5 Do's and Don'ts of Buying Gas Canisters for your Camping Stove

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5 Do’s and Don’ts of Buying Gas Canisters for your Camping Stove

Camping is a human activity that can be traced back through to pre-historic times. In today's world, camping has been transformed from a way of life to a popular leisure activity; many people camp in order to relax and feel free from the pressure of their day to day lives. Cooking is a fundamental element of the camping experience. Outdoors cooking is normally done on a portable stove. There are many ways to power a camping stove, but perhaps the most widespread and practical approach is the use of gas canisters.

This guide will cover in great depth the 5 major do's and don'ts of buying gas canisters, so that the reader will be able to avoid the pitfalls, and achieve the best possible results for themselves. This guide will also explain why eBay is such an excellent online location at which to shop for gas canisters for you camping stoves.

About Gas Canisters for Camping Stoves

Camping stoves are handy portable burners, which can be set up and used in all but the most inhospitable of wild and outdoors locations. They are used for cooking, allow campers to enjoy high quality hot meals wherever they go. This guide will assume that the reader already owns a portable stove, and is instead focused on the question of fuel for that stove.

The best form of camping fuel is gas. Gas comes in pressurised metal containers or canisters. These canisters are strong, so that the gas does not escape. The gas is stored inside as a liquid, and only dissipates once it is released into the surrounding atmosphere. It is the controlled release of this gas, combined with the application of heat, which forms the basic functionality of the stove.

Knowing what to look for when buying a gas canister can be difficult for those inexperienced in the field. The following section provides the 5 essential dos and don'ts of buying gas canisters for your camping stove.

The 5 Do's and Don'ts

This section will alternately cover the 5 major do's and don'ts of buying gas canisters for your camping stove.

Do Undertake Safety Precautions

Do familiarise yourself with safety regulations and advice. There are several factors which make the use of gas canisters dangerous. These are as follows:

  • Gas is Flammable – fuel for a camping stove must be flammable if it is to be functional. However, if the gas somehow escapes from the container, the flammable nature of the substance is naturally a serious danger to the canister's immediate surroundings, namely the campsite and the campers.
  • The Gas is Pressurised – gas in canisters is heavily compressed. This means it can be stored in its denser liquid state, allowing for more to be carried, and also makes it easier to release the gas from the canister. However, it also means that escaped gas can be forced to travel at high speed, potentially causing a fireball or explosion if the gas is released the wrong way.

Every gas canister will have detailed safety instructions clearly marked on the outside of the canister. Read these carefully, remember them, and follow them to the letter during use. If the instructions are adhered to, there is no real danger from gas canisters; if they are disregarded, however, the situation becomes more dangerous.

Don't Purchase the Wrong Canister

Don't buy the wrong kind of canister. There are several different kinds of gas canister available on the market. They tend to be only slightly different from each other, with the nozzle or valve usually being the only truly changeable feature, but it would be extremely unwise to disregard these differences. The two main kinds are traditional nozzles, and puncture based canisters that are specifically designed for certain types of portable camping stoves.

The first step to take is to check the gas connection of your camping stove. Some stoves will be little more than attachments. These are used in conjunction with puncture canisters. They are placed on top of the canister, and then used to pierce it. The connection is directly between the burner and the canister, meaning the whole canister has to be used in one sitting.

However, some puncture canisters feature sealable lids, allowing the leftover gas to be stored and the canister thus re-used. Other stoves will need to be connected to traditional nozzle type canisters with a "regulator", and apparatus that safely determines the pressure levels of the gas being released.

Before buying a gas canister, double-check that it is the right kind for your stove.

Do Think about Gas Quantities

Do think about how much gas you need. It is a worthwhile pursuit to determine exactly how much gas will be needed in any particular instance before buying, to keep from buying either too much or not enough gas. Many camping enthusiasts will deliberately stockpile, if they expect to be using it again, however this guide will not assume this to be the default case.

Some simple calculations can be done to figure out how much gas will likely be needed. Most stoves burn gas at approximately 150 grams per hour. This can be used to calculate exactly how long a given canister will last; the average 500g canister will last for just over three hours. Depending on what is being cooked, and how much, a camper can use these numbers to figure out how much gas they will use in an average day (using in this case the amount of time their cooking tends to take), and from there the total amount they will need based on the length of the trip.

Don't Buy the Wrong Gas Type

Don't buy the wrong type of gas. There are many kinds of gas which can be pressurised, but the gasses used in camping stoves tend either to be propane or butane . These gasses have properties which make them perfect for casual outdoor cooking use. Camping stoves are not designed to be used with other gases, and the results of doing so can be disastrous. Make doubly sure before purchase that the gas contained in the canister is either propane or butane.

Do Consider the Cost

Carefully consider the cost. As with any transaction, the price is an important factor. It is always a good idea to try and get the cheapest deal possible on the items. However, more expensive gas canisters will burn with a more powerful and steady flame, and will last longer; the level of quality required should always be a factor. Quantity (mentioned above) also has an obvious effect on the overall price of the purchase, so try not to buy any more gas canisters than are needed.

How to Buy Gas Canisters for your Camping Stove on eBay

This section of the guide will cover the process of buying gas canisters for your camping stove on eBay. There are several factors that make eBay such a great place to shop online for gas canisters. These are its enormous and diverse array of available products, and its incredibly helpful and easy to use design.

Navigating through eBay to the gas canisters section is a very simple matter. To begin, visit the eBay homepage. This page features a list of links to the broadest product categories on the site. Choose the Sports & Leisure link from this list, which should relocate the user. The new page will feature a list of the next level of categories. Choose the Sporting Goods heading from this list, then repeat the process, following the links to Camping,Cooking Supplies,Fuel and finally to Gas Canisters.

An alternative option is to use the search bar to navigate around the site; simply type "gas canister" into the bar and click "search" or press enter. This should have the same end result.

The page should now display a list of items that meet the description " gas canister". This list can be further customised to suit the user's needs, using the "filtering" options, which refine the search based on certain user-determined parameters. These parameters include price, condition, brand and seller's location amongst others. Further, selecting between the "auction" and "buy it now" options allows the user to either bid on the item or buy it for a fixed price.

Each item's entry in the listings consists of three parts: a thumbnail image, the item's name, and a brief description of its key features. Both the image and the name act as links to the item's own individual page, which provides detailed information and specifications about the item. This page also features information about the seller, such as other user's ratings and feedback of them, and their contact details in the eventuality that the page does not answer all of the user's questions.

It is this combination of user customisation and assistance, and a tremendous selection of items from which to choose, that makes eBay the perfect place to shop for gas canisters for your camping stove online.


For thousands of years, human beings have derived pleasure from the act of sleeping outdoors. This is known as camping. Camping is a hugely popular modern leisure activity, and the preparation of food is a fundamental part of the camping experience. Camping stoves require fuel to burn; the most common and useful form that this fuel takes is the gas canister.

This guide set out to provide the 5 major do's and don'ts of buying gas canister for your camping stove. These do's and don'ts were:

  • Do be safe
  • Don't buy the wrong kind of canister
  • Do consider quantity
  • Don't buy the wrong kind of gas
  • Do think about price

In conclusion, this guide surmises that eBay, the globally popular auctioning website, is a fantastic place to shop for gas canisters online, thanks to its large selection and intuitive user interface.