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Old 06-02-2003, 01:02 AM   #1
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Thunder Range - Portable Stove

Thunder Range CI-153

Bought this little beauty at Costco today!

6000-7200 btu (depending on whose info you read)

Safe for indoor use.

Listed weight is 4 lbs.

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Quality manufacture including galvanised parts and tough enamel exterior.
This range features an aluminium diecast burner and an integrated safety system to prevent explosions or gas release by overpressure, spills or wind effects.
Features a positive interlock safety system ensuring it can't be operated with the gas canister incorrectly installed.
Supplied with a convenient plastic carry case, for added protection when stowed in the locker.
No matches required. - Utilises a piezo–electric ignition for easy starting every time.
Full temperature adjustment by a front panel control knob.
Use the convenience of clean burning Butane – lighter-than-air. Butane is much safer than LPG (which is heavier-than-air). No more dangerous gas lurking in the bilges.
Much hotter and cleaner burning than Methylated Spirits or Kerosene versions. No more unpleasant Kero or Metho smells. Boils a kettle in about a 1/4 of the time ! !

Paid 19.95 CDN at Costco today (I did a search and have seen it advertised up to 39.95 US and 49.95 CDN).

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Old 06-02-2003, 05:50 AM   #2
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I bought one, 3 years ago, same model ( CI-153) but mine is red and the brand name printed on it is Mr. Stove. I found it in ChinaTown and I paid 24,95$ (CAD).

Many Chinese people (and restaurants) use this stove to make Fondue or other cooking at the table. If you want to make fondue, It is a great thing to use instead of the small alchool stove sold with fondue pot.

The butane gaz come in a 8 oz bottle and will last about 1 hour to one hour and half at high flame.

The gaz bottles are not easy to find while on the road and the price can be very high. I saw price up to 3,50$ or 3,95$ a bottle at Canadian Tire. I don't know the price at Costco.

I buy my gaz in Chinatown where I pay 5,99$ for 4 bottles. This is the cheapest price I ever found. In other asian store I saw them at 6,99$ for four.

This stove is best used inside the house or the trailer. Outside, if it the temperature is warm and not too humid, it is also very good. The gaz pressure inside the bottle decrease very rapidly has the temperature decrease. The result is that the flame become very small, even at full throttle. For camping (Tent Camping) I would not recommend it because it would not be efficient enough for the morning coffee if the weather is chilly and humid. In winter, just forget it.

On the road, It is a great thing to carry. But you need to bring many spare gaz bottle. I am very happy with mine and I used it very often. This is not one thing I would put for sale in my garage sale! :)

I made this little modification because small pot or pan are not stable enough without it on the stove.

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Here are the gaz can that I buy in ChinaTown. These are made in Korea. Once, somebody told me that the Japanese one were better. I don't know about that. Maybe there is some difference but I don't really beleive it. This guy was selling Japanese gaz.

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Old 06-02-2003, 09:40 AM   #3
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I looked at these last month in Cosco.I liked , but cannisters could be problem also the indoor / outdoor temp thing.
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Old 06-02-2003, 10:22 AM   #4
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Mine is red also - that way I can find it whilst among all the green when camping!

Sue and I were thinking about all the things we could use it for.

Keeping the coffee warm was the biggest plus - you know outside, after the coffee has brewed in the trailer(we prefer the smell of coffee brewing as we wake up).

Another thought was bringing it along on a walk down a trail or down to the beach/lakeside, etc. Garlic prawns!;)

Cooking in it won't happen, I've got a twin burner Camp Chef that pushes 60,000 BTU's, it'll boil your biggest pot of water in about 10 minutes or less.

Sue and I also love to fondue - great idea!

Our local Costco did not have any butane bottles. I'd expect we'll be able to find them at Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire with no problem.

Hey - for 20 bucks I just had to buy it! :o
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