The trailer discussion has made me reflect on our adoption of propane. IMHO, I think our troop is worse off because we switched to propane.
- Bad for cooking ... Poor temperature control continually causes burnt food. They either burn food quick or you need to run them so low that a bump of the knob puts it out.
- Bad for environment ... at least the small containers. I'd argue the large ones are too as you need multiple, need to drive somewhere to refill and they are heavy to carry causing other waste.
- Expensive ...
- Gallon of white gas can run a troop for months.
- Gallon of white gas costs about the same as two small propane containers
- Three or more gallon of white gas costs about the same as one refill of a large propane tank.
- Promotes bad habits
- Larger tanks used to avoid the waste of the smaller non-refillable expensive containers
- --> Promotes using multiple tap extensions
- --> --> Promotes everyone working in the same area
- --> --> --> Subverts working separately as patrols.
- Loud .... Propane is loud, like a small jet engine. ... Hard to have a quiet night with them around.
- Fails in cold weather ...
- Propane loses pressure in the cold.
- If you camp in colder weather, propane is a problem ... always.
- If you camp in freezing weather, propane fails.
- Space ... Backpack or trailer, propane takes up too much space. A week of camping would require two or more large propane tanks and six to twelve small contailers. White gas would be just one gallon.
- Conntections ... Propane has rubber tubs, pipe extensions and external tanks. Most white gas is packed in the stove or lantern.
- Two sets of gear ... Desire to use propane, but still need white gas for other situations.
White gas was no panacea, but if you knew how to use it well, it was great to work with.
Personally, our family is moving back to white gas.
... other than blowing up and some difficulty with generators ... I'm trying to remember why everyone rushed to propane ? Just easier ???
Edited by fred johnson, 19 October 2016 - 12:12 PM.