In-built stove (countertop with 2 burners) or camping stove - what is cheaper in terms of gas cartridges / tank

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#1 Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:12

In-built stove (countertop with 2 burners) or camping stove - what is cheaper in terms of gas cartridges / tank

Hey you all! Nice to meet you :)

We have just bought a lovely camper van in Chile (thank you guys from Laybacktravel - you guys rock!) and are doing some changes to the interior / lay-out. We first wanted to install a stove with 2 burners (encimera) and buy a 5kg gas bottle and design our furniture in a way that it is secure to travel. However, someone here in the town we are in opined that a gas bottle of 5kg would last us about 20 days. The bottle costs about 17 000 -- to fill up with gas another 7000.-. The stove would be about 90 000 new. 

We already have a camping stove with about 6 cartridges. Supposedly one cartridge (Outdoor Doite Gas Isobutano / Propano Mixto) lasts 2 days and costs about 1000.-. So looking at the stats, the cartridges would be cheaper. But less practical than a nice in-built stove.

We also heard that the system differs in Argentina - so we would have to buy a new cylinder and new gas bottle. Would that be the case in each country??

So...what is your opinion? Is it worth having a built-in stove or are we shooting ourselves in the foot in terms of costs? We are budget travellers. 

The only reason why I think a built-in stove would be a good investment: to sell the van at a later stage..

Thank you for all your advice, in advance!

SwissMiss

P.s.: We are planning to do: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Suriname & the 2 Guayanas, Colombia & Ecuador. Than next year Central-America -- hopefully.

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 14:34

Hi,

Hi,

I'm interested in the same question actually... have you done any further research?  Or I guess by now, you are there - what did you discover??

Nick