Where to buy screw-on type gas canister?

poly

Posted: Mon, Jun 15, 2015, 22:35

I'm planning on bringing my stove (Snow Peak LiteMax) for both convenience and insurance in case the gas stoves at the refuges are not functional, long lines, etc.

My stove takes the screw-on type gas canister, which I understand is rare in France in general. So from reading past threads, these seem to be the places that carry them (I'm going S-N after arriving in Ajaccio, so stores in Calvi/Bastia are not very useful to me):
- Intersport in Ajaccio and Porto Vecchio
- the gite in Conca
- Vizzavona

If someone has been to the places above in the past year or so, can you confirm that they do carry the screw-on type canister?

Are there other places in Ajaccio, Porto Vecchio, S.Lucie de Porto Vecchio, Conca, or along trail that carry the screw-on type canister? I might miss the Intersport store opening hours in both Ajaccio and Porto Vecchio because of my transit schedule, so I'm a bit worried since my only chance of buying a canister before I start is in Conca...



justanotherfinn

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 5:51

If you fail to get it, some of the refugios/bergeries along the way have gas stoves for you to use, even if you don't stay in the cabin.
Starting from the south, I understood this in Prati for the first time. I only stopped there at lunch time to cook, so I wasn't even a paying guest, but the host doing repairs and casually chatting brought a stove for me to cook with in the separate cooking shelter outside the cabin.
Starting from the south, there might have been a similar cooking possibility already before in Usciolu and Asinao (in Paliri there was not).
In Petra Piana cooking in the cabin was explicitly allowed for all the guests of the camping grounds, and in Manganu nobody complained if one took initiative and went to cook in the cabin. In Castel de Vergio, thay had a really nice and well equipped outside kitchen terrace for cooking and hanging out.



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 6:17

Hello,
I too have an Alpine type screw-on type system but when I went to Corse in 2007 I decided to take the French blue 'pierced can' stove model which is far less stable when cooking. The decision was based on the availability of the cans. I have been back to the island a further four times since then and I have noticed that the 'screw-ons' are becoming more available on the island. Must admit thought that I have continued to take the French system for cooking with the knowledge that I can purchase these at most places.....the old blue is kind-of just kept for Corse use.
I suppose I should start taking my safer Alpine stove.
What I did notice when at Conca for a S-N trip two years ago was that at the restaurant/camping La Tonnelle was a collection of partly used screw on gas cans that folks had just handed in at the end of the trip. You just can't do that with the blue system. Also at the camping close to the Bastia Airport I did see handed in partly used cans of gas in the shed beside the wee café while I was wastefully burning off my Blue gas prior to walking out to the airport.
What am I trying say....possibility of getting a start with partly used gas cans at La Tonnelle which would fit in with your schedule timings. Perhaps a phone call or an e mail to check? Also I am sure that I saw screw on cans in the station shop at Vizzavona when I was in buying Blue gas and some supplies.....in 2013.
Also that many of the Refuges have outside wee cooking stations with gas rings so you can stay away from much of the melee inside the buildings!

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Gaffr



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 6:37

I had forgotten about the facility for campers at Vergio... Justanotherfinn. These are excellent.
That facility was just not there in 2007 and there was not a store at the camping then although some supplies were available inside the Hotel.
Over the few years of my acquaintance with the route there has been a gradual upgrading of facilities in many of the overnight stopping places.....others have some distance to go to meet the pressures of a very popular walking route.

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Gaffr



StuartMcD

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 14:20

We bought some screw on gas cannisters from a small shop near Gap on our way to Toulon, they called them a Coleman connection, seem pretty common in France. Have seen these in the supermarket in Calvi.

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Stuart



StuartMcD

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 14:20

We bought some screw on gas cannisters from a small shop near Gap on our way to Toulon, they called them a Coleman connection, seem pretty common in France. Have seen these in the supermarket in Calvi.

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Stuart



Gaffr

Posted: Tue, Jun 16, 2015, 17:27

Useful info StuartMcD....but if you read the opening post....the person is arriving by air to Ajaccio and then travelling by bus to reach Conca. All those travelling by air cannot bring gas cans with the luggage. So not much chance of doing much shopping if you are sprinting between flight and buses!
Did you bring your car to Corsica?
I did once reach Nice by a flight then purchase a can of gas in Nice, not easy, when taking a bus from the airport to close to the Ferry-port then a bit of a jog from there to get some supplies in a supermarket....all a bit of a rush for an old bloke!

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Gaffr



StuartMcD

Posted: Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 6:58

We did bring our car, my comment was really just to note they are available once you get here.

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Stuart



Turnertactics
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Posted: Wed, Jun 17, 2015, 7:06

Poly

This won't help you I'm afraid but for anyone going north south who might be reading this thread, the SPAR shop in Calenzana sold them the last time I checked and the Millet sports shop in Bastia sells them too: 5 Avenue Emile Sari, 20200 Bastia Tel: +33 4 95 31 76 48. http://magasins.millet.fr/1191-le-temps-libre

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Alan



Ross Bristol

Posted: Sun, Jun 28, 2015, 18:57

I was able to buy a screw on cannister at a shop at Vizzavona station. I also saw some at the Spar in Calenzana. Cheers



evmiller

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 4:42

If you are in Calvi apparently the Super U and the Casino Mart have screw top cannisters, We unfortunately were there on Sunday and found out 20 minutes too late that the Casino Mart is open until 1300 on Sundays (Super U closed all day). However the nice folks at one of the campgrounds had a half full one that someone had left. It was perfect for our purposes and the only place we needed to use it was at the Auberge U Valone (they had no self cooking facilities). Everywhere else had gas rings. We did the northern half of the GR 20 at the end of June and did not find that we had much of a wait for the cooking facilities.

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emiller



Gaffr

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 5:04

Hello EV,
Always useful to have info on the screw-top gas cans....I have always taken my 'French type' pierceable one but would definitely prefer to have my Alpine one to use there!

Also what was your opinion of the alternative route, up to Cintu, on stage 4?

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Gaffr



Gaffr

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 5:04

Hello EV,
Always useful to have info on the screw-top gas cans....I have always taken my 'French type' pierceable one but would definitely prefer to have my Alpine one to use there!

Also what was your opinion of the alternative route, up to Cintu, on stage 4?

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Gaffr



Olly

Posted: Mon, Jul 6, 2015, 12:15

We found the screw type canisters at a campsite shop in Calvi. La Pinede, about a 15 minute walk from the harbour. The advantage being it is open every day until around 19:30. They also sell the newer clip-valve Camping Gaz cylinders for which Edelrid make a neat adapter to screw fitting. Weighs in at 75g but worked perfectly for our recent trip to the island.

Olly



evmiller

Posted: Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 19:34

Sorry, can't comment on the alternate route as we took the navette, the prospect of 5000 feet of elevation loss was daunting for my aching knees :-). Plus as we were camping we had 30 lb backpacks. Did ask people about it though. Varied responses from 'terrifying, to awesome, no problem, great views'.

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emiller



poly

Posted: Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 20:54

Post-hike update:

I didn't have time to shop in either Ajaccio or Porto Vecchio; however I did see the screw-on type (also known on trail as Coleman-type or MSR-type) of canisters in:
- Conca gite
- Bavella Alimentation shop
- Vizzavona
- Haut Asco

I didn't actually check in other places (I bought mine in Conca and Vizzavona), so there are probably other places to get these canisters.



Robbie

Posted: Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 15:19

The camping gaz "press and clic" canisters are the ones most widely available. You can buy an adaptor which enables you to fit them to your screw canister stove.
The adaptor is made by edelrid and you can pick one up online for around £15
See here:

http://www.needlesports.com/Catalogue/Cooking-Equipment/Fuel-Fire/ADAPTE...

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Robbie