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Old 01-23-2016, 06:20 AM   #1
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Older 5er, so have no basement, and not much storage. Found a beautiful little 2 burner stainless grille @ Home Depot, and built a plywood box on the rear carrier to keep it in. Problem is, no place to carry the propane except in the TV bed, Awkward and heavy to get it out, carry to back of camper, then return it when done cooking. Would like to convert it over to the 1# disposables, then refill them from larger bottle. The grille has the regulator on the end of the hose that connects to the bottle. The 1#ers are hi pressure and don't use a regulator. Has anyone located a conversion that would add the regulator to the grille and the 1#er screw on to that? Any other ideas?
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:31 AM   #2
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Look for a Propane Steak Saver adaptor in Camping World
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:48 AM   #3
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Good snowy morning Oldman 76

I use a smaller 1 gallon propane tank that is easier to carry around. Easy to fill at Tractor Supply and no muss or fuss with trying to refill the 1 pound bottles ands would be a lot safer also. .

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The grille has the regulator on the end of the hose that connects to the bottle. The 1#ers are hi pressure and don't use a regulator.
All tanks have the same pressure don't they? Propane is propane is propane. It's the conversion of liquid propane to gas that produces the pressure. Pressure may vary with temperatures but basically they are all the same.

I am inferring from your comment that the new gas grill has a larger fitting on the end of the hose made for tanks. This can be changed out for the 1 pound bottles, but leave the regulator on the grill. Just change or add a converter fitting.

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Propane tanks are sold in 1, 5, 10, 20 gallon tanks and there is a hose kit to T of your large tank.
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The 1#ers are hi pressure and don't use a regulator.
That is not correct. They are high pressure (like any other LP tank), but a regulator is still required to reduce the pressure for the appliance. Grills designed to use the small bottles have the regulator built in.

Adapter to use the 1 lb bottle with a typical external regulator are available for both the newer Acme-thread connectos and the older POL type. Here is a selection of them on Amazon:
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A better solution is the one Bigd9 suggests: a one gallon (5 lb) LP tank that uses a standard outlet and takes an external regulator just like the more usual 20 lb tank. Easy to carry around, yet relatively long lasting. I have both a 5 lb and a 10 lb.
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I used to have a five pound propane bottle. Refillable just like it's big cousins was perhaps 20 pounds max gross weight.

You can likely find them still.. Just please do not ask where, Think I got mine at Sears a long, long time ago.
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Why does a 1 Gal. tank cost $55 and the last 5 Gal. tank I bought about 2 yrs ago was
$22.99 filled? Ok it was a great deal, but still.


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Older 5er, so have no basement, and not much storage. Found a beautiful little 2 burner stainless grille @ Home Depot, and built a plywood box on the rear carrier to keep it in. Problem is, no place to carry the propane except in the TV bed, Awkward and heavy to get it out, carry to back of camper, then return it when done cooking. Would like to convert it over to the 1# disposables, then refill them from larger bottle. The grille has the regulator on the end of the hose that connects to the bottle. The 1#ers are hi pressure and don't use a regulator. Has anyone located a conversion that would add the regulator to the grille and the 1#er screw on to that? Any other ideas?
Another option is to remove the regulator and tee into a regulated line such as the fridge or stove. Then you don't have to carry an extra bottle. You are however restricted to the length of hose you use.
I used a propane hose with a female quick couple that must be connected before it can be turned on. See photo.
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Why does a 1 Gal. tank cost $55 and the last 5 Gal. tank I bought about 2 yrs ago was
$22.99 filled? Ok it was a great deal, but still.


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That is a real good question and one I asked when I got mine. Answer, "we don't sell many of these therefore they cost us more to buy, store and sell". I really wanted the aluminum one, thinking it would be lighter but the cost drove me away.
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Then I noticed the shipping weight was only a half pound different from its steel cousin! There is also lightweight plastic/fiberglass propane tanks.

But back to the OP question, get a "Steak Saver" adapter and leave the regulator on the line, or a hose kit like several have suggested. But please be safe.
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