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Butane stoves go out spontaneously, then won't stay lit afterwards

I live in a poorly insulated apartment with no central heat (I'm in Spain, this is common) and it's cold right now.

Electric heat via little movable stoves is sad and expensive. So I went with butane because I used it in Chile and was pretty happy with it.

I have two butane stoves, different brands. They are both brand new, as are the bottles of butane.

And the same thing keeps happening. The stove is lit, and after a couple of hours the flame spontaneously goes out.

After the flame goes out, the stove becomes almost impossible to keep lit. I get a spark but the awful things just won't stay lit.

This keeps up for a few hours. Then both stoves become usable again.

Humidity level in the apartment? Ghosts? Just nasty. Any suggestions welcome.


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,656
    What temperature are the cylinders stored at? Butane is a good fuel, but it may be that it is too cool to vapourize fast enough to feed the stoves.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England