Learn How Much Propane Campfire In A Can Uses

Want to know how much propane Campfire In A Can uses?

We get the question, “How Long Will The Campfire In A Can Run On A 20lb Tank?” more than any other question, and of course, for good reason! At 64,000 BTU this Campfire puts out a LOT of heat, and in doing so, requires a good supply of propane.

Good news though, for most of us, bringing a standard 20lb tank is more than enough if heading out for the weekend! People tend to vary the height of their campfire flame depending on the weather and the number of people around it so it usually works out that you will get about 10 – 13 hours out of a 20 lb tank. A simple way to think about this is that the Campfire uses about 1 1/2 lb of propane per hour.

Most campfires will allow you to make the fire smaller but you can’t make the fire any larger than the maximum BTUs it was designed to generate. The size of the fire you want is typically determined by how many people are sitting around it, as well as the outside temperature..  or a combination of both. There are a lot of variables that go into this answer so you need some information to start with.

 

two dogs sitting in front of campfire in a can

 

campfire in a can in the backyard

Here are a few facts to be aware of:

  • Propane tanks are filled to 80% of their capacity. This allows for an air space, which allows the liquid propane to expand into a gas.
  • A 20lb propane tank holds 5.28 US gallons of propane.
  • One US gallon of propane will produce 91,502 BTUs of heat
  • One pound of propane will produce 24,156 BTUs of heat

Formula to find burn time of a 20lb / 5.28 US gallon propane tank: US Gallon Propane tank capacity multiplied by propane BTUs per gallon = total tank BTUs 5.28 gallons X 91,502 BTUs = 483,130 BTUs Total campfire BTU burn rate divided into total tank BTUs = hours of continuous burn 45,000 BTUs divided into 483,130 BTUs = 10.7 hours. Pounds Propane tank capacity multiplied by propane BTUs per gallon = total tank BTUs 20 pounds X 24,156 BTUs = 483,130 BTUs Total campfire BTU burn rate divided into total tank BTUs = hours of continuous burn 45,000 BTUs divided into 483,130 BTUs = 10.7 hours

The following are some typical campfire BTU settings that people will use while having an evening campfire.

25,000 BTUs 35,000 BTUs 45,000 BTUs 55,000 BTUs 65,000 BTUs After taking all the above information and feedback from our customers you can usually expect 10 – 13 hours out of a 20lb / 5.28 gallon tank. *Note: The best course of action to take is to buy a campfire that does not limit how large or small your campfire can be, keep all your options open and enjoy your campfire.

We’d love to hear from you! Do you burn your Campfire In A Can on high, medium or low.. and how long does your propane normally last you? Let us know in the comments below!

sandy wheaton using campfire in a can in desert



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