Does exactly as advertised, and at a good price
You won't be using this to cook dinner every night (you can, but I wouldn't), but it boils 1L of water in 3min30s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhuB09splok), can melt lead metal pretty damn well.
After dozens of uses here and there over years, has never failed me. Gas canister lifetime and value depends on the brand you put in there.
You get what you paid for, and this was about three fiddy, so shame on you 1-starers.
Purchased in July 2018 for A$15.00.
Gone through 3 in 5 months
Bought one from Bunnings, canisters didn't lock in and could never get a blue flame. Got to the point the right burner did nothing, even with new butane. Exchanged within a month.
New one lasted 3 months, but same thing. Canister mechanism broke, no blue (hot) flame, but element seemed to be melting. The right burner seemed to use has twice as fast as the left. Exchanged today.
New one, first pop, won't lock canister in. Mechanism busted before use, but "we haven't had any issues" says Bunnings
Any other stove any good
All of the issues below are correct. It only costs $20 but it is worth $2 as a single use item. Had one burst into flame. Reported it to all relevant authorities and nothing. Bunnings replaced but new one has low pressure after very short time. Apparently if you leave the canister to heat up, pressure is restored. (Gets too cold)
But they are dangerous. DO NOT USE INSIDE eg a tent.
Purchased in June 2019.
Rubbish stove. Mechanism refuses to lock gas canister.
I tested the unit before camping and with a little effort has the gas cannister locked and a flame. Camping in June and the mechanism refuses to work. Cold food and worse still at 8am 2 cel temperatures. Lucky l am close to town and can buy food. Do not buy these stoves as they are going to let you down. A waste of money. Throwing this in the bin now.
Purchased in May 2019.
Downright Dangerous DO NOT BUY
Brought this from KMart about 2 weeks ago. I had change the butane container over to a new one. On my 2nd cook the flame from the cook top was burning about 2 feet into the air. I could smell gas as well. This product needs to be banned now. It appears the recall of the product from last time hasn't worked
Cheap to buy expensive to run and dangerous
This thing is small, easy to stow, cheap to buy but to be honest the thing couldn't boil water in a bushfire. The gas cylinders are expensive when you consider how long thy DO NOT last and that it could take half an hour to boil 2 cups of water, as long as its a hot day and there is no wind and not even a breeze. Add to that several of them have exploded (maybe down to how long you have to run the darn thing to cook or warm the most simple item) and there is only one conclusion. CHEAP JUNK that will cost you an arm and a leg to run, doesn't ...do what you want well, and might literally cost an arm and a leg or a life if it explodes. AVOID. Get a Trangi which costs more to buy, actually works and works fast and even in high winds, and costs almost nothing to run and packs down even smaller. And won't explode on you.
Purchased in October 2018.
These are not your mates!
I bought two and both failed the first time I used them - the first one leaked gas which caught alight and melted the stove. Thought it was just bad luck and stupidly bought another which was problematic to ignite and then took half an hour to even warm up a kettle. Put it straight in the bin when I got home. Looks like the Gasmate canisters don't fit them properly. Avoid them - they're dangerous!
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Bought from Bunning. Item does not work. Straight out of the box, inserted the gas can pressed the button down with the slit of the can on top and the button bent. Cheap crap . Will return back to Bunnings up to 6 times to get one that works once to prove a point.
Waste of money
It lasted three weeks. The regulator valve is faulty giving a very low flame. I purchased one from BCF and another from Bunnings. I thought I was just unlucky but BOTH failed within a month or so with the same fault.
unfortunately I cant get my money back as I didnt keep my docket.
Another problem with this type of unit is that the gas bottle freezes up and stops flow of gas....so you have to take the gas bottle out ...warm it ...put it back...repeat.
The Spinifex brand is much much better.
Absolute rubbish stove, buy something else
My Gasmate stove worked OK - once only. Since then it wont boil 500 mills of water in less than 25 minutes. Total crap. Im going back to boiling my bush tea on small wood fires here in the Australian desert. This stove is going in the bin. Waste of money.
Poor safety. Low gas pressure.
This product is one which has been released for sale and supposedly deemed safe, after the widespread portable cooker recall. We bought one to replace the cooker model which was part of the recall.
There are three problems with this model.
First, the locking mechanism which interfaces with the gas canisters has been modified, but in such a way that it is now possible for the cannister to rotate in the housing when unlocked. This means that if you then lock the cannister back in, without checking it is in place properly, the valve is depressed...
- Verified purchase
Two months old and gas is leaking
Bought this stove on Jan 20, 2016 from Bunnings. Used it everyday except for the last two weeks. Went to use it today and now gas is leaking from it. Tried different gas cannisters and the problem stays. You can see and hear it escaping! I agree with bennyarn about the the poor heat output problem too.
This, obviously, is a very dangerous situation.
Questions & Answers
Why is my new gasmate stove is burning with a yellow flame and depositing spot on the cooking pans?
Is the CS170 safe?
I'm answering my own question but the Department of Commerce site Western Australia states that this model is the only single burner butane model that has been classified as safe. The others were withdrawn after a recall.
The butane cartridges are another matter. Also be aware that pans that are too big will force the flame down onto the the cartridge, causing it to overheat. Stay safe people.
Thanks for your answer. There are faults and there are design faults. Your stove may have been faulty, even though it was made in the last two years when the modified ones were allowed to go on sale. The other complication is that the stove might be the problem or the can of gas. The stoves were recalled but the cans weren't. It seems that a safety mechanism was added to some cans so that they let gas escape if they get too hot. Some cans are clearly marked with this feature.
If you have a stove older than 2 years I would chuck it out.... i did
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