I want to know more about the "proper" plumbing of portable propane
appliances. I've Googled some and I can't find a good resource to read up about this.
I have two 20 pound tanks on the trailer tongue. I presume the tanks are considered high pressure gas. It goes through a regulator where the pressure is lowered to about 11 in. of water and from there it's distributed to water heater, stove, furnace
Every appliance IN my trailer runs on low pressure propane
Outside my trailer I have two propane
appliances. A Coleman grill/stove and a Coleman lantern. Both are designed to run off of the disposable 1 pound bottles. I presume the 1 pound bottles are considered high pressure devices.
Here is where my questions start to arise.
1. Are the stove and lantern actually low pressure devices and they each have built in regulators?
I know they have valves in them since I can adjust the flame heights, but do they also have internal regulators?
I normally run the stove and lantern off of an 11 pound portable tank (I think it's "cuter" (!) than the 5 pound tanks.) I have a hose that at one end connects to the inside thread of the 11 pound bottle OPD fitting and at the other end threads into the stove and lantern where the disposable 1 pound tanks normally would go. (When I run both at the same time I use a distribution post.)
2. Should I "properly" have a high
pressure regulator at the tank?
3. What if I installed a low
pressure regulator at the portable tank. That would be having 2 low pressures regulators in a row. One at the portable tank and another built into the stove and lantern (see question no. 1).
4. Would the stove and lantern work as designed anyhow?
I expect that only the first regulator would do any regulating and the stove and lantern regulator (if they have one) would just be along for the ride. I think the stove and lantern would work just fine.
I'm thinking about lightening the load for travel by the weight
of one 11 pound tank and propane. I don't want to use a 20 foot propane hose run from a "tap" upstream from the regulators up front of the trailer all the back to where I cook. At the right rear of the Casita
I'm near the trailers low pressure tubing for furnace
and stove top.
I was considering plumbing in a quick connect fitting, perhaps in the storage compartment at the right rear. But it would be low pressure propane and I'm trying to get a handle on if that's a problem or not.
And if I don't do the quick connect, I want to know how I should "properly" be handling the two portable appliances.
So, what d'ya know