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Old 03-30-2020, 12:02 PM   #1
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Propane fire pit

We are thinking about a propane fire pit. The question I have is transporting the propane. We have an all electric coach and I have a concern about carrying a propane tank in the basement since it is not ventilated. Any ideas?
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Anchor the bottle with a bungee cord and you should be fine. While I have an LP tank I use a separate bottle for the grill and fire pit and store it in an enclosed bay. No issues.
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I carry my , BBQ , 5 gal/20lb bottle in my toad .
Remove it from the toad before starting the toad the engine .
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We bought a propane fire pit a couple years ago at the Tampa show. Carried it in the basement of the coach along with a regular full size grill bottle bungeed to the supports. Used it twice on a 6 month trip. Saw how much propane it consumed, and sold it. It takes up too much storage space IMO. We only have camp fires now with wood, and of course, only when it's allowed.
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We keep the propane bottle in the toad and then store it outside when we get to our destination. We also use the same bottle for the grill eliminating the 1 pound cylinders. I don't like the idea of propane storage in the basement with the oil burner which we use daily for hot water for dishes, showers and often times heat.

The propane burner is great for sitting outside on warm nights with friends. It does not give off enough heat for cold nights. The wood fire is far better but we find a lot of places do not allow wood fires and there is no smoke with the propane firepit.
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We carry our 5 gallon tank in a milk crate that it fits into tightly. I also bolted that milk crate onto a piece of plywood that fits into our slide tray for stability. Doing this ours can't tip and roll at all. We have a propane fire pit which honestly we haven't used all that often but I purchased some of those refillable 1 lbs. bottles and just use my tank to refill the bottles for the stove and barbecue.
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I like the idea of travel on the toad and store outside, thanks.
With more places restricting fires I think it is a direction we will go
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As Rick mentioned, the milk crate works well for storing the propane cylinder. It is a lot less likely to tip over. The propane in the milk crate fits in the back seat on the floor of our 4 door jeep.
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We enjoy the propane fire pretty regularly. I carry the bottle in the basement, never have had a problem. I do typically fill it to only 80% so that heat expansion won't cause off gassing.
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I carry the bottle in the basement, never have had a problem.
I think, when it comes to propane in a confined space, you only get to have a problem once.
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We are thinking about a propane fire pit. The question I have is transporting the propane. We have an all electric coach and I have a concern about carrying a propane tank in the basement since it is not ventilated. Any ideas?
We bought one a few years ago and love it. It runs off a 20lb tank and lasts the whole season, for us at least. The convenience of the thing is hard to beat and there is no smoke in your face. The bottom also stays cool enough so it can be used on any surface. They do take up some space for storage though and you can't cook much over it unless you don't mind the mess. They are pretty much the only option when a fire ban is on. Overall the positives outweigh the negatives.

What exactly does " an all electric coach " mean ???
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What exactly does " an all electric coach " mean ???
No propane on board. I suspect most "all electric" coaches have a diesel fired Aqua-Hot system or something similar so I guess they really aren't all electric. Just non-propane.
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True about all electric. We use diesel for generator and electric or diesel for hot water. I specified all electric to mean no propane on board
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I carry my , BBQ , 5 gal/20lb bottle in my toad .
Remove it from the toad before starting the toad the engine .
We had a gasfitter run a propane line from our propane tank, to a quick connect on the passenger side of the bus. It works perfectly. We run our BBQ, and propane firepit off it, and only have to refill the propane tank on the bus every two or 3 years.
Works for us.
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