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    I find myself in a hotel wanting to cook with my hiking stove (Butane Mix).

    Anyone know if it would set off a smoke alarm?

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    The butane itself won't, no.

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    I have used my jetboil while in a hotel room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNI64 View Post
    I have used my jetboil while in a hotel room.
    Yeah I'm not a very good example I'd be the first to admit.
    Probably is against hotel regulations and is dangerous.

    But then again there's folks out there falling asleep with a cigarette in their mouth and burning up. That's why they had to add an extra 1,000 chemicals so they burn.
    People catch woods on fire, catch themselves on fire by using a gallon of gas to start a fire.

    Just saying.

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    I usually fire up my butane stove in the bathroom and turn on the fan. No smoke detectors in here. I've never had a problem.

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    Most hotels/motels forbid use of open flame cooking (only allowing their own microwaves to be used), so there is an insurance and legal aspect that may want to be considered. I have seen hotels charge people for cleaning up following over cooking French fries (for anyone who has seen this happen, that creates a huge amount of smoke) that required bed linens, curtains, and carpeting to be replaced.

    With my luck, if I tried this a cobweb would gently float into the burner, sending a teeny tiny wisp of smoke directly into the smoke detector causing massive mayhem, destruction, and panic. So, I would recommend engaging the Captain Blue solution, if doing this outside on a table is not going to work, set up on the bathtub or shower floor with the fan going and door closed just in case.

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    While you might not see signs, most hotels don't even allow candles.
    And I'm sure management would have a conniption if they found out someone was using a stove with an open flame in their rooms.

    And please consider this... four collage students were killed here in Birmingham, AL back in 2010 in a hotel fire that started from someone burning incense in another room.

    So I would ask that you be considerate... if you have to crank up a stove, do so somewhere outside.

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    1,000 chemicals so they burn out . (Oops).

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyPaper View Post
    I find myself in a hotel wanting to cook with my hiking stove (Butane Mix).

    Anyone know if it would set off a smoke alarm?
    Open flame inside a hotel/motel room is stupid and dangerous. The smoke alarm issue is completely irrelevant.

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    It's one of those things that has the potential added downside of the establishment choosing to no longer accept hikers as guests.

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    What exactly are you looking to cook? No microwave? Usually at least one in the lobby. Try Doordash or UberEats.
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    A small electric kettle can be had for around $25. I use one to make instant coffee. Mine has automatic shutoff but I never leave it unattended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perrymk View Post
    A small electric kettle can be had for around $25. I use one to make instant coffee. Mine has automatic shutoff but I never leave it unattended.
    I never thought about carrying an electric kettle backpacking ! Must need a long long cord haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyou View Post
    I never thought about carrying an electric kettle backpacking ! Must need a long long cord haha

    If you use the Biolite electric kettle it charges itself while you boil.

    As for the OP, no fires and no cat holes are generally considered to be good manners in any guest room. Use the existing facilities until you return to the trail.
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    What exactly are you looking to cook? No microwave? Usually at least one in the lobby. Try Doordash or UberEats.


    easier to save money by not using those services along with them not really delivering around
    1 am, or 2 am, or 3 am.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNhiker View Post
    easier to save money by not using those services along with them not really delivering around
    1 am, or 2 am, or 3 am.....
    Cheaper to not stay in the hotel in the first place. Outside is fine, in the room would probably be forbidden by the property owner. Ask first, and if it is cool with the hotel go ahead and cook in the room.

    Soup cooks in a microwave too by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyou View Post
    I never thought about carrying an electric kettle backpacking ! Must need a long long cord haha
    During our Camino which every night is a town night, I brought a immersion heater which I could heat water for morning coffee (we often left before the owner cared to get up to provide coffee and usually some light breakfast). It seemed to work good, but IDK if I would do it on mostly a tenting backpack trip.

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    i use my stove in hotels all the time....

    if i cant think it can be done in the room, i just step outside...

    most hotels have at least one sorta flat concrete surface that is perfectly usable....

    and i cook soup in it....

    anything else i can do in a microwave-----which im about to walk to the lobby of the hotel im at tonight
    and reheat some pulled pork....

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    i use my stove in hotels all the time....
    The problem with that statement is

    the dude (and it's always a dude) who will read this will think

    "hey, if he can do it, why not me".

    And he may not be as lucky as you

    and he will bring down the motel

    along with some other people

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    [QUOTE=stephanD;2284113]
    The problem with that statement is
    the dude (and it's always a dude) who will read this will think
    "hey, if he can do it, why not me".
    And he may not be as lucky as you
    and he will bring down the motel
    along with some other people
    With that attitude, I suppose one should never admit to driving a car, turning right on a red light, using a camping stove in the wilderness when there weather is dry, opening a tube of glue indoors, testing your camping stove in your kitchen at home, etc. There may be 100 reasons not to cook with your camping stove in a motel room, but not admitting to doing so out of fear that someone else with less "luck" than you will copy you and cause problems is a level of hypocrisy that I sure don't want to see accepted as the norm in an information sharing platform like these forums.
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