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I saw in an ad recently that a local Boy Scout troop is selling a few suitcase stoves, some single burners, and a couple of lanterns. The ad said that they're switching to propane. I know we have some forum members involved in scouting, is this a national policy, or an individual troop decision?
Jim Brizzolara
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Individual thing as far as I know.
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Troop policy.
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Maybe some enthusiast should push for a gas appliance merit badge. I just got a 285A and it appears to be a simple lantern to work on. With the exception of initially breaking lose the valve assembly from the tank, it seems to be simple enough to worked on by intermediate age scouts. Also not sure the use of disposable propane canisters is eco friendly. 
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... Also not sure the use of disposable propane canisters is eco friendly. 

Excellent point and absolutely correct--especially for the campgrounds left to deal with the empties.

The Ontario Provincial Parks System has to pay to have these removed as they are hazardous waste and left by the thousands in parks. Many are almost full as the handwringers that use them for a hour or two, are then too afraid that they'll leak and blow up their car on the way home! Iditos.

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My troop went to propane years ago.  Stoves and lanterns with propane are much safer for younger scouts without an adult standing over them.  Older scouts use white gas for high adventures and when younger scouts use gas an adult is right there.
Coast to Coast
I was a Scout in the eighties, and our troop was propane only. I always assumed it was a national policy. We were pretty old school and still used Baker tents.
-Bird- Milwaukee, WI.


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That was something that caught me off guard when I moved to Oklahoma in high school. In Colorado my troop and all the ones we worked with used GPA lanterns and stoves. In Oklahoma we found all of the troops here used propane. We always packed out any empty canisters but I have seen plenty of people leave them behind.

One campout I will never forget is the first time we took the new troop backpacking. We brought GPA backpacking stoves and it was the first time any of the local boys had ever even seen one, this caused a dangerous situation. One boy tried lighting a stove with a remote fuel bottle (I think it was a MSR or a peak1 but not sure) he didn't pay attention to the directions, just fully opened the valve and struck a match. Needless to say the stove burst into flames, in a panic he grabbed the fuel bottle and ran. So now we have a boy running around with a fireball hanging below a pressurized fuel tank. My father got to him before I did and used a stick to lift the stove above the tank while calming him down and getting him to set down the bottle. made for and exciting breakfast.
One of the problems with old technology is that it becomes unusual, quaint, out of the mainstream.  The line of passing on sound knowledge about how the thing operates breaks down.  Nobody knows what they haven't learned, even if their Grandparents were experts at it.
More than forty years ago I didn't like pressurized fuel canisters, propane/butane, etc. for just that reason of finding them discarded in the backwoods.  Packed a lot of them out, because that's what my Scout leaders taught me years earlier. Even if it was someone else's trace.
It would be particular to the Scouting unit (Troop).

Ours uses LP though one older committee member and myself would like to switch back to GPA. Some of our boys us GPA for backpacking.


We have both profane and GPA stuff. I take a single burner Coleman stove as well to heat water for coffee, hot cocoa, or wash water. 

The propane is great for heating double griddles with 20lb. tanks (we have two) plus a turkey fryer burner for the boys dish water but the lighting of a pavilion or large area is done with 3-4 Coleman liquid fuel lanterns. 

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My troop in the 90s only had propane, but individuals could use any GPA's as long as they showed they could safely operate it. My son is now is scouts and his troop has similar rules. They also like to use homemade stuff like rocket stoves made out of food cans and alcohol stoves from soda cans. The boys are not allowed to use any type of stove alone util they reach first class. Seems one of the leaders sons almost blew himself up when he thought the alcohol ran out, because he couldn't see the flame, and tried to pour more in.


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I made it a point that my scouts know how to use both options.  They were using all propane stuff until I joined the troop  I did a whole meeting on the advantages and disadvantages of each option, including the adapter to use propane on a liquid fuel stove.  I like to bring some of my various lanterns to our regular weekly meetings in the spring and fall that go into the dark hours. Two of my lanterns were owned originally by scoutmasters back in the 60s, so I like to think they would appreciate their old lanterns are still being used for scouting.  A few of the older scouts now have their own liquid fueled stoves, thanks to their wonderful (ahem) assistant scoutmaster.
Good job Willy! Thats how it started was by getting my son on GPA, then his best friend and another ASM. More and more have shied away from propane so I feel like we are winning. Lol.

If scouts want to be green ..then propane is not the way.

The sister question to Boy Scout policy is, what’s the policy in Girl Scouts?  I don’t know about national policy, but in my Council, it was up to the troop, and in my troop, it was up to the individual girl.  The photo shows representatives of what was available if the girl didn’t have her own stove, which most of them didn’t.  They were encouraged to cook over a fire using the large grate on the left for canoe trips or the smaller grates for backpacking.  We had a couple of excellent cooks – their first choice for canoeing was Dutch ovens (we had a stack of 3) heated with wood.  The small, folding wood stove was pretty much never chosen – the grate was so much better!  The Coleman and Primus canister propane stoves were popular on canoe trips for their adjustibility (but I discouraged their use due to the waste issue with the canisters).  The Peak1 Feather 400s were well-used for both canoeing and backpacking, so we had two (always my first choice!).  We used a couple of pocket rockets for backpacking, but I discouraged their use except on longer hikes where weight was critical.  The two-burner propane was always available on canoe trips for anyone that wanted to use it, but always with the refillable tank.  The Svea and Primus/Edelweiss cookset are in the photo because they were the stoves of choice when I was in Boy Scouts back in the 60s.
Scout stoves examples.jpg 

Mike DeHart
My brother is a Scoutmaster in Maine. I asked him this question a few weeks ago, since the troop we grew up in never used GPA's.  It is up to the troop, but there are particular rules regarding storage of the liquid fuel in camp.  You can't just set it behind a tree.  Propane often wins just for being more fool resistant.  He does a winter campout with his troop.  They dig snow caves, so hardcore winter survival stuff.  His troop uses propane.  He has been pushing GPA's for a few years, but nobody wanted to play his game.  He took a 425 stove this year and taught them.  While the propane stoves had their weenie little bic lighter flames, the Coleman 425 was the blast funace that got the coffee and breakfast on the table.  The troop are now converts, and he is teaching use and care of old style GPA's.
Anecdotally, my colleague up in Rochester, NY says his troop has gone to all propane.  I asked him last year if he would like a few later-model 220s from me, ready to go, for his troop.  He said thanks, but no.


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Might be interesting to ask/see how many propane appliances bite the dust due to cross threading the propane bottles when attaching to the appliance.
The kids in my troop could handle threading the propane bottles to the appliances into which the bottles were directly threaded.  Never saw any of the girls strip those threads.  But I'll admit that on Scout trips, I was the only one to thread the hose or pipe into the appliance on the stove end.  Just too easy to strip those brass fittings.  On family trips, however, my daughters did that part of the setup, too, without ever stripping threads.
Because propane is just soooo much safer: https://www.google.com/search?q=propane+explodes+in+car&tbm=isch&source=univ&client=firefox-b-1-d&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjJkp6TrpzhAhV8HDQIHbIxAtsQsAR6BAgGEAE&biw=1600&bih=899
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Anything involving fuel, heat, and flames is dangerous. We need to teach the younguns how to use all these safely. Lithium batteries have been known to have problems, too. See Boeing 787--and all the exploding vaper videos.
It's priceless until someone puts a price on it.
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Timm--Middle of nowhere, near the end of the road, Oregon.
There is no national policy prohibiting liquid fuels. I don’t know where this troop is located, but they may have difficulty using propane stoves in really cold temperatures. Propane can be environmentally responsible if you’re using 20-pound tanks, but how often do you see people running lanterns that way? Stoves, yes, but rarely lanterns.
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I donated a 425, two FFR'd 220's, and two 400a's to my friend's Scout troop, specifically for use in winter. They had a bad experience, a couple of years ago, when attempting to use canister stoves in 10°F weather. Even though the Scouts had kept the canisters warm in their sleeping bags overnight, as soon as they started using the stoves, the canisters cooled down again, and stopped functioning.

I just sold my old MSR Whisperlite to a young river guide who was done trying to use canister stoves, because of poor performance, and high cost of fuel canisters. His "day job" is as a quality assurance chemist, and he has access to generic white gas, by the barrel full. 😉
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If you go back in time this subject comes up on the regular...

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I bought some lanterns off a district scout executive because people keep donating GPA to the troop he works with.  The troop puts the money back into buying new equipment and expenses.  I passed on the newer stoves he had but I got a turd and 220F out of the deal.
Richard (KC native and KU Alumni living in Maryland)
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The Scout Troop I help out with is trained in GPA and propane.

They are familiar with the limitations and hazards of both systems.

They know, at winter camps, when the temperature drops to -25 Celsius and lower, propane is ineffective.

We train them as best we can, most times they listen and take notice.

They find LEDs don't put out any heat, but are perfect in tents. NO Carbon Monoxide.

What more can you ask?

ThomasL:-Currently on the lookout for a Canadian(Read Toronto): L227or228 - Big Hat and 249
Doug L
Soon the scouts will be using those battery lanterns.

This stove tin is circa 1912
those are real scouts
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Our troop uses propane, but I still use my gas lanterns. The younger adult leaders give me grief, but I won't switch to a propane lantern anytime soon. It's neat to share the history of my lanterns. It's also funny to see their reactions (both scouts and leaders) when they flare up at the beginning of lighting. They always think the lantern is going to explode. 😂 It might be easier to use propane, and some of them may be brighter, but nothing has the character of a CF lantern.

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Local Troop policy. I just finished refurbishing five 220 lanterns and five 413 stoves for our local scoutmaster for this camping season. 
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