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16.4 OZ Propane Cylinder – How Long Does It Last?



16.4 oz. propane tanks are a common energy source for camping stoves and small portable propane heaters. Although they’re lightweight, convenient, and easy to use, these propane canisters frequently frustrate campers and hikers who can’t keep track of how much propane is left. 

You can check how much propane is left in your tank in a couple of different ways. It’s essential to measure your current tank with one you know is full, though. If you want to keep track of your propane and avoid running out when you’re in the backcountry, understanding how long the tank lasts. 

Read on to find out how much propane a 16.4 oz. tank holds, how long it lasts under certain conditions, and how you can make an educated guess about the amount left in your current tank!

A camping stove in use.

A propane camping stove is a heater, coffeemaker, hand warmer, and cook station all in one.

1-pound vs 16.4 oz. propane tank

In case there’s any confusion: propane cylinders aren’t typically rated by the ounce, but rather by pounds. A 16.4 oz propane canister is more commonly referred to as a 1-pound propane tank. That ounce number is the net weight of the contents, so the propane inside the tank weighs about 16.4 ounces.

1-pound propane tanks are used to power camp stoves for grilling, frying, boiling, and pretty much anything else you could do on a conventional stovetop. You can also power portable heaters and propane lanterns with them. 

How much propane is in a 1-pound propane tank?

Alright, so there’s 16.4 ounces of propane by weight inside one of these tanks, but how much is that? Thankfully, science is here to help us figure it out. Don’t worry, we won’t get into the complicated stuff.

The first thing you have to understand is a unit of measurement called BTUs, which stands for British Thermal Units. One BTU is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is the U.S. equivalent of the metric calorie, which is the amount of heat required to heat one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Although it’s kind of a historical relic as far as measurements go, the BTU is still used to measure the sale of natural gas in the USA. 

Propane has a BTU per gallon of 91,500. One gallon weighs about 4.23 pounds, so if we divide these two numbers we should be able to find out the BTU of a one-pound propane tank.

  • 91,500 / 4.23 = 21,631 BTU per 1-lb propane tank

Fantastic, you might be saying. But how does that BTU amount translate into burn time for a portable camping stove?

How long does 1 BTU of propane last?

Since the larger one-gallon tank has more BTUs and therefore more propane, it’s not rocket science to deduce that it lasts longer than the smaller tank. So what is the connection between BTUs and burn time?

Let’s try to find the most convenient way to connect the two. You can’t very well count backward from 21,631 to keep track of how much propane you have. What throws most people off is that the size of the grill greatly impacts how long the propane bottle will last. 

Thankfully, camp stoves don’t burn propane gas as fast as a large grill. A medium gas grill can burn through a 20-pound propane tank in as little as 10 hours, but it usually lasts 18 – 20 hours. A 20-pound tank has 4.73 gallons of propane. From this information, we can try to calculate a rough estimate of a per-BTU burn rate:

  • 91,500 * 4.73 = 432,795 BTUs per 20-pound propane tank

You can also take a shortcut: multiply the BTU of a 1-pound tank by 20 and you’re not far off. If you’re using a medium gas grill and it lasts 18 hours, you can divide 432,795 by 18 to discover that roughly 24,000 BTUs are burnt per hour. 

Burn rate for different propane accessories

If you’re using a backpacking stove rather than a full-on propane grill, that tank won’t have the same burn rate. The medium grill might have a burn rate of 24,000 BTUs per hour, but the smaller portable tank doesn’t. 

Even a larger camping stove will have a higher burn rate than a single-eye backpacking model. Understanding how long that tank will last depends on how you’re using it. Of course, we don’t need to figure out the burn rate of a specific stove down to the decimal point.

Someone cooking with a camping stove.

One-pound propane tanks are perfect for cooking delicious meals on the go.

Burn rate for backpacking stoves

If we were to assume that a backpacking stove was as powerful, the 21,631 BTUs would last about 90% of one hour or 54 minutes. Generally speaking, though, your grill would have to be working pretty hard to burn the whole canister at that speed. 

Your grill should have its own burn rate in the information that came with it. You can use that burn rate to find out how long the tank will last according to the manufacturer. 

Campers who really want to understand their own equipment sometimes measure how long it takes to boil a fixed amount of water, say one liter. You can use this information to calculate how much fuel you’ll need once you know the burn rate. 

Since these tanks aren’t that expensive, you can measure how long it takes to boil water and keep it cooking for the ten or 15 minutes needed to fully cook your meals, measure how many meals you get in before you run out, and then you’ll have a rough per-meal burn rate. You can also measure how long each meal takes to make if you want a more illustrative number. 

How long do most 1-pound propane tanks last?

From our experience, you can expect these little tanks to keep working for between 1 and 2 hours of total burn time. The more you use high heat, the more propane you’ll burn and the less time it will survive before needing to be refilled.

Most backpacking stoves and small campsite cooking equipment will last right in the middle, around 1.5 hours, operating on a mid-high heat for boiling water and slightly reduced to cook it for 10 – 15 minutes. As a concrete example, this is right on the money for a Coleman propane tank used at medium heat for reasonable lengths of time. 

Bear in mind that you don’t have to spend an hour on your camping meals. The tank isn’t going to go out after a single day on the trail. In most cases, freeze-dried meals and prepped meals that only need heating can be prepared in as little as 5 or 10 minutes, so you should be able to get at least 8 and as many as 18 meals out of one tank. 

How can I make my propane last longer?

Reduce the amount of time your propane torch, grill, or heater is on a high or medium setting and you’ll be able to stretch out the life of the tank. Here are a few more tips to make your propane cylinder last:


  • Use Fire When Possible: Depending on where you’re camping, it might be easy to bring a firestarter and build a small campfire for boiling water and staying warm. The propane tank can be used as a backup or for stops during the day when you’re on the move or can’t otherwise make a fire. 


  • Eat Freeze-Dried Meals: These meals take a very small amount of water. All you have to do is boil the water, add the contents of the packet, let it heat up for a few minutes, and you’re ready to chow down. If you don’t have the cash for tons of these meals, cheaper dehydrated veggies and other foods work the same way as these entire meals. Bring some packets of BBQ sauce if you’re worried about bland food.


  • Go Easy On Hot Drinks: Everybody loves a hot cup of coffee on a cold morning, but if you can’t build a small fire to boil water for your coffee or carry a dedicated coffee machine, it would be best to try and avoid too many cups. Rather than skipping cups altogether, you can try other methods like leaving your water in the sun to warm up so the propane has less work to do. Instant cold brew and iced coffee that can be made with cold water is another option.


  • Weather Conditions Have An Effect: Wind can blow the heat away from your stove. Low temperature lowers the volume of propane, and frigid temperatures might affect how well your propane fuel cylinder continues to work. Water boils faster at higher temperatures but food takes more time to absorb water.


  • Boil Water at 85% Capacity: The full power output of a propane stove will cause lots of heat to escape the cylinder at once. Most of that is probably just going to dissipate without having any measurable effect. When you’re boiling water or trying to heat something quickly, set the dial about 15% lower than the full setting to get it working quickly without wasting too much fuel.

Does propane go bad?

Great news if you’re worried about using your propane before it disappears: propane doesn’t expire. If your tank has been sitting somewhere dry and relatively warm through the winter, it should be alright to use it whenever you want. In fact, the propane can probably last much longer than that. Steel tanks can rust through and allow propane to leak out through the side. If a tank shows rust, don’t use it. It could also be empty due to a leak, but testing it could be dangerous if the tank isn’t completely empty.

The most important thing you can do to keep your propane audible even if it’s going to be sitting around for a little while is to make sure you use any protective cap that came with the model when it isn’t in use. Ideally, these tanks should be stored outdoors and completely away from any water that could cause rust. 

Can you refill propane tanks?

Some Coleman propane fuel cylinders and similar models from competing brands come in refillable models with a special adapter that allows them to take more propane. Even if you have a refillable tank, return it to a professional who can top it off for you. 

There are many tips and tricks on the internet for refilling a disposable propane tank. Something about the small size of these tanks makes people think it’ll be alright to doctor them. 

In some cases, that might be the case. But it’s a huge risk that’ll only save you a few bucks in the end. Plus, even if you do get the tank refilled without blowing yourself up, the law in many places makes it illegal to transport that tank on any public roadway. You’re better off with a brand new tank.

What should I do with old propane tanks?

Once the propane is out, these canisters are considered household hazardous waste and must be taken to an approved disposal center near you. A quick google search can tell you where that might be based on your location. 

Don’t ever throw these things in the trash or leave them outside anywhere. They’re still pressurized and present a danger to people. Plus, it’s a pretty large piece of trash to just leave lying around. 

How to measure how much propane is left

If you don’t know how much is left inside the canister and you really don’t want to burn the rest off, you can use one of the following tricks:


  • Weigh Your Propane Tank & An Empty One: The difference should be the weight of the remaining propane. Weigh the tank when you first get it so you can see what percentage of the full weight you have. If you don’t have an empty tank, the ‘tare weight,’ which is the weight of the tank itself, should be written on the tank or in the information pamphlet. The difference between the tare weight and what you see on the scale should be the weight of the remaining propane. 


  • Place the Tank in Water: When a full tank is in water, it sinks lower down but it still floats. You can place your tank in water and watch how it floats to gauge how much propane is left. As the water line is lower on the tank (or the tank is higher in the water, however you want to look at it) you can see your propane supply decreasing. It might not give you a precise number, but it should give you a relative indication.


Safety tips for camping with propane tanks

The main safety tips we’ve already discussed is to never, ever try to refill a disposable propane tank and don’t throw them away in the trash can. 

When you’re cooking with a small propane cooking stove, watch your sleeves, feet, sleeping bag, or anything else that might get burnt. The wind is another huge consideration. It’s probably not wise to leave a propane tank burning inside your tent unless it has the necessary safety features to do that without burning the whole place down. 

If you’re in a tent with low ventilation, you might want to use the propane tank to heat up hand warmers or just take the edge off before your body heat can warm up the inside of your sleeping bag. Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of propane tanks and without the right escape route, those fumes can have some terrible effects.

A propane camping stove in use.

Safety is important when using a portable propane tank.

Final Verdict:

Propane is a great power source for cooking, heating, or lighting your way through the backcountry. Many campers can only rely on guesswork to plan on when their propane tanks will run out, though. 

A one-pound propane tank should last for 1.5 hours of burn time. How you use the tank and the environmental conditions will affect how long this time truly is. It might be 2 hours or only one hour. 

Now that you know how you can stretch out the life of your propane tanks and how to dispose of them once the fuel has run out, you can start to enjoy coffee and hot meals on the hiking trail or at a campsite without building a fire. We recommend a trustworthy refillable one so you can create less waste. 

Bonus tip: Cook these 5 easy backpacking meal recipes on your propane stove on your next camping trip!

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Living Life on the Edge: Embracing Adrenaline-Fueled Moments



Life is an adventure, a journey filled with countless opportunities for thrill and excitement. For some, the idea of living life on the edge, embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is an exhilarating concept that fuels their passion for adventure. This article delves into the world of adrenaline-chasing, highlighting the benefits and experiences of such a lifestyle.

Kitesurfing: Riding the waves of excitement

The first step to living on the edge is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Kitesurfing, a water sport combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, and paragliding elements, is an excellent example of an adrenaline-fueled activity. The activity entails utilizing a sizable maneuverable kite to capture the force of the wind, enabling the rider to traverse the water on a board specifically designed for kiteboarding. There is nothing quite like the exhilaration of soaring through the air, feeling the breeze caress your cheeks, and mastering the art of maneuvering a kite. Kitesurfing is a remarkable adventure that captures the spirit of embracing excitement and pushing boundaries.

The psychological thrill

In addition to the excitement of the tangible experience, embracing a daring lifestyle offers a mental rush that is just as stimulating. Engaging in these activities provides an exhilarating experience that stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s innate pain relievers. This results in a profound sense of joy and an overwhelming feeling of invulnerability. The thrill of this frenzy can become habit-forming, compelling thrill-seekers to pursue fresh and increasingly demanding adventures consistently. 

The benefits of embracing the edge

Embracing a daring lifestyle goes beyond pursuing excitement; it presents many advantages. Participating in thrilling adventures can enhance physical well-being, as numerous pursuits demand robustness, stamina, and skill. Furthermore, they have the potential to enhance one’s emotional well-being by offering a means to alleviate tension and unease. Engaging in these activities demands concentration, which can effectively alleviate mental clutter, resulting in a serene state once the surge of excitement diminishes.

The balance of risk and reward

While living life on the edge can be exhilarating, it’s important to remember the balance of risk and reward. Adrenaline-fueled activities often involve a certain level of risk, and it’s essential to approach them with a healthy respect for safety. Proper training, equipment, and precautions can help mitigate these risks, allowing you to enjoy the thrill without unnecessary danger. 

Always research your activities and location. This understanding can help you decide if the risk is acceptable and if you have the skills and equipment. Check and maintain your gear, and never sacrifice safety. Finally, embracing adventure with a responsible and safety-conscious mentality lets you enjoy high-risk activities without risking injury.

Living life on the edge embracing adrenaline-fueled moments, is a lifestyle choice that offers a unique blend of thrill, excitement, and personal growth. Whether kitesurfing across the waves, scaling a mountain, or skydiving from a plane, these activities provide an escape from the mundane, a chance to challenge oneself, and an opportunity to experience life at its most vibrant. So, step out of your comfort zone, embrace the adrenaline, and start living on the edge. After all, life is not meant to be lived in the slow lane; rather, it’s about experiencing every thrilling moment it offers.

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Renewable Energy Farms That Make Beautiful Hiking Trails



Wind farms and solar panels are not just alternative means to get our natural resources. They have now combined with another industry and are making some unexpected news. 

The tourism industry has marked renewable energy farms as hiking trails, and hikers are here for it. You can read more about renewable energy sites. Although you might not think of hiking on a wind farm as beautiful as hiking along a famous mountain trail, you might just be in for a surprise. 

Let’s discuss the benefits that renewable energy farms have as hiking trails. 

Why are Renewable Energy Farms Important? 

Renewable energy farms are important for the future of civilization. These farms provide an alternative to our natural resources, such as wind and energy. 

The most important benefit of renewable energy is that it doesn’t produce any greenhouse emissions and reduces the air pollution other traditional processes create when providing natural resources. 

These farms also allow for the creation of the country’s own resources without having to import natural resources from another country and save their limited natural resources. 

Here are some of the reasons why energy farms are important: 

  • Allows for sustainable rural development 

This will allow landowners to make an extra income by generating energy. 

  • Test new technologies 

Providing the opportunity to test technologies to find new ways to create renewable energy. 

  • Improving the effect of climate change 

Climate change has left the environment filled with toxic pollutants, which has led people to become sick and breathe in harmful air. 

Renewable energy can change this by lessening the number of pollutants that are released into the atmosphere and providing much safer, cleaner, breathable air. 

  • This leads to job creation 

Job creation within the renewable energy farms industry is plentiful as there is a need for skilled workers such as construction, maintenance and manufacturing to build the necessary infrastructure that is needed to generate these wind and solar farms. 

The Benefits of Renewable Energy Farms As Hiking Trails 

Renewable energy farms have many benefits for both the environment and people who love spending their time outdoors. 

Embracing the Use of Green Technology 

Since wind farms and solar plants are located in areas that are unpopulated, they make for great hiking trails. 

By visiting these sites, people get to experience green technology, and by integrating them into recreational spaces, people can visit these sites and embrace green technology by seeing how they work and the positive effects that it has on the environment. 

The more people embrace the shift to green technology, the easier it will be to use it. 

Energy Farms Offer A Unique Experience For Visitors 

Visiting energy farms means you will have a unique experience while there. You will get to see how these large devices work and how they replace the basic resources needed to survive. 

Tours can give visitors more information on the background of the construction of devices, their environmental impact and why it is important for us to switch to sustainable energy resources. 

Visitors Get to Enjoy Natural Beauty 

The sites for these renewable energy farms are often located in areas that are surrounded by natural beauty, such as large landscapes. 

Natural pathways can be used as hiking trails without the need for carving out new roads and damaging the ecosystem. 

Visitors can even discover native plant life and explore the natural wonders that are located at these energy farms, as they are often placed where no infrastructure has been built on the property before. 

Providing Health and Wellness Benefits 

Hiking has many health benefits, such as reducing stress, improving fitness, and helping aid mental well-being. 

Energy Farms have Community Benefits and Increase the Economy 

These hiking trails can help boost economic sales, bringing tourists to the community. This will give the local people the opportunity to expand their businesses. 

This can also help increase employment within the community as these sites will be visited frequently and lead to new business openings to cater to tourists. 


Renewable energy farms greatly benefit both the economy and the people who want to spend their time on them. These farms are especially important for transitioning from natural resources to newer energy resource power plants. 

From learning how to embrace green technology to getting health and wellness benefits to enjoying nature’s natural beauty and finding job opportunities within the market. 

Spending time on these renewable energy farms can be educational and recreational for anyone who visits them. To find more renewable energy farm hiking trails, you can visit


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Top Recommendations for RV Window Maintenance



Much like other sections of your RV, the windows sometimes need a bit of maintenance. It is essential to clean off dirt and insect smudges and also make sure they are adequately sealed to avoid leaks and water harm.

If you have a broken RV window, then you may want to consult Van Isle Glass. However, if you wish to know more about simple measures to ensure your RV windows stay spotless and secure, you are in the right spot! Continue reading below.

Polish Your Windshield Using Ultra-Fine #0000 Steel Wool

Numerous RV enthusiasts have praised the use of the finest grade of steel wool #0000 for removing stubborn bugs and water marks from their windshields. Before proceeding, first test the #0000 steel wool on a small portion of your windshield. Apply it with light, circular motions. Sweep away any remaining steel wool bits with a microfiber towel. Next, spritz the surface with a residue-free glass cleaner and wipe it down with a separate cloth.

Steel wool is also great when used with a spray lubricant for cleaning tires, maintaining grills, starting campfires, and repelling mice. A gentler alternative is cleansing dish pads. These pads are versatile, suitable for cleaning various materials such as wood, porcelain, stainless steel, chrome, painted areas, and glass.

Apply a Sealant to Avoid Leaks

Silicone sealant is effective in stopping leaks in areas like your windshield, RV windows, sunroof, and vents. It penetrates tiny gaps, creating a robust waterproof barrier. Ensure the surfaces are clean before application and do not have old caulk, dirt, oil, and other residues.

Furthermore, clear away any standing water on windows to prevent hard water stains. Make sure the inside of your windows stay dry to avoid condensation and mold build-up. If there is significant condensation on your windows, consider getting a small dehumidifier.

Use Tools to Access Difficult Regions

Using cleaners with long handles can prevent you from straining to clean those distant parts of your windshield. Windshield cleaning tools often feature a lengthy, swiveling triangular head that is ideal for getting into corners and spots difficult to access manually.

Opt for a Residue-Free Glass Cleaner

A high-quality glass cleaner will maintain the clarity of your windows and windshield. A great glass cleaner performs well on both standard and tinted windows, making sure to remove streaks or leftover residue. Another option is a natural concoction of half vinegar and half water, with a touch of lemon essential oil.

Steer Clear of Cleaning RV Windows in Bright Sunlight

A sunny afternoon may feel perfect for washing your RV windows, but the warmth can speed up the drying of the cleaner, resulting in streaks or spots. It is advisable to tackle your RV window cleaning during early morning, late evening, or when stationed in a shaded area for the best outcome.


Keeping your RV windows clean and clear is not only about aesthetics, but is also vital for safety. The subtleties in cleaning, like steering clear of the sun and using the appropriate products, play a key role. Adhering to these guidelines will help you maintain a pristine view during your various journeys.

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