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Old 07-22-2016   #41
 
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11lb should last that size group easily for a week including a blaster.


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Old 07-23-2016   #42
 
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Viking rules

Ran a 17 viking down the DesoGray for 10 people 8 nights. Only tank used for the entire trip: breakfast, dinner, and all dish washing, endless pots of coffee. Four burner partner stove. Came home with visible gas still in the tank, about at 40-50%. Would imagine that we could have gone another 5-6 days before nearing the end.

First time with the tank and have used steel before. Couldn't be happier with the ease of rigging and how light weight it is. Ran straps across and through the tank on my single rail NRS frame. Rock solid, and everyone who handled the tank said something about how light it was even when full of propane. Fully recommend this product.
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I have a Ragasco 17# and love it. For some reason I think its one of the coolest raft gear I own. Maybe because when people who are not boaters see it they are instantly impressed. Even the propane guy, "wow we don't see these very often, this is probably my second one ever".

Who knew a gas tank could make you feel so badass.

It did take me a while to find a place that would fill it even though they are legal. I figure when people talk about the risks of whitewater boating they mean propane tank recalls.
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Old 08-04-2016   #44
 
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Reduce - reuse - recycle

I wanted a 5# or a 10# tank but my frugal nature didn't want to fork out the $58 for a brand new one when new 20# steel tanks can be found for ~$25.

These had old style valves so the previous owners had turned them in for recycling. I picked them up for free and took them to the local propane supplier. Figured if they wouldn't recertify them I wasn't out anything.

Easy-peasy. New OPD valves were $19/ea and recert $9/ea, so I'm into each for half the cost of one new tank. Buddy of mine has dibs on the little one. The 10# tanks will get painted to match my frame.
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Lil' paint (Rustoleum professional enamel in the quart can, xylene thinner, acrylic enamel hardener, brushed on). Might clearcoat them, or do gold pearl ghost flames.

I'd also thought about using thermochromic paint...$20 would eat my savings..but also give me a propane level indicator.
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That's a great idea. You would only need a strip down the side. You could label the different levels. I'm thinking something like "half full", "quarter full", and "oh shit I hope there is enough left for the coffee"!
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I didn't spring for the thermochromatic pigment...but I got creative anyway.


Kevin is the 30# tank, Stuart the 10# tank.
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Dude. That is Fucking awesome!!!
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Outside of any legal issues that might be encountered selling em', I'll bet you could find rich folks to buy propane people from you. Paint some propane tanks, go on another river trip, come back home and paint some more tanks on your own schedule, '' please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery( I'm in the Grand canyon)"...........
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I'm also interested in the Viking tanks. I've heard that most propane trees will not fit on them though. Has anyone found a decent propane tree that can attach firmly to the Viking 11# or 17# tanks? I'd like to run a lantern, coleman stove, and woodland power stove off one big tank if that is possible? Any suggestions?

I have a solution but takes some effort --- don't have picture but can get one this week if interested.


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