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Winter Gas is Here for Petrol Refuseniks

By Dave Roberts   

on November 13, 2014    No ratings yet.

Winter Gas is Here for Petrol Refuseniks

If you’re an all season wild camper, then you’ll know of the frustration of trying to use a gas canister in the winter months. Winter in Snowdonia is usually cold and damp, and most of the time you can get away with using gas. But on those rare occasions that it does drop below freezing, your gas becomes increasingly useless and a petrol stove (or similar) becomes the best option.

Step forward Primus! They’ve developed a new Winter Gas (and that’s nothing to do with Granny, Sprouts or Christmas Day – though with an open fire that was one explosive mix!) that’s good to -20°C. It utilises a ‘vapour mesh’ made from absorbent paper that allows the LP gas to evaporate to gas more easily and be more useful in colder conditions.

There’s also a Summer gas, optimised for the warmer months, and a Power Gas which is an all-round performer. They cost £6.75 forr a 230g cannister and £10 for a large 450g canister – so it’s a couple of quid more expensive than regular Primus Power Gas. We think this is a small price to pay after struggling to warm a cuppa (yes – WARM) many a time..

We’ll be posting an in-depth review as soon as it’s cold enough to make use of it!


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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2 thoughts on “Winter Gas is Here for Petrol Refuseniks”

  1. Hi. it’s a side issue, but just to say that with basic precautions, I have repeatedly successfully produced boiling water using a meths setup down to -10C… try it. a fraction of the weight of a petrol setup.

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