Like many of you we do all of our cooking outside of our trailer. One thing that has bothered me was the use disposable propane
cylinders - we can go through as many as 1 a day depending on what have on the menu. I find that the use of them is both quite wasteful and for garbage collectors a hazardous item (more on what they are doing in Canada here
What I have done is install a Extend-A-Flow Tee
on my propane
tank to allow for flow through on to the regulator on the trailer. It then provides an pressure fitting for a standard camping appliance hose. We used this last weekend on our trip to a local island and it works like a charm. The only drawback was that we had only one appliance hose and I would like to connect our propane
stove and propane lantern.
To handle this I have purchased an Add-A-Tee
to split a single appliance connection into two. I will also need to buy 2 additional short hoses to feed the appliances.
The only drawback (and its a biggie) to this system is the cost. The Canadian prices are similar to the links I have included to rvshop.com. A 12' hose runs around $45 bucks. A 5' hose runs around $30. So total cost is going to be around $150-$200 all said and done. That's a lot of dough not to be using $4.00 disposable cylinders. I think the brass fittings could be made much cheaper but the hoses would require specialized equipment
Anyways, just thought I would let people know about an alternate system if you do extended day trips like we do.