Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters



Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Part of my collection of Camoing Gaz Bleuet 206 and 270 stoves.


Camping Gaz Bleuet 206 was my first backpacking stove. It ran on a pierceable butane and propane mixed cartridge. This was during the mid-'80s and at the time was available worldwide. The 206 was super easy to use, and each cartridge provided 6 hours of cooking time. Just turn the knob and light. There were only two downsides to the stove. Once you pierced the c206 190-gram canister, you could not remove the stove until all the fuel was used. Also, the butane and propane mixed canister would freeze in cold weather. While I never had an issue with the fuel freezing, I did have to prepare the stove in case it happen.

As a young Scout each year at Christmas, I would receive one or two new canisters of fuel in my stocking. Anytime I found the canisters on sale, I would purchase a couple at a time to stockpile my supply. While I can't get any of the canisters anymore, I still have a good stockpile of c206 190 gram canisters that will last me a while. 

Years later, I purchased Camping Gaz Bleuet 270 Micro Stove, which used a sealable CV270 220-gram or the CV470 450-gram canister. The 270 was also super easy to use just like the Bleuet 206. But now, I could detach the stove from the fuel canister for easier packing. Still had the same freezing issue with the 270 stoves as the Bleuet 206. Another disadvantage to this stove was you could only use the Camping Gaz canister with this stove. All other stove manufacturers use a threaded connector canister.


Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Camping Gaz is Non-threaded (left) and the Coleman (right) is threaded like most modern canisters.

Just within a year or two of purchasing the second stove. Coleman purchased the French company, and sometime around 2016 the canisters were no longer distributed in the United States.    



Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
My second stove is the Camping Gaz Bleuet 270 Micro Stove on the self-sealing canister.




Once the stock of canisters in the stores was gone, that was it for US consumers. Once people used up their stockpile of fuel canisters their stoves became paperweights. Over the years, I have not used my Bleuet 206 much and have many years of fuel canisters still left. Both the Bleuet 206 and the Bleuet 270 have been very dependable stoves for me, and I hate to have to give them up for the fact that the fuel canisters cannot be sourced here in the United States, but can be found readily available in other parts of the world.

Every few years I would check online to see if the canisters could be sourced without any luck. But then I saw that folks were making conversions to be able to use the threaded fuel canisters. Great, it looked like my Bleuet 270 might be used again. But this ended up not being the case. I wanted to know how this was done, and it would be cool to use a Camping Gaz stove again.

With all the new modern-day stoves that just weigh a few grams, why go through the time, money just to get an old stove up and running. Well, that's a fair question and one that I hope I can answer. The Camping Gaz model stoves that I have were dependable and very easy to use. I was able to do more than just boil water for my backpacking meals. I was able to cook real meals on them while camping. If you think about it, most great outdoor adventures have a great meal with friends to go with them. I would also say that it doesn't sit well with me that the fuel canisters cannot be sourced here in the United States but can be elsewhere. 

If you are a fan of Camping Gaz stoves, or just like to read about how to make conversions, modifications, or hacks, then stick with me while I show you the process. The Bleuet 270 which looks like it would work will not! I needed to start with the Camping Gaz Turbo 270.     



Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Camping Gaz Turbo 270 carrying case.

I was able to source a Camping Gaz Turbo 270 stove online. I had no idea how old the stove was, how much it was used, or when it was used last.  


Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
All the parts that make up the Turbo 270.

There are a couple of differences between the Bleuet 270 and the Turbo 270 stoves. The most noticeable is the burner on the Turbo 270 is bigger. Also, the housing part that the on/off knob is attached to is different. 


Next, I needed a donor stove for the valve that is needed for this conversion.  The Coleman Peak 1 3001 series stove is what I am going to use for the donor. The stove can be easily found and runs generally under $20.



Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Coleman Peak 1 is needed as a donor.

The Coleman Peak 1 is right out the box. I was a little taken back at the overall cheap quality of this stove.  


Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Coleman Peak 1 out of the box.


Step #1: Remove the red plastic housing.

Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
One side of the plastic housing was removed. 

Step #2: Once the housing is off removed all other parts of the stove. What's that blue that I see?

Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
All the parts of the stove.

Step#3: Remove the black dummy cap from the blue turn Knob.

Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Guess what? Is that a Camping Gaz valve?



How about that! Surprised to see the Camping Gaz blue Knob? That is the same style knob that is on my Bleuet 270 and the same knob that is on the Turbo 270. 


Step #4: Unscrew the Turbo 270 burner head from the valve and replace it with the new one from the donor stove.

Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Turbo 270 with the new valve.




Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
Turbo 270 attached to a new threaded fuel canister.




Step #5: Turn the knob on and light. Note: I have the solid section of the windscreen in the back of the stove. That section should be over the knob. 

Camping Gaz Turbo 270 Conversion for Threaded Fuel Canisters
After who knows how many years that this stove was used, it started burning on the first lite.


There you go! I was able to take the stove that used a non-threaded fuel canister and convert it over to use threaded fuel canisters. I am sure this stove sat in someone's garage or gear closet for years. The stove fired up like it was used on a backpacking or canoeing trip last week. Just goes to show you how dependable of a canister stove the Turbo 270 is. 

Update note: While it's not in the post and has been discussed in the comments. You will need to use the old jet with the conversion. The hole in the old jet is a little bigger than the new jet of Peak 1. You will need a 7mm socket to change the jet out. Warning- you can run the risk of damaging the jet during the removal process.

Navigate over to our other post on converting a Camping Gaz Bivouac 270 Lantern to threaded fuel canisters.


Now It's Your Turn-

The search terms that bring people to this post are many. I invite you to leave a comment. Did this post save your stove from the trash? Have you done a conversion of another Camping Gaz model? What was the first meal that you cooked on your stove? 



Comments

Anonymous said…
Excellent article. Not sure how much I'm gaining by spending $19 for the Coleman stove to retrofit my Turbo 270, which I literally just retrieved from my wastebasket when I found your blog, but the challenge to make the Turbo 270 functional again was too tempting after having purchased it in 1976. I'm trusting the burner assembly for the Turbo 270 is better than the Coleman, hence the advantage. It also has such a nice storage bag.:)
Anon- The burner assembly of the Coleman is not the same quality as that of the Turbo 270. If your 1976 year model Turbo 270 is the same as mine, then $19 for a project and remembering about the backpacking and meals shared with friends on your stove is priceless.
Anonymous said…
Well Brian, the price tag on my Turbo 270 box says it cost me $34.99, so I suspect it is better quality than the Coleman,and also has the windscreen, but as you say, the memories of using it on my first backpacking trip are priceless indeed. Again, brilliant solution, and timing is everything, as I just visited REI this week and the camping guy said it was now useful only as a paperweight. And, the thought of just throwing it out was not a happy thought. The Coleman arrives today, and we shall see how things go. :)
Anonymous said…
Success! Thanks!
Fantastic! Keep your eye out for another post that I will be doing on the 270 lantern.
Did you ever have any luck converting the Bluet 200 models that pierced the older cans? I have 2 of the stoves... variances in pot supports and a lantern. Interestingly the lantern still has fuel canister attached and has pressurized fuel still in it!!! Thank you.
Alaska Raft Connection- I have around 12 fuel canisters for the old 206 stove and the stove still works. You can use a Stechka Cartridges Adapter to convert the pierceable fuel canister for a Lindal valve stove or a stove that runs inverted. So you are able to covert the canister but not the stove. Since writing the blog post I am now the owner of two each Turbo 270 stoves and Bivouac Lanterns.
d said…
Thank you for this! I just ordered the oleman stove you mentioned to switch valves and hope they're still using the gaz core! I love my stove and just used up the last of stored canisters. Such fast cooking with so little fuel, stable for big pots, built in windscreen for flame.
d-

You are welcome and thanks for the comment. Hope your stove will be able to good many more meals on it!
Anonymous said…
Will the burner assembly from the Camping Gaz Bleuet 206 stove (top left in your photo) work in this hack ?
Anon-
This conversion only works with the Turbo 270. The Camping Gaz Bleuet 206 stove burner head will not work with the valve from the Coleman Peak 1 stove. I haven't found that fix yet.
Liza Bisschoff said…
I have a George foreman Gp300 easy wheel grill that takes non threaded canisters but I’m in the states. Any chance this fix could work on something like that?
Liza Bisschoff

I don't believe my conversion will work for you. But looking at the owners manual regulator Assembly P/N 22185 looks to be what you need to attach to threaded caisters. You can find the manual on line. Hope that helps.
bilimanjaro said…
You can refill the old 270 cannisters with gas you fill lighters up with.at a fraction of the price..
billmanaro

Interesting! I no longer have any 270 canisters, but how well does butane work with the stove since the 270 canister was a butane/propane mixture?
Anonymous said…
I may have missed it in the article, but be sure to switch out the jet in the assembly. The jet on the Turbo270 is higher flow for the bigger burner size. 7mm socket, just switch the old jet to the new assembly. I forgot how powerful the T270 was until I fired it up. Thanks for this write up!
Anonymous said…
Hello, thank you for the very nice post. We have. We have a Bleuet 470 HP burner and love it. Do you know, if the 270 conversion can work for the 470 HP as well?
Anon-
The short answer is I don't know. I researched some images of the Bleuet 470 HP which looks like a nice stove. It looks to me that the old stove burner would fit the new valve. But what I don't know if the valve would fit in the housing. If you could email me at navigatetoyouradventure@gmail.com I would be happy to help you.
KevinATL72 said…
I just performed this conversion. Everything is a perfect fit. With the great quality of the Turbo 270 stove kit, this conversion is worth it even if you have to buy both the Turbo 270 and Peak 1 stove kits! I have not found a modern canister stove that matches the Turbo 270 quality--even when used in 10-20 degree weather several times.

Note: you do not have to remove the black knob cover from the new valve unless you want to, but you do want to replace the jet on the new valve with the original or the flame sputters a bit. Takes 1 minute to replace the jet.

I have a Lumostar C 270 lantern as well wich has been a favorite of mine. I will post back if a conversion is possible there as well.

Thank you for this post!
Yes, please post up if the Lumostar C 270 lantern conversion works.
FB said…
I have the old Gaz 270 stove, lantern and catalytic heater. Just picked up a Forespar gimballed boat stove for my sailboat with a 270 stove attached. Hoping to do the conversion on all three items and be able to sail through the fall at night, well-fed and warm. Thanks for the tip.
KevinATL72 said…
Hi,

Following up, the conversion works perfectly for the Lumostar C 270 lantern as well! Happiness!

The new and old knob covers are identical and the original blue plastic collar on the lantern even fits on the new valve. :)

Again, you still want to swap in the old jet.


KevinATL72- Excellent! Thanks for sharing that the Lumostar C 270 conversion will work.
Anonymous said…
I couldn't remove the jet from the coleman, ended up ruining the brass trying to remove with 7mm wrench. Any tips?
Anon-
It should have come out with a 7mm "socket". I don't have any tips. If you haven't ruined the jet hold and it just the sides of the jet, all should not be lost. Wish you all the luck with it.
Anonymous said…
Does anyone have a picture or two of swapping out the jets? Is it self explanatory?
Anon-
It should be self-explanatory. It looks like a brass hex nut. Be very careful getting them out. The brass is soft and they could be damaged. Another person left that comment on the lantern post.
pinegreen said…
I have two Turbo 270 units, and I'm down to my last partial canisters. Placed the order today for two Peak 1 burners to cannibalize. Many thanks. I've had Bluets since the 1980s and the Turbo 270 ones were my favorites. May they live on!
Pinegreen- Glad to hear that your Turbo 270's will live on!
Unknown said…
New life for my Gaz! Thank you! I love this stove, and was thrilled to find this, again, thank you!
UNK- Enjoy your stove again!
Anonymous said…
Amazing!!! I’ve held in to mine hoping I would one day be able to use it again!!!
Anon- Enjoy your stove again!
sdpaia said…
It worked! I was so disappointed to find that my backpacking stove was no longer compatible with modern fuel cannisters. I easily made this switch and saved myself from having to buy new. There are probably advantages to newer technology, but this is still a cool little gadget that I'm hanging on to! Thanks!
sdpaia-
Glad it worked out. Enjoy your stove!
Anonymous said…
Is it necessary to change the jets if the unit is working with the Peak 1 swap? It is suggested for safety reasons?

Thanks in advance!
Anon-
It is suggested to change the jet due to the burner size difference of the two stoves that are used for this project. This was added as a note to the post from comments left by someone who commented. It is hard to see if there is a diffence between the two jets.

I am not sure if not changing the jets would cause a safety issue. I went back and changed the jets on my stove and I have not had any issues with my stove.

Changing the jets is not hard but you do need a 7mm socket. You also have to be very carryful because the brass i soft and you can damage the jet.

Hope this answered your question.
Anonymous said…
Great article!
But, alas, I have an old 206 that served me very well over many years. There's nothing like the sound of the stove cooking dinner in the wilderness after a day of hiking! I just got my stove out because of the approaching hurricane and the possibility of losing power and realized that I am finally out of gaz! Is there any hope that this stove can be converted or is it time to find a new stove?
Thanks.
Anon-
I hope that the hurricane misses you. I still have a 206 and I am lucky to still have fuel for it. But unfortunately there is no way to convert the 206 to accept a different fuel canister. I think it's time for a new stove. Good luck!
Anonymous said…
I’ve got 2 of the larger campingaz unthreaded canisters I haven’t used just collecting dust. Maybe I’ll post on eBay.
I have a campingaz lantern. I've had it for years and it still works great. I use any mantel (Coleman, etc) and just tie it off at the base. Totally agree with your love of campingaz. Wish I could get my hands on a few bluette cartridges, running low. The ones I still have thread into the lantern base. Soft light and whoosh of the gas. Perfection.
Dnele928 said…
I accidentally bought a threaded fuel canister, having not used my gaz stove for two years. I was going to return it somehow or give it away. I was internet shopping for some gaz canisters, then realized they were no longer available. Then I came across your article. Yes, it seemed impractical to buy another stove to convert the gaz to accept threaded canister, but I had an irresistible urge to see it working again. I bought the Coleman Peak as you suggested. The conversion was quick and easy - even swapping the jet (yes, use a 7mm socket). And just like that, it fired right up. Very happy. Thanks to you for discovering this and doing this write up, Cheers!
Dnele928-
Thanks for leaving a comment. It's funny how we what to see our Camping Gaz stoves light up again. Enjoy your stove!
USA068 said…
Thank you. $8.00 at a thrift store, and now your page helped me conserve a great french stove. Kindest regards

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