Propane fridge

Discussion in 'Refrigerators and Coolers' started by Jrv07, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. Jrv07

    Jrv07 New Member

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    Just wondering how quickly your propane will run out if your running your fridge off it! I don't want to be spending a bunch off money on propane. I will be doing most of my camping off grid so that's why I'm asking. Or is it just better to have a good cooler with lots of ice?
     
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    It will run forever. It is just a small pilot light that barely sips propane.
     
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    Jrv07 New Member

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    Ok thanks good to know. I'm going camping tomorrow for the first time with my pop up camper. I will run the fridge on propane then the hole time I'm camping.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    I believe from what I have heard and read is that the fridge will run for about a month on a 20 lb propane tank.
     
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    Dudman5703 Jeep Guy

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    Be aware that you should start it a day or so before you go camping if possible. It takes a while to cool.
     
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    GreyFox Well-Known Member

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    A small manual light gas absorption fridge doesn't have a pilot light, rather that small flame is as big as it gets. These fridges average ~ 625 BTU per hour so do the math and it works out to about a month one could run one on a 20 lb tank. Power other gas devices at the same time and obviously the fridge run time will be less and certainly not "forever". ;)
     
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    Jrv07 New Member

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    Yes that's what I was told from the dealer when I bought my camper. I have it plugged in now getting cold.
     
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    NMroamer Well-Known Member

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    One more thing to remember is to park your camper where you can shade the refrigerator vents. They dont do well in direct sunlight.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Remember to only use one source of energy to cool the refridge.
     
  10. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I know you didn't ask this, but if you use the furnace that uses propane quite a bit faster. Fridge and stove only sips, furnace slurps.
     
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    10 days = 20 pound tank. This was for the 3.0 CF Dometic refrig and coffee and bathing water heating on the stove.

    Your mileage may vary.
     
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    It takes us about a month to use a 20 lb propane tank. That's with frig and water heater, but little to no furnace use.
     

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