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Offline disneysandi

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How to store Coleman propane bottles
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:35:11 PM »
Hi guys, I was wondering if it would be safe to store those little Coleman propane bottles inside of a popup.  I have 6 of them. Don't ask how I wound up with so many.  The storage bag for my stove holds 2 and then I have 4 others.  I will be getting my NTU popup soon and will be storing my stove in it (it doesn't have one).  I know to store them upright, but not sure about the heat in the popup.  Would it be better for me to have a friend make a box with a vent to secure to the tongue area and store and travel with them there?  All of my tent camping gear is stored in my attic (I live in a small townhouse.)  I keep the propane bottles on an outdoor storage shelf.  I was storing them in my attic until I realized that my water heater was in the attic and although it is electric, it just made me nervous having both a water heater and propane bottles in the same area.  Am I being too cautious and paranoid?  Thanks for any advice.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 12:41:15 PM »
The relatively low heat in the popup should not be a problem unless you park the camper in a burning structure.  Unless these are some odd homemade bottles, there should be an emergency vent fitting on the upper shoulder of the bottle anyway.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 12:46:03 PM »
I keep mine in the Pup, Im sure there are those who will say its a bad idea. Once I use one and take it off the grill, I place a wet finger over the top. Wait a second or two and slowly remove my finger. If I feel any pressure then the bottle is leaking slightly and it stays outside or hooked back up the grill's regulator in the off position.

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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 12:47:31 PM »
Thanks, no these are not homemade, no it will (hopefully) not be parked inside a burning structure, and yes it does have the vent holes.  Well, one question down....  LOL

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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 12:49:10 PM »
I had the same exact question. What we decided to do was attach a milk crate ( the old plastic ones ) to the tongue of our PUP and store them there. We do not use the tanks that came with the PUP since our PUP is a 2000 Coleman ( very basic ) and we just need gas for our outside camp stove. This way they are stored safely with plenty of ventilation and NEVER FORGOTTEN when we head out to camp. Hope this helps. HAPPY CAMPING TO YOU AND YOURS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 12:56:31 PM »
I have a Coleman 2-burner L/P stove that uses those 16oz disposables, but connect mine to a regular refillable propane tank via a connecting hose. Much cheaper plus the 100% propane burns better. Those 16oz disposables are most butane topped off with propane. They do that so they can call it "propane ... butane is a cheaper fuel plus it does not burn as clean.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 12:59:15 PM »
We always seem to end up with 3-6 of them in the trailer.  We went to Wal Mart and sifted through the housewares until we came up with a lattice-sided plastic box, similar to a downsized "milk-carton" that holds six bottles pretty well.  If you are short on bottles it will still accommodate small items that help contain the bottles from moving around (clothes line, WD-40, small tools, etc.)

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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 01:32:18 PM »
I always keep a couple in my p'up and have actually never really thought about it.  More often than not I use my old tent camping stove as it burns hotter and I can have my camp kitchen set up away from the p'up....I also use these bottles for my lantern.  Never had any issues
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 09:52:33 PM »
I was thinking about the milk crate thing myself.  When traveling they could stay inside, but when camping, they can stay there.  Easy to access when outside and I don't have to worry about them leaking while we are sleeping.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 11:02:44 PM »
I don't know why they would leak unless you were to tamper with the seals or something.  And your camper should have a propane gas detector anyway if they do.  I wouldn'tt worry about mine.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2011, 12:29:38 PM »
I had one leak one time, although it was not Coleman brand.  It was brand new.  I used it that night on my stove.  Removed it from the stove, capped it, and set it aside as I packed things up for the night.  The next morning when I went to cook breakfast, it was empty.  I know it was not empty when I put it away.  We were tenters at the time, so it was left outside.  That is the only time I had that happen.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2011, 10:32:05 PM »
We had one that did not reseal after removing it from the Coleman lantern (for travel, the bottle does not fit in the carrying case). Friends have told us they have had several do the same thing, before they switched to a larger tank for their stove.

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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2011, 10:35:33 PM »
I didn't know there were problems with the seals.  I've never encountered one.  Have a propane detector in the pup so it's probably not an issue.  Still, after hearing this, I think I'll tie them with string to the pup bumper and drag them behind.  That way if they leak, the propane won't get in the camper.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2011, 08:51:46 AM »
I keep about a dozen under the seat in the pup. Never had an issue.  I'd worry about bouncing them out if they were in a plastic box on the tongue of the trailer.  I'd also worry about road debris chunking up and rupturing a bottle, or cracking the plastic crate.  I mean, really, they store them inside at Wal Mart don't they?  It looks like this is a solution in search of a problem to me.
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Re: How to store Coleman propane bottles
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2011, 09:06:28 AM »
They sell/store the small bottles inside stores but the bigger ones go outside. New empty cylinders are sold inside but used ones are not allowed inside stores.
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