I’m pretty mad with Campingaz’s website. Here’s what they say about their low pressure cyylinders:
The bigger, heavier cylinders are designed for more prolonged, intensive or regular use. They are fitted with a safety valve and are available in most European countries.
With the Campingaz cylinder exchange system you can bring your empty cylinder to a Campingaz product dealer in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and dozens of other countries and get a full cylinder for the price of just a refill. It’s as simple as that.
But it’s not “as simple as that”. Our first bottle ran out in Norway, and we have been looking for an exchange refill in Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland where our second bottle ran out. We made a special trip to a Campingaz product retailer in Krakow, Decathlon, only to discover that they didn’t stock gas cylinders. In fact, there don’t appear to be any gas cylinder stockists in Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or Poland. Had we known this when we set out, we would have looked for a different gas solution.
Still, all is not bad – our two cylinders lasted nine weeks of regular and intensive use, and we are just a few miles from the German border where Campingaz exchange cylinders are available.
The campsite we are on is the best so far. It is set around an old quarry, the centre of which is a swimming lake with a diving pontoon and sandy beaches. Reed beds, including a reed island, and fish filter the water.
The owners are a Dutch/Polish couple who take a very active role in running the site, and the overwhelming majority of campers are Dutch who stay for up to a week.
There is a strong family feel to the site, and a thriving restaurant at which we have eaten three times. A meal for four people, two adult mains, a child main shared, two glasses of red wine, a beer and a mineral water came to 100 Zloty, about £22. For our fourth meal we BBQed sausages on skewers over an open charcoal fire. The owners of the campsite are kind enough to provide us with a kettle of boiling water each morning when we collect our bread rolls.
The weather has been kind to us here, with temperatures in the mid to high twenties, but I write this amid a fierce thunderstorm at 3am. We are all dry and snug.
Sausages roasting on an open fire
Swimming in the lak.