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Old 06-27-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Fridge on propane

I was wondering if anyone would know about how much propane a 3 way fridge in a rockwood hw 276 uses to chill. I've heard the fridge gets cold faster using propane and I need the fridge cold this weekend to load it and don't have electric close by.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:23 PM   #2
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Not a lot....it's not much more than a pilot light once it gets cold. Mine have all chilled down in 6 - 8 hours.
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Old 06-27-2016, 12:36 PM   #3
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Fill the fridge up with cold stuff like bagged ice or blue ice packs to hasten the cooling process.

Like raspivey says, hardly any propane use for fridges, just a little flame. The speed at which it gets cold is also dependent on how hot it is outside and if it's windy. A hot calm day is the worst.
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The refrigerator uses very little propane.

The burner is fixed and does not use more propane when chilling than it does once cool other than the amount of burn time is longer when it it is first started.

Example: When mine is first started on propane, the burner will run almost a three hours straight without shutting off. Once it satisfies temp, it will cycle and maybe only run 20 minutes out of an hour.

I also have a 'take out' propane refrigerator I snagged from a dealer friend that I use at home for hunting, picnics back-yard get togethers and emergencies. It will run months on a 20 LB. tank.
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I was wondering if anyone would know about how much propane a 3 way fridge in a rockwood hw 276 uses to chill. I've heard the fridge gets cold faster using propane and I need the fridge cold this weekend to load it and don't have electric close by.
I leave my fridge on propane while in storage so I can enjoy a nice cold beer when I go to check on it. A single 20lb bottle lasts about 4 weeks. I always leave both bottles open so when the first bottle is empty it uses propane from the second bottle. Propane is under $2 a pound around here so for $10 I can leave some food and condiments in the fridge between trips.
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I leave my fridge on propane while in storage so I can enjoy a nice cold beer when I go to check on it. A single 20lb bottle lasts about 4 weeks. I always leave both bottles open so when the first bottle is empty it uses propane from the second bottle. Propane is under $2 a pound around here so for $10 I can leave some food and condiments in the fridge between trips.
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Does the fridge need a charged battery too to keep it cold using propane or just the propane alone does that?
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It needs 12v for the control circuitry. Yes charged battery.
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It needs 12v for the control circuitry. Yes charged battery.
That's what I figured. Thanks.
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I leave my fridge on propane while in storage so I can enjoy a nice cold beer when I go to check on it. A single 20lb bottle lasts about 4 weeks. I always leave both bottles open so when the first bottle is empty it uses propane from the second bottle. Propane is under $2 a pound around here so for $10 I can leave some food and condiments in the fridge between trips.
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So, the storage company allows you to have power to your TT or are you just using your battery? Cool, are they all good with you running a propane appliance for a month?

This is nice as nobody around my location would consider the propane option. Are you parked on an open lot?
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Wow. $2 bucks a gallon. 4.75 here. Have 2 30lb canisters and I wait for the second one to get to about half. Takes a while in summer about twice as fast in winter.


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