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Cheap Source Of Propane? Answered

When I got a new can of propane, for my torch, it was $9. At wally world, it was $4. Then, when I went to get a can of cooking stove propane from the camping department (at wal-mart), I notice that the tank was $3. After getting home, I noticed that the threads were exactly the same, and that the torch head would screw onto the neck of the "camp propane" bottle. So, as anyone would do, I fired it up, and it worked! Of course, it would shut off it you tilted it too far, but what the heck! $3 for a can of propane. But then I thought "Why is this so cheap, and why haven't I heard of this before? Is ther something wrong with this? Will I blow myself up?!?!?! Anyway, I'm all for saving $2, or $6 (depending on where I go), so is this actually a reasonable way of saving money?

So what I'm asking:
-Is this way safe? I haven't fired it up since, in case it did something bad.
-Why is it so cheap to but it that way, and so expensive to buy regular tanks?
-Has anyone else done this?

If anyone can help, it'd be appreciated.

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abadfart
abadfart

10 years ago

its ok to use them thats what i use  

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

?

So what I'm asking:
-Is this way safe? I haven't fired it up since, in case it did something bad.
-Why is it so cheap to but it that way, and so expensive to buy regular tanks?
-Has anyone else done this?

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Punkguyta
Punkguyta

Reply 13 years ago

Well it should be safe if the threads match up fine, but I would use some pipe tape to be sure. The reason they are so cheap is A.) There's not really that much propane in one of those little cans compared to a BBQ propane tank. B.) The tanks for a camping stove are a bit cheaper because the tanks are thinner than those for torches because the manufacturer assumes that it will be sitting stationary. Not standing upside down and welding with it where ya may drop it. (NOTE) Another chance would be safe to say that they might have been dropped in the back room and "quietly" brought up to the shelf.

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toysareforboys
toysareforboys

Reply 13 years ago

Absolutely DO NOT use "pipe tape" on the threads. The threads have NOTHING to do with the seal/preventing a leak, they are only there to hold the nipple on your torch head secure, centered and into the nylon seal bushing in the propane tank.

And, to answer your question, yes, it will work fine. Provides a nice stable base for soldering, etc., compared to the skinny torch tanks. Used them for years and never had a problem.

-Jamie M.

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

Okay, thanks, that is what I guessed.

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

I haven't had a problem with it. And, the camping tanks are 16 oz instead of 12 oz (last I checked...). Short, squat tanks would work better (be more stable) in a camping setting where long thin tanks might fit better in tight spaces of home repair. You might skip the camping fuel if it's more expensive, but if you need it for home repair, you don't have a choice.

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

Okay, so you are saying youve done it without problems (not to say nothing could happen)? Good.

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barbesj
barbesj

13 years ago

Thanks for asking the question John!!! I just got the coleman tank too, but then hesitated to hook it up for fear I'd blow us up. Good to know it works fine.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

13 years ago

If, by torch, you mean one of those type that is often used to scorch and remove paint, or solder copper pipe, I personally didn't even know they made "special tanks" for that. The little tank I use for my hibachi I also use for a light duty torch.

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

I was saying at Wal-Mart, these (the tank in the picture) were more expensive than these.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

sorry, I don't see anything at the second link except "hosted by Anglefire"

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

Oh, I don't know what happened. It was a picture of a green Coleman brand propane tank for lanterns and small propane cook stoves.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

If both contain propane and have the same fittings, I would think they would be interchangeable. Maybe it is the brand name that makes the difference ?

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

Well, I didn't know,and that was the purpose of the thread.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

I am not absolutely positive.....but I know I have used either one for a soldering torch. As far as I know, propane is propane. If it were butane, it might make more of a difference...

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks. I think everything is cleared up now.

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gmoon
gmoon

13 years ago

Yeah, I've got some buddies that still insist on using propane-fired camping gear (vs white gas, my preference.) Sometimes I'm enlisted to buy & carry the tank (the 'chubby' type.) I've never noticed they are cheaper, but that's probably true. Since you never pack in a half-full tank, after each trip they get shuffled into the workshop for use with the torch.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 13 years ago

Response not plain enough?

Yes, the fittings are the same, I've been moving my torch back and forth between the two bottle types for years....

Video of my bernzOmatic-type torch and coleman bottle.

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John Smith
John Smith

Reply 13 years ago

No, the response was perfectly clear, I just didn't have anything to say, and wanted to respond that way you'd know that I saw the response. Oh, and thanks for the video.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 13 years ago

Sure.

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Mr. Rig It
Mr. Rig It

13 years ago

Harbor Frieght. com sells this neat little adapter to let you safely and leagally refill those campstove. hibachi grill tanks it is only $19.99. You could probably refill your regular torch also, since the threads are the same as the campstove tanks. Here is the Link

Hope this helps

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

PITA though. Doesn't fill the bottle all the way, and the 'new' overflow protection mandated on smaller tanks means that you can't get any liquid into the bottle. Don't forget, the tank has to be up-side-down for the liquid to get into the smaller tank...

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westfw
westfw

13 years ago

If you want to save really big bucks, I've seen a hose that will let you connect fixtures designed for disposable propane tanks to one of those refillable 25lb tanks... Bulk propane will run about $20 for a full 20lb, IIRC. I don't know why the torch propane would be so much more expensive than camping stove propane. Last time I bought a cylinder, I recall it being slightly cheaper, but not nearly so dramatic as you report.