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There are many factors to consider when choosing a camping stove with fuel type being one of them. If you have narrowed it down to propane or butane fuel and have a hard time choosing between the two, the Gas One GS-3900P Dual-fuel Stove is an excellent option.
Choosing either propane or butane fuel depends on which you prefer, or as is sometimes the case, which you have on hand or are available to purchase.
We'll start with the feature that sets this camping stove apart from many others, and that is the dual-fuel capacity, which allows you to use either propane or butane.
On a practical level, you can choose the most appropriate fuel for your camping trip. For example, with butane not being suitable for use in cold conditions, you could use propane in those circumstances. Also, butane can be difficult to source sometimes, so again you have the propane option.
On the flip side, butane canisters are more lightweight. If you are backpacking and plan to walk for a long distance, butane might be the preferable choice. There are many factors to consider when choosing a backpacking stove.
Ease of Use
Getting this dual fuel stove ready to cook your first meal on the campsite is straightforward. Place the stove on a flat surface and turn the pot grate over.
To install the 8-ounce butane cylinder, open the side housing, take the cap off the canister and place it in the housing. Then push the fuel lock level down, and close the cover.
There is no need for matches, as these stoves have a piezo electronic igniter, which starts sparking when you turn the control dial to the left. You will hear it click, and then the flame on the burner should alight instantaneously.
Setting up the stove to use a 16-ounce propane cylinder tank is also a simple process. Open the cover, put the adapter hose through the opening on the housing unit’s side and screw it into the brass fitting. Then attach the propane cylinder to the other end of the hose. Close the cover and turn the dial to ignite.
The settings are easily adjusted and go from low to very high, and the strength of the flame is easily controlled. A high-pressure hose and an adapter are all you need to connect this stove to a large propane tank.
This single burner camping stove is ideal for cooking for just one or two people. The maximum heat the GS-3900P produces is 15,000 BTU. This provides the capability of prepaing a greater scope of meals since it cooks foods quickly and at high temperatures.
The pot grate is serrated to help keep cookware in position, and it also has a lip at the end of it that further helps keep pots or pans in place. It can handle a 10-inch pan so you can cook bacon and eggs, steak, hamburgers, or a one-skillet meal.
Another welcome feature is the feet underneath the stove. These nonslip rubber feet help keep the stove still when you are stirring.
The burner’s heat output is controlled using the dial on the front of the stove. The flame is protected somewhat from the wind by a circular windshield that forms part of the pot grate's construction.
The GS-3900P has a dual spiral flame. The advantage of having an inner and outer flame is that the output is stronger.
Whenever you are using equipment that requires gas or fuel, there is always an element of risk, so safety features are essential. This Gas One dual fuel camping stove has two built-in safety features that detect a change in gas pressure or flow. It has an automatic shut-off device that stops the unit from functioning, thus preventing any further flow of gas. The GS-3900P is also equipped to eject the butane canister that also stops gas from flowing into the stove.
The GS-3900P instruction manual states the stove is for outdoor use and not for household use.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Any camp chef worth their salt knows that cleaning up after a camp meal is important, not just for the sake of keeping the campsite tidy and safe, but also for the maintenance of the camping stove.
Camping stoves that are left dirty often have issues working correctly. The most vulnerable are the electronic ignition and the control dial.
To prevent this from happening to your stove, after it has cooled down, wipe it clean with a damp cloth. In most instances, unless you have had many food spillages when cooking, it should be easy to clean off food debris, especially as the grate and drip tray’s surface coatings are smooth.
Pay particular attention to the area at the front where the stove's controls are, and check inside the canister compartment if any liquid has managed to enter.
One of the best features of this Gas One camping stove is its portability. The GS-3900P weight 4.2 pounds with dimensions of 12.9” x 10.9” x 4".
The GS-3400P is another dual fuel stove manufactured by Gas One and is less expensive than the GS-3900P . Both stoves have push button ignition, wind blockers, and identical safety features. The table below details the differences between the GS-3400P and the GS-3900P dual fuel stoves.
Dual Spiral Flame
13.5” x 11.2” x 4.4"
12.9” x 10.9” x 4"
We conclude in the hope that our review of the Gas ONE GS-3900P New Dual Fuel Propane or Butane Camping Stove has provided insight into its features and is on your list of possible camping or backpacking stoves.
This portable camping stove is well-built, simple to use, and easy to clean. The dual-fuel aspect is one which we think sets it apart from many of the camping stoves. Along with its other features and reasonable price point, this is a great value.