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Old 10-16-2015, 08:16 PM   #1
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How long will 2 tanks(Rockwood mini lite 2504s)at in 40 degree weather

Doing some winter camping Maryland down to Florida late Nov-early Dec. How long will my 2 propane tanks last if we keep the heat around 65-68? Is it a good idea to get a small electric heater(1500 watts)? We will take our time getting to Florida, with good week to 10 days in the Maryland(5 days), Virginia and Carolina areas.Thanks - this forum rocks!

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Old 10-16-2015, 08:25 PM   #2
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Truly hard to say.
To many variables.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:33 PM   #3
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To many variables to tell how long they will last. Temp is the biggest issue. Yes use a ceramic heater to supplement the propane. Later RJD
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:13 PM   #4
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We use electric whenever available. This is usually not difficult when we are moving to our final destination and staying at State parks. Refilling propane tanks is not as difficult as one would think. On our recent trip up the East coast we carried only one cylinder and refilled a couple of times over 4 weeks (heating water consumes a good bit of propane).
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:27 PM   #5
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We have 10 cm of snow coming tomorrow. We are camping next weekend in this. Just use fireplace and furnace. Propane costs $18 for 30 lbs, not really that much. We can run 4-5 days at 32 D F on one 30 lb tank for heat/stove/BBQ/Hot water heater.
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Old 10-16-2015, 10:52 PM   #6
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Probably about what B and B said: 4 to 5 days per tank. TT's have better insulation these days it seems. We would run an entire month plus on a single 100 lb bottle in the winter in Colorado, so a 30 lb tank should go 5 days +/- for you.
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Old 10-17-2015, 11:52 AM   #7
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Do not do the resistant heaters go with ceramic ones.....they put out a lot of heat and are safe you can lay toilet paper on them and it won't catch fire plus they have blowers in them and are quiet and have tip over switches and won't burn a small hand or pet. I was impressed with how much heat you get out of a small cube. Plus you can get them at Walmart/ Lowes/ and Home depot etc.....I hate the smell of a propane heater plus the noise it makes....
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:31 PM   #8
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How long will two tanks last?

First of all, do you have 20 lb or 30 lb tanks. We winter camp up here on Vancouver Island. If you are going propane alone you will go through a 20 lb tank pretty damn fast. Far and away the best option is buying a small electric heater. If you do not have power and are running your furnace you will be lucky to make through the first nite. We purchased a Dimplex fireplace. It is the Cat's Pyjamas. Very low electric draw, gives a very nice simulated flame to watch in your cozy trailer and throws medium and high heat. Look for a stove shop that sells dimplex in your area. They have a very good rep for lasting long and workmanship.
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:42 PM   #9
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We just returned from 8 days in the mountains with over night temps in the low 30 and daytime around 45-50

Went thru a 20 pound in 5 days and that was with a ceramic heater as well but then DW likes it very warm.
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To many variables to tell how long they will last. Temp is the biggest issue. Yes use a ceramic heater to supplement the propane. Later RJD
Actually do it the other way around. If you have electric heat use it and set the furnace around say 60 to 65 degrees. Why heat with propane if you are already paying for electric? I am using this one and am quite pleased with it so far. age_o01_s00

It has a thermostat and on auto runs till it reaches the set point, then the fan goes to low and keeps the air circulating. When it cools down a little the heat comes back on and the fan goes to high again. It is small so sits on my kitchen counter and is quiet. It is windy and 51 degrees out and is keeping my trailer at 72 right now with no problem at all.


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