How to Convert a Butane Cartridge Stove to Propane

If you’re looking to save money while still cooking outdoors, then you’ll want to convert a butane camping stove to propane. Converting a butane cartridge camping stove is fairly simple and will give you the ability to use tanks of propane that you can pick up at nearly any store.

You won’t have to worry about running out of gas when you’re outdoors and your propane tank will be cheaper than almost every other alternative.

When camping with a large group, propane seems to be the gas of choice. It’s lighter, cheaper, and safer than carrying around a bunch of canisters of butane. But I didn’t want to fork over the money for a large outdoor propane burner.

So I decided to do what any sane person would do: figure out how to convert my old Coleman cartridge stove from butane to propane.

Converting a Butane Cartridge Stove to Propane

Butane is a type of gas, and propane is another. The two gases are similar, but they do not react in the same way. This means that you cannot use a butane cartridge stove with propane without making some adjustments to the stove.

Butane is stored in a cartridge, which is inserted into the burner of the stove. The fuel cartridge is then ignited and burns until it runs out of fuel. You can convert your butane propane stove to run-on propane by replacing the butane cartridge with a propane one.

1. Remove the valve assembly from the tank

The first step in converting a butane cartridge stove to propane is to remove the valve assembly from the tank. This will allow you to fill it with propane instead of butane. There are two types of valves: one type attaches with screws, while the other type has a locking mechanism. Once you have removed the valve assembly, unscrew it from the tank and discard it.

2. Fill your propane tank

Next, fill your new propane tank with gas from your supplier or an outdoor supply store if you have one nearby. Replace the bottom portion of your stove by sliding it onto your new propane tank’s valve assembly until it clicks into place. 

Then screw on the top portion of your stove over the bottom half and tighten it down with a wrench or adjustable pliers until it stops turning completely (if there is any resistance). You should now be able to use your converted butane cartridge stove as normal with no problems at all.

Benefits of Converting a Butane Cartridge Stove to Propane

The benefits of converting a butane cartridge stove to propane are many. The biggest benefit is that you can use your existing cartridges without having to buy new ones. Other benefits include:

1. Easy installation

Because the conversion kits include all the parts needed to make the change, it’s extremely easy to install them. You simply remove your existing burner and replace it with the new one. The process should take less than five minutes, and you’ll be using your stove again in no time!

2. No additional parts are needed

You won’t need any additional parts to convert your butane cartridge stove to propane because the conversion kit comes with everything you need for installation. This means that there’s no extra cost involved in making the switch from butane cartridges to propane fuel for your stove.

3. Less expensive fuel costs

Propane is much less expensive than butane cartridges and this will help you save money over time. You’ll also be able to cook faster and more efficiently once you’ve made the switch from butane cartridges to propane fuel for your outdoor cooking needs.

4. You’ll have more options when it comes to fuel supplies

If you run out of gas while camping or hiking, you can try looking for another source of fuel instead of just sitting around waiting for someone else to come along with some butane cartridges. Propellant cartridges aren’t common everywhere and they can be expensive too; converting your stove will give you more options when it comes to finding fuel supplies.

5. Less maintenance

Propane cartridges require no maintenance other than checking the pressure periodically during use. Butane cartridges do require regular cleaning with compressed air or a special cleaning solution.

6. Easier storage and transport

Propane tanks are much easier to store than butane cartridges since they’re much larger and don’t need to be stored inside your pack or tent when not in use (it’s nice knowing you always have fuel at hand). They also weigh less than butane canisters when empty because they don’t need any extra packaging materials like bottles or protective cases like canisters do (which makes them better for backpacking).

Are There Any Risks When Converting a Butane Cartridge Stove to Propane?

The risks associated with converting your butane stove are minimal. Converting a butane stove to propane is fairly easy. You’ll need to buy a propane adapter, either online or at your local hardware store. These adapters are typically made out of brass and come in two parts: one that screws into the cartridge port on your stove and another that screws onto your propane tank

Once you’ve got the adapter, you can screw it onto your propane tank and then screw the other end onto your stove. The riskiest part of this process is getting the adapter onto your stove correctly. You must use the correct adapter for your specific stove model.

If you use an incompatible adapter, it could explode or leak propane into your food or burn down your kitchen. To avoid this problem, make sure you get an adapter specifically designed for your model stove before trying to convert it over to using a different fuel source.

Tips for Safely Converting a Butane Cartridge Stove to Propane

Converting your butane cartridge stove to propane is a great way to use your existing stove with a different fuel. It’s also a good way to extend the life of your butane cartridge stove by using it with a different fuel than it was designed for. Here are some tips for safely converting your butane cartridge stove to propane:

  1. Always wear protective gear when working with propane and butane cartridges.
  2. Before handling the cartridges, make sure they’ve cooled down to room temperature by maybe putting them in an ice bath for about 15 minutes.
  3. If you’re using a valve wrench, make sure it’s designed for use with butane cartridges before attempting this procedure. Some wrenches aren’t made for use with these types of valves and can damage them if used improperly.
  4. Always wear safety goggles when working with any kind of fuel or flame source.
  5. Monitor the flame while you’re working on converting your stove from one type of fuel to another so that you don’t accidentally ignite gas fumes from either cartridge as they’re being changed out or adjusted during this process.

In Conclusion

When we think of stoves, maybe the first thing we think about is using them to cook food. While that is certainly one reason most people use stoves, we can also use propane stoves for heating our home, and it is fairly easy to convert your butane cartridge stove to propane. 


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