How long does a coleman propane tank last

How long does a coleman propane tank last

Coleman propane tanks are composed of stainless steel, and contain a valve with an OPD (Overfill Protection Device) which shuts off the flow of gas automatically when it senses that the propane in the tank is at maximum capacity.  The regulator attaches to threaded connections on both the tank and appliance.

Coleman states that their propane tanks, when full of fuel, will provide two to four weeks of use on a single cylinder for appliances up to 15,000 BTU’s per hour.  This is consistent with our experience with Coleman brand products: you get what you pay for – and more often than not, it seems like more .

Propane barbecue grills typically range from,000 BTU’s per hour (small tabletop units) to 45,000 BTU’s per hour (large duel-burner units).  The average grill is about 35,000 BTU’s per hour.  A standard 20 pound Coleman propane tank will run that type of grill for about three hours.

Length Of Time Propane Tank Last

Length Of Time Propane Tanks Last

Coleman presents the following table concerning its tanks:

How Long Will A Full Coleman 20 Pound Propane Gas Cylinder Run Your Appliance?

Appliance Approximate Hours at High Setting

*1 lb. 1½ hr.* coolers 10 – 15 hours or more depending on setting and ambient temperature *10 lb. 5 – 7 hr.*

**20 lb. 4 – 6 hr.* coolers 10 – 15 hours or more depending on setting and ambient temperature **20 lb. 8 – 12 hr.*

***30 lb. 2½ – 5 hr.* coolers 10 – 15 hours or more depending on setting and ambient temperature ***30 lb. 8 – 9¼ hr.*

****45 lb. 2½-3¾ hr.* coolers 10 – 15 hours or more depending on setting and ambient temperature ****45 lb. 7¾-8¼hr.*

How many hours does a Coleman propane tank last?

how long will a 20 pound propane tank last.

Coleman- type 1 burner- 2 hours. It’ll hold the gas for over 8 hours though, I’m just lazy and shut it off when finished cooking.:-)

A full 20 pound propane tank will run your typical 35,000 BTU per hour grill for about three hours assuming that you’ve turned it off when the cooking is done (this seems to be a less common practice than one may think).

How long a 20 lb. tank will last in your barbeque grill depends on how high you have the heat set and how often you open the lid to peek at the food. The higher the heat, the shorter time a fully pressurized propane tank will last.

If you run a typical 250 square foot home with average energy costs of about $250 per month, switching from an electric furnace to 20 lbs. of Lp gas may save you about $30-$35 per month or around $360 per year in heating bills if all other appliances remain unchanged (heat loss remains constant but propane vs electricity is only part of what determines monthly costs). If it takes four months for a full propane tank to pay for itself, this is a good return on your initial investment. If the payback takes more than four months, you should probably invest in a higher efficiency furnace unless you plan to use the savings from propane vs electricity as an excuse to go on a camping trip or something.

If the grill has multiple burners, you will need to calculate how long each burner runs with a full 20 lb. propane tank connected. For example, if you have three 8,000 BTU burners and one side is on high and one side is on low, at least two sides are probably running simultaneously (on 3/4). If you only use the whole gas grill for six hours annually, your 350 square foot home would save $25 per month per burner or about $75 per month in heating bills assuming that all other appliances remain unchanged. It would take 10 months to pay back the initial investment on this grill under this scenario.

If you are cooking on the lowest setting (say 6-8 for example), you are probably only using 2/3 of the total BTU potential which is about 20,500 BTUs. This could be around 13 gallons per hour or 26 hours per tank at best. The average household uses approximately 24 therms (1 therm = 100,000) BTUs to heat a home in an area with an average cost of $0.10/therm so it would take three full tanks before your investment paid off under this scenario and about 36 months to save a whole tank compared to electric heating costs assuming low propane prices. It’s al little more complicated than ” many hours will my tank last ” but now you’ve got a good idea of what factors play a role in how long a propane tank will last.

I have cooked on my 18,000 btu unit for at least 30+ years or more. Initially, I cooked 4-5 times per week from April through October…more as a test to see how economical it was compared to other means….

How long does a coleman propane tank last how long will a 20 pound propane tank last.

First, find the low and high markers on your propane tank (if you can’t find them, don’t buy the propane). The low marker is about 1 inches above where the valve is screwed into the tank and is where you should start filling it up. Keep track of how many pounds you add to make sure its not more than 20 lbs. (9kg) If you overfill, vent off some of the excess by using a bleed or removing one of your grill’s cooking grates/warming rack while still under pressure. Replace the missing cooking grate/warming rack when finished and wait at least 30 minutes before starting your grill.

How many hours does a Coleman propane tank last?

how long will a 20 pound propane tank last.

Coleman- type 1 burner- 2 hours. It’ll hold the gas for over 8 hours though, I’m just lazy and shut it off when finished cooking.:-) ~ Nathan Reply Delete

I have cooked on my 18,000 btu unit for at least 30+ years or more. Initially, I cooked 4-5 times per week from April through October…more as a test to see how economical it was compared to other means….

how long does a coleman propane tank last how long will a 20 pound propane tank last.

Refilling small tanks is an easy yet dangerous job, but often necessary for short term use of portable grills and stoves. When the gas level gets low in your small grill or stove it’s time to refill it at home (or at the gas station).

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