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Old 06-28-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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5lb propane tank

I was considering buying a 5lb propane to use with my road trip grill and lantern tree to save on some weight. Not sure if the cost makes it really worth it. Is anyone else using a 5lb propane cylinder and do you have any thoughts on this?
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Old 06-28-2015, 09:57 AM   #2
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I found the 11 lb bottle to be a better choice I have used that size many times when I had a trailer that I towed with a motorcycle Would supply enough for a weekend of cold weather camping Friends used the 5 lb tank you are referring to looks like a pancake.
They are nice to have Not only save on weight but on propane costs rather than the 1 lb bottles that will just help to fill landfills
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:50 PM   #3
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My siblings all have 5lbs tanks, and like them. I have been thinking about getting one. What holds me back is the stability with a manifold, a couple hoses for grills and stoves. Currently I am using an 11lbs tank with a tank foot. Really like it. Fits in the cargo hold, via the dinette entrance. Very stable and lasts a camping season.
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Love my 5lb tank. Got it a few years ago at an auction. Refilled it once a couple years ago. Last spring I lived in our old pop up for three months and used it almost nightly with a table top grill. Still have plenty of gas in it. Have also used it with a lantern and a Coleman stove. With lantern it is so low sitting on the ground, the lantern ends up about waist height. Usually I either sit it on the table or use a hose to connect the lantern to it and hang the lantern. One thing I found is that I turn off at the tank when done using it. Next time I go to turn it on, I can hear it re pressurize the lines, no matter what appliance I am using with it. So the tee and hose system must have a minor pressure lost. For the grill or lantern I just turn off at tank and let them burn out.
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I like my 11 pounder. I get looks like I'm an alien when I ask to get that one filled, I wonder what would happen if I brought in a 5 pounder.
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:12 AM   #6
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There are 1lb refillable tanks too! They have the standard 1" high pressure coupling.


Saw 'em at the welding gas shop (were I get my 20lb tanks filled)


Also found these on the web: Manchester Tank: 1# Refillable Cylinders
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I was at Cabella's yesterday. They have both 5 and 11 pound tanks. The 11 pounder, looked like a 5 pounder that was twice as tall. My 11 pounder looks like a 20 pounder, just half the height.
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Been using an 11-pounder with a Coleman stove for about 25 years (3 popups and now our X17Z--and finally, a new Coleman stove!).
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I always wondered exactly how long a 5lb tank would actually last vs. the 1lb disposable tanks. Is it roughly 5x's the duty, or is there some weird voodoo going on where it actually lasts longer due to how filled a 1lb tank can be vs. a 5lb tank?
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5lbs of propane is 5lbs of propane no matter how it is packaged. There is no Voodoo.


Using a durable, refillable container is usually more economical than using disposable containers.


When you buy a 1lb can of propane (often 14 ounces), you are paying for the steel can that gets thrown away when the propane is used up.


When you buy a refillable bottle, you pay only for the propane at each refilling.


Unless you take a 20lbs bottle to a swap station and get ripped off every time.


I pay $16 to refill a 20lbs bottle at a local welding gas supplier. The swap stations are anywhere from 25.00 to 39.99 for a swap.


The only advantage to the 1lbs can is portability. When backpacking, the size and weight of the fuel supply is a major consideration.


When RV'ing? Personal choice rules. I hate the waste of disposable anything. Check my kitchen; Stainless steel insulated coffee mugs, Lexan glasses, enamel tableware, etc. it all gets washed and reused.


So, I favor the biggest refillable propane bottle I can carry and use a propane tree and hoses as needed.
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