So you’ve bought a gas cylinder for camping and now you need to get it to the campsite. How should you safely transport it? What are the laws on this? Fortunately, it’s quite simple and just needs common sense…
Transporting Gas Cylinders to the Campsite
Unlike carrying large or commercial gas cylinders, you don’t need to put a gas warning sign on your car or have a special driving license, but there are some sensible precautions you should take.
you don’t need to put a gas warning sign on your car
Cylinders should be secured so that they don’t roll around when you are driving and should be kept upright (this is to avoid the liquid gas clogging the valve).
If you have a trailer, it’s best to carry the cylinder in that rather than your car.
If you put the gas cylinder in the boot of the car, you might want to keep a window slightly open to provide additional ventilation, just in case there’s a gas leak from the cylinder.
It’s also not a good idea to leave a gas cylinder in direct sunlight in a hot car. Gas cylinders can explode when they get hot.
Having said all that, the actual risk from a small gas cylinder used for camping is quite low, and Campingaz says their cylinders are safe for transporting in a car, but it is wise to use common sense and not take any unnecessary risks when you are taking your family camping.
Tips for Transporting your Camping Gas Cylinders
- Secure your cylinder so it doesn’t roll around.
- Keep the cylinder upright.
- If you have a trailer, place the cylinder in that.
- Make the cylinder easy to access to inspect.
- Don’t leave the cylinder in direct sunlight or a hot car.
At the time of writing, Eurotunnel had a 47kg limit on a single gas cylinder, but it must be less that 80% full.
For your typically family campers with a tent, a 47kg container is extremely large, and you’ll be fine with the normal smaller containers, such as the Campingaz R907 (which is 2.75kg).
When you check in you may be asked if you are carrying any gas, and they may want to inspect your gas cylinder, so make sure it is easily accessible.
Ferry Operators have similar rules to Eurotunnel. You need to check your ferry operator before travelling and check your route too as it can vary for different destinations.
As a general guide:
- A number of gas cylinders you are allowed to transport can vary. When we checked, different routes had different rules, as you can see below:
- up to 1 x 47kg cylinder (but less than 80% full)
- up to 2 x 11kg cylinders
- up to 3 x 11kg cylinders
- up to 3 x 15kg cylinders
- Any gas must be off
- Declare the gas cylinder (most require this when you check-in)
- Cylinder is secured and upright
- Cylinder is accessible for inspection
Thousands hop over the channel with their gas cylinders to go camping in France and the rest of Europe. If you are taking the appropriate measures, you won’t have a problem.
Remember, Say no to CO
Remember, gas is dangerous. Carbon Monoxide Kills.
Tents are generally designed with sufficient ventilation for humans and not sufficient ventilation for cooking. It’s not just condensation from cooking in your tent that could cause a problem, but if there’s not sufficient ventilation for the gas, you could build up to a harmful level of fumes in your tent.
We create a cooking shelter outside. Cooking in an open porch is possible, but always keep it away from the tent walls.
Don’t store your gas cylinder in your tent. Keep it outside, but try to keep the cylinder and regulator out of the rain.
Keep your gas cylinder outside of your tent
You can get gas heaters for your tent, but this is something we’re not taking the risk with. I know, there are safety cut-offs, etc., but I’m not going to put my family’s life on the line for a cheap cut-off valve.
So, please, keep it out of your tent, use common sense, and say no to CO.
Cooking with Gas – Your guide to getting started with cooking with gas at the campsite
This is the final article in the series to help you get up and running with your gas camping stove. If you want to revisit the series, click here for the previous article on getting and fitting the gas regulator.
If you’ve not yet chosen what type of gas camping stove you want, then read our reviews of camping stoves.
Camping Stove Reviews
- Easy to set-up.
- Easy to clean.
- Looks smart.
- Pricey. Fortunately, it's not just about looks. The Primus Tupike is very practical.
- A safer option to use in your tent.
- Heats up quickly.
- Auto cut-off when pan removed.
- None really apart from it is obviously only one hob.
- The burners deliver a good heat with no great deal of disturbance from the wind.
- The plastic handle was broken.
- The grill is not that great.
- There's no doubt that this is much safer than meths. And it's good for the environment too.
- It's not going to cook as quick as a gas burner.
- Good capacity
- Packs down small
- No piezo ignition.
- I had difficulty getting the gas flowing.
- The gas control knob came off the one I was testing.
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