This article continues our guide to getting your gas stove setup for camping.
Once you’ve chosen your gas cylinder, you’ll need to select the appropriate regulator. In this article, we show you the regulators you need for Calor Butane 4.5kg, Campingaz butane cylinders, and Calor Propane cylinders.
The regulator fits the top of your gas bottle and controls the release of gas from the cylinder to your camping stove. You connect a gas hose between the regulator and your stove.
There are different types of regulators for each of the different types of gas cylinders.
What Gas Regulators are needed for Camping Stoves
Both Butane and Propane gas bottles, and different brands (such as Campingaz), all have different fittings for their gas cylinders. It’s very important you get the correct fitting.
Browse to your chosen gas bottle below to find the right regulator and hose. We’ve included a price search to give you an idea of how much each item costs.
The downside with the kits, is that sometimes the hose can be a little short
You can sometimes get kits that combine regulator and hose, which can save some money. The only downside I’ve found with the kits is that sometimes the hose can be a little short when your stove is on your camping table. Your gas cylinder should be on the ground, away from your stove. To work out how long a hose you need, measure the height of your camping table and add on a bit more to make it easy to position your stove on the table.
Remember, if you have a camping kitchen table that has a built-in windshield for stoves, which I recommend, these are higher than regular camping tables, and so you’ll want a longer hose for your gas cylinder.
What type of gas bottle do you have or are considering? Click the links below to view the regulator details for each specific gas bottle.
Here’s a good overview video from GoOutdoors:
The Calor Gas 4.5kg Butane Regulator
This gas cylinder requires a Butane regulator with a Calor screw fitting and an 8mm hose.
The Tools You Need: A spanner for fitting the regulator; a screwdriver for the jubilee clips on the hose.
How to fit the regulator to the Calor 4.5kg Butane gas bottle
The video above from GoOutdoors shows the fitting of the gas regulator.
Calor Gas 7kg Butane Regulator
The 7kg Calor Gas bottle is the big brother of the 4.5kg bottle but uses a different regulator.
The 7kg Calor Gas bottle uses a different regulator than the 4.5kg gas bottle.
The 7kg bottle should last you a while, but as it’s larger to transport, isn’t always the first choice for camping.
The Tools You Need: Only a screwdriver for the jubilee clips on the hose.
How to fit the regulator to the Calor 7kg Gas Bottle
This regulator is a push-fit onto the top of the gas bottle.
Calor has a video for this.
As illustrated in the Calor video, first make sure the valve is in the green position on the regulator.
Campingaz R907 Butane 2.75kg Regulator
This gas bottle requires a Butane regulator with a Campingaz fitting and an 8mm hose. The regulator screws onto the top of the gas cylinder, making it quick and easy to attached and remove when you go camping.
The Tools You Need: Screwdriver for jubilee clips on the hose.
How to fit the Campingaz Regulator to the R907 gas cylinder
In this short video, we show you just how easy it is to connect the Campingaz regulator.
Here we’re using it with a Campingaz R907 gas cylinder and the regulator from the Campingaz Regulator Kit we purchased.
Calor 3.9kg Propane Cylinder Regulator
This gas bottle requires a propane regulator with a Calor screw-on fitting and an 8mm hose.
The Tools You Need: A spanner for fitting regulator; a screwdriver for tightening the jubilee clips on the hose connections.
How to fit the Propane Gas Cylinder
Here’s a video from Calor showing you how to fit the gas regulator for their propane gas cylinder.
The Calor Patio Gas Cylinder (not typically used for camping)
You can also get the Calor Patio Gas, which comes in a green bottle. This takes a different regulator to the Calor Gas 4.5kg Butane cylinder (a 27mm clip on regulator).
For camping, typically one of the other gas cylinders are used.
Hoses for gas regulators
The regulators for the above cylinders (Calor Butane, Calor Propane, and Campingaz) require an 8mm gas hose.
Hoses should be checked to make sure they are not worn. They typically need replacing after a few years of regular use. Gas hoses have a date printed on them and should be replaced if more than five years from that date of manufacture.
hoses typically need replacing after a few years of regular use
Sometimes the hose on regulator kids may be a bit on the short side (we found this with the Campingaz Regulator Kit), and so you may want to buy a longer hose. 2m is usually sufficient, but you can purchase longer lengths.
Tip for Fitting Hoses
The hoses are simple push-fit connections. The hoses push onto the end of the regulator, and onto a similar connector on your gas camping stove.
You then fasten and seal the hoses in place by tightening jubilee clips with a screwdriver.
Unfortunately, you’ll typically find that new gas hoses are very stiff, and are difficult to push onto the fitting.
To make fitting easier, soak the ends of the hose in warm water first. This is best done at home, before visiting the campsite.
soak the ends of the hose in warm water first….this is best done at home
If your only means of warming water is your new gas stove, your into a chicken-and-egg situation, with no means of warming the water unless you fit the hose, and no way of fitting the hose without warming the water.
You don’t have to undo the hose and clips each time you go camping. The hose can stay connected to your stove and regulator. When you get to the campsite, you simply screw (or clip) the regulator onto your gas cylinder, and check that all the fastenings are still fitting correctly and the hose is not worn.
Top Tip for Checking Hoses are Fitted Correctly
If the washing-up liquid bubbles when the regulator is open… you have a gas leak.
Smear a bit of washing up liquid around the seal of your hose to your regulator and your stove. If the washing-up liquid bubbles when the regulator is open, your clips aren’t secure enough and you have a gas leak.
Of course, washing up liquid might shorten the life of your hose. You can get the proper liquid to test for leaks, such as Calor’s biodegradable gas leak detector.
The Gas Spanner
If your regulator requires a spanner, you can get a ‘gas spanner’. These fit all Butane and Propane regulators that require a spanner. Of course, you don’t have to buy a special spanner; a normal spanner of the right size works fine. However, these are cheap and lightweight, and so easy to keep with your camping gear.
Cooking with Gas – Your guide to getting started with cooking with gas at the campsite
This is the third article in a series to help you get up and running with a camping stove.
The next article will provide you with information on transporting your gas cylinder to the campsite, and also touch on travelling to europe.
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