Thursday, November 19, 2020

Alternate fuel

There’s a shortage right now of those green 1-pound propane bottles. I’m guessing it’s a combination of it being high-demand season in the region and a supply chain messed up by the pandemic. I had no luck finding them at three Walmarts, a Lowe’s and a Home Depot. But then I had an idea. I checked the blowtorch section at Home Depot and, ah-ha!

Propane is propane

They’re 14.1 ounces rather than 16. I bought two of them at $3.97 each, which is in the range of the green bottles—which I haven’t found. Having some at not the ideal price or format is better than none.


  1. You can refill the 1#ers with a $10. valve and a 20# tank for a fraction of the cost of the green ones.
    I've picked up quite a few from campground dumpsters...

    1. I had a 20# tank and necessary hoses until last year when I decided it was taking up too much space, especially with the low amount of propane I was using -- about a gallon a year.

  2. M-Kay..It was just a thought..For me hauling the little one's was so much easier than the 20# one..
    I've even found larger than the 20's in dumpsters..They had to be updated and folks tossed them...The cost to renew is not that much.
    I'm older and I just can't understand this toss-it world, Oh well...
    Ride safe!..
    Got any nails that need straightened?....

  3. It's Turkey Day, 2023. I was looking back to prev years to see where you'd been. This post caught my eye as I too refill li'l greens, but from my 1.1 gal tank....a little larger than a gallon milk jug. I "lost" my coleman two-burner off the roof one extremely windy day. I thought of how you get by with a single-burner and decided to try using my backpacking stove that I used for making morning coffee. Two years later I'm cooking less and my 1 gal tank provides about a year of refills of the greenies.