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GizmosMom

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Posted: 06/23/12 10:01am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have been researching portable campfires.

I see that there is an adapter on the market that will allow use of a one pound canister with some of these portable campfires.

We travel in a small Class B van and storage is an issue. We do not have one of those large propane canisters.

Does anyone use the adapter and the one pound canister with Campfire in a Can? Or with the Little Red Campfire? And if you do, does it work effectively? I know that the propane will go quickly using the one pound canisters but that is all we have room for.

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Posted: 06/23/12 10:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wonder if an adapter like the Steak Saver would come in handy. That way, if it has a 20# connector, you can use the adapter and a one pound container.

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Posted: 06/23/12 11:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think you would have to carry quite a few 1 lb. canisters. my Campfire in a can "does" use some propane. You might be better off with a 5 lb. or 11 lb. tank. Smaller but not cheap. But, buying 1 lb. canisters will add up pretty fast!

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bob213 wrote:

I think you would have to carry quite a few 1 lb. canisters. my Campfire in a can "does" use some propane. You might be better off with a 5 lb. or 11 lb. tank. Smaller but not cheap. But, buying 1 lb. canisters will add up pretty fast!


I agree. My lil red campfire uses a LOT of propane. I do have a small refillable tank and this works quite well.

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Posted: 06/23/12 04:40pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was looking at one a few months ago (can't remember the make & model), and specs said it would run "up to 8 hours" on a 20# cylinder. I can only assume that would be on the lowest setting. Wouldn't get much time on a 1# cylinder. Just some info for your use.


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I have the little red campfire; you will use a lot of1 pound cans with it. I have a 20 pouder I use with mine and run a fire for 2-3 hours every night we camp. Depending on how high you run your flame you will probably use 1-2 cans a day on a mediium-+ setting with it.

With that said I do love that little red campfire!


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Posted: 06/24/12 07:05am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Couldn't you achieve the same affect by lighting a can of "sterno"?


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Posted: 06/24/12 07:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for all of the replies. I know that it will cost us...but those cans are relatively inexpensive compared to the camp fire wood we usually purchase at a National Forest campground. I believe that last year we paid $6.00 for a bundle of wood.

Would still like to hear from anyone who uses an adapter and the one pounder

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I've got one of the adapters that I've used a couple times with my little red campfire a couple of times with the smaller disposable tanks. If you keep the fire on a fairly low setting you can get about an hour of use. I didn't really time it, and the the tanks I was using weren't necessarily full. They were tanks we had used for the grill that were then slowly leaking when disconnected. Rather than just let them leak down we used them on the fire.

Most of the time I take a 20 lbs tank in the back of the truck for the grill and fire, although I do have high pressure fitting on one of the TT tanks that I tap off of if we want the fire basically under the awning area of our campsite.

The adapters are cheap, and good to have around so just get one and give it a try. If you're only looking to have a fire for an hour or so in the evening it will probably work out fine for you. If you're looking for a big fire to stay warm around, you're going to really blow through the tanks though.

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unless you use a very low flame, your drawing propane to fast from the small 1lb or even 5 lb cans. What will happen is the bottle will get to cold as the propane boils, and you won't get all the propane all out. The flame will go out and the bottle will be very cold, even freezing, since propane boils as something like -40F. the when it warms back up you'll be able to get more propanee out of it. They really need to draw from a 20lb bottle or bigger to not draw propane at to high a rate.

some of these propane campfires put out about 60K BTU. that is about 3/4 gallons of propane/hr. at full flame.


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