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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:41 am

I have a 5 pound bittle it runs my camp fire. My lantern dido fill once a year. My stove can be dine on a cileman can i aet my stive up on a green can all the time...mostly just go vintage white gas to cook on now have done propane skillet it's all sip ers...heat is 12 volt inside my teardrop..hot water is fine inside my coffee pot as a dual coffee yea pot..i switched to.paper plates good by dish washing..i really can camp with no use of propane if need be..i can get by on white gas and a flash light so really don't even need my 12 volt power a lot of trips..i am after all a simple man never was a Cadillac man .. Slowcowboy.

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:47 am

Translation..spell check..i have a 5 pound bottle...it runs my lantern on a propane tree my grill or my camp fire..my stove is white gas or on a green can...my skillet is green can...all sip ers.....i can often times camp with no propane and use a flashlight and even ditch 12 volt power....paper plates gitvrid of need of hot water and washi g dishes....if I need hot water I use my coffee pot as a hot water boiler like you would a tea pot. So I don't have a hot water heater...slowcowboy the simple man I never was a Cadillac man..

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:49 am

My 5 pound bottle I fill once a year.my 25 pound bottles stay at home to grill on or use on the ranch I only fill propane bottles up once a year..

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:54 am

With moutain house freeze dried meals you don't even need paper plates or a big stove you can.pull.out a backpack white gas stove and a backpack cup and heat water in your coffee pot in your tears galley so dinner can be done with out propane then 12 volt or 3 quilts for heat..white gas for lights or a flashlight and you don't even need to take propane with you at all..slow.

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby John61CT » Sat Mar 18, 2017 6:31 am

I can understand while backpacking, but eating good food is one of life's great joys!

Our gear should be supporting what we want out of life, not compromising our lifestyle to suit limited gear.

Just my opinion of course, I guess lots of people don't mind eating shyte meals.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby JaggedEdges » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:41 pm

Cooking for one is a pain in the butt though, sometimes you just wanna get some fuel down you and carry on with what you enjoy. However, I don't relish the thought of living off that stuff for the hell of it.

Although it pisses me off the lack of dried foods in stores now, because I DO like the idea of having sealed long keeping foods in the camping setup, so you can snatch suddenly available weekends and have food, even if you don't get to hit a store. Or it's a good prepper supply in case you have to get out of Dodge for severe weather etc. Anyway, 20 years or so back I could find loads of stuff, rice dishes with dried chicken in, vegetarian chillis that were pretty decent, can't seem to find that any more around here. Even the canned selection is pretty dire now.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby G-Mac » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:56 pm

My bracket showed up on Thursday, but the bottle didn't arrive until late Friday. I filled it up today and mounted it. I really like the smaller size and I love the weight reduction. I believe we lost about 25 lbs overall. Every little bit helps. I'm sure the 10 lb bottle will last us a while with just 2 burners.

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We have eaten the freeze-dried foods and actually like them when hiking, but we like to do a little more prep and eat healthier, fresher meals when we can. The recipe section on here has been a great help. Our favorite so far is the omelette in a ziplock. We prep before we leave, put them in the fridge and boil for breakfast. Love them filled with veggies, spices, a little cheese and whatever else is in the house fridge from the week.

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We did pasta for dinner. Quick and easy. We're taking a minimalist approach to cooking supplies and using a backpacking pot kit with plates in it. It's small, but works great for the two of us.

So far, we have been trying to plan out our meals, prep ahead of time and just throw it all together when it is time to cook. The more we can prep and combine, the better. One of the reasons I like the omelettes so much. It's pretty easy to boil water, insert a plastic bag and then eat!
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby Socal Tom » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:51 am

Cooking at camp is different for everyone. Some folks do as little as possible, when I'm by myself I am more likely to just heat some water and do mountain house or things like it. But in general I like to cook when I camp, but I'm not at the level of some of the cast iron chefs on here.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby JaggedEdges » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:03 pm

Some people cook every last thing in advance and deep freeze it, then have it all stacked in order of use in a cooler, that they use only for that. Then just warm everything... probably get a pound of propane to last you a week with that method, vs 30 mins at a time burner time to cook on site.

Edit: At that point you might not even need propane, figure out some solar heater. Tinfoil umbrella etc.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:55 pm

I mix it up I can get elaborate at a gathering that I host or even do steaks in camp..i can grill in camp on my grill or whip out cast iron or my Coleman skillet which is propane fired just depends on how lazy I am if its atv camp trips your like back packing limeted on weight...but if I am lazy I am not cooking moutains of food just depends on my cooking mood or if its a gathering...as cooking is a big hobby of mine..my coffee pot can grow when camping from 2 cups for myself to 2 gallons on a Coleman stove for a gathering. Easy..

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby slowcowboy » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:57 pm

We do at walk the winds the boiled omlets as a main highlight of tbe sunday pot luck breakfast in a turk fryer..with farm eggs.

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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby noseoil » Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:46 am

I finally refilled our 11# tank this month. It had been going for about a year with a few weekend trips here & there, last year's marathon summer trip & daily use on trips for coffee each morning. We have the 2 burner stove with oven setup, which works well enough for our needs. We don't cook three meals a day while out camping, but have had our share of cinnamon rolls for breakfast. Typically, we have coffee & perhaps an evening meal of chili or something simple, with water for dishes after a meal & that's about all.

I refilled it this past weekend & it took about 8# to top off, that's all. A 25# bottle would be good if you need heat, hot water & cooking all the time, but for coking chores & very basic camp needs, our 11# bottle has served us well & will last quite a while on the road. YMMV....
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby G-Mac » Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:55 am

Much appreciated. What I like about the bottles is the TAR WT is listed. I can always pull the bottle and weigh it to see how much I have left. I do that with my Co2. With just 2 burners, I think I'll be good-to-go for a while.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby Esteban » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:17 pm

:thinking: G-Mac, where did you buy the propane cylinder bracket? I may want to buy one myself.

It looks similar to the 10 lb. cylinder bracket from AdventureTrailers.com which cost $124.00.

I want to use a similar bracket to hold a 11 or 17 lb. Viking Composite Cylinder. I like that they weigh less than steel cylinders and that you can easily see how much propane they contain.

I'll use a Camp Chef Deluxe Outdoor Camping Oven on a slide out shelf in my galley. I'm undecided whether to mount the propane tank on the side of the galley or in the front of the teardrop above the tongue.
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Re: How much propane do I need?

Postby Syberia » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:46 pm

We have a 20lb cylinder on the front of our trailer. Only used the trailer once for 2.5 days so far, but that usage included our water heater as needed, making pizza on the bbq one night, steaks the next night, omelettes one morning, and bacon/eggs/pancakes the next. Tank was still 3/4 full when we left.

For the record, we eat better when we're camping than we do when we're home half the time.

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