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Old 02-20-2019, 09:04 PM   #11
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Nothing wrong with a couple (or more) good used tank from a sticks and staples. They are often available on CL for cheap. If you are concerned about their condition you can talk to your local propane dealer about a recert. Remember, our buggies use gas vapor not liquid and as a result our tanks while labeled X gal, really only hold about 80% of that due to the space needed in the tank to allow for vapor formation. I'm going to guess that you are going to use way more propane than you think. In our little rig, with no shower use and no heater use our 15 gal tank only lasts a couple of 3 day weekends. Granted we do all our cooking with propane and like to bake pies for desert. Our hot water comes from an on demand heater.
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Old 02-20-2019, 11:57 PM   #12
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Nothing wrong with a couple (or more) good used tank from a sticks and staples. They are often available on CL for cheap. If you are concerned about their condition you can talk to your local propane dealer about a recert. Remember, our buggies use gas vapor not liquid and as a result our tanks while labeled X gal, really only hold about 80% of that due to the space needed in the tank to allow for vapor formation. I'm going to guess that you are going to use way more propane than you think. In our little rig, with no shower use and no heater use our 15 gal tank only lasts a couple of 3 day weekends. Granted we do all our cooking with propane and like to bake pies for desert. Our hot water comes from an on demand heater.
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I am surprised at how much propane you use. We cooked and showered daily and 15 gallons of propane lasted a month or more.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:30 AM   #13
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Hmm one of the salvage place in Elkhart had a couple of those laying around.
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Old 02-21-2019, 11:50 AM   #14
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It may be worth reminding people of the difference between pounds and gallons again in this thread.

Propane weighs 4.2 pounds per gallon. My tank is a 50 pound tank that holds about 12 gallons, really about 10 gallons useable volume.

A 50 gallon tank would be a 210 pound tank.

If you are going through a 15 gallon tank in a weekend or two that would be amazing to me.

In three months of continuous travel with 1-4 people, cooking and showering daily, plus occasionally heating, we used a little over 10 gallons or nearly 50 pounds.
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Old 02-21-2019, 12:08 PM   #15
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It may be worth reminding people of the difference between pounds and gallons again in this thread.

Propane weighs 4.2 pounds per gallon. My tank is a 50 pound tank that holds about 12 gallons, really about 10 gallons useable volume.

A 50 gallon tank would be a 210 pound tank.

If you are going through a 15 gallon tank in a weekend or two that would be amazing to me.

In three months of continuous travel with 1-4 people, cooking and showering daily, plus occasionally heating, we used a little over 10 gallons or nearly 50 pounds.
My 30b tank takes just under 7ga. to fill, 29.4lbs of propane. My 29.3ga. will weigh 123lbs
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Old 02-21-2019, 12:29 PM   #16
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LPG tanks are rated a bit like solar panels, reality is lower.

That Flame King tank is 29.3gal of "water capacity".

LPG capacity is thus max 23.44gal

And with the US-required OPD fitting, I believe only 80%~ of that allowed.

Yes still quite a lot. . .

If used for space heat, long periods spend in arctic conditions, you sure can use a lot.

A well sealed thickly insulated living space will pay for itself very quickly.

Also note best to also acclimatize, with proper bedclothes little heat is required while sleeping, and design your plumbing systems so you can easily keep things shut down when you're away without damage.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:10 PM   #17
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LPG tanks are rated a bit like solar panels, reality is lower.

That Flame King tank is 29.3gal of "water capacity".

LPG capacity is thus max 23.44gal

And with the US-required OPD fitting, I believe only 80%~ of that allowed.

Yes still quite a lot. . .

If used for space heat, long periods spend in arctic conditions, you sure can use a lot.

A well sealed thickly insulated living space will pay for itself very quickly.

Also note best to also acclimatize, with proper bedclothes little heat is required while sleeping, and design your plumbing systems so you can easily keep things shut down when you're away without damage.

You are correct, the 29.3 holds 100lbs, or 23.8g. Still the biggest tank I can put under the bus, so that's what I'm going with. As soon as my Echeck clears on Tues. I'm ordering it goes back up.

Wow, the cheapest I have found these is $449. Right now it's at $479. I just checked and see this tank at Walmart for only $349, unfortunately out of stock at this time. Hopefully they restock soon. They are normally around $535.
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:48 PM   #18
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Those looking for cheap, just use multiple 20-lb BBQ size, can build a rack to keep them quiet.
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Old 02-21-2019, 02:46 PM   #19
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Propane

We use the same tank as o1marc. We use the propane for our water heater (16 gallon xt ), the LG gas stove, and our fridge (norcold 1800 polarmax). We fill this up around twice a year and have no issues with this tank. The gas guys look at us funny when we ask them to fill our tank in a school bus but after opening the door and see the DOT tank they have no issues. Drill four holes in the seam flaps under the bus and done deal. I have hit some pot holes big enough to catch bass out of and this thing dont move.

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We use the same tank as o1marc. We use the propane for our water heater (16 gallon xt ), the LG gas stove, and our fridge (norcold 1800 polarmax). We fill this up around twice a year and have no issues with this tank. The gas guys look at us funny when we ask them to fill our tank in a school bus but after opening the door and see the DOT tank they have no issues. Drill four holes in the seam flaps under the bus and done deal. I have hit some pot holes big enough to catch bass out of and this thing dont move.

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Got any pics of it mounted in the bus?
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