Originally Posted by Craig D. Thompson
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.