Tis the season when people start unpacking their camping gear and begin planning this year's camping spots. My favorite part of camping is cooking. In a past life, I must have been an old "cookie" on the chuckwagon. Because I am never far from the fire and always cooking up something.

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An essential camp cooking item is disappearing from California. The state has now made it illegal to sell the small propane canisters you buy to power your campstoves and heaters.

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According to Cheap RV Living

As part of wide-ranging update and expansion of its recycling and waste management regulations, California SB1256 has banned the sale of single-use propane cylinders in the state, effective January 1, 2028.

I can see how the disposable canisters can begin to pile up over the course of a season. But it is not like we can package the propane gas in a paper cup. So what is a person supposed to do? As a Montana camping enthusiast, I cannot imagine not having my trusty ol'Coleman and my buddy heater. Both of which run off of these soon-to-be illegal canisters.

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States like New York are banning gas stoves in new home builds. California is banning gas canisters. What other states will soon follow? Could Montana eventually pass a law banning gas grills? Just imagine the sea of Dads marching with their spatulas and "Kiss the Chef" aprons to protest at the Capitol in Helena.

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If California lawmakers continue to push for more bans on gas and outdoor cooking, they could inevitably eliminate the grill. Giving even more Californians a reason to move away.

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