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Jim Bennett 03-12-2018 01:12 PM

Low Pressure Quick Connect Appliances
 
I have had lots of discussion with folks lately regarding what works with the Low Pressure Quick Connect (LPQC) if selected as an option from Escape, so I thought I would create a thread to discuss how it works, what appliances work with it, and how to set them up.

I personally love using this setup, and have since picking up my 2009 Escape 19. It is real quick to set up. Instead of having to use the small green bottles, a separate larger bottle, or connecting it to the trailer bottles, you instead have a hose (or more if you like). Some worry the hose is a tripping hazard, but I have never once had an issue with that, and I do try to run it out of the way, under the trailer or patio mat if I can, but more for looks than anything.

While I realize that using the LPQC is not for everyone, as you certainly can get by without it, I just ask that this discussion be kept to discussing this setup, and give folks ideas they can use, and to better understand how it works.

Firstly, any appliance using the LPQC must not have a regulator of it's own inline with the gas from the QC. The propane at this connection is after the trailer regulator, and is at approximately 11" water column pressure. All the propane appliances in your trailer are built to operate at this pressure. This means that almost any appliance sold for portable use cannot be connected straight out of the box to this connection.

Most appliances designed for outdoor use are also designed to use a pressure of 11" WC. One exception is most Coleman stoves. There are quite a few options out there that can be easily adapted to use the LPQC.

I use the following appliances with my LPQC;

Dickinson Spitfire 180 Barbeque. I have been using this grill for over 5 years now, and it has seen a ton of use, including whole chicken, smokies, mac & cheese, steaks, fish and cakes. I do use a stone in it for baking and fish. The quality of the build is great. You have to order a Low Pressure Control Valve and remove the regular for us with the LPQC. I see Dickinson has lowered the price online, but contacting them for a quote, or looking for the unit at resellers will find you a much better price.

Camp Chef Ranger II 2-Burner Stove. I have been using this stove for near two years now. The cast burners combined with great control make it a pleasure to use. The burners have an inside ring of ports which make it heat real evenly across the entire surface of the pan, and the controls let you take it down to a low, low simmer, something the Coleman stoves are notorious for not doing. At first I was skeptical of having no wind screen, but the design of the stove allows it to work fine even with fairly strong winds, though I imagine that there could be some losses of heat above the stove. To convert it to LP is real easy, just remove the hose and regulator, then connect to the 3/8" flare connection to a male QC fitting. I used a 3/8" flare 90 to direct the supply straight back instead of to the side.

Outland Firebowl Deluxe. Coming for an "it's got to be wood or it ain't a real campfire" background, I more recently discovered that there are lots of places that do not allow campfires and even places that do have had fire bans in place. I saw that these things, though nowhere near the real thing, still provide a great focal point for a group and also throw off a bit of heat. This unit, like the Camp Chef stove, is real easy to covert to LP. You just remove the regulator and hose, and connect to the units 3/8" flare fitting.

I have ordered hoses and pigtails for Tejas Smokers. While they seem expensive, I found it tough to beat anywhere else, and the pigtails make for a great flexible connection at the appliance. In addition to the line supplied by Escape I ordered another 6' and 12' hose to give me great flexibility in setup.
https://tejassmokers.com/LP-Quick-Disconnect-Hose/35

I also bought this splitter from Propane Gear so I could use two appliances at a time. You can get fittings yourself and using a tee make up your own splitter, but I found it cost even more in the parts alone.
Propane Quick Connect Y Adapter - RV Fitting - propanegear

I recently helped a friend convert his Napolean TravelQ 285 Grill to use the LPQC on his motorhome. This is a nice grill too, with a dual burner if you would like to cook indirect. I had to remove the flexible hose connection from the regulator on it, which has a 1/4" flare connection, then adapt that to male QC fitting. He used a heavy duty cable tie to hold this connection tight to the grill and aimed straight back. It works great.

I would encourage others to post the solutions they have come up with, and for anyone with questions on the setup of appliances using the LPQC to fire away with responses.

padlin 03-12-2018 04:09 PM

I use mine with the Weber Q modified for low pressure. I leave the grill 9n a small table just under the loft of the 5.0TA and move it to the tailgate of the truck for use. It stays connected to the trailer unless I want to use the fire ring.

The fire rings do sucks a lot of gas but are very convenient. More ambience from the real thing though.

I also bought my parts from Tejas.

huskersteffy 03-12-2018 07:02 PM

2nd's on the Weber Q. Took the regulator off and added quick connect. Best portable grill I've ever had.

Steve Clark 03-12-2018 09:07 PM

Quick Question
 
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Originally Posted by huskersteffy (Post 239902)
2nd's on the Weber Q. Took the regulator off and added quick connect. Best portable grill I've ever had.

Not to go off topic,but a quick question......does the Weber Q allow for for indirect cooking, or is the entire grilling surface over direct heat?

gbaglo 03-12-2018 09:17 PM

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Weber only has one burner.
You can't cook indirect.
I retired mine and bought the Napoleon 285 'portable'. It has two burners and can cook a whole chicken or a roast indirect. Also good for low and slow BBQ.

Steve Clark 03-12-2018 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by gbaglo (Post 239916)
Weber only has one burner.
You can't cook indirect.
I retired mine and bought the Napoleon 285 'portable'. It has two burners and can cook a whole chicken or a roast indirect. Also good for low and slow BBQ.

Excellent, Glenn! Thank-You!

Jim Bennett 03-12-2018 09:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Steve Clark (Post 239914)
Not to go off topic,but a quick question......does the Weber Q allow for for indirect cooking, or is the entire grilling surface over direct heat?

There is a good solution for grills without indirect cooking, which is almost all of the portable ones, and that is to use a baking stone. Doing that I have baked a bunch of stuff. It is also nice for a slab of fish like salmon that needs a slow even heat for best results. You can buy these stones in lots of kitchen supply stores, but I was using a piece of marble cut to size. I had taken it out of the trailer a while ago, and we did not have it while on our last trip. For one salmon back, I just found a couple flat(ish) rocks and used them, then when in Home Depot I bought a 9 pack of 4x4" travertine tiles. This is a great solution. 6 of them will do most things, and I think I will cut the other 3 in half to eke out a bit more area if needed. They also work great in our oven.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jeffrey-...-100178748-_-N

Sowen23 03-12-2018 10:02 PM

Jim, what connection/size comes on the factory hose from ETI? (BBQ side). I have a portachef from Broil King and was going to goto BBQ’s Galore in Calgary this weekend to get the right fittings.
Thanks,
Sheldon

Brian B-P 03-12-2018 10:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Sowen23 (Post 239925)
... what connection/size comes on the factory hose from ETI? (BBQ side).

3/8" SAE flare female

Kent 03-12-2018 11:37 PM

Solaire
 
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I choose the Solaire Anywhere infrared and purchased the adapter hose to replace the regulator that came with and ability to plug into trailer gas connection. Really looking forward to testing it out.


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