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Old 09-12-2018, 4:03 AM
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couldn't find anything using the search function. If you had to use a camp stove inside. what type of fuel is best, best meaning lowest harmful fumes, longest storage life. thank you
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Propane or alcohol.
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My choice of fuel for indoor cooking is butane.

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My choice of fuel for indoor cooking is butane.
do you use those 8oz. cans? if so will they loose their pressure over time?
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:10 AM
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Well, my house is piped with propane, so...

Otherwise, alcohol. Easy to store.
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Old 09-12-2018, 10:13 AM
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do you use those 8oz. cans? if so will they loose their pressure over time?
I use the 8oz cans and I have never lost pressure.
*Very low temps causes a slow flow. Warm cans up to get normal flow.
Butane table top stove is hard to beat for portability or to give out as an emergency loaner. Everything about it is KISS. Fuel safety is first rate too.

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Hard to beat the butane table top burners.
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Iwatani 35FW Portable Butane Stove Burner CSA approved for indoor use.
This particular model puts out 15,000BTU.
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how many years would you bet they would work after being stored? i ask because cans of pepper spray say expires in 5 years because of pressure lose.
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I have never had a butane bottle leak. Shelf life is about the same as a Bic lighter if I had to guess.
If shelf life is a bigger concern then go propane.
I use stoves that run on various fuels. Based on what may or may not be available in an emergency.
Butane table top stoves are too damn convenient and easy to use to ignore. Dirt cheap too.

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yea i have a little backpacker stove ive used a few times during power failures

the mix says isobutane and propane but it is way less smelly than the coleman propane type devices

it is prudent to use them near an open window
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how many years would you bet they would work after being stored? i ask because cans of pepper spray say expires in 5 years because of pressure lose.
On a side note. I buy the women the CA. "legal size" aka tiny cans of OC and replaced them with new cans. The old ones went off as promised. Not 5 yr old tho.
I had to know. * They all know what it smells like, how to deploy and relieve the effects. They did the spraying too.

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Another vote for denatured alcohol.

Best way to decide is to try it out. Remember, your camping / backpacking gear is your front-line survival gear.

I have an alcohol burner for my backpacking stove -- two 12 oz bottles lasts me a solid week (and I can go to kindling if I run out). At home, buy DNA by the gallon, it stores forever and is pretty darn forgiving. The kids and I take it out to cook noodles or steam vegetables and roast marshmallows every couple of weeks.
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Butane doesnt expire but depending on where you store the canisters they might start to break down. Seals on the valve and the actual can itself is steel so their is corrosion that could occur. Several years back i found four that i had stored in a box sometime in the 1990's in our basement.
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I use those ‘BU-6 butane fuel canisters.’

Pretty handy.
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Several years back i found four that i had stored in a box sometime in the 1990's in our basement.
and did they work?
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backpacking cannisters
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Alcohol while super clean burning, can be more dangerous than others however. Alcohol stoves when spilled or knocked over and sets a fire over the counter top and floor, can be extremely , hard to see the initial flame in brightly lit conditions. This is why they outlawed them on boats years ago.
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Alchohol. Cheap, will store well. Need to be extra careful using any open top liquid fuel (I’d keep a fire extinguisher nearby), and just stating the obvious, any stove shouldn’t be used in a small unventilated room.
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Lets not forget Sterno. Every caterer uses it.

Very safe and has a forever shelf life IME. Not a favorite, but I keep a quantity of it.

The resealable can has lots of uses once the fuel is used up.
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What's wrong with a wood stove?

Temporary use of a camp stove in the garage or open space in the barn if needed.
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If you limited me to one fuel that does it all, I would go with propane. 20 pound tanks are pretty close to being bullet proof. Burn super clean and can be hooked up to stoves that can cook anything quickly and boil water in a heart beat.

Never goes stale, burns clean and you can buy a turkey fryer stove new for about 40 bucks.
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