Re: Propane tanks
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 14:36:04 -0400
Our troop has never tried refilling the small (1 lb.) bottles that
typically attach directly to lanterns or stoves. However, we located
some SMALLER (under 20 lb.) bottles that ARE refillable. There are (I
believe) 4 lb. "squatish" bottles, 6 lb. bottles, and 11 lb. bottles,
all of which are MUCH easier for a boy to carry than the 20 lb. "gas
grill" bottles. The smallest could actually be carried in a kitchen
box. We went with the 6 lb model. It lasts for 2-3 campouts. You can
also attach a "propane tank pole" to any of these and run a lantern
and two stoves off the same tank.
We located our bottles at a local sporting goods superstore, but I
have also seen them in Campmor and REI catalogs. I think I even saw
the 11 lb model in a BSA catalog (but I won't swear to it, since I
don't have my catalog here!)
One safety issue should be remembered: NEVER store these bottles
indoors; if there is the smallest leak, the spark from a light switch
could conceivably set off a chemical reaction which would be highly
uncomfortable. We store ours in our troop trailer.
SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen, VA
"I used to be an Eagle ..."
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