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Old 03-30-2013, 03:22 PM   #1
Feb 2013
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How long does a propane tank last on average for a 55,000 btu burner? I'm doing a 5 gallon pilsner batch with a total cook time of about an hour and ten minutes. I think my tank might be a little less than half full. Any suggestions?

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Old 03-30-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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You should make it.. In the future you might want to pick up a spare tank.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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To many variables to say. With my set up though I would not worry for another 4 or so batches but I get tons of batches out of a bottle

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:43 PM   #4
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You gave all the info needed. Time and BTU. You'll burn around 2.75 pounds in the time frame at full bore. One lb of LP is about 22K BTU/Hr.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:48 PM   #5
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Start to weigh you tanks before and after so you can see how much you are using. This will help out in the future and avoid the half tank fill ups. Also have a spare thank around too. I keep mine stored under my grill.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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22k BTU/lb is pretty close. Also, keep in mind that a lot of your convienent mart tank swaps only give you 15lb of propane in a 20lb cylinder...

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Old 04-01-2013, 11:58 PM   #7
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Get a spare tank!!! That cant be said enough haha

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