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Old 07-29-2014, 04:41 PM   #1
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Propane campfire - anyone have one? Question

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I just assigned DH to go and buy an Outland Fire Bowl (it was on sale at an RV place near his work.) He went and bought without question, but now I have a question! If we want to connect to the 30 lb LP tanks on our TT, do we need a special hose or a special regulator? I vaguely recall on our initial walkthrough that the dealer told us something about certain propane appliances being regulated differently so as to require a different connection ... anyway I admit I wasn't fully comprehending what she said.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:46 PM   #2
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I have little help for you, but I'm very interested in how this goes! I was thinking that would be a neat gizmo for us. Since we have so much drought, a highly controlled propane fire might be something we could use when an actual fire might be a little too dangerous...

My limited knowledge tells me that it has to be regulated one way or another. Your QC (if you have one) is already regulated. However, if you hook directly up to a tank, I would assume you need a regulator somewhere. Perhaps there's one built in?
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I don't know if we have a quick connect - I guess the answer is probably no if I don't know. Hmm. I shall have to read the instructions when I get home, always a good place to start (always the last place DH ever starts...)
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I have a propane fireplace and it came with a hose with a regulator on it. My trailer has a low pressure outlet for the BBQ but you don't want to use that. You could directly connect it to one of the 30 lb tanks. I just bring a spare 20 lb tank.

Great thing to have when there's a fire ban.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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We bought one, but haven't used yet. I agree it will be great when there is a fire ban, or at RV parks that don't allow fire pits.
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I've been looking those, as well! Just curious as to how long a 20 lb tank will last if you just do a normal, medium sized campfire for 2-3 hours a night. And can you cook over it?
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I got 3 extended evenings with friends out of a 20 lb tank. Not sure how many hours that was but the propane was a lot cheaper then the wine involved. You can raise or lower the flame on my Costco model and low seems to use a lot less propane.
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We bought one from Costco a couple years ago and have used it during fire bans. It does use a fair bit of propane like others have said. Mostly use it in the backyard as the city doesn't allow open fires in the city limits.
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Yes, there are fire bans in WA right now which is where we are headed.... I think you probably CAN cook over them but they don't really recommend it, it probably isn't safety tested for that.

The hose is only 10' long so I'm a bit hesitant to connect directly to the 30lb tanks on the front. Perhaps some sort of propane extension hose or something...
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I have one, it is great, to hook to the gas port of your trailer if it is equipped will require the removal of the regulator on the fire pit since the trailer's propane is regulated already and a new hose with a quick disconnect coupler to fit the trailer's propane port. If you leave the regulator on, it will reduce the gas pressure too much and you will not be happy with the flame. Mine will last 2-3 days depending on what setting I have it on...I only used it in the evenings for about 3 hours. I carry a dedicated 20 lb propane cyl in a milk crate.
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