|An LPG (propane) adapter made by Kovea|
Well, maybe, and I certainly wouldn't have bought a no-name adapter made in China, but Kovea is a top gas stove manufacturing company with an excellent reputation world wide. If Kovea makes it, it's quality, and I wanted to give it a look. Speaking of which, let's take that puppy out of the packaging.
First impression: This thing is beautiful. I mean look at it. Really nice build quality.
|A Kovea propane adapter. This end connects to a typical 16.4oz/465g cylinder of propane of the type that are used for camp stoves and camp lanterns.|
|A Kovea propane adapter. This end connects to a typical threaded backpacking stove.|
Now, notice something. On the side of the adapter there is a little set screw which helps regulate the gas.
|There is a set screw on the side of the adapter to help regulate the pressure.|
Higher vapor pressure could mean higher danger, so pay attention. If the pressure is too high, you could get flame "lift off" where the flame is blown away from the burner. In that situation, the flame will frequently die out while the gas is still flowing.
OK, let me get this straight. I've got a hot stove with the flame out but the gas is still gushing out. Um, couldn't that be a little dangerous?
Why yes, as a matter of fact it could. Gas + air + heat = KABOOM! If you're lucky, all you'll lose is your eyebrows. If you're unlucky, you'll be finding out for 100% sure whether or not there really is a God, if you know what I mean. So, warning:
Propane is a highly flammable and potentially explosive gas.
Backpacking stoves are not designed to operate on 100% propane. Use at your own risk. Risk includes loss of property, serious bodily injury, and death.
The first rule, if you've made the decision to accept the risk of using a backpacking stove with 100% propane, is to turn things down low. Start low, and turn things up slowly. There's no law that says you have to open the valve completely, so don't.
The adapter comes with some instructions.
|The instructions for the "set screw" on the side of the adapter.|
Another diagram shows the method of employment, although it will probably be fairly straightforward for anyone who has used both 100% propane camping appliances as well as canister gas backpacking stoves and lanterns.
|How to hook up the adapter (shown in orange)|
|A Kovea LPG (propane) adapter attached to a propane canister.|
|A Markill Hot Rod backpacking stove in operation on 100% propane.|
I'll cover the more practical aspects of 100% propane use for backpacking in a separate post. In this post, I just wanted to showcase the adapter.
Final warning: Adapters open up a whole new world in terms of fuel and stove combinations that can be used. Adapters also open up a whole new world of hurt if you exceed the limitations of a particular set up. Just because you can hook up something up doesn't mean it's a good idea. Above all else, be careful.
Thanks for joining me on another Adventure in Stoving,