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Butane cooking gas in winter below 32F/0C doesn't work!

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General info for Google's future reference.

In London I am using Butane cooking gas instead of the normal Propane.
(my propane tank has the 'other' fitting on it so had to switch.)

Anyway, Butane doesn't work very well in cold temperatures! Below 0c /32f it doesn't work at all as the liquid doesn't convert to gas.
At 3 or 4C is produces so little gas the stove barely stays lit

Soooooooooo last night I invited 2 friend for dinner - roast pork with crackling......
Outside its about 4 degrees. I lit the stove and the tiny flame made me think the tank was empty but shaking it showed plenty.
Sooooooo I had to take the butane cylinder below and heat it with a fan heater!

Sensational dinner after that.

Moral to the story:
*Propane is better
*Never leave the tropics
*Never invite friends
*Obtain a girlfriend and blame the *****.



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Re: Butane cooking gas in winter below 32F/0C doesn't work!

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[This forum is so useless I couldn't find a better section to put this in.]

General info for Google's future reference.

In London I am using Butane cooking gas instead of the normal Propane.
(my propane tank has the 'other' fitting on it so had to switch.)

Anyway, Butane doesn't work very well in cold temperatures! Below 0c /32f it doesn't work at all as the liquid doesn't convert to gas.
At 3 or 4C is produces so little gas the stove barely stays lit

Soooooooooo last night I invited 2 friend for dinner - roast pork with crackling......
Outside its about 4 degrees. I lit the stove and the tiny flame made me think the tank was empty but shaking it showed plenty.
Sooooooo I had to take the butane cylinder below and heat it with a fan heater!

Sensational dinner after that.

Moral to the story:
*Propane is better
*Never leave the tropics
*Never invite friends
*Obtain a girlfriend and blame the *****.



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Put the butane tank on the stove to heat it up. Lay down for a nap. I don't see the problem here.
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When camping, the bottle goes in your sleeping bag.
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Re: Butane cooking gas in winter below 32F/0C doesn't work!

Any butane appliance will work just fine off propane, just need adapters for the different valves.

"LPG" sold in different locations is a varying mix of the two depending on local conditions.

Refillable bottles you can put in either or a mix, just do it outdoors, and make sure not to overfill, an accurate scale is best.
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Re: Butane cooking gas in winter below 32F/0C doesn't work!

Living where I do I can confirm propane suffers from the same problems... but usually not until around -40 below zero. The tanks do struggle sometimes close to freezing temps if you have the valves turned wide open using lots of gas. More gas exiting the bottle = more cooling effect = less flow. I've seen 1lbs propane tanks frost completely over running lanterns at 3deg C.

Maybe the propane tank should be in the ice box. Might as well use the cold?
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For sure, butane is useless in the cold. Better off with alcohol than butane.
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If you would get a proper blue water boat, it would have a coal stove that works just fine in cold.

But.... you have 2 friends (non-imaginary)?

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Tuck your Bic lighters someplace not frozen...
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But.... you have 2 friends (non-imaginary)?

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Bloody drunkards. They went through 6 bottles of my finest Bordeaux
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