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Old 08-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #31
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Buying Quality

Over the years, experience has taught me to closely examine what I am buying and to analyze what I see as probable failure points. In addition to that, I have always been able to "save up" to buy what I thought best suited my needs. I have always considered myself pretty easy on things except for clothes which I am hard on, even good ones. For the past 20 years I've had the attitude that if I am buying tools, I say to myself, shouldn't have to buy another one of these. We had a department store that was local and their motto was "quality is economy" . I found that to be true and continue to practice it whenever possible. I have on occasion bought a styrofoam cooler for a sandbar suare' knowing I'll get drunk and fall down and destroy it but oh well, that's the way it goes.
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Old 08-23-2015, 04:24 PM   #32
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My little gas campfire hooks right up to a tank didnt need to change anything
That would be true of almost any firebowl. The potential changes to the appliance being discussed are to allow it to connect to the trailer's low-pressure outlet. Changes to the plumbing at the tanks are discussed as an alternative which allows the appliance to connect to a tank without having a separate tank for the campfire.

This brings up another option, which is to just disconnect the spare tank from the trailer's regulator and connect the firebowl there, without removing the tank... that would likely need an extension hose to reach a suitable firebowl location.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:39 PM   #33
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I just use a small tank I bring along for my campfire in a can
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:56 PM   #34
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Auxiliary propane tank

I have looked at both the 5 and 11 lb tanks as an independent option for both the Weber and the campfire as well as my ice house heater but haven't parted with the $ as I feel they are kind of overpriced. I have 6 20 lb cylinders here at home so it's hard to justify getting another one of any size. Maybe as they code date out and I don't get them recertified I will see my way to a small tank. Always checking them garage sales too. Might find one. I do get a little tired of paying for the one pounders but they are convenient. Some people refill these with an adapter but that scares me a little so I don't do that.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:59 PM   #35
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Just bite the bullet and get a small tank. Sure it hurts, but not as much as buying the 1 lbs.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:55 PM   #36
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I bought my little tank at Amazon it wasn't too bad but very expensive at trailer stores
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If one does not want to go the low pressure connect route, why not just use a tee right off the trailers propane bottle. The hose is much easier to stow, and can be used for the stove or other things too.

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Old 08-23-2015, 09:10 PM   #38
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I will admit the 5 pound tank is a bit pricey, but I bought one and am glad that I did. I don't like carrying the 20 pounders around, and the 5 pound tank is easy to carry, even when full. Less tippy than a disposable so combined with its light weight, it is very convenient. And filling it costs less than a single 1 pound disposable. It quickly pays for itself. I've had mine for less than a year, but it is one thing that I brought with me from Florida to BC when I took delivery. Used it all the way home.
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An extra tank is okay for someone towing with a pickup truck, but for anyone else it means finding a place for another tank on the outside of the trailer. Either way, in places where small propane tanks are filled for a fixed price for a full tank, it will be expensive to fill (although still much better than one-pound disposable cylinders). It is the simplest way to go, if you have a place to carry it.

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I bought my little tank at Amazon it wasn't too bad but very expensive at trailer stores
The prices on Amazon.com (for U.S. purchasers) are okay - although they don't look great - but Amazon.ca prices are so high that I could buy the same tank at full retail price and have FedEx bring it to me from the store and still save money.

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Old 08-23-2015, 09:47 PM   #40
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Small tanks

Geez I get a little asthma when I open my wallet and the moths stir up all that dust when they fly out but I suppose I should pull the trigger, and check Amazon too. Propane for the house here in Iowa is currently $.99 per gallon. I don't use much with the geothermal now, just the fireplace, kitchen range and hot water heater. Thanks
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