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V8toytruck
01-07-2013, 1:49 AM
Relatively cheap, near unlimited shelf life, and portable. How many tanks do you store for emergency food prep/heat?

I have 4 x 20lb now, 2 in use, 2 to swap out. Thinking about getting 2 more for emergency fuel to heat water, etc.

Dutch3
01-07-2013, 2:41 AM
I have a 280 gal in the yard, but usually don't have $600 to fill it. Not portable, though.

I have 4 x 20 lb., 1 x 40 lb. and 1 non-DOT tank that holds 14 gallons. They are all either full or in rotation to fill. I don't do tank exchange, as the exchange tanks are usually short filled (15 lbs instead of 20). I have mine filled at my propane supplier.

I also have about a dozen disposable tanks for my camp stove as well as a bulk tank adaptor hose. I watch for the disposables to go on sale and pick up a couple when they do.

sd_shooter
01-07-2013, 5:17 AM
One in use, two spares: one spare for the BBQ, one spare for SHTF. Here SHTF means some kind of local event like a power grid disruption. I'm not prepared for a big earthquake or anything, but I'd have enough gas for a few days of cooking.

11HE9
01-07-2013, 5:32 AM
I have 3x20lb tanks, plus the big one for the house (300 lb?)

Bobio
01-07-2013, 5:52 AM
2 x 20 lb. One is a Blue Rhino so I can just switch it out at a market on the 4th of July when I run out.

tommyboy619
01-07-2013, 6:20 AM
6 total. 4 are stored for emergency purposes, while 2 are used for the grill. All of them are 20lb. I figure its enough for at least one, maybe two weeks of cooking/heating.

Casual_Shooter
01-07-2013, 6:30 AM
I have two. One in the BBQ and one spare.

BajaJames83
01-07-2013, 6:37 AM
3 20lb in rotation on the bbq, when empty it either get refilled or exchanged.

G-Man WC
01-07-2013, 6:42 AM
2 x 20lb. - One on the gas grill and one in reserve to swap out.

1 x 5lb - For camping trips when lugging a 20#er is to much.

10 x 1lb - In reserve for portable applications.


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BLC
01-07-2013, 7:12 AM
One for the BBQ and one spare.

castelle
01-07-2013, 7:23 AM
I have three in my fifth wheel and two at home. 4 of which are the larger tanks and 1 small.

Cnynrat
01-07-2013, 7:37 AM
I have 5 20 lb tanks. 2 are in the camper, one in the grill, plus a couple spares that I try to fill as others empty out.

ExAcHog
01-07-2013, 9:31 AM
6 of the 20 pounders.
1 for the grill, 1 for the smoker, 4 in reserve.

winnre
01-07-2013, 9:39 AM
2 BBQ sized ones and a 499 gallon one.

ArmedCMT
01-07-2013, 3:49 PM
2x 20lb. thinking about getting a third.

Jel
01-07-2013, 4:08 PM
I have:

4 x 20lb
1 x 10lb
12 x 1lb disposables

Speaking of propane tanks, any of you have the device used to refill the small disposable propane tanks? I usually see them for $20 but not sure if they are worth it.

Also, if you don't know this already, most tanks are stamped with a mfg date. After a certain amount of years (I think it is 12) refill locations will not refill your tank. However you should be able to exchange it for a new one.

ireload
01-07-2013, 4:27 PM
5 - 20 pounder. 4 spare and the 5th I use to melt and cast lead. I also use the same tank for BBQ.

delta9
01-07-2013, 5:01 PM
No propane here in my city house but do have some firewood and an extra gallon of Coleman fuel for my camping stove

Loopwell
01-07-2013, 5:05 PM
Propane tanks should be banned...

I have one in use, one as a spare, both 20lbs.

Cnynrat
01-07-2013, 6:00 PM
Propane tanks should be banned...


Well, that seems a bit extreme. I would think a propane safety card, a background check, and a 5 day waiting period would be sufficient. ;)

Onetyme
01-07-2013, 6:14 PM
4 disposable tanks
2 20 pounders
1 100 pounder

64physhy
01-07-2013, 6:22 PM
3 total. A 5 gallon (don't know what they are by pounds) and 2 7's in my Trailer. I filled the ones in the trailer in August and they just went empty about 4 days before Christmas. I live in my trailer in Yuma during the week and some weekends if I don't feel like driving back to Escondido. I also keep several of the small ones for Coleman stoves/grills on hand.

cranemech
01-07-2013, 7:48 PM
6 ea 1 # disposables
5 ea 20 #
1 ea 30 #
1 ea 100 #
1 ea 250 gallon for the house

I have our household propane supplier fill the smaller tanks when needed, much cheaper than going to the gas station to fill them.

MFortie
01-07-2013, 8:18 PM
Let's see -- two 250 gallon tanks and six or seven fivers...

Loopwell
01-07-2013, 8:35 PM
Well, that seems a bit extreme. I would think a propane safety card, a background check, and a 5 day waiting period would be sufficient. ;)

You're right, they can't just outright ban tanks... just high capacity ones. Better stock up on rapid flow valves.


Anyone know a good site to get the larger tanks 40-100lbs, something perhaps I need no more than a dolly to transport. This is something I need for the rainy day.

badreligion
01-07-2013, 9:27 PM
4 x 20lbs
1 x 30lbs
36 x 1 lbs

Need a transfer adapter and want to get a 100 gallon tank

Dutch3
01-08-2013, 4:23 AM
I have our household propane supplier fill the smaller tanks when needed, much cheaper than going to the gas station to fill them.

Yes, it is cheaper that way. Propane for residential heat is not taxable. My supplier knows I use the small tanks for heat when the big tank is empty and does not charge tax on filling them.

Darklyte27
01-08-2013, 4:47 AM
1 x 20lb from costco, was 28$ then about 16$ to fill it.
I used that and a adapter i bought for 16$ from harbor freight to fill up smaller 1lb tanks which i have about 6 or 8 of.

THen I got a bunch of those small MSR and other brand backpacking canisters with multiple stoves.

Steve_In_29
01-08-2013, 7:07 AM
2x20lb in the truck camper and one on the BBQ.

5x20lb, 1x30lb and 1x40lb as spares for TC and BBQ.

Bunch of 1lbs for the camping stove/lantern/grill.

Also have a couple of the butane single burner stoves and a case of fuel canisters.

Steve_In_29
01-08-2013, 7:07 AM
Dupe post

Joewy
01-08-2013, 12:11 PM
I have 2- 1000 gallon burried tanks, one 1000 gallon above ground tank and a bunch of BBQ tanks. I can refill the small ones from the big ones.

Mottmcfly
01-08-2013, 12:42 PM
I have three 20lb tanks. one in use

Decoligny
01-08-2013, 2:02 PM
You're right, they can't just outright ban tanks... just high capacity ones. Better stock up on rapid flow valves.


Anyone know a good site to get the larger tanks 40-100lbs, something perhaps I need no more than a dolly to transport. This is something I need for the rainy day.

The large capacity tanks are fine if you permanently fill them with enough concrete so they retain their large capacity appearance, but will only hold 5# of propane.

stix213
01-08-2013, 3:32 PM
About 25 of the camping propane canisters, another 10 of the butane/propane mix ones for my backpacking stove. All these are reserved for emergency use (I buy new ones when I go out in the woods), and I estimate would allow me to cook for 2-3 months.

Cnynrat
01-09-2013, 10:05 AM
I have 2- 1000 gallon burried tanks, one 1000 gallon above ground tank and a bunch of BBQ tanks. I can refill the small ones from the big ones.

Just out of curiosity, are there inspection issues that arise out of having your tanks buried?

calif 15-22
01-09-2013, 12:05 PM
Anyone know how long you can store the #20lb tanks.
I have 5 that I use for varios bbq, heat lamps, camp stove etc.

Do propane tanks have a storage life??

BLC
01-09-2013, 3:39 PM
Anyone know how long you can store the #20lb tanks.
I have 5 that I use for varios bbq, heat lamps, camp stove etc.

Do propane tanks have a storage life??

If you use them that means they get rotated out, whats the problem? I have kept one for about a year with no issues.

Socalman
01-09-2013, 7:36 PM
4 - 5 gal. tanks 1 on the grill; 1 on an outdoor heater; 2 spares always full
1 - 2.5 gal tank full
about 10 of the "quart" size that you use with most camp stoves or Coleman lanterns

I figure we can cook and boil water on the grill for about 30 days

TigerShark
01-09-2013, 10:20 PM
I have 4 - 20 pounders and I'm always on the lookout for more. I need at least 6. Also about 5 small disposibles.
I also have the transfer adapter to fill disposables but have never used it

Saym14
01-10-2013, 6:48 AM
I have 4 or 5 on hand

Eat Dirt
01-10-2013, 6:54 AM
I always keep 2 full on stand-by

Have extra propane stove and Heaters I use on job sites
Heaters range from small clamp -on-top style ( Good for garage too )
to full on smudge pot type that will cook you out of a small house !!

ExAcHog
01-10-2013, 7:20 AM
If your like me and have several lanterns, camp stoves etc that run on the 1lb'ers, getting the adapter to refill them from your large tanks is a must. Very easy and VERY cheap.

TurboChrisB
01-10-2013, 10:59 AM
I have 4 or 5 of the 20lb tanks that have accumulated over the years. I need to top them all off..plus about 10 of the 1 lb coleman style. And I bought a couple of those stoves that use the small cans and cook for about 75 mins per can. I bought two cases of the cans (48)

cranemech
01-10-2013, 5:12 PM
Anyone know how long you can store the #20lb tanks.
I have 5 that I use for varios bbq, heat lamps, camp stove etc.

Do propane tanks have a storage life??

The tanks themselves are good for 12 years before they have to be inspected.

I have had people check the date before they would refill them.

AFAIK propane stores indefinitely.

devilinblack
01-11-2013, 1:46 PM
I think I have six of he 5 gallon/20 pounders that I rotate through, trying to keep as many full as possible.

I need to figure out storage for this many though. I've read it's not a good idea to keep them in the garage, my house actually sits on top of my garage, so blowing up the garage would be extra bad. Given that I am known to run power tools and weld I also don't feel real comfortable keeping tanks in there. Guess I'll need to add some sort of small shed out back to my "to-do" list for the new place.

devilinblack
01-11-2013, 1:46 PM
I think I have six of he 5 gallon/20 pounders that I rotate through, trying to keep as many full as possible.

I need to figure out storage for this many though. I've read it's not a good idea to keep them in the garage, my house actually sits on top of my garage, so blowing up the garage would be extra bad. Given that I am known to run power tools and weld I also don't feel real comfortable keeping tanks in there. Guess I'll need to add some sort of small shed out back to my "to-do" list for the new place.

V8toytruck
01-11-2013, 7:09 PM
I keep mine in a deck box in the backyard. The lifetime box from Costco holds 4-5 20lbers and my patio chair covers.

hellayella
01-12-2013, 9:27 AM
are propane tanks ok if u live in apartments, in terms of safety?

delta9
01-12-2013, 9:30 AM
are propane tanks ok if u live in apartments, in terms of safety?

As long as they are stored safely - propane tanks are used every day by apartment dwellers for grills, car fuel, etc