- Make sure that all of the dials on your camp stove are turned off and that no gas is flowing.
- Make sure the propane tank valve is completely closed (righty tighty, lefty loosey)
- Connect the large end of the hose to the propane tank, and the small end to the camp stove.
- By loosening the valve on the large propane tank, slowly pressurize the camp stove. (If you hear gas leaking, don’t go!)
- Now, loosen the valve on your gas stove regulator so gas is hissing a little on the camp stove to allow gas to reach the burner, with your lighter or matches lighted and ready at the burner.
- After you’ve finished, depressurize your camp stove by first shutting off your gas tank and allowing all of the gas in the hose to escape. (If you’re intending to keep your stove connected to the tank, you won’t need to do this.)
Is it possible to connect a propane tank to a camping stove?
At some time, somebody realized you could connect a larger propane tank with a camp stove with the correct equipment. For camp stove users, switching from small, inefficient propane tanks to larger, environmentally friendly propane tanks opened up a whole new world.
It is feasible to use a 20-pound propane tank, which is more effective than smaller tanks. You may use them with a camp stove or a full-size grill, and many locations have exchange programs, making it easy to return your empty canisters. The 20-pound canisters also last much longer.
One of the camping hacks that will make outdoor cooking a joy is adapting your camping stove to use a larger propane canister. You won’t have to worry about running out of propane in the middle of a meal, and a propane stove is also less expensive.
The only drawback to increasing the size of your propane tank is that you’ll need some extra parts to connect it. We’ve put up a detailed handbook to assist you on your journey.
How do you connect two 20-pound propane tanks?
You’ll need a regulator with an auto changeover capability, such as the Camco Automatic Changeover 2-Stage Propane Regulator part # CAM59005, to connect two 20 lb propane tanks to one another.
Is a regulator required for my propane stove?
When a propane tank gets hot in the sun, the pressure inside it can rise to between 100 and 200 psi, or even more. For use in a home, motor vehicle, camper, or outdoor gas appliance, the propane tank pressure must be decreased and regulated.
For a stove, how big of a propane tank do I need?
After you’ve completed all of your calculations, it’s time to figure out how big a propane tank you’ll need for your gas range.
Assume your gas range has two 5,000 BTU (5,275,279 J) burners that can run simultaneously for 9.15 hours on a gallon (3.8 L) of propane for the sake of simplicity. Let’s also imagine you spend approximately half an hour each day cooking: that’s about how much time the average American spends cooking on a daily basis.
One gallon (3.8 L) of propane will last you 18.3 days if you use these two burners concurrently to cook for roughly half an hour every day. This would most likely take longer because you don’t use those two burners at the same time every day. But, since it’s better to overestimate than underestimate your gas consumption, we’ll stick with 18 days.
When the tank is at 60F or 15.6C, 0.236 gallons or 0.89 L = 1 pound or 0.45 kilogram of propane (remember, 0.236 gallons or 0.89 L = 1 pound or 0.45 kg of propane when the tank is at 60F or 15.6C).
That means a 100 pound (45.4 kg) tank can keep your gas range running for 424.8 days (1823.6), or well over a year.
Even if your range has more than two burners with a greater BTU than 5,000 (the BTU we used in our calculations), you’ll be able to go roughly a year without having to refill. In the worst-case situation, a refill will be required once a year, which isn’t too horrible.
The size of your family and how much gas you use will determine your gas requirements. If your gas range serves a relatively large family and has burners on the higher end on the BTU scale, it could be worth considering a 420 lb. (190.5 kilogram) tank. This capacity is especially useful if you need propane for additional purposes, such as powering an interior fireplace.
However, if your household is average in size and you simply use your tank for a gas range, a 100-pound (45.4 kg) tank will enough.
How do you set up a Coleman 20-pound propane stove?
Because Coleman is the most widely used brand of camping stove, you can readily buy a Coleman stove propane adapter for a 20lb tank. The adapter will feature a long hose with a 1 threaded female connector on one end and an ACME Type-1 connector on the other, as previously indicated.
How long does a 1 pound propane tank from Coleman last?
When used with a tiny 75,00 BTU stove and both burners on high flame, the most commonly used Coleman propane tank the 16.4oz or 1lb small tank will last for two hours.
22,000 BTUs are contained in a 16.4 oz propane tank. To figure out how long it will last with certain equipment, divide 22,000 by the BTU consumption per hour of the equipment, and you’ll have the number of hours your 16.4Oz propane tank will last (this is a very rough calculation and the actual burn time greatly depends on the efficiency of the equipment.)
Is there a built-in regulator on a Coleman camp stove?
Here’s a list of everything you’ll need to start ditching those 1-pound propane tanks and saving money and resources.
We’ll go over each item in depth so you’ll know exactly what you need and whether you already have it.
- An adapter and a high-pressure hose long enough to connect your camp stove to the propane tank (Often, a hose will come with one.) To learn more, scroll down.)
Choosing a Big Propane Tank/Bottle
There are many different propane tank sizes available, but the technique is the same for every tank larger than a 1-pound propane tank.
Is a 20-pound propane tank really 20 pounds? A 20-pound gas can weights more than 20 pounds. The weight rating is for the gas inside the container, not the container itself. Furthermore, even though a 15-pound propane tank is rated, it is frequently under-filled to roughly 80% of its rated capacity in case the propane tank swells due to heat.
What are the different types of camping propane tanks?
The main feature we’re searching for is whether or not a propane tank can be refilled. The most typical tank is a 20-pound propane tank, which you can exchange at a number of gas stations through the Blue Rhino tank exchange program.
As you can see, any tank size will suffice for your needs.
The conventional green Coleman 1-lb propane tanks, on the other hand, are not designed to be replenished!
If you’re interested in anything similar, Flame King makes a 1-pound refillable propane tank (check it out at Home Depot). Because these 1-pound tanks connect straight to a low-pressure gas burner, no adapters or lines are required.
Choosing a Camp Stove to Use with a Big Propane Tank
If you’re looking for a camp stove to use with a large propane tank, or if you already have one and aren’t sure if it’ll work, look no further. The following is a list of requirements for your camp stove to work with a large propane tank:
- Make sure your camp stove is propane-fueled. Although this may seem self-evident, many camp stoves use different gases like butane or isobutane. Check out our in-depth post on camping stove fuels if you want to learn more about all the many types of fuel for camp stoves.
- A high pressure to low pressure adaptor hose is required if the stove burns at low gas pressure.
- If your camp stove burns at high gas pressures, you’ll need a hose with a high pressure regulatormany high-pressure gas burners already come with one.
Because the gas pressure is higher, a high gas pressure stove is designed to burn more gas in a given amount of time. When compared to a low-pressure gas stove, more pressure implies you may burn more at any one period.
A camp stove designed to work with 1-pound propane tanks does not require high pressure.
Larger stoves with more burners require more gas, while small camp stoves with two burners can operate with low pressure.
What Is a Gas Pressure Regulator?
A gas pressure regulator ensures that the gas appliance receives the proper amount of gas. Consider drinking from a fire hose as an example. You won’t be able to drink the water quickly enough, and you’ll most likely be plowed over. It’s critical to keep gas pressure under control.
In fact, if you give too much gas to a gadget that can’t handle it, you risk damaging the equipment as well as yourself!
Use the correct gas pressure for your equipment at all times.
Although a high-pressure stove can function at low pressure, performance may be compromised.
A low-pressure high-pressure stove will not be able to cook as hot as it is supposed to.
Low pressure is defined as 11 inches of pressure or 6 ounces of pressure. (half-psi) Low-pressure burners can support a maximum of roughly 50,000 BTUs.
Anything greater than 6 oz per square inch (1/2 psi) is called high pressure.
High-pressure stoves produce more than 50,000 BTUs of heat.
Many Coleman Camp Stoves are high-pressure stoves that require gas pressures of 15-20 PSI.
This indicates that the Coleman camp stove’s regulator reduces the pressure from the bottle to 15-20 PSI.
If your camp stove is huge, with numerous burners and maybe its own stand, you may be utilizing a high-pressure gas camp stove.
The type of regulator that comes with your stove is the most important indication to determining what kind of stove you have.
A regulator is included with most stoves.
Some regulators are built-in, while others are internal to the stove.
Traditional Coleman 2-burner camp stoves, for example, include a hose that links the camp stove to a 1-pound propane tank.
The pressure is raised to 15-20 PSI with this Coleman regulator.
The high or low pressure regulator that comes with the stove sets the pressure to the level that the stove is designed to function at.
If your camp stove has a regulator (which looks like a pipe that connects to the side of the Coleman units), you should be ready to go and only need a high-pressure hose with the necessary adapter as indicated below.
High-Pressure Hose With an Adapter
A high-pressure hose and an adapter from a “A Type 1” or ACME fitting to a male disposable cylinder port, commonly known as a throwaway fitting, are required to connect a high-pressure 20-pound propane tank to a low-pressure camping stove.
In other words, you’ll need an adapter to convert a conventional propane tank hose (not the Coleman 1-lb disposable type) to the fitting found on a disposable propane tank.
Coleman manufactures a hose that doubles as an adaptor designed expressly for this application.
You may find it at Dick’s Sporting Goods, or on Amazon, at this link.
A high-pressure hose is required in addition to the adapter.
Hoses designed for higher gas pressures are known as high-pressure hoses.
Bad things can happen if you utilize a hose that isn’t designed for the job! Because it includes both the high-pressure hose and the adaptor, the Coleman high-pressure hose is a two-in-one product.