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Old 08-17-2011, 07:59 AM   #11
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But but but water boils sooner at higher elevations. Therefore, if your only goal is to bring water to a boil, it should take less fuel not more.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:03 AM   #12
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:56 AM   #13
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"Elevation" is a geographic location (earth's surface) above or below a fixed location (sea level). "Altitude" is the "up" distance between an object and a fixed reference location, as used in geometry or aviation for the distance of aircraft above sea level. "Depth" is the "down" measurement between an object and a fixed reference point.

So unless you inflate your tires and then load them into Lou's C-130, take off and then check your blood pressure while eating potato chips and watching a pot of water boil, then altitude is not really a concern. For us RVer's elevation is......well that is another story!

(Hopefully no offense - this post was meant in humor with a slight educational tidbit of info.)
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:03 AM   #14
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To answer the OP..... since outside air pressure is only 2 or 3 LB/sq in less
at 6000 vs sea level The tires would tend to exhibit 2 or 3 PSI more pressure
at altitude. It's not enough to worry about.
Also-- the air temp at altitude is typically lower and a cooler tire will
have a lower pressure so it's kind of a wash......

We did have tater chip bags to split a seam when we crossed the
continental divide at 11,000 feet last summer.
You can stick the bag with a pin and that will prevent split snack and cereal
bags without becoming stale.
Also beware when you open the ketchup at altitude!!!
Ask me how I know that
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For Ovair: I know you mentioned water boiling as your only goal, but:

1) BTU available from Propane decreases significantly with Altitude.

Propane & Natural Gas Orifice Charts Ward Burner Systems

Unless you carry around a complete set of burner orifices for all your propane appliances you are stuck with those calibrated at sea level.

Thus it takes more propane for a given result (furnace heat or a given temperature in the oven or water pot) at altitude than sea level.

2) While it is true that the boiling point of water decreases with altitude, Boiling Point / Atmospheric Pressure / Altitude, it is also less "hot" when boiling.

3) Less "hot" means food takes LONGER to cook. How To Boil Water, Boiling Points of Water, High Altitude Boiling Water, Sea Levels vs. High Altitude Water Temperatures

All point to more propane used.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:27 AM   #16
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This article might help the OP.

Proper Tire Inflation

It also explains why running at MAX pressure on the tire is not always the best advice.

For the Nitrogen "Bulls" there is some ammo for you guys too.
(Not much but throwing you a bone here).
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Hence the reason for my post, I have noticed increases and decreases in tire pressures (when cold) at different campsites when the tire pressures have not been adjusted, I need to learn though how much to expect.
Most of that change is from temperature change, not elevation. Tire pressure will fluctuate approximately 1 lb for every 10* change in temperature. Increased pressure with higher temperatures and decreased pressure with lower temperatures.

If I check my tires "cold" on a 112* Phoenix afternoon and then drive to a campground at 9000' elevation and check them "cold" at 46* the next morning, the PSI will 8 to 10 lbs less. I usually set my tire pressure for a moderate temperature and allow them to be higher on a hot day by a few PSI and allow them to be a few PSI lower on a cooler day. Otherwise I would constantly be changing the tire pressures.
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For Ovair: I know you mentioned water boiling as your only goal, but:

1) BTU available from Propane decreases significantly with Altitude.

Propane & Natural Gas Orifice Charts Ward Burner Systems

Unless you carry around a complete set of burner orifices for all your propane appliances you are stuck with those calibrated at sea level.

Thus it takes more propane for a given result (furnace heat or a given temperature in the oven or water pot) at altitude than sea level.

2) While it is true that the boiling point of water decreases with altitude, Boiling Point / Atmospheric Pressure / Altitude, it is also less "hot" when boiling.

3) Less "hot" means food takes LONGER to cook. How To Boil Water, Boiling Points of Water, High Altitude Boiling Water, Sea Levels vs. High Altitude Water Temperatures

All point to more propane used.
Thanks Lou, for coming to the rescue, great info, any ideas on the blood pressure mointor?
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Thanks Lou, for coming to the rescue, great info, any ideas on the blood pressure mointor?
Not really. You need to talk to a doctor or nurse about that one.

My "gut" says is does not matter because you are reading liquid pressure (blood) in millimeters of mercury lifted but in truth I have no idea.
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Questions?

If a tire is inflated at sea level to say 80psi what will the same tire read at 6000ft?

To boil 1 pint of water at 6000ft does it use more propane or less than at sea level?

Does 1 pint of water at 6000ft boil in less or more time than at sea level?

If you take your blood pressure with a meter that uses pressure (the arm band type) then do you have to adjust the readings to take into account altitude?
I would think water would boil quicker and with less propane at 6000 ft than sea level because the boiling point is lower.
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