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Old 09-25-2016, 09:35 PM   #1
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How long does a tank of propane last?

Just curious how long does a tank of propane last? Obviously this depends on whether you're using it for just cooking, cooking and the refrigerator and heating or cooling the camper and the outside temperature. Can anyone give us an idea of this?

Also where do you find is the best place to go to refill the tanks? Do many campgrounds have propane refill? Or are you on the lookout for Walmarts, Menards, etc. for refills?

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So much depends on how you camp. I usually cook outside, with a BBQ on a separate 10 lb. tank and a single-burner butane stove. Make coffee in the morning inside using the propane.
Fridge generally runs on propane because I prefer to stay in sites off-grid. Furnace and water heater also use propane, but how much is used varies.
Of all the expenses for camping, I'd say propane is one of the least.
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All good questions. Also, popular questions: this link is a Google search within EscapeForum.org for "How long does a tank of propane last?". The first couple of threads found by the search have the answers, and additional threads fill in more details.
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Just curious how long does a tank of propane last? Obviously this depends on whether you're using it for just cooking, cooking and the refrigerator and heating or cooling the camper and the outside temperature. Can anyone give us an idea of this?

Also where do you find is the best place to go to refill the tanks? Do many campgrounds have propane refill? Or are you on the lookout for Walmarts, Menards, etc. for refills?

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We full time and keep the fridge on propane. We use the stove and gas heater too. Generally, we swap switch from one tank to the spare about every 4-5 weeks. We usually fill up at U-Haul, Flying J, or a local dealer.
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My favorite place to get propone is the Tractor Supply Company. Not all locations have propane, but when they do it's very reasonably priced. They're easy to deal with too!
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:16 AM   #7
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When i had one tank i timed/budgeted a refill every 10 days. Fridge/cooking and heater cutting on about once an hour, so chilly not cold, on the shoulder season. With two tanks i don't think about it. I get refills at Costco and they only charge for what they put in so i get all 3 tanks topped up before an outing. I carry a third tank for the portable campfire/extreme backup. We use an outdoors bbq but it runs from the trailer tanks.


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When were fall traveling and occasionally using the heat, we can go about 2 weeks, less if I use the fire ring. I look for places to stop for a fill enroute, using campgrounds to fill only as a last resort. If you think about it, I have over a week to find a fill so it's no big deal, as long as you don't forget and check the tanks regularly.

Have run into very few places that charge a flat rate lately. If I see a small propane dealer I stop there, or a Tractor Supply, those I know charge by the gallon. Haven't run into a gas station that uses a flat rate either so those work for me.
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With fairly heavy usage (heater, hot water, fridge, stove, BBQ, and fire-bowl) we pretty consistently go through about 1 tank per week.
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About as long as a gallon of pistachio ice cream. Not long if you like it, years if you dont.
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