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Old 12-06-2004, 06:58   #1
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How long does a 20lb tank of propane last?
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:05   #2
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I would think that a 20 lb tank lasts about as long as a piece of string......Seriously it totally depends on the type of stove that you have, its burner design (burners can vary pretty widely in efficiency), the number of other devices that you have aboard that use propane, and most importantly how you use the propane fired equipment. I knew a single live aboard who told me he filled his tank once a year, and I had someone else talk about filling a tank once every three to four weeks. So how long is that piece of string?

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Propane

It depends, again.

We use propane from the main tank for the stove/oven and hot water heater. With only 2 of us, and with extensive use of a gas grill that uses l lb. tanks independent of the main tank, we have not used up the propane in 6 weeks of full time living aboard. We had estimated 2 months, and I think we are pretty much on the money.
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Just for cooking with 4 aboard, our tank lasted 4-6 weeks, less in cold climates where you're heating water for hot drinks alot.
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Mate that must have been a small tank or your cook alot. Or do you use the oven part of the cooker as well. Two of us, using just a Gas hobb, had a 9KG last about 4months. When we installed Gas water heating,(10Ltr/min califont) the usage went to 2months. The califont has the greatest demand on the gas. In the winter, we use the gas heater a little, but I haven't switched over the tank yet to be able to say how long we got and we aren't live aboard during the winter.
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Our usage included using the oven frequently. We usually made our own bread a few times a week. We also heated seawater to wash dishes in cold climates. Your results may vary.
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