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How long do fuel canisters last?
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Alan henson
(355spider) - F

Locale: DFW
How long do fuel canisters last? on 05/20/2012 21:17:03 MDT Print View

I guess a better question is how many cups of water can they boil?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: How long do fuel canisters last? on 05/20/2012 21:21:57 MDT Print View

There are many variables.

One stove I own is specified to boil two liters of water on 1 ounce of butane blend fuel. However, they don't state the starting temperature or the conditions.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: How long do fuel canisters last? on 05/20/2012 21:22:26 MDT Print View

It depends

8 ounce net canister = 32 pints?

You should weigh it before and after, remember how many cups you boiled, and figure it out for your situation

There are many threads and articles about this

David Drake
(DavidDrake) - F

Locale: North Idaho
Re: How long do fuel canisters last? on 05/20/2012 21:54:36 MDT Print View

Article by Will Reitveld here:

Covers your question, based on testing a number of different stoves under various conditions. Subscription to read full text, I believe.

Example: He estimates "gas mileage" for a Snow Peak Gigapower (my stove) under field conditions at around 8 quarts (~ liters) per 4 oz canister. "Field conditions" mean moderate flame, variable wind, and some sort of wind screen.

Wind screens for canister stove is another topic (and one you should research), but performance will be pretty bad without.

Edit: Obviously, 4 oz canister ~ 8 qts. is consistent with Jerry's answer above, and the spec on Bob's stove.

Edited by DavidDrake on 05/20/2012 22:01:33 MDT.

Terry G
(delvxe) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
another ref on 05/20/2012 22:27:24 MDT Print View

here is another article I have found useful and have referenced a few times.