Stove and gas bottle on the HexaTrek.
Even if there are petrol or wood burning systems, the majority of hikers use gas stoves for their multi-day hikes. Estimating the amount of fuel needed for a long hike is not always easy and finding the right cartridge for your burner in France can sometimes be murderous!
Valve cartridge or threaded gas cylinder.
Ah, if only we could do like the others, it would be far too simple!
In France, since the time when the word bivouac was not yet added to the dictionary, this beautiful country decided that if there was an international system to connect a stove to a gas bottle,it would not be for us.
After inventing the French fries and the French kiss, we came up with the French gas bottle with Easy Clic valve!
Generally blue in colour, in honour of the flag, of the camping gas brand, it is THE bottle that you will find everywhere in France. Supermarkets, grocery shops, sports shops, sometimes even petrol stations, it is the most common bottle in the country and it is the one you will need to use most often during your trip on the HexaTrek.
However, the CampinGaz system is not the same as that of traditional stoves such as "Bruleurs, MSR, Jet Boil, Optimus...
On the other hand, screw-in cylinders such as Primus, Msr... are difficult to find, especially outside the big cities.
Our Top 3 solution for re-supply strategy
We have identified 3 Solutions to help you manage your gas needs along the way.
1. Buy a CampingGaz stove.
This is the easiest solution if you haven't already invested in another brand of kitchen set.
Thanks to this stove, you will regularly find EasyClip gas cylinders.
2. Buy an adapter
This is the most complete solution. Whether you find universal or campingaz bottles, the adapter will allow you to clip or screw your traditional stove onto the bottles you find.
This solution also allows you not to change your kitchen equipment if you have already invested, and the adapter generally weighs between 60g and 80g
3. Buy Gaz bottle online and deliver on the trail.
Finally, if you're angry at the French oppression of gas cylinders on your stoves, you can very well get rid of this system by buying universal threaded gas cartridges on the internet and having them delivered to you during your walk.
Sites such as Rechaud-Randonnée.com generally offer delivery within 48/72 hours.
Simply simulate an address where you will be in a few days and have it delivered to a relay point!
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