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How long will the different size tanks, say from 100lb to 40lb last if you just used for cooking
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About a day. Or it could be a year. There are far too many variables to take into account to be able to give an accurate answer.

What are you cooking? How often are you cooking? How many BTUs of gas per hour are you burning?
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yep... head over to some RV camper forums for more input...cause if you're talking the average backyard grill...very inefficient...but for example I just spent the weekend in my 26ft travel trailer...nights were down in the low 50s so it was cool enough to make the heater want to come on a couple times..and we had it set at 60. Also cranked the hot water heater each evening long enough to get a couple good showers then cut it back off...and 3 of the trips were off grid so the fridge was sucking propane as well the whole time.
we also cooked breakfast (eggs, etc) each morning on the stove top, and part of dinner each night on the stove and once in the oven.. I cheated and tossed a couple steaks on the small outdoor grill which uses the small camper bottles.
anyway...this will be the 3rd such trip of 2 to 3 nights since March and I consumed only about half of one of the 30lb bottles..
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I cook every day on propane for about the last 20 years. My 5 (25#) gal BBQ bottle lasts me about a year. I have a electric coffee pot and a micro. My Ex who could only cook on full blast used 3 tanks per year cooking for us. Before her, I had propane lights and refrig. The refrig used a bbq bottle about every 20 days. Each light used about 1lb a day for year average. I hate caves and I like the heat in the winter. I also cook on the wood stove in dutch ovens or other cast iron. Here propane for space heating cost about a third more than electricity. If you pay more than about $100 a cord for fire wood electricity is cheaper.
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I have 2 - 100 gal tanks outside the kitchen window but only use them in summer, winters are cold enough up here to where I only use a propane fridgy and stove. I store my freezer needed items in an unplugged drop freezer on the back porch. I plug it in during summer time though. When one tank is empty I switch the other one over and go into town and exchange the empty, this way I have a back up. If you live in an area where the climate is cold in winter, get a wood burning stove, its what I use to not only heat most of the house but I boil water on top of it and do some other small cooking as well. Cast iron pans are a must if you can get this set up, and youll find your tanks lasting a good bit, especially in winter.
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google it.....lots of variables...
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How long will the different size tanks, say from 100lb to 40lb last if you just used for cooking
That's like asking how long a tank of gas will last in your car. I have customers that use 200 gals a year and customers that make a 100 lb tank last a year.

It really depends on how much you cook and what you use your stove for. i.e., if you cook one meal a day you won't use much, if you use the stove for quick heat in the winter you'll use much more.
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Using my grill a couple times a week, I can usually get a summer out of it but like said above, it is inefficient. I think you would be better off getting a variable output burner like a turkey fryer setup and could probably make it go longer.
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Our family of 3 goes though 20kg tank every 2 months. That is normal everyday use from our kitchen gas stove.
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One thing to keep in mind, at least in certain parts of the country (maybe all?), propane cylinder exchange companies have only been filling 20 lb cylinders to 15 lbs. This is an extremely backhanded way to offer their product at a better price. The last batch of cylinders I exchanged all had court ordered class action lawsuit notices attached to them.

Take your cylinders to a propane filling station to get them topped off properly.
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One thing to keep in mind, at least in certain parts of the country (maybe all?), propane cylinder exchange companies have only been filling 20 lb cylinders to 15 lbs. This is an extremely backhanded way to offer their product at a better price. The last batch of cylinders I exchanged all had court ordered class action lawsuit notices attached to them.

Take your cylinders to a propane filling station to get them topped off properly.
Only if you swap the bottles. If you bring your bottles to your local Propane Co we put them on scales and fill them to 80% right in front of you. You don't get ripped off.
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So what's that, 16lb?
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So what's that, 16lb?
It's called a 20 lb bottle, that's what it should hold.

Average EMPTY weight of a 20 lb bottle is 18 lbs, the weight of the rig that fills it is about 4 lbs, we set the scale on 42 lbs. We don't stop untill the scale says its full OR the OPD valve shuts off the gas flow which happens automatically at 80% full.

Amerigas and Ferral Gas got their shorts in a ringer because they were shorting customers on swap bottles. Instead of filling them to 80% they were only putting 15 lbs of propane in them and still charging the same price. Someone took them to court over it and won big.......
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Only if you swap the bottles. If you bring your bottles to your local Propane Co we put them on scales and fill them to 80% right in front of you. You don't get ripped off.
Precisely why I said it was the exchange companies doing this and to take your bottles to a propane filling station to have them properly filled.
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Precisely why I said it was the exchange companies doing this and to take your bottles to a propane filling station to have them properly filled.
I stand corrected. I failed to read your entire post before responding.
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I stand corrected. I failed to read your entire post before responding.
No problem... appreciate your input.
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Old soldier it looks like ypu sell propane and propane accessories.
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Old soldier it looks like ypu sell propane and propane accessories.
You would be correct.

Last month I wrote a post entitled "Propane - A Primer for Preppers"

If you have questions look it up and read, or send me a PM.
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I was making a king of the hill reference. An entire show dedicated to the life of a propane salesmen.
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Depends, if I smoke a lot then I go through a 25# bottle in 2 mos, if I'm just grilling a bottle lasts all summer. I lived for 3mos after a hurricane cooking heating and bathing on one 40# bottle.
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