Stainless gas hose braid: is it the best idea?

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  1. TRA_A United Kingdom

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    Backpacking stoves seem to have moved away from replacable plain (orange) rubber hose (like on full size double burner (car) camping stoves) but narrower: eg first epigas trangia gas, epigas alpine but now modern ones come with a stainless steel braided outer and crimped connections:

    is this that much better?

    could the braid not hide damage from view?

    if the braid unravels, aren't its strands going to possibly abrade the inner hose?

    would a high temp fabric braid be better?

    losing fairly simple user replacable tubing seems a pity....


    NB as the thinner 3mm ID epigas style hose sounds hard to ghet, would full size 8mm ID hose waste too much gas when disconnected for backpackers remote stoves?
     
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    MSR changed to Stainless braid some 20 years ago and as far as I know 0 failures. The metal braid also helps keep the inner hose cooler. The catch is the quality of the fittings. Early Chinese hoses often failed at the crimp. Often though the failure was bad crimping and the complete hose came out which can be exciting. New hoses dont seem to suffer now though.
    Outside our hobby the biggest use of braided hoses is brake hoses on vehicles. In New Zealand we allow brake shops to make hoses but they must be date stamped and replaced after 10 years. This doesnt apply to regular hoses. The reasoning is that you cant see the inner hose with a braid and the yearly safety check can pick up bad regular hoses before they fail but not braided ones. All the good books say replace rubber hoses every 6 years but my 4x4 is 26 years old and the only hose that has been replaced is to the rear diff when a suspension lift rendered it too short.
     
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    Thanks, that seems reassuring.