ignition built in ignition. Use a can in about 1 1/2 hrs, at less than $2 if bought in bulk at supermarket. Only negative is that they freeze up on cold mornings so we use 2 cans and the second can sites on the side warming up while the kettle is on and then just swap them over as they freeze.
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Reply By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:07

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:07
Truckster,

I bought one of these last year while saving up for a proper Primus/Bottle setup. Works good and is quick and dead simple to set up and use. Good and compact in the vehicle too. Mine came with a plastic case. Best for boiling the billy in the morning but not bad to cook on either.

No complaints whatsoever.

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Follow Up By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:11

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:11
Steven WHATS going on, no report yesterday and no picture yet hope you havent been driving instead of your forumite duties !! LOLOL
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:22

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:22
Ha!

I have just walked in the door. I am busy morning til dark this week!!! Still have not had the chance to get a decent daytime photo. Remarkable how everything gets busy all at once!

Yes I plead guilty your honor! I have been driving the new toy instead of playing in the forum. Expect more of this behaviour!

Will be taking some good photos this weekend as I cruise thru Wilpena Pound.

Cheers

Steven
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:22

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:22
A front end only mother could love...
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Reply By: Mrs Diamond - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:53

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 19:53
open your walet
let the moths out
and buy one
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:24

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:24
NO.. :P I have a 2 and 3 burner stove now ...
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Reply By: Member - Allan Mac (VIC) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:49

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:49
Truckster.
Its all been said as above. we cart one around with us and use it to brew up first thing whilst the fire is arking up. Specially handy too when all the women get together and want a brew . They use that instead of getting in the way around the fire.
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Reply By: Member - Bernie. (Vic) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:56

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 20:56
Hi Truchster
I have a "Rambo" from Rays I think it was, great little stove but have been caught out on cold mornings, usually make a thermos ( the night before) for the 1st coffee. If you are thinking of taking it to the high country on the W E I would go LPG or wood fire to be sure, just My experience with them.

Cheers & have a good trip
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 21:42

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 21:42
I don't have one of these things but it seems the only pitfall with them is that they don't work well on cold mornings (bit like me really).
This might sound stupid, but why not stick a couple of cartridges in bed with you at night and in the morning they be warm enough to be useful.....then you could do as pesty suggested and just keep one close to the heat (not too close) so that if the first one freezes up you have a 2nd one to take over.
Just a thought....
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Follow Up By: Member - StevenL - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:14

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:14
Roachie,

I think it is the process of vapourisation of the liquid into gas within the can that makes it go cold and then the nozzle at the top of the can freezes up. Your idea may help but I already have enough gas floating around in the swag at night without adding more in a hard lumpy can!!!!!

I have done the two can trick mentioned and that worked OK.

Cheers

Steven
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Follow Up By: Andrew & Jen (Melb) - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:19

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:19
I can just see Roachie getting up in the morning and scaring everyone with a couple of cartridges down his pants. haha
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:39

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:39
Is that a gas cartridge or are you just happy to see me.

All the best
Eric
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Reply By: Jon - '88 TD42 GQ - Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:05

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 22:05
Just road tested mine up the snowies a couple of weeks ago. Worked ok in the cold for an evening cuppa (I was in thermals, pants/shirt, two jumpers, beanie and gloves and still cold, dunno the exact temp). Generally only had issues when it was cold and cartiridge down to a third or less.

I was worried about consumption as we churned through the first cartirige just boiling a few billies. Was using it on flat out untill we found at about 1/3 it produces tha same amount of heat (or close enough) but lasts much longer. Probably no good for cooking dinner for 4 for a week, but for less people or shorter trips I'd recommend it.

Get one.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:06

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:06
ANyone interested in em, $15 on Ebay!

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=16037&item=4129306905&rd=1
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Follow Up By: John - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:13

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:13
Yeah plus $30- postage & handling. LOL
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:05

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:05
$30, where did you get that from. I read $9.50
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Reply By: Cobra - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:19

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 00:19
Yep, had one for a few years now and they are great. Main use is for a quick brew up but also have used it to cook with. Downside is that it is butane so it does not work as efficiently when the temp is around the 0 mark, but warm the can and it is fine. Camping stoves with the screw in canister work on the same principle and the same problem
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Reply By: Billy - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:45

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 09:45
Definitely worth having.

We have two, since we tried to do a trip once (family of 4) with just these burners. We ended up going back to one and a LPG stove. They are great for the quick boil ups but anything that requires longer cooking really consumes too much gas. So quick and easy for the roadside stop though. Also, they produce just the right heat for my round companion BBQ plate (designed for primus/companion round gas bottle top burners) and it fits on like it was made for it.

Tips:

1. Go for one in the plastic case, easier to pack and no rattles. We have a "soft pack" one too and it just gathers dust now.

2. Never leave the gas can in when not in use, even "disconnected". If you leave the can in and connected, it will leak. If you leave the can in and disconnected, on a cool morning it will not perform. I've never had a problem by leaving the can upright in the box in the car when not in use.

3. Big W and Kmart are cheapest for cans, Big W regular price was $6.84 for a 4 pack last time I looked.

Regds

Bill
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Reply By: Members - Brett & J- Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:40

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 12:40
Truckster,

we have 2 of the butane cookers. Absolutely love them and they are certainly worth the money. One is for making the coffee in the morning, the other is for cooking breakfast.

It is so handy for day tripping as well for cooking the sausages. Nearly everytime we head off-road, we take ours.
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Reply By: John - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 13:51

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 13:51
So Truckster you must be the only bloke in the country who does not own one.

Whats the matter with you ? LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - Alleycat - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 17:30

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 17:30
At camping stores you can get slightly more expensive cartridges that are a combination of propane and butane; these don't have the problem in the very cold weather that the only butane ones have.

A great product, we have two as well and never carry LPG gas with us anymore.

Cheers Alleycat
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 17:36

Friday, May 14, 2004 at 17:36
Propane and butane....sounds like LPG to me.
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Reply By: The Banjo - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 09:05

Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 09:05
Didn't read all of the foregoing, but.......we have two....the are simply great ! Now $25 at Big W....cans there can be bought in 12 slabs for $19 (try $3 a can at some places !). They light every time and are very lightweight and compact ... good round the home for small jobs, outside cooks and power outages. Their only weekness is the cold mornings... with physics rearing its ugly head on those chilly mornings, the gas doesn't want to come out of the can unless moderate temperatures prevail......for such circumstances you need a normal gas cylinder and ring as back up (or the camp fire maybe ?). Should be said that cold/cool mornings are ok.
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Reply By: jodie308 - Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 14:35

Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 14:35
We have had ours for 4 years, we have used them every where, They really don't like the cold, had them at janolen caves in the middle of winter, no go. had to use a friends gas hotplate to boil water.

After a bit of use they might require a bit of maintainence, ours ( we have 4) are begining to die a little, not giving much of a flame (like in the cold) a frind also has them and had the same trouble, he however did a jet clean & they seem to be as good as new.

I have also found that the cheaper butane cans don't last as long (the GO LO variety)

reccommend to unlock the can after use as you loose the butane.

We have really used our lots,

but they beat carring around a bulky stove & gas bottle,
They are worth it.
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