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Old 06-06-2010, 11:20 PM   #1
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I have seen the refillable green 1 pound probane bottles. Looking at an all electric Egg but need to use some sort of cooking when not pluged in to 110v. These bottles are 2x the price of the non-refillable and it would take about 50 bottles to realize the cost savings with the adapter and LPG tank cost.

Has anybody done this?
Is it worth it?
Is it Safe?
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:26 AM   #2
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The green bottles are non re-fillable in Canada, but apparantly they are in the US. I would argue against trying it yourself. Why would you not consider a 20lb tank (or even a 5lb tank) for this?
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:46 AM   #3
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There is an old saying, "just because you can, doesn't mean you should." The green propane bottles are considered "disposable," not "refillable." You MAY be able to refill, but there's no guarantee to be leak free. The only way I'd ever transport a refilled green propane bottle is out in the open. Not in my trailer and not in my tug. I have friends that nearly lost their 5th wheel to refilled green propane bottles being transported in the "basement." Toooooo scary for me. I'd get a 5 lb. made-to-be-refilled propane tank and be safe: http://www.amazon.com/Manchester-Tank-1005...l/dp/B000243QA0
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I carry a 10 lb tank for the outdooe stove and table top BBQ. On the weekend I made a new tongue mount to carry it from some eyebolts and a 1/8 X 1" strap. With a hose I can have my stove anywhere up to 8 feet from the trailer or it only takes a minute to move the tank.


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I have seen the refillable green 1 pound probane bottles. Looking at an all electric Egg but need to use some sort of cooking when not pluged in to 110v. These bottles are 2x the price of the non-refillable and it would take about 50 bottles to realize the cost savings with the adapter and LPG tank cost.

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You can buy the refilling hose from Harbor Freight.
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You can buy the refilling <strike>hose</strike> Kit from Harbor Freight.
Harbor Freight Propane Bottle Refill Kit
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"Use this handy solid-brass coupler to refill your standard 16.4 oz. propane bottles from your portable 20 lb. (or up to 40 lb.) tank. [b]It's safe and legal, so you no longer have to dispose of, or pay for, those small propane bottles. Also works the other way around if you'd like to use the 16.4 oz. bottles as reserve LP."
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5# bottle $32
5# fill-up $15

The 1# bottles are $3 now (in Podunk Jctn . .$5)

With the stove, lantern and heater, I will go thru a bottle a day when boondocking

So you do the calculations.
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It cost me $8 last fall to fill the 10 lb tank and $16 last week to fill the 20 lb one.
And I can use them on the back yard BBQ when ever it runs out of fuel in the middle of cooking for company.
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I have seen the refillable green 1 pound probane bottles. Looking at an all electric Egg but need to use some sort of cooking when not pluged in to 110v. These bottles are 2x the price of the non-refillable and it would take about 50 bottles to realize the cost savings with the adapter and LPG tank cost.

Has anybody done this?
Is it worth it?
Is it Safe?
Hi James,

A friend bought my husband and I one of these as a stocking stuffer a few years ago so that we could save our bottles. My DH has tried it several times, but we have given up. Sometimes it fills the 1lb bottles fine, sometimes they end up leaking everything that you put in them...which could be dangerous, and sometimes it just doesn't seem to work at all! Overall it has been a waste of time for us. We gave up.

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I'm not too curious about refilling the little greens, but I would love to know if anybody has used either the Harbor Freight adaptor or any other adaptor to use a green tank to get by when your big tank runs out?
Just had my main tank run out this weekend while camping, but I still had a full green tank. Could I have gotten by with one of these little do-dads? Just wondering...

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