Getting outdoors is always at the top of my list whenever possible. I’ve been slowly working with my partner to actively try to plan more trips to go hiking, car camping, and even try planning some longer excursions to tick some National Parks off of our list.
We both have a pretty good gear set up for bike packing or even backpacking, but have lacked a bit in the car camping division. While I’m sure my tiny, Esbit stove could work for making some very basic food, it’s just not practical to do some actual cooking and would use a ton of fuel cubes. I also want to be able to use cookware larger than a small ultralight cook pot while on longer excursions.
I decided to start researching our options when it came to camp stoves. There’s no shortage of options from a myriad of brands. Coleman, Primus, Camp Chef, and Eureka all come to mind as brands I’ve seen represented at various camping supply stores.
While searching for the “one” I just didn’t see anything that truly caught my fancy. Many of the stoves were bulky or heavy. Some of them felt really cheap, with poorly designed plastic knobs. Almost all of them used a single fuel source.
After turning to YouTube, I found a stove that intrigued me. It was the Gas One 3400P. It’s a single burner stove that can used either butane or propane. The stove itself is made in South Korea, not china. It ticked a lot of boxes for me. The price was also pretty great. You can find this stove retailing for $32-50 dollars.
The only catch was I could only find it online. I try, when I can, to support stores in my local area. Even if it means I pay a little more money for things, I like knowing the money is staying in my community.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find anything quite like the stove locally so I took a gamble and ordered one. So far I’m happy with the purchase!
The case is the one very disappointing part of the package. It’s the most brittle, sad plastic case I’ve ever seen. I’d be willing to pay an extra $5-10 if they included a higher quality case. After researching this issue I see that Gas One makes a stove called the 4000P which has a 12k btu rating and much nicer case. It’s also about $30 more than the 3400P. I’m not sure if the extra btu’s or case really make it worth that much of a better option. I think the 3400P is a great option for the price.
I was lucky enough to find both sources of fuel for the stove at my local REI store, although I’m sure I could source it elsewhere for a little less. I know there is a way to use a larger propane tank with an adapter, but I don’t want to lug one of those around at this point in time. There’s also an option to pick up a refillable 1lb propane tank.
We had planned to do a car camping trips a couple of weekends ago. Unfortunately we were hit with several thunderstorms, so we decided to stay close to home. One of the days it managed to clear up during the afternoon, so I stealthily took the stove to our balcony to do a little test with each of the two fuel sources.
I say stealthily due to our condo board having some stick in the mud rules about what types of grills and such can be used. Our building allows for electric or natural gas grills, but no propane. We have steel and concrete balconies, so not sure why they are so strict about it, but I’ve never been one to follow rules!
First I grabbed the butane canister and locked it down into the stove. It’s incredibly easy as you just remove the cap off the butane and there’s a keyed top on the can to ensure you lock in facing the right direction. The stove also has a lock and unlock lever on the front of it.
I timed how long it would take 2 cups of water to boil for each type of fuel. They were both pretty close with around 4:26 to reach a rapid boil. It took them each about 3 minutes to get to the point where the small bubbles were forming at the bottom of the pot. This is with my Ti Evernew pot and the lid on.
I was happy with the results, especially knowing that I was up about 3 flights and on a cold, windy balcony. If at ground level with a bit more protection around the flame, I’m sure it would have sped up the times. Gas One actually offers their own branded windshield to be used with their single burner stoves. I may fashion something on my own to see how it works, but at $10-15 it’s not a lot of money to spend on something to make the conditions better for cooking.
The biggest difference I saw between the two fuel sources is that the flame seemed more consistent with the propane vs. the butane. I did feel like the butane burned hotter, if that makes sense? I’m working on cutting together a short video to post on the Spoke Haven YouTube showing off the times and functionality of the stove. It’s nothing too high tech or lengthy with talking. Just a short and sweet overview of the stove to see it in action.
As I stated at the beginning of the write up, I like the stove. The small footprint, the dual fuel capability, and the ease of use makes it a great option for someone who wants a minimalist set up for travel or camping.
I plan on doing a full review as I get more time with the stove and get to travel a bit with it. In the meantime, I’d say if you are looking to pick one of these up you can buy directly from Gas One or Amazon. I would encourage you to see if you can source it from a local retailer, but if not…that’s understandable.
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