Markhill / Edelrid Gas Adaptor

I never venture out for more than half a day without taking a stove with me – I like to be very sure of my tea supply! On a short tour its no problem to take sufficient gas to last the trip but my recent longer visit to France and Spain created something of a dilemma. One simple solution would have been to take a Trangia. Meths is easily available, I've owned a Trangia for 20+ years and its completely foolproof. Its also rather heavy and slow and I've grown used to a super speedy gas stove. I do possess a multi fuel stove which would solve the problem. Petrol is the easiest and cheapest fuel but it is worryingly volatile and priming (or lack thereof) can produce alarmingly large flames! Gas is definitely my fuel of choice but screw on cylinders can be hard to find. Decathlon are rumoured to stock them but their stores always seem to be on the side of motorways. I finally found the perfect solution – an adaptor that allows the widely available puncture type cylinders to be used with stoves designed for screw on cartridges.

The one I bought was marketed under the name of Markhill at £19.99. I later discovered what appears to be exactly the same product under the Edelrid brand for £16.99. It is fairly compact and weighs 5oz (140g).

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Before fitting it the valve assembly needs to be removed. The legs then clamp round the cyclinder and the rubber band fitted to secure them in place. The valve assembly is then screwed back in piercing the cartridge. Obviously once attached it can't be removed until the cartridge is empty.

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I was initially reluctant to pay £20 for this but it turned out to be well worth the money – even more so if you get the £16.99 version! The first shop I tried in Spain did actually stock screw in cartridges but they cost 7.95 euros whereas the puncture type were only 1.49. Most French shops sold them in a variety of own brands for a similar sum. The supermarket brands were only Butane as opposed to the Butane/Propane mix used in the screw in cartridges so they wouldn't be quite so good in the cold. The Camping Gaz and Coleman ones are both Butane/Propane mix. They only contain 190g of gas as opposed to the 250g screw in ones but they still work out much cheaper. My local Blacks is selling Coleman 250g cartridges for £4.99 whereas the 190g Coleman puncture type is £1.50 so I'm tempted to carry on using it now I'm back home. I'm pretty sad so I've weighed both on the kitchen scales! A 250g cartridge weighs 12oz (350g) whereas the 190g plus adaptor weighs in at 15oz (425g). It also just fits inside my Primus Eta pot.

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15 comments on “Markhill / Edelrid Gas Adaptor”

  1. Chris wrote:

    This is all rather technical stuff for this ex-Trangia user (it's been over 20 years since I last used mine). I like a cuppa on the road, too. So have you worked out what your unit price is for a cup of tea, Hilary?

    My granddad was no cyclist, but he never once went in to a cafe on our drives out in the country in his GT Capri. He made a little folding table and we'd brew up in a layby somewhere rather than pay good money for a hot drink. Can't remember what he used to boil water, but I'm sure he would have approved of your kit.

  2. Patrick wrote:

    Good find Hilary. Our stove is a Primus Eta Power which requires screw cartridges, and it weighs 830 grams plus cartridge(s). Your setup is lighter and smaller. On our Danish tours we carried four cartridges (to last 2 weeks) so we'd have saved some weight with an adaptor and puncture type cartridges bought en-route. I didn't look to see what types are available in shops – I should have.

    That is an excellent gear test website, by the way (the one I linked to).

  3. Hilary wrote:

    I've not worked out my unit price for a cuppa but I know it would be a lot less if I didn't keep buying stoves! Like many things a single, perfect for everything, model doesn't exist. I always justify the purchase of yet another on the basis that the cost equates to 2 cups of tea in a cafe for 6 months (or something similar). Of course it doesn't as I would still be brewing my own!

  4. Mary wrote:

    Glad this has been published on here, I am wondering about camping! I know, my worst nightmare is no shower, but the cost of B&B's is getting ever higher, on my own C2C the cheapest B&B was £35, the most pricy was £49.

    Wondering how horrible camping must be, all that extra weight, but it would mean one could cycle on longer and then hole up somewhere. I was thinking about cooking stoves and this post fits the bill just right! :)

  5. John wrote:

    For the last couple of years I've been using the Camping Gaz Bleuet Micro Plus Stoves with CV300 screw in cylinders. They are fine for my purposes and fit very snugly in my pannier rear pockets. However, being an old skinflint, I object to paying so much for gas and I've recently gone back to the pierceable cylinders. Only the other day, whilst struggling to get the stove back into the pannier rear pocket I was bemoaning the absence of a suitable stove with less metal; this seems to fit the bill, so a very timely article.

    I currently buy my pierceable cylinders from ScrewFix for £1.29. I used to be able to get them from an army surplus store far cheaper but I've not seen any recently.

  6. Jim wrote:

    I bought a little chinese 3 legged adapter for £6 on the net that enables me to use the long, slim, very popular bayonet type cartridges. They too are 220g, easy to obtain as they are also available in hardware shops etc. If bought on e-bay they are a less than £2 each. It is also more stable than the screw in cartridge and can be detached from the stove.

  7. Hilary wrote:

    Thanks for that Jim. I'd not heard of these before, at that price they are well worth a look.

  8. Jim wrote:

    For a brew on a day ride I have a can stove I made myself in about 20 mins from a empty beans can. I can boil 300ml of water in about 5 mins using 2 small round [24 for £1.50 at Winfields] esbit tabs. It does not use all the tabs, always about half a tab left to be reused. So costs me 14p ish for a brew. shame I can't add a pic. Total weight of stove 25grams. Tabs? Don't know. Couple of grams I guess.

    Jim

  9. Patrick wrote:

    Jim wrote: shame I can't add a pic

    Hello Jim. If you email the pic to webmaster(at)cycleseven.org I'll be pleased to add it to your comment.

  10. Jim wrote:

    pics sent.
    Jim

  11. Patrick wrote:

    Thanks Jim. The pics:

  12. Phil wrote:

    Thanks for the review – the page came up when when I was searching for just this device (not really knowing if it existed). Once I knew the name I was able to buy it from Amazon for £17.50. Brilliant in France.

  13. Biggles wrote:

    Camping Gaz Bluet stoves for the piercable 190g cylinders are available in car boot sales all over the UK – usually for about £2, typically with a cylinder still attached – surely the cheapest & easiest way to secure a stove for camping in France
    Biggles

  14. Hilary wrote:

    As Biggles said that is a cheap way to do it but you lose the convenience of being able to detach the cyclinder which makes a stove much easier to pack. I also specifically wanted to use my ETA Express for its fast boil times and low gas consumption.

    Probably the easiest thing of all is to use a Trangia or homemade can stove (definitely the cheapest option) as meths is cheap and widely available.

  15. Biggles wrote:

    Although the gas canister on a Bluet 206 technically can not be removed, the burner unscrews from the valve, and thus allows the pan supports to be removed, leaving a package essentially the size of the piercable canister, plus some relatively packable bits of metal, which all pack away in the billy can I use.

    The aerosol type canisters and their 3-legged converter for a screw type stove are also a good solution that I've been using after noting in a cafe/shop in Scotland that aerosol type canisters and meths were the only fuels available there.

    With piercable canisters (1), screw top canisters (2), camping gaz twister type canisters (3) and aerosol canisters (4) buying gas for a stove can be a bit of a lottery. I have seen folk buy the wrong canister for their stove assuming there was only one type available, luckily they spotted the issue before departing to camp elsewhere.

    A universal adaptor would be nice..................

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