Running gas stove off a gas grill tank?

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Old 09-15-13, 08:03 PM
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Running gas stove off a gas grill tank?

I have a gas stove and money is really tight so I was thinking I might get a small propane tank to run the stove off of.I am wondering if that along with a regulator would work sufficiently to run the gas stove year round. Or if I would have troubles during the winter with it freezing.
 
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Old 09-15-13, 08:20 PM
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Is your stove currently running on natural gas ?

Is so.... There is a conversion process that needs to be performed. You need to change orifices and regulator setting inside the stove in order for it to operate on propane.
 
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Old 09-15-13, 08:36 PM
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No. Its set to run propane. We recently moved in and don't have it hooked up to anything at the moment.
 
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Old 09-15-13, 08:48 PM
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Then you could use a smaller tank. Actually freezing isn't the problem. Although propane is a liquid in the tank.... it boils off to a gas and that's what gets burned. With a small tank the propane may not boil off fast enough to sustain your oven. A burner would probably be ok.

A standard 20 lb propane tank only holds just under 5 gallons of LPG.
You may have to use a 30 lb tank which will boil off faster because of its size and it holds 7 gallons of LPG.
 
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The regulator needed to drop the high tank pressure down to the very low appliance pressure is available at gas supply houses. You probably wont find that at a hardware store. They can fix you up with any needed adapters & hose.
 
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In many parts of the world propane is only available in little 20lb barbecue sized tanks so everyone including restaurants runs their stoves and ovens off small tanks. You did not say your location so it's hard to say for certain if winter will be a problem. For my relative in central Alaska there are long periods where nothing propane will work. It's just too cold and the fuel remains a liquid. If you are anywhere in the lower 48 states it generally will not be a problem. Worst, on really cold days if the tank is low you might not be able to run as many burners on the stove.
 
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