July 13, 2001         

Kenyon International Inc. Announces Recall of Portable Butane Stoves


Kenyon International Inc. of Clinton, Conn., is voluntarily recalling about 3,500 portable butane gas stoves. The unit's safety fuel shut-off system could fail to shut off when the fuel container is overheated. If overheated, the flame from the stove flares up, and cannot be controlled with the adjustment valve, posing a fire hazard. Kenyon International Inc. has received one report of the fuel shut-off system failing resulting in two consumers suffering second-degree burns.

The portable butane stoves are primarily marketed to the boating industry as optional equipment and are identified as being "EXPRESS" models with model number B23000 or B23001. The model number is found on the front of the stove near the adjustment valve. The metal stoves consist of a single burner unit having a removable butane fuel canister, regulator, primary nozzle and burner. The unit has an electronic ignition, and measures about 7-inches high by 10-inches wide by 12- inches long. The B2300 unit is black, and the B23001 unit is white. The portable stoves are labeled "Made in Korea" and "KENYON EXPRESS." Boat manufacturers were supplied with these units and sporting goods stores and marine supply stores sold the portable butane stoves separately nationwide from March 2000 through April 2001 for about $70.

Consumers should stop using the portable butane stoves immediately and return them to Kenyon International Inc. for a free repair. For more information, call Kenyon International Inc. toll-free at (866) 585-7377 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their web site at www.kenyonmarine.com.