Cooking Gas outside the UK

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  1. Pollik

    Pollik Read Only Funster

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    One thing is certain is that this topic will have been done to death, probably many times! However, for some reason, I can't get anything to show up on a search...well, I am blonde!

    At the moment, I have two bottles of propane (red) in the gas locker...probably calor (I haven't checked at the time of posting and we do use other brands in the house). Calor doesn't operate in Europe. Around various sites and forums, I have seen warning stories (Spain only allows Spanish butano), don't-worry-about-it-we-didn't-even-start-our-second-bottle stories, camping gaz stories expensive in UK, much less so in Europe) - my head is spinning!!

    So, could someone either point me to a thread or talk me through what the present situation is?

    We plan being out there for a couple of months and we may also try wild camping (on cost grounds), so I feel I ought to have the beginnings of a plan about how to handle it.

    We hope to set forth sometime next week, and we just can't wait!!



    Polly
     
  2. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    two real options Polly,

    either invest in a refillable 'gaslow' system or buy a french bottle and regulator.
    available from most supermarkets in france.

    i did read somewhere that to buy a spanish bottle you now need a spanish address but how true this is i dont know.

    others may say buy an adaptor to fill your propane bottle at garage LPG pumps but personally i dont like the idea as it too easy to overfill if your not sure what you're doing.

    enjoy your trip:thumb:
     
  3. WynandJean

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    Depends on how big your bottles are?

    If 6kg 2 will last you for cooking, one lasts us 6 weeks but only for cooking. If you use for heating clearly more will be needed.

    The simple answer is a refillable bottle (Gaslow) although in Spain Autogas is not as available as in the UK. Plenty in France & Portugal so we always fill up before we get to Spain, or as we leave.
     
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    Yes we have and the keyword to search on is --- gaslow.
     
  6. Sundowners

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    Hi,
    as others have said
    1/ refillable --via auto-gas
    2/rent a local bottle, buy a regulator
    3/ there are places that fill foreign bottles (but not many, and hard to find)
    For cooking alone you use little gas-----the 'fridge uses quite a lot-----heating uses LOADS.
    IMHO----I would (used to) get a local bottle if you plan to stop awhile, you will get quite a collection of regulators---but will get refund when you return bottle.(on bottle)
    Nigel
     
  7. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    looked on the web and bottles in spain are now very difficult to buy

    Butano (Repsol) and Cepsa both require a contract to supply bottles and a safety inspection of the property is required before a contract is signed.


    To be able to have a contract for the supply of the gas bottles, you will first need to have an inspection of the dwelling and the gas installations, for health and safety reasons.

    You will need various documents to hand in order to have your contract drawn up and approved:
    • Photocopy and original of your ID details (either passport or Spanish NIE number)
    • Photocopy and original of another utility bill from the same address for the Butano contract application
    • Certificate of the Technician who will have made a prior inspection of the installations. (You arrange this in preparation of drawing up the contract).
    a first bottle will cost around 28€ including gas and the refund is 5€...10€ for gas, 18€ for rental.

    spaniards who no longer need the bottle will sell it 'privately' for a more sensible price.

    So...if you can get one hang on to it. :thumb:
     
  8. Loddy

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    I have seen repsol bottles for sale in the small adds in the local papers (english) and at boot sales, buy a regulator at the local ferrenteria or brico todo and your set up

    Loddy:Smile:
     
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