Propane vs. Butane
Campers have many choices when selecting a stove or grill that will meet a variety of needs. One of the biggest decisions campers will make when purchasing a stove or grill is the type of fuel your stove or grill will take. To help make this decision easier we have outlined the differences between propane and butane fuel!
|Environment||Works well in extreme cold||Does not work well in cold weather|
|Cooking Capacity||Propane fuel has 12% less energy than butane which means you cannot cook as long using propane compared to using a bottle of butane the same size||Butane fuel has 12% more energy than propane which means you can cook longer with butane compared to using a bottle of propane the same size|
|Heat Output||Neither flame is hotter|
|Ideal Activity||Camping, picnic||Backpacking, picnic|
|Size||Heavier than butane, canisters often bulky||Lightweight, often sold in smaller canisters|
|Availability||Readily available in most stores||Not sold in all stores|