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Store Locations

Available at all Kamps Propane Retail Stores

16025 El Capitan Way
Delhi, CA 95315

Phone: (209) 656-0854
10389 Avenue 416
Dinuba, CA 93618

Phone: (559) 591-4972
3664 Depot Rd
Hayward, CA 94545

Phone: (510) 785-5132
1929 Moffat Blvd.
Manteca, CA 95336-9702

Phone: (209) 823-7641
22479 Hwy 88
Pioneer, CA 95666

Phone: (209) 296-5544
3275 Bradley Drive
Placerville, CA 95667

Phone: (530) 642-0140
1000 Olive St.
Ramona, CA 92065

Phone: (760) 789-7079
7459 Reese Rd.
Sacramento, CA 95828

Phone: (916) 387-6591
San Diego
16245 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901

Phone: (619) 390-6304
18877 Microtronics Way
Sonora, CA 95370

Phone: (209) 532-6638
Walnut Grove
14170 State Highway 160
Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Phone: (916) 776-4427

Buying Refillable 1lb Propane Cylinders

If you are about to purchase outdoor cooking equipment that runs on propane, welcome to the world of 1lb propane cylinders. You should know a few things about your equipment, the fuel you are going to use and the choices in front of you before you proceed. The more you know, the happier you will be in the long run.

The appliances have different fuel supply needs and their consumption rates (in BTU’s per hour) will tell you how much fuel you will need to run the appliance.

  • There are 91,500 BTU’s in a gallon of propane.
  • There are 22,000 BTU’s in a pound of propane.
  • Small camp stoves will typically consume around 10,000 BTU’s/hour per burner on their high setting.
  • Large camp stoves can easily use 50,000 BTU’s/hour per burner on their high setting.
  • Lanterns typically use between 2,000 – 5,000 BTU’s/hour depending on the setting.

Smaller appliances are typically set up to run on 1lb propane tanks through a threaded connection that connects the tank to the appliance through a pressure regulator. Small appliance users will typically have three 1# tanks on hand for a weekend trip with 4 hot meals planned.

Larger appliances are connected through a supply hose with a built in pressure regulator to a tank with a shut-off valve. These tanks vary in size from 2 gallons (10#) to 5 gallons (20#) to 7 gallons (30#) and they are refillable. Large appliance users will typically have a full 20# cylinder on hand for a weekend with trip with 4 hot meals planned.

The smaller appliances are perfect for small group camping trips, picnics and tailgate parties where 4-8 people are served. The 1lb tanks are easy to pack and use and the appliances are user-friendly. Multiple 1lb tanks are advised for users of these appliances to prevent running out of fuel.

The larger appliances are better for bigger groups and situations where portability is less of a concern. The larger tanks are inexpensive to refill and can supply gas for a longer usage period.


Let’s Start With The Basics

Propane is a terrific choice for cooking outdoors. It’s clean burning so you can use it in a BBQ (unlike white gas). It heats evenly so you can count on it for cooking great meals (sorry charcoal). It’s stable so you can store it (safely) from one year to the next without any problems.

Propane has two small issues as a cooking fuel.

  • It requires a certified container (most often steel) which means it’s not backpack-friendly.
  • The retail cost of a 1lb disposable cylinder fluctuates between cheap ($2.50) and not ($7.00+).

On the plus side, here’s what you need to know.

Most of the camping equipment sold in the U.S. is designed to be fueled with a 1lb propane cylinder. The 16oz propane tank contains 21,622 BTU’s of heat energy. That’s important to know because when you select a device (BBQ, camp stove, lantern, etc.) it will have a rating for BTU consumption. That number represents the amount of energy it takes to run the appliance (at full power) for one hour.

Here are some typical devices and their average operating ranges (BTU/hr).

BBQ (tabletop) 6,500 – 22,000 per hour – the larger versions should really use 10# or 20# LP tanks.

Camp stove (per burner) 10,000 – 17,000 per hour – typically figure on 2 meals per 1lb tank.

Lantern (800 lumen) 3,000 per hour – you can run your lantern for 6-7 hours per 1lb tank.


Look at your appliances, plan your meals and you’ll know how many 1lb propane cylinders to bring!

The 1lb Disposable Propane Cylinder Problem

Americans purchase millions (!) of 1lb single-use propane cylinders every year. They are super-convenient and can be found on sale at very attractive prices. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that many of those disposable propane cylinders are not properly recycled. In many cases they are thrown away at campgrounds, parks or recreation facilities. The consequence is that those steel containers become a REALLY BIG PROBLEM for the folks who manage our parks and recreation facilities. They are often thrown into garbage cans and dumpsters. Safely recycling them requires special handling to determine if the cylinder has no more liquid propane prior to ventilating and crushing the tank. Disposable propane tanks that are thrown away as trash must be handled as hazardous waste and become a financial burden for our recreation destinations.

The fuel is not the problem. Propane is an environmentally-friendly, clean-burning alternative fuel. The big issue is the packaging – steel containers are recyclable but propane cylinders require careful processing in order to safely prepare them for recycling. The Little Kamper refillable propane cylinder solves this problem because it can be re-used many times before it requires recycling. Re-using the cylinder reduces the waste associated with 1lb disposable propane cylinders which lowers the cost of the fuel and helps the environment.

Along comes the Little Kamper

The Little Kamper is the intelligent alternative to the disposable 1lb propane tank.

  • It’s safe – ASME and DOT certified as a refillable propane cylinder. It’s made to be re-used.
  • It’s affordable – The Little Kamper is cheaper than disposable tanks (when re-used)
  • It’s green – re-using steel cylinders is the bright (smart) green (earth-friendly) solution.

If you use 5 or more camp cylinders a year, the Little Kamper pays for itself and over the course of the years you use it, it will save you the cost of many meals worth of propane while reducing cylinder disposal. Buy two or three and you’ll never regret the choice to save money and reduce pollution.

The Little Kamper is available at Kamps Propane offices throughout California. The Little Kamper is sold pre-filled and ready to use. When you empty the cylinder, you bring it back for an inexpensive and convenient exchange. No garbage in the parks. No hazardous waste to dispose.

Become a part of the next generation of camp cooks and tailgate party chefs who choose to re-use.


Show your love for the outdoors by choosing the bright green solution for cooking outdoors!