How Long Will Coleman Stove Burn on 1 Pound Propane?

Are you planning a camping trip soon? If so, there are some items included on your packing list. Coleman stoves are one of those items that people may not initially think of but can provide warmth and good food while camping out. But one question people often ask, especially newbies, is; how long will a Coleman stove burn one pound of propane?

How long a Coleman stove will burn a 1pound propane depends on the model of the Coleman stove you are using and the level you set the flame to while in use.

However, if you use the standard 75,000 BTU stove, with a 16.4 oz small tank, it will last for roughly two hours with both burners on high flame. The duration is highly dependent on the tank capacity and usage. 

Factors That Determine How Long a Propane Tank Will Last

Several factors determine how long your propane tank will last. These include:

1. The Size of Your Propane Tank

The size of the propane tank is the most important factor in determining how long it will last. The bigger the tank, the more gas it can hold and the longer it will last. A larger tank will also cost more upfront, but over time it may be less expensive than smaller tanks because you don’t have to fill up as often.

2. Your appliance’s efficiency

Your appliance’s efficiency also affects how long your propane tank will last. Most appliances are only 75 percent efficient or less, which means that 25 percent of the energy they use is wasted as heat instead of being used to run the appliance.

If you replace old appliances with newer ones that are 90 percent efficient or better, you’ll save money on your monthly energy bill and extend the life expectancy of your tank by two to three years.

3. Your Usage Habits

The more you use your propane tank, the faster it will wear out. If you’re using propane frequently, such as during the winter months or while camping, then expect your tank to wear out sooner than someone who uses it infrequently. If you don’t use the propane throughout the year, then it could last up to ten years. 

In this case, you’ll want to find ways to cut back on your usage by using energy-efficient appliances, closing off rooms when not in use, and using fans instead of air conditioners during the summer months.

4. How many burners do you have running at one time?

Propane is a very efficient fuel, but it’s not 100% efficient. So if you have more than one burner going at once, your propane tank will run out faster. If you are using an outdoor grill, having two or three burners going at once can use up more gas than just one burner. If you use an indoor stove or oven, having the top burners going full blast will also use more gas than just having one or two burners running at once.

5. The Weather

Propane tanks are subject to extreme heat, cold, and humidity. The weather can affect how long a tank lasts by causing leaks or corrosion. Cold weather can shorten the life of your tank because it makes the gas less compressible. As a result, you will have to refill your tank more frequently in the winter and pay more money for refills. 

Heat also shortens the life of your propane tank because it causes water to evaporate faster from the inside of your tank. When water evaporates, it leaves behind minerals and other contaminants, which will reduce the amount of usable propane in your tank over time. In addition, heat causes expansion in the tank, which can lead to cracks or other problems if not properly maintained by an experienced professional.

How to Measure Level of Gas in Propane Tank

For safety reasons, you should always measure the level of gas in propane tanks before and after refilling them. You can do this using a propane tank gauge that attaches to the propane cylinder and measures the amount of propane remaining in it. You can also use a dipstick that measures the level of liquid inside your tank.

Using a Tank Guage

To use a gauge, simply attach it to the valve on your propane tank. The gauge has two openings: one for attaching to your tank’s valve and another for attaching to a hose or regulator. Once attached, turn on the valve and allow enough time for the pressure within the tank to equalize with atmospheric pressure. Then read the reading on your gauge.

Using a Dipstick

Dipsticks are inserted into an opening on top of your propane tank and measure how much liquid is left inside. The readings are typically printed on one side of each stick so you don’t have to remove it from your tank until you’re ready for a refill or replacement.

How to Make Propane Tank Last Long

Ensuring that your propane tank lasts long is quite important. You cannot afford to have it replaced frequently and this can be frustrating. You need to ensure that you get a tank that is durable and will last for many years. Here are some tips on how to make a propane tank last longer:

1. Get a high-quality tank.

Ensure that you get a high-quality propane tank that is made of stainless steel and has no leaks. This will help it last longer and serve you better.

2. Keep it clean and dry.

You need to ensure that your tank is kept clean and dry at all times, so as not to expose it to air or water, which can lead to corrosion or rusting of the surface. Ensure also that there are no dirt deposits inside the tank as they may clog up the vents which can cause gas leakage from the venting system of the vehicle where you intend to use the propane fuel for powering appliances such as stoves, heaters, and cooking equipment among others.

3. Store the tank indoors

The best place to store your propane tank is indoors in a garage or other area that is dry, well-ventilated, and away from any source of heat. Propane has a boiling point of -44 degrees Fahrenheit (-42 degrees Celsius). If the temperature drops below this point, you could experience problems with your tank.

4. Check for leaks

Periodically check your propane tank for leaks. If you notice any signs of a leak, contact your local propane company to have it fixed immediately. Leaking gas can be dangerous, so it’s best to get it checked as soon as possible.

5. Regular maintenance

Have your propane tank inspected regularly by a qualified professional. The inspector will check the integrity of the tank and fill it with the proper amount of propane, which is required by law. He or she will also inspect and repair any damaged parts on the outside of the tank before returning it to you. This inspection should be done annually or every two years depending on how much usage you have from your tank (the more usage you have from your tank, the more often it needs to be inspected).

How to Refill Coleman Propane Tank

  1. Remove the valve cover on the Coleman propane tank. This is a plastic cover that is held in place by two screws. The screws are located at the top and bottom of the valve cover. Use a screwdriver to remove them, then lift off the valve cover.
  2. Insert an empty tank into your Coleman propane tank and turn it upside down so that its opening is facing up.
  3. Check for leaks by holding your hand over the opening of your Coleman propane tank and turning on its valve briefly. If there are no leaks, open the valve fully and watch as gas flows into your empty tank until it is full or nearly full (you can tell when gas stops flowing).
  4. Close off your Coleman propane tank’s valve when it is full or nearly full and remove your empty tank from inside it.

Bottom Line

Now you know how long 1 pound of Coleman propane gas will last. You can now ensure you take the necessary steps to make it last longer.