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Old 09-13-2016, 06:22 PM   #1
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Small Propane Tank/Bottle

I've seen in my travels some very small and squat propane tanks with a nice curved carrying handle on the top. The look like 5-10 gallon tanks. For the life of me, I can't find them with a Google search. Anyone know a brand of tank that fits this description?

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I am not sure what you mean by a curved carrying handle, but I have a 5 gallon (approximate) tank I purchased at Camping World. Even full, it is light enough to carry long distances and is far better than the disposable 1lbs cylinders. But it looks like a "stubby" 20 pound tank.


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Old 09-13-2016, 07:40 PM   #3
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Amazon lists some small propane tanks. The one gallon size is what I carry for my grill and propane lantern. The hose and tank cost about $65 but compared to the cost of disposable cylinders it does not take long to realize some substantial savings. While disposable cylinders are recyclable the refillable 1 gal tank works well for me.
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Here is a small one beside a 13" spare tire.

Altered Tongue, 5 Lb Propane, Spare Added Photo by tomNjo | Photobucket

And, here's one on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Worthington-2...BGJ0QS4E5HEWDR
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Correct name is "cylinder", but most everyone, including me, calls it a "tank". Manchester Tank (LOL, there's the tank word) is a major manufacturer of what they call both "tanks" and "cylinders". I have a couple 11 pounders and a 7 pound propane tank / cylinder. They both look like shortened 20's. So a search using cylinder instead of tank may turn up more results. Odd thing is the smaller cylinders cost more than a standard 20. I've seen smaller cylinders at Gander Mountain stores and you may find them at Amazon. My local ACE Hardware said he could order the 11's
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I have an 11lb Low Profile Manchester tank I use for my fire pit and BQ.
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I have an 11lb Low Profile Manchester tank I use for my fire pit and BQ.
I have a couple of those I got free. Note in the linked ad it's referred to as both a tank and cylinder
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I've seen in my travels some very small and squat propane tanks with a nice curved carrying handle on the top. The look like 5-10 gallon tanks. For the life of me, I can't find them with a Google search. Anyone know a brand of tank that fits this description?

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Manchester Tank and Worthington Industries are the two main manufacturers of steel and aluminum cylinders. You can get also fiberglass cylinders marketed under the Viking Cylinders brand; they are manufactured by Hexagon Ragasco. (This is a different company from the Lite Cylinder Company whose fiberglass tanks failed.)

If I recall correctly, while the sizes we commonly use for camping and whatnot are technically cylinders, they are also marketed as tanks so we consumers can actually find them.

Marine supply stores seem to feature the fiberglass and aluminum versions. Recertification is periodically required for all tanks and cylinders. Fiberglass and aluminum ones cost much more than steel. I was a bit concerned regarding the potential difficulty of getting the fiberglass one recertified in the future.

Worthington publishes dimensions and weights for 4.25, 11, 20, 30-pound and larger steel cylinders, and also for 6, 10, 20, 30 and 40-pound aluminum cylinders. Manchester provides a similar range in steel:

http://www.mantank.com/products/dotp...5-420steel.htm

I like the 11-pound steel size. You can get the inherent stability of nearly the same diameter as a 20-pound cylinder, but in shorter version. I have even pondered trading out the two 20-pound ones on my trailer's A-frame for two 11-pound ones, at least for shorter trips.

I bought an 11-lb steel Manchester from Amazon. It was about $58 plus shipping; they are much more expensive than the more-common 20-pound cylinders. I belatedly realized that I could have ordered one locally from an Ace Hardware and traded the shipping costs for sales tax while supporting my local store. My oops.

My 11-pound capacity steel one is 13.3 pounds empty and just over 24 pounds full. It fits nicely in a commercial plastic milk crate.
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Mike; I downsized to one 11 pound tank on our Casita. Converted water heater to electric.
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The correct name for the "cylinder" that I wanted to purchase is a low profile tank/cylinder. But I saw one that had a nice carry handle that was "L" shaped - basically a 1/2" diameter rod welded off-center to the top of the tank and then bent to a right angle above the top of the tank. Ergonomically, it made a nice way to carry the weight of the tank. Pretty sure it was a 4.5 lb., 1 gallon tank.

Thanks, all, for your responses.
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Small Propane Tank/Bottle

The 4.5 lbs Worthington tank available at Camping World (and Amazon) that I have has the typical "rolled" edge on the valve protecting ring. But even when full, it is so light that there should be no ergonomic concern.


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Since I don't use a lot of Propane for my trailer, I couldn't see carting around two 20 Lb Propane tanks for no reason. I switched them to half sized tanks, so that I have Propane if I need it, but I've had these tanks for two years now and they are both still full. I also take a composite 20 Lb Propane tank, which I only use for our BBQ and cooking appliances, and it's basically the only Propane we use. We don't cook in the trailer, and we generally stay at places which have power, so if we need heat (heat cube) and/or hot water, we use electric power.

Reduced the weight on the tongue by a few Lbs. as well.

http://www.propanetankstore.com/11-l...-propane-tank/
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Old 09-14-2016, 11:27 AM   #13
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Fiberglass propane bottles

I just bought a fiberglass propane bottle at West Marine. It is 12.5 liter, 8.6 lbs. They are lighter, never rust and best of all you can see how much fuel you have left, you can see the fuel through the bottle.
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Since I don't use a lot of Propane for my trailer, I couldn't see carting around two 20 Lb Propane tanks for no reason. I switched them to half sized tanks, so that I have Propane if I need it, but I've had these tanks for two years now and they are both still full. I also take a composite 20 Lb Propane tank, which I only use for our BBQ and cooking appliances, and it's basically the only Propane we use. We don't cook in the trailer, and we generally stay at places which have power, so if we need heat (heat cube) and/or hot water, we use electric power.

Reduced the weight on the tongue by a few Lbs. as well.
Yes, we also use a separate stove outdoors with the 11-pound cylinder. I'm learning that two 20-pounders is probably about two months of propane even if we were to boondock and run the fridge and water heater. And it's usually so easy to buy more while on the road. I'm really liking this idea of lightening the tongue weight.

On the other hand, I really wish you hadn't posted those pictures. Now I've got carport envy!
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