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propane bottle size/run times

Postby Thatstink » Sun Feb 19, 2017 5:49 am

hi Guys. I am going to buy a bottle to run my 50L boiler 2" reflux tomorrow. I was looking at the 11kg bottle but don't have a clue how many runs this is likely to last.? what size should I go for and still be able to carry/ store the dam thing. mash size is likely to be 25L
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby bitter » Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:00 am

When its full wight the tank. Then make a run and weight it at the end. When your empty wieght it.. then from there on should give you an idea.

Every setup is different. Also depends on your burner size efficiency and how much power your setup likes.. Also keep in mind they do not fill propane tanks to 100%

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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Pikey » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:57 am

11 kg should contain 11kg propane. Weigh it full, take off 11 kg and weigh it after run. That should give you a) the amount you used (Please do tell us) and also how much you have left, so you can work out how many more runs you have in there.

If your final weight (empty) does not weigh 11 kg less than your start, you have room to complain !

I've no idea how big a bottle you can lift, go down there and try a few :)
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Saltbush Bill » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:04 am

To give you a rough Idea ..I use a 9 KG gas bottle on a thirty gal or 113L boiler with a 5 ring banjo burner.
I use a little bit over half a bottle on a normal run. You will get quite few runs out of your set up.
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Yummyrum » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:33 am

Yeah you will get a few runs from that bottle ...but.... it will run out .....sooner or later . You need a standby bottle :thumbup: , I got one , infact I have two :wave: .
One offically runs the house , gas oven etc , the second runs the barbecue and I have one in the shed .

You need "official redundancy" :D ..ain't nothing better than covering your arse in all situations :D....Oh honey , the ovens not working ...no worries Darling :thumbup: ...I just so happen to have a spare in the shed :ebiggrin:, I'll have it swapped over in no time :shh:
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Truckinbutch » Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:26 pm

CYOA ! I have 5 20# bottles to cover stillin and grillin . I will guarandamntee you that if you depend on one bottle that it will let you down by running out at a most critical moment .
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby GrassHopper » Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:02 pm

I have at least a dozen 5 gal (20#) propane tanks around, for every imaginable purpose. Stillin, grillin, smokin, campin, and mergincy heatin. But, I just got my controller finished, so I may just need to get rid of a few.
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Truckinbutch » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:01 pm

First one you get rid of is going to be the next one you need . I betchya .
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby speedfreaksteve » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:47 pm

Truckinbutch wrote:First one you get rid of is going to be the next one you need . I betchya .


True words there. I gave up 'stillin for awhile and gave away my 4 20lb propane tanks in the last couple of years. Sure enough I jumped back into stillin last fall and I ended up having to buy 2 tanks and I'll need more.
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby CaptMorgan » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:38 pm

I just did an 8 gallon stripping run on my boka. 3 hours to get to temp and 6 hours getting the good stuff. I used 5# of propane on my turkey fryer. I'll leave it up to you to do all the conversions.

Like others said, buy a couple big bottles and keep filling the empties so you are always ready.
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Lko67 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:08 pm

Got 3 hundreds and 5 twenty and 1 thirty. I use for every thing kitchen stove finishing maple sap off, fireplace garage heat. It's good to have extra
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby Truckinbutch » Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:27 pm

I have 6 20# bottles for the smoker , grill , and still . When I get to one full bottle and a couple of partially used grill tanks I empty them at the still and mash boiler . Then I refill them . Always have one full one for that 'Aw Shit !' moment grillin or stillin .
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Re: propane bottle size/run times

Postby GrassHopper » Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:40 pm

Truckinbutch wrote:First one you get rid of is going to be the next one you need . I betchya .


I bet ur right TB. Matter of fact, can't remember when I haven't needed a full tank to carry on with some project or other. I have been refilling my own little tanks (the ones you use for your torch, your coleman lanterns and such) for over 30 years with an adapter that screws into the larger propane tanks. I know......prolly unsafe, but nobody ever said I shouldn't, so until they give me some sound evidence otherwise, I will continue.
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