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Understanding camping gas – What It Is and How It Works

You want to learn how our camping gas containers work? This guide gives you a brief introduction to our canisters, the gas they contain, and how they fuel the flame of your camp stove.

What kind of gas do the Primus gas canisters actually contain?

We are often asked this question. The answer: The gas used in camping canisters comes from crude oil and behaves similarly to other substances like water. It can appear in a solid, liquid, or gas form. The boiling point of the gas determines the transition between liquid and gas forms.

Propane has the lowest boiling point at -42 degrees Celsius, isobutane has a boiling point of around -10 degrees, and butane has a boiling point around the freezing point of water.

How does the gas behave during usage?

When using a gas canister with a camping stove, the liquid inside the canister boils and turns into gas when the valve is opened. Occasionally, you can see frost forming on the outside of the canister due to the same process. When running the stove at high gas flows, the canister can cool down so much that frost forms on the outside.

What gas types does Primus offer?

Primus offers different types of gas canisters to optimize performance based on the season and temperature. The Powergas and SIP Power Gas have similar performance and are the most all-around gas. The Summer Gas is more affordable and better suited for high temperatures, while the Winter Gas performs better in colder conditions. This guide gives you more insights into the different Primus gas types.

Now you know a little bit more about how gas works and why different types of gases are used for camping. Happy camping!


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February 07 2022

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