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Old 08-08-2010, 02:05 PM   #1
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Difference between built in stoves and portable?

Hello, I was looking at various Eggs and noticed some folks remove their stoves to allow for more counterspace. They say they cook outside on a portable stove anyway so they didnt need the inside stove. That got me to wondering what is the difference between the built in stoves in RV's and the portable ones for outside use? I guess I'm trying to figure out why is it safe to use the built in stove in the enclosed camper but not safe to bring a portable stove from outside and cook inside during inclement weather? I dont recall seeing stove vents on the outside of eggs just fridge vents but maybe I'm just overlooking them. If the built in stoves are vented then this question can be disregarded because I see how venting would make cooking inside safe wheras a portable stove brought inside wouldnt be vented and therefore would be unsafe.

Hope I dont look like a total idiot right now, lol.

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Propane on inside stove
White Gas or propane on a outside stove.
We cook outside all the time with white gas. If you are real cheap like me .
I use unleaded gas, works perfect, and a lot cheaper than white gas.
As they say "To each his own"
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:41 PM   #3
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Before I bought my egg, I tent camped using a propane outdoor stove. Mine is a primus but colemans are kind of the standard. Pretty inexpensive and easy to use. Those little propane bottles are about $2.50 each and last pretty well. I don't think they are approved for indoor use.
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The difference in our indoor and outdoor propane cook stoves is that the indoor one uses low pressure gas and the outdoor one uses high pressure.

I think it's supposed to be a safety feature.
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Propane on inside stove
White Gas or propane on a outside stove.
We cook outside all the time with white gas. If you are real cheap like me .
I use unleaded gas, works perfect, and a lot cheaper than white gas.
As they say "To each his own"
Kevin, are not worried about the evaporation on unleaded gas leading to an explosion? I've always found the "WHOOSH" factor when lighting a white gas stove to be significantly less than when I seen unleaded gasoline go WHOOSH BOOM!
I'm going to check in my with brother the chemist to see what he has to say about the difference if any. Stay tuned and don't blow yourself up.
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I have been using unleaded gas for at least 15 years.
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Well I think count yourself lucky. Here is the response from my brother who has his doctorate in Chemistry. Here is what he typed:
"Coleman fuel is naphtha which is a petroleum distillation fraction that is different from gasoline. It has a much lower octane number (about 55 vs gasoline at 87) and more importantly a higher flash point (-18C). The flash point of gasoline is -43C which means that gasoline is more flammable which is why it essentially explodes when in contact with a flame. So I think it would be very dangerous to use gasoline in a Coleman stove."

Based on this response I would not recommend anyone use unleaded gasoline instead of white gas.
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Melissa,

Good question, I run both the indoor and outdoor stoves off the big propane bottle on the tongue of my Scamp. There is no venting for the indoor stove. I did, however, have the factory install a small window over the stove when I ordered my scamp.

I like the fact that the indoor stove has a premanent place and doesn't have to be jostled around. With only an outdoor stove you are always moving it from here to there. I also don't like the idea of something with flames being moveable on a counter.

I use my indoor stove all the time with exception of very hot days then I get the outdoor stove out and use it. I like cooking indoors out of the bugs etc.

As for counter space, I added counter space that folds to both the ends of the counter in my Scamp. I have recently added a more premanment but removable counter over the one end of the couch for counter space. No counter space though as the Microwave has found a premanent place there.
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I personally would not hesitate to use a portable propane cooktop inside the trailer. Seems like if anything it would be potentially a tad safer, since there's no gas line running into the trailer from outside... one can't have a leaky gas line if one has NO gas line. If there is some special danger to having the little propane bottles inside a trailer, I'm not aware of it. I use a Coleman Black Cat portable catalytic heater inside with the little bottles, so far so good.
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That got me to wondering what is the difference between the built in stoves in RV's and the portable ones for outside use?
Mellisa, seeing this question really hasn't been addressed yet, let me have a kick at it. The biggest difference in a stove for exterior use is the jets. For outdoor use, especially if there is any wind present, the burners with multiple small ports are going to perform way better than the ones with one row around the burner.
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The difference in our indoor and outdoor propane cook stoves is that the indoor one uses low pressure gas and the outdoor one uses high pressure.

I think it's supposed to be a safety feature.
Actually Sharon, they both use low pressure gas. For appliances in the trailer, the pressure is reduced at the tanks instead of at each appliance, whereas for portable units there is a pressure regulator on every appliance. For some of these outdoor units, the regulator can be eliminated IF you are going to connect to the regulated pressure from the trailer.
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Well I think count yourself lucky. Here is the response from my brother who has his doctorate in Chemistry. Here is what he typed:
"Coleman fuel is naphtha which is a petroleum distillation fraction that is different from gasoline. It has a much lower octane number (about 55 vs gasoline at 87) and more importantly a higher flash point (-18C). The flash point of gasoline is -43C which means that gasoline is more flammable which is why it essentially explodes when in contact with a flame. So I think it would be very dangerous to use gasoline in a Coleman stove."

Based on this response I would not recommend anyone use unleaded gasoline instead of white gas.
Len
That is a great thing to point out Len. For how cheap naphtha gas is, why take the risk. One other thing is that naphtha gas has no additives and burns way cleaner as well.
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NO more unleaded gas for me.
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Thanks for the explanation, Jim.
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Lack of counter space is a problem. I have a home built wooden stove cover that covers the three burner stove in my trailer. While not creating a perfectly flat surface the length of the counter, at least it provides an area to place a cutting board or fix a sandwich. YMMV
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Hi Donna
I have been considering making a cover but storage in a 13 footer is limited. If I use it as a backsplash it would cover the kitchen window and so stop the ventilation flow. Where do you put your wooden cover when using the stove?
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