I see A LOT of people (read more than I can count on my toes and fingers) stocking up on 1lb propane bottles. Ask yourself some questions….
Why exactly whould you stock up on propane this way? Why would using a 20lb tank be a problem? Do you plan to grab your stove and run like mad with it on a regular basis? Do you think it will be more portable? If so how will you carry 10-20 bottles?
Either way you should have just one to two 1lb bottles with you if you need to move quickly without a vehicle, you can’t carry 20 bottles with you or one 20lb bottle. And if you do have a vehice loading one tank vs several armfuls is much easier. Once I set my stove up I don’t move it, same mostly for my lanterns. I doubt most people holed up in their BOL will be dismantling their equipment often. If you’re moving lanterns around inside often then it’s a good sign that you need to buy a couple more, with the exception of one “walking lantern” (a LED Cranklight usually work better btw).
Stockpiling 1lb bottles is a bit silly to be honest. If you plan to use it for lanterns or need some propane for your BOB then buy a couple of bottles and a simple 1lb Propane Tank Refill Adapter. Buying in bulk saves your money for other preps, propane is no exception.You can get a 1lb to 20lb Propane Hose Adapter for about $20, and the 20lb tanks are $19 for a refill and $45 for an extra tank at Home Depot. At the average $3 for 1 lb it will cost $60 to buy the same amount in 1lb bottles, not to mention all the extra space 20 bottles will take up vs one tank and a 6ft hose.
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Get the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven for only $155 (suggested retail $249), that’s 40% off!
Unleash 18,000 BTUs of portable cooking power! So you always wanted an Oven for camping? Here it is…the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven, a 2-in-1 combo Stovetop and Oven, so you can create a wide range of mouthwatering morsels. Ahh, the smell of sizzling bacon and farm-fresh eggs, along with sliced potatoes, cooked golden brown on the twin burner Stovetop. Mmmm! Out of the Oven come freshly baked muffins. Of course, you can use the Oven for making cookies, casseroles, Dutch oven dishes, pizza rolls, TV dinners and more.
Enjoy muffins, cookies, casseroles, and Dutch oven dishes in the outdoors with the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven. Despite its lightweight size and design, the Outdoor Camp Oven boasts over 18,000 total BTUs of cooking power for maximum oven temperatures of 400 degrees. Powered by one disposable one-pound can of propane, the Camp Oven can run on high heat for up to five hours, ensuring that you have plenty of power to get your baking done right.
Designed for ease of use and portability, the Camp Chef Outdoor Oven features a lid that folds up to reveal two burners with up to 7,500 BTUs of power each. The burners are easy to get going with convenient, matchless igniters. The stove’s folding lid with side arms doubles as a wind screen to retain burner heat, and the nonstick, enamel cooking surface is easy to clean. The Camp Oven comes complete with an oven thermometer and two oven racks, and can be adapted for use with the Camp Chef Bulk Tank Hose/Adapter (sold separately).
- Range/oven features two 7,500 BTU matchless igniter range burners
- Matchless igniter 3,000 BTU internal oven; comes with two oven racks
- Maximum oven temperature: 400 degrees with built in thermometer
- Cooks for up to 5 hours on high heat with one 1-pound can of propane
- Range measures 21 x 12 inches; oven interior measures 10 x 16 x 10 inches (LxWxH);
- Weight: 35 pounds
- 1-year limited warranty
- Great addition to your emergency preparedness kit
- Powered with a disposable 1-pound propane can or adapt for a bulk tank using the Camp Chef Bulk Tank Hose/Adapter
- Stainless steel construction
- Nonstick enamel cooking surface
- Two oven racks
- Weight: 35 pounds
An apartment size propane cookstove with a small oven is very efficient. Normal everyday usage is from 2 to 5 gallons a month. Now this is not a camp stove but a regular looking small apartment size propane kitchen stove. These small LP ranges are available in both 20″ and 24″ widths. Five gallons of propane is commonly called a 20 pound cylinder and are used on gas grills. They are avaliable at most any store or gas station and a single tank can last 4 months. You can get two 25 gallon cylinders (100 pound) and hook up with automatic switch over when the first tank is empty it switches to the full tank. Hook these up to a propane stove and you have one year supply of cooking for a family of four. This is just an estimate – as with everything survival your results may vary and you should test everything before your life depends on it.
Ooh yeah…in case you were wondering if this is a real tip, when Les Stroud (a.k.a. Survivorman) isn’t 5 days out in the woods eating grubs and spiders he uses one in his off grid log cabin to cook his food. Seriously.