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Old 08-03-2020, 05:21 AM   #1
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Recently I started a thread about propane hoses for an outside camp stove. Lots of good info there and I now believe I understand propane systems much better.



An alternative suggestion was to get a 10 lb tank and place it near the stove with a short hose. I have been doing that with my single 20 lb tank for years. But my current trailer does not have an inside stove or heater.


My new trailer (will not be delivered until early 2021) has only a one 20 lb tank bracket on the tongue. There are several advantages to having a second tank.


10 lb tanks are available in the same diameter as 20 lb tanks, or a smaller diameter but taller. The larger diameter would be more stable sitting on the ground. The smaller diameter might be easier to fit on the tongue. Although I did not find any 10 lb small diameter tank holders. Is there any other advantages of larger or smaller diameter tanks?


Are there any tank brands that stand out for quality? Or should I just buy whatever is locally available?


It looks like there are some aluminum tanks. I have seen the fiberglass tanks but I do not think the much higher cost is worth the advantages. Any thoughts on tank material?
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:58 AM   #2
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I have only used 20 and 30 LB tanks, but I’ll add this to the mix. I like the tanks with a float gauge, the inline pressure gauges do not work well. I had to order mine on line.
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Costco sells a nice 20 pounder that comes with a fuel gauge attached.
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Old 08-12-2020, 04:54 AM   #4
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I have been searching for tanks.

The Costco site shows only a 30 lb tank.

So far I have not found any sources for Worthington tanks locally. Must be here but I have not found any yet.

Ace has Manchester 20 lb tanks with a float gage. And 11 lb with no gage, but it is easy to shake to determine approximate level.

Any thoughts on quality of the various brands? Do any stand out as clearly higher quality?
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Old 08-12-2020, 06:55 AM   #5
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I just went to Menards and bought an 11 lb propane tank for our camping grill
I don’t remember the mfg and honestly I don’t care .
It holds gas , the valve doesn’t leak and it works with our gas grill .
The 11 lb tanks are about twice the price of a 20 lb tank but one heck of a lot cheaper than purchasing the one lb throwaways
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Recently I started a thread about propane hoses for an outside camp stove. Lots of good info there and I now believe I understand propane systems much better.



An alternative suggestion was to get a 10 lb tank and place it near the stove with a short hose. I have been doing that with my single 20 lb tank for years. But my current trailer does not have an inside stove or heater.


My new trailer (will not be delivered until early 2021) has only a one 20 lb tank bracket on the tongue. There are several advantages to having a second tank.


10 lb tanks are available in the same diameter as 20 lb tanks, or a smaller diameter but taller. The larger diameter would be more stable sitting on the ground. The smaller diameter might be easier to fit on the tongue. Although I did not find any 10 lb small diameter tank holders. Is there any other advantages of larger or smaller diameter tanks?


Are there any tank brands that stand out for quality? Or should I just buy whatever is locally available?


It looks like there are some aluminum tanks. I have seen the fiberglass tanks but I do not think the much higher cost is worth the advantages. Any thoughts on tank material?
First, you do not mention what your “new” trailer is nor what vehicle you use to tow. That would be helpful to know. Depending on the trailer, you may be able to convert the tank tray to hold two 20 pound tanks. The 10 pound tanks are easier to carry (lighter), but lower capacity and much more expensive to buy. And some propane outlets charge by the fill, not by volume. Tractor Supply typically charges by volume (gallons) delivered.
Tank material is irrelevant; they all have to be recertified after a period of time. Some dealers never look at the date, others are sticklers and will not fill an older tank unless it has been recertified.
Brand is also irrelevant. Both Worthington and Manchester manufacture good tanks. And frankly, while the gauge is a general guide as to remaining volume, none of them are, as Marissa Tomei would say, “dead on balls accurate.”
Finally, if towing with a truck and you have space in the cargo bed, or if concerned about stability, a standard plastic milk crate is a perfect fit for a 20 pounder. It will not tip or roll around and it is generally tight enough to pick up the tank without falling off, but loose enough to clamp between your feet to remove the tank from the milk crate.
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Old 08-12-2020, 07:43 AM   #7
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The trailer I have on order is a Happier Camper Traveler. Currently a single 20 lb holder is used. I asked for a double 20 lb holder but that might not be tested and available when mine is built. I hope it is.

I have no experience with a float gage but I would think it would be somewhat accurate.

All of my tanks are past the initial cert period. I will likely get two new tanks, can use for home grill or trailer. I have never had a tank recertified but will look into that. When the new trailer is built I can reevaluate.
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