1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Camp stove fuel Question: Full size tank or the little store bought bottles

Discussion in 'Outdoors' started by pearing, Feb 16, 2021.

  1. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:29 AM
    #1
    pearing

    pearing [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2018
    Member:
    #261610
    Messages:
    980
    Gender:
    Male
    Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 quadcab
    For a long self supported trip? I have a camp Chef two burner stove. We are planning an offroad trip next summer where we will be camping for over two week as in 14 days with just the camp stove for meals...) I can carry a full size 20lbs propane tank, but wondering if a bunch of the little bottles wouldn't be a better choice. Input or opinions?
     
  2. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:38 AM
    #2
    Clearwater Bill

    Clearwater Bill Sometimes when I close my eyes, I can't see.

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2014
    Member:
    #140097
    Messages:
    19,184
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Billy
    Largo Florida
    Vehicle:
    '13 5 lug base AC w/convenience package
    A few OE parts from fancy trucks
    Why would little be better?

    Why stove only for 14 days? No open fire allowed where you are going?
     
  3. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:01 PM
    #3
    pearing

    pearing [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2018
    Member:
    #261610
    Messages:
    980
    Gender:
    Male
    Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 quadcab
    I am sure fires are allowed. I grew up fire free... and I just don't think about that option. We are circumnavigating the Bighorn mountains in Wyoming. I am just trying to decide if I want a big tank hanging off the swing away tire carrier or not...
     
  4. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:05 PM
    #4
    gillies66

    gillies66 Just Passing Through

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2020
    Member:
    #338051
    Messages:
    416
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2020 DCSB TRD OR
    Big tank to refill a couple one pounders for use at camp?
     
  5. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:09 PM
    #5
    crazysccrmd

    crazysccrmd Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2016
    Member:
    #181592
    Messages:
    5,757
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado Springs
    Vehicle:
    21 Sport AC MT S/C
  6. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:22 PM
    #6
    TacoTyusday

    TacoTyusday Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2019
    Member:
    #309472
    Messages:
    1,166
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zac
    San Diego
    Vehicle:
    2014 White Tacoma TRD Baja
    I haven't camped that long yet, but I sprung for the full size 20lb propane tank for my gear. Have currently used it on two weekend camping trips and the gauge is just below the full line. Used with a Camp Chef Yukon stove. Not sure which two burner stove you have...if it's the smaller compact ones, a 20lb would likely be huge overkill.

    That being said, I would think having one propane tank off the swingout would be better than carrying approx. 16 propane bottles. But then I'd say it also depends how you're packing. If you'll have a good amount of room to spare, you could easily get away with the multiple 1lb bottles. I personally would prefer the ease of use of just hooking up one tank and being done with it, but then it also depends if your 14 day trip will involve you packing up and moving every day/couple of days, or if you'll be in one spot the entire time.

    Costs under $20 to fill a 20lb tank at a UHaul, and lasts about 4.5x longer than that 5lb bottle above :D
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2021
  7. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:26 PM
    #7
    JoeCOVA

    JoeCOVA IG @MightyJoeFlannel

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2016
    Member:
    #202463
    Messages:
    8,549
    First Name:
    Joe
    Colorado Springs
    Vehicle:
    2017 DCSB TRD OR
    35" Trepadors w/ OMF Beadlocks, Kings, OBA, 5.29s etc
    That’s a lot of fuel. For our two week trip I think we went through 3 disposables.
     
    Sig45 likes this.
  8. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:35 PM
    #8
    Sig45

    Sig45 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Member:
    #81045
    Messages:
    18,729
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mark
    Maine
    Vehicle:
    2011 TRD OFF-ROAD DCSB 4X4
    AVS in-channel window visors Husky Mud Guards Husky Liners X-act Contour Floor Liners Cooper Discoverer AT3 LT- 265/75/16 C Toyota 16" Black TRD Trail Team Edition Wheels Truxedo Lo Pro Tonneau Cover OEM Bed mat OEM Running Boards Marathon custom fit seat covers Front window tint Rear Leaf Spring 4 Pack - TSB Front - 5100's with stock springs set at .85" Rear - OME Sport Nitrochargers
    I can't see you using more than 4 or 5 of the smaller 1lb tanks. Hauling a 20lb tank seems unnecessary.
     
    Lord Helmet likes this.
  9. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:39 PM
    #9
    blind cowboy

    blind cowboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2016
    Member:
    #182345
    Messages:
    387
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Don
    Auburn CA
    Vehicle:
    2002 TRD XC 5sp
    I get 4-5 days off one 1# propane bottle just using a Coleman stove. For a 14 day trip I'd bring 4 or 5 bottles, easier to pack than a full size tank and then learn how to refill the small bottles at home off a 20#er. Should be able to refill for less than a dollar.
     
    Sig45 likes this.
  10. Feb 16, 2021 at 4:41 PM
    #10
    muddog321

    muddog321 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Member:
    #27973
    Messages:
    726
    Gender:
    Male
    FL
    Vehicle:
    09 tacoma doublecab 4wd trd w/e locker Pyrite mica color
    TW 1-piece driveshaft All Pro and Budbuilt skid plates OME Dakar rear springs 3" with 5100 5100 front set at 2" stock springs Falken Wildpeak A/T3W 265/70R16 Powerstop rotors and z36 pads Rebuilt rear and all wheel bearings front /rear Denso 130A rebuilt alternator New OEM idlers and tensioner assembly New AC compressor New PS hose and flushed Rhino front guard ARE shell
    If trip is out west I would bet NO campfires will be allowed anywhere.
    I got a Little Red Campfire so can sit by a fire at night so we don't get bored and go in the tent too early!
    As such a 20 lb tank and can run your stove off it too.
     
  11. Feb 16, 2021 at 5:40 PM
    #11
    JMcFly

    JMcFly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2020
    Member:
    #337348
    Messages:
    824
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma SR5 4x4
    I invested in a few Flame King refillable 1lb bottles. Sure I could probably refill the coleman non refillable bottles but I like my eyebrows
     
  12. Feb 16, 2021 at 5:48 PM
    #12
    MTgirl

    MTgirl too many frogs, not enough princes... Moderator

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2009
    Member:
    #23531
    Messages:
    67,943
    Gender:
    Female
    First Name:
    Weesa
    Bob's secret mod lair
    Vehicle:
    Then: 12 T4R SR5 Now: 99 - 3.4L SR5 4WD
    Wheeler's/Alcan 5-pack leaf springs, OME 881's, de-badged, Jungle Fender Flares, Herculined bed, HomerTaco grille, Anzo headlights, clear corners,
    get a 5lber and refill whenever you stop for gas or supplies along the way - you certainly don't plan on going 14 days without stopping at a gas station or grocery store? even still you'll probably only need maybe one refill over 14 days. and try to plan as many meals as possible without needing to use the stove - sammiches for lunch, fruit and granola for breakfast. I've done 10 days on a 1-1/2lbs with my camp chef table top and that was making coffee every morning and cooking dinner every night. even in my full size camper i can go about 15 days on a 20lber with running the fridge, heater, stove, oven, water heater.
    long story short you'll use less than you think and you'll have opportunities to stop and refill if you need it.
     
    Lord Helmet and Daria like this.
  13. Feb 16, 2021 at 6:06 PM
    #13
    Ferball

    Ferball Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2019
    Member:
    #285065
    Messages:
    395
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brent
    Unity, New Hampshire
    Vehicle:
    2019 Cement TR5
    We did a three week trip last year and I think we used a tank and a half of the disposable Coleman type. Admittedly we only used the stove about half the time,b but it was for breakfast and dinner when we did use it. I think a 20 pounder might be overkill.
     
    Aardvark13 likes this.
  14. Feb 16, 2021 at 6:55 PM
    #14
    blind cowboy

    blind cowboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2016
    Member:
    #182345
    Messages:
    387
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Don
    Auburn CA
    Vehicle:
    2002 TRD XC 5sp
    Never heard of those Flame Kings before, will check them out. However, I've refilled 100 or more Coleman bottles and if done correctly, don't think it's any riskier than refilling a bulk tank.
     
  15. Feb 17, 2021 at 6:07 AM
    #15
    JMcFly

    JMcFly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2020
    Member:
    #337348
    Messages:
    824
    Vehicle:
    2012 Tacoma SR5 4x4
    The main difference between the flame king 1lb bottles and coleman is the FK have a bleeder valve that bleeds off propane once its filled to the proper level. No guess work, I don't need to bother with eyeballing it and weighing the canister
     
    blind cowboy likes this.
  16. Feb 17, 2021 at 12:27 PM
    #16
    Bajatacoma

    Bajatacoma Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2010
    Member:
    #47503
    Messages:
    1,697
    Gender:
    Male
    SC
    Vehicle:
    05 TRD Off-Road, SR5, 6 speed
    I've got one of the 11# tanks that I carry on occasion if I decide to use propane but I generally prefer Coleman fuel (personal preference). I originally planned to get a 5# but the 11# tank is only slightly larger, it was essentially the same price at Sportsman's Warehouse and it holds a lot more fuel. I also have one of the manifold pole things (not the Coleman, I can't remember which brand but it clamps onto the handle), one of the small Coleman single mantle lanterns that I put on the top and a Mr Heater extension hose to run to my Buddy heater. I'm not a fan of the 1# tanks as they're expensive, bulky and heavy for what they are; even on low a Buddy heater will drain one in a night.
     
  17. Mar 5, 2021 at 12:33 PM
    #17
    thechad74

    thechad74 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2016
    Member:
    #194723
    Messages:
    45
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Chad
    Vehicle:
    '16 TRD Off-Road DCLB
    I have heard that using a 20# tank can clog your stove up since some refill places tanks aren't as clean as others. It could be more harmful in heaters than stoves since they have smaller orifices for the fuel to go through. There are inline filters that you can use to make using a 20# tank work as intended. Can't hurt to use a filter I guess.
     
  18. Mar 5, 2021 at 12:36 PM
    #18
    Spare Parts

    Spare Parts RIP Rick

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2016
    Member:
    #196811
    Messages:
    13,734
    Southern Maine
    Vehicle:
    2022 Off Road Premium 4Runner Lunar Rock
    I bring my 20 lb tank and use that, but always have a few small bottles just in case.
     
  19. Mar 7, 2021 at 10:38 AM
    #19
    blind cowboy

    blind cowboy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2016
    Member:
    #182345
    Messages:
    387
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Don
    Auburn CA
    Vehicle:
    2002 TRD XC 5sp
    I've never run into any problems running a stove, lantern or Coleman heater off a 20# tank. I also don't exchange tanks, just get mine refilled.

    However I recently purchased a Mr. Buddy heater and in the instructions it said there was a potential for problems if you used a non-Mr. Buddy hose. They recommended a filter be used for those hoses but you wouldn't need a filter for the Mr. Buddy hose.

    Seems like the type of hose used might be more of an issue than the tank.
     
  20. Mar 7, 2021 at 2:21 PM
    #20
    pearing

    pearing [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2018
    Member:
    #261610
    Messages:
    980
    Gender:
    Male
    Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2015 SR5 quadcab
    I ran into this problem when I first got my Camp Chef stove and ran it off a #20. Had to replace the hose twice before it would work properly.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top