Last week Gasmate announced the release of their new and compliant butane gas stoves so yesterday I managed to get down to Bunnings and buy a couple.
We're heading up to Lake Argyle on a 3 week road trip next month so they will get a pretty solid workout and I will let you know how they go once we get going.
But before that, I wanted to let you know my first impressions and specifically, what is different from the original models.
1. The drip tray is now fixed in place
With the original butane stoves, the drip tray flipped over upside down for storage making the overall stove thinner when it was packed in the case.
The new model has the drip tray permanently fixed in place and the storage box is thicker as a result.
You can see in the photo below that the storage box is the full height of the stove including the drip tray and arms that the pot rests on.
2. Maximum pot size is 20cm
One of the issues with the original models of these stoves was overheating due to people placing large pans on the grill.
The heat could build up under the pan and cause the gas cartridge to overheat and explode.
The stoves did come with warnings about this but for most people, myself included, reading the instructions for such a simple device was not likely to happen.
This new model has a warning on the packaging and a life size template inside the box to make sure you clearly understand the pot size limit is 20cm - see below.
I grabbed a 20cm pot out of the kitchen and put it on the stove to see what that looks like - see below:
And this is a small frying pan.
Being restricted to a small frying pan and medium sized pot is not ideal but I figure it's best to be safe than sorry.
I have a few of these smaller frying pans (from cooking pancakes!) so it will be easy enough to have one going on each stove if we're cooking a big breaky.
There are no other obvious differences between this new model and the previous one so the next step will be to test them out and see how they perform.