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Propane vs butane

Postby ljames56 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:42 am

I want to have either a propane stove or a butane stove for an additional cooking solution. Does one store better than the other? Anyone have a preference to either? Trying to get some input before I buy something. Thanks
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby dale011 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:07 pm

Propane works at colder temps -48, butane remains liquid at 31 so it don't work colder temps. Propane gives off little more btu's (300). I think propane cylinders are easier to come by also.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby ljames56 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:17 pm

Thanks, I've been leaning towards propane since my family used the coleman stoves for years camping, but recently heard about the butane stoves and thought I would investigate more.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby sandlapper3 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:16 pm

Check it out to be sure, but I have read that propane cannot be used inside but butane can. We have a propane grill and a portable butane stove. Butane fuel is really hard to find, but we felt like it might be a good idea to have a way to cook inside if outside cooking was not an option.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby repsfo » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:16 pm

ljames56 wrote:I want to have either a propane stove or a butane stove for an additional cooking solution. Does one store better than the other? Anyone have a preference to either? Trying to get some input before I buy something. Thanks
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I have many different stoves including Butane, Propane, White gas. Butane has become hard to find in the large cans.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby mr bill » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:24 pm

Many people use propane to cook inside their homes and as a source of heat. Just be sure to have your appliance properly vented. For short term (per meal) cooking on a small camping type stove just crack a window and only use it for short periods of time and don't ever use it as a source of heat. Even the manufacturers of propane fired small camping heaters do not recommend using them unvented. Butane is hard to find, propane is not.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby ljames56 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:29 pm

We currently have a propane range in the kitchen so what would be the difference between that and say a Coleman cooking inside? I've heard you don't want to cook with propane inside, but it just occurred to me reading other posts that I do it everyday. :?
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby mr bill » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:34 pm

I hear you ljames56. When it comes down to it, cooking inside and keeping the smell of fresh cooked food from waffing out over the countryside may very well save your life. It would be worth taking the chance of choking on fumes rather than facing a hunger crazed gang kicking your door down for a piece of bacon. The smell of cooking can travel for miles with a good wind. Cooking outside over the barbee would be taking a big chance. Best have the means of cooking inside for as long as possible after any kind of event.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby DesertDweller » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:37 pm

Butane is best for indoors. The cans can be found at Smart n' Final, and I do believe that Big 5 sports stores also carry them. I've had no problem finding the butane at all. We have both, but I highly recommend the butane for indoor cooking, as stated above, you DON'T want to cook outdoors in a SHTF situation. The little butane stoves are CHEAP, I got mine at: http://www.cheaperthandirt.com
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby Mollypup » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:43 am

I have an emergency heater that is run on propane and is to be used indoors. It is deemed safe to do so. I don't know *what* makes it safe to do so, only that it is. I'd have to see if they say in the instruction manual somewhere.

I have used other propane things inside without issue. I had a propane coffee pot (what I get for sending a man to buy me a normal camp coffee pot lol ) and it was used indoors without issue......although something like that would only be used for a short time too. And my late husband used it on the stove with the vent on so I guess he vented it that way.
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Re: Propane vs butane

Postby dale011 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:48 am

Propane is used In homes all over America you have propane stoves and heaters everywhere. Propane is also used in most every camper made.Can run heat, stoves and refrigerators.
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