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myhippocket

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Posted: 05/23/20 12:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi folks,

I recently bought a propane fire pit (Bond model 67836). It comes set up for a standard 20lb propane tank. Have folks have used these types of fire pits with the 1lb “disposable” tanks? I realize I will need to get an adapter to use them and that they won’t last very long. But I am just wondering if they can be safely used with an outdoor fire pit like this and if people have done so without issues like freezing up…or explosions ??. I really just want to have the ability to use one in case the big tank runs out and I want to keep the fire going for a little longer.

Thanks in advance for any input people might have.

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Love these things, especially if they eliminate another stinky wood fire. The fire is nice, the smoke, not so much.

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I think so. Fire is very technical.


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Posted: 05/23/20 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just curious how long do they run on a 20lb tank?

If you don't have a home grown supply, firewood at parks is crazy expensive. It's nothing to see $10 even $20 for a small bundle.


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Posted: 05/23/20 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Propane is propane. If you have the correct adapter you should be fine.


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Posted: 05/23/20 03:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

Just curious how long do they run on a 20lb tank?

If you don't have a home grown supply, firewood at parks is crazy expensive. It's nothing to see $10 even $20 for a small bundle.


The one I have with the same BTU output as the OP,the last time I had it out with a full 20 LB tank.

First night ran it 2 hours full on, then the next night the same 2 hours,third night it ran about 1 1/2 hours but it was not putting out as much flame then the propane ran out.

So I got 2 nights of full on then the last night about medium for 1 1/2 hours.


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Our propane fire is Campfire in a Can which they don’t make anymore. When we first got it I connected it to one of those small disposable propane canisters you are talking about. The fire started fine but within 3-4 minutes got noticeably smaller to almost nothing. Ice formed on the regulator and it froze up. I think the larger metal tanks have enough metal to absorb the temperature drop but the small cans don’t.


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2oldman wrote:

Love these things, especially if they eliminate another stinky wood fire. The fire is nice, the smoke, not so much.


Not only that, campground after campground is banning any word burning and will allow only propane fire pits.


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DancinCampers wrote:

Propane is propane. If you have the correct adapter you should be fine.


What Dancin said... IT will work. How long I do not know.

I would get at least a 5 pound tank and use that with them. If not a 20... They burn a lot of propane so the 1 pounder likely won't last long.


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My propane fire pit manual said it's about 8 hours on a full 20lb tank at full flame.

I just turn it up until the flame is going good and that's only about 2 full turns on the little knob thingy.. It will turn about 10 times more, but does not produce any more flame, so I just stick to the couple of turns..

Lasts me several hours during the evenings for a long weekend trip, using it every night I'm running it, but I do think it is about 8 hours of total time on a cylinder, as I also use it for the Coleman 2 burner stove and after a long weekend, it's almost empty.. I go thru one of those little screw in propane things pretty fast on just the camp stove.. I'd think it would last maybe and hour or less on the fire pit??

But, I do like it when we have our burn bans! I have people coming over during those times and wondering how I have a "fire" going and I just point to the propane tank and the pit and they back off thinking I was actually burning wood... ha, ha...

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