Campingaz availability in Patagonia?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Mar 28, 2013 10:24 AM Last Post By: skyline1
Jan 30, 2013 12:46 AM
Campingaz availability in Patagonia?Hi everyone, I'm trying to figure out if I will be able to use my stove on the TdP Circuit this spring. My stove uses Campingaz canisters (the resealable kind, not the puncture kind), and I have no idea if these are available in either Punta Arenas or Puerto Natales. Anyone recall seeing these around?
P.S. My apologies if this this question/answer has already been posted here before, but search is not working!
Jan 30, 2013 2:28 AM
1Yes, there are lots in ferreterias (hardware, where they are a bit cheaper), sports shops, supermarkets (in PN anyway) and many hostels. The refugios also sell themat a higher cost (at least they did just before the big fire last year, when I was there). I did not see that brand, but definitely lots of the resealable kind of the same variety of sizes..
Jan 30, 2013 3:18 AM
Jan 30, 2013 5:55 AM
3Kevin, the above posters have given you the info you need but if you want to be 110% sure, why not get in contact with the Erratic Rock people in Puerto Natales. They run a hostel and a gear shop next door. In fact, they have a container of half-full canisters left by returning trekkers that they give out for free to people just going off on their treks. I picked up a couple of butane canisters for my Primus cookstove top while I was there.
They'll be able to tell you if the canisters are available.
BTW They also have a good information session most afternoons on the Torres del Paine trekking options.
If you want to see some pix and maps and related info on the Torres del Paine Circuit, check out this link -
Jan 30, 2013 8:33 AM
4Mendocinateacher/Tryfan - Thanks for your responses - to be clear, CampinGaz is not the same as the more standard isobutane threaded canisters. Although CampinGaz is resealable, the gas canister is not threaded and the stove clicks on/off. They're unfortunately also not really that common (they're most common in Europe, and since a lot of Europeans travel there, I was hoping someone might have seen it)
true_north - I'm actually going to be staying at ER when I'm in Natales! I've emailed them as well about the canisters, but I wanted to check to see if anyone on the forum might be able to confirm since they seem to be fairly busy at the moment...Thanks for your link, it looks like you got some great weather on your trek! (at least at the start)
Jan 30, 2013 9:10 AM
5Yes you can find them in South America, but it's not very common. The puncture kind, on the other hand, is cheap and available everywhere.
Mar 28, 2013 10:24 AM
6Just got back a little while ago and wanted to do a quick follow up on this - the only canister gas I could find was the standard type (smaller threaded nipple) that fits MSR/Primus/etc. I did not see any canisters that would fit either type of CampinGaz. Luckily I bought a $8 stove from amazon (search on "JOGR camp stove") before heading out that worked fine with the standard canisters.
Looks like my CampinGaz stove is headed for the metal recycler...
P.S. Stoves rent for $3/day in Natales - definitely buy one of those cheap ($8), lightweight (4oz/110gm) stoves online and bring it with you rather than rent if you can...
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