Do I have the Betamax of camping stoves?
October 22, 2009 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Are the blue Camping Gaz cartridges still commonly available in the US?

I have a backpacking stove that takes the Camping Gaz CV270 cartridges. These are the blue cartridges that look like standard propane/butane cartridges (MSR, Primus, etc.) but have a click rather than screw-on attachment to the stove. Nowhere in the San Francisco bay area seems to sell them anymore, and I can't find anywhere that sells them mailorder (though being that they're full of compressed gas, this isn't surprising.) Are these obsolete now? When I do a Google search, it seems like the only places that still sell Gaz stoves are in the UK.
posted by zombiedance to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total)
I'm about 99% sure I've seen Camping Gaz cartridges at REI.
posted by zsazsa at 4:01 PM on October 22, 2009

They're quite common in Belgium and I think most of Western Europe... not obsolete, just French. I believe they are now owned by Coleman, so you might try Coleman retailers in the US.
posted by skintension at 4:06 PM on October 22, 2009

Best answer: I am having the same problem and have asked someone at REI. They have told me that GAZ is going out of business and that they will no longer be carrying the cartridges. I am not sure if this is just in our local REI stores (front range colorado) or if this is nationwide. I sucked it up and bought a new, threaded, stove for about 30 bucks.

I will be interested to see what others say.
posted by TheBones at 4:15 PM on October 22, 2009

Crap, TheBones, I love my Gaz stove! Good thing I have a several-year supply of canisters in my garage.
posted by spinturtle at 5:05 PM on October 22, 2009

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