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Old 09-06-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Those of you that have the outdoor cook stoves that use the 16 ounce propane cylinder ... where do you store the propane cylinders? The list of precautions on the cylinder state not to store them in the "living spaces". I also don't think I want to store them in the outside storage compartment (because the compartment is actually underneath the bed ... and that compartment too close to the hot water heater). And it seems to me that storing them in the toolbox of the pickup bed would allow them to get too hot in the Texas heat. And I don't want to carry them in the cab of the truck. So I'm a complete loss as to determining the safest way to transport these propane cylinders.

And then when you use one up you are supposed to "dispose of it properly" ... which implies to me that you're not supposed to toss it in the trash. What do you do with your used up cylinders?
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Those of you that have the outdoor cook stoves that use the 16 ounce propane cylinder ... where do you store the propane cylinders? The list of precautions on the cylinder state not to store them in the "living spaces". I also don't think I want to store them in the outside storage compartment (because the compartment is actually underneath the bed ... and that compartment too close to the hot water heater). And it seems to me that storing them in the toolbox of the pickup bed would allow them to get too hot in the Texas heat. And I don't want to carry them in the cab of the truck. So I'm a complete loss as to determining the safest way to transport these propane cylinders.

And then when you use one up you are supposed to "dispose of it properly" ... which implies to me that you're not supposed to toss it in the trash. What do you do with your used up cylinders?
I'm comfortable storing mine under the dinette. But we only carry a few just for Mr Heater When camping I carry along a small refillable propane tank to feed the grill and cook stove.
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I stopped using the disposable bottles a few years ago. I have a tree that I can attach to a larger bottle (I have a 10lb ans a 20 lb). I put my lantern on the top of the tree and then run a hose to my O-Grill or other propane accessory.
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Disposal? doesn't everyone have one of these?

Yellowstone and some other places have dump cages just for propane.
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I've had the valves on the disposable propane cylinders leak after using the tank so I will not store them in the trailer or inside the passenger section of my truck. As you can pick them up cheap at any K'mart I usually only travel with one or two and store them in a box in the bed of my truck which has a cap. I leave the side vents open so it will vent out if any gas leaks.
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What do you do with your used up cylinders?
what used up cylinders??
I refill them all the time. and NO it's not against the law.
if you must be a greenie-- recycle places will take them IF they are cut or punctured, a 22-250 does a nice job of "puncturing"
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I've carried them for years in a plastic tube that I store the BBQ in...I also toss one of those small single burners that screws on the top of a cyl (along with the base) as a back-up, and maybe a two mantle lantern to also screw on a cyl if we're going into the 'outback'...

Instead of discarding the empty's...I refill em' from a large tank using an adapter from Harbor Freight...

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Propane storage - disposal

I store spares in lower curb-side storage which is not near anything hazaradous. I dispose of them at the campground trash area along side the recycle 'bin'.
You can only be just so cautious...I have a A/S LY which has near 60 gallons of fuel...!!
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Thanks all for the suggestions and replies. I'm thinking I may do what was suggested in one of the replies. Purchase them just prior to arriving at the campsite.
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We store ours in our tool box on the pickup truck and recycle the used ones.
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what used up cylinders??.. a 22-250 does a nice job of "puncturing"
Yup...and if the time of piercing they 'happen' to have some 'pane left in them AND they 'happen' to be near an open flame....

I've had old tanks leak, its obvious when ya take it off the grill, hissing and fog... but the only ISSUE I have ever seen 1st hand was a pier at our local marina caught fire and several of my boatin' buds had cylinders stowed in the dock lockers...even then, most cylinders just melted the valve out after quite a bit of cookin'...one heck of a tiki torch... but in the scheme of things, stuff had alread hit the fan.

What's a quart of propane in a compartment when ya got XX gallons of gas with a high volume/pressure pump delivering it to a hot engine compartment? (now that will make a BIG fire...ask me...)

Oh, the OP asked... I keep mine in the rear storage compartment.
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I use a hose from the 40 pound cylinders on the tongue to run my grill and cookstove to eliminate the problems of transport, storage, and disposal the portable cylinders pose.

Recently manufactured portable cylinders are being shipped with a plastic widget that forces the valve open, to be inserted after the cylinder is empty. This aids in safe disposal. Apparently the cylinders are not considered hazardous if they are open to the atmosphere.
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I keep one or two for our Coleman lantern, in the storage compartment in the Airstream bumper.
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Another god thread that has caused me to rethink some of my current practices!

I'm sure I should know better, but I have been accustomed to keep a few bottles in various storage locations inside the trailer.

Never had the slightest problem, but still it isn't the safest.

For the guys that refill the disposable bottles - I have often wondered about trying that, I've seen the adapters at harbor Freight.

I must admit, I wasn't sure about the legality - in fact I thought I had seen wording on the bottles that it was not to be done, could be wrong.

Any special tips or hints about refilling?


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