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Frequently Asked Questions about the Little Kamper


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Little Kamper zero-waste propane tank exchange
Why should I pay more for a propane tank?

Quite simply, because our parks and campgrounds are getting stuck with paying the disposal cost of discarded propane tanks. When you use Little Kamper propane tank exchange, you’ll help reduce the tank waste left in our campgrounds and parks. Just like you should reuse a water bottle instead of throwing away plastic water bottles, our reuse program reduces waste.

Where can I buy or exchange Little Kampers?

At your local authorized Little Kamper retail partner. We have a growing list of retail partners, including the following;     

Scarborough Ace Hardware in Scotts Valley, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Carmel, and Carmel Valley.                         

Bill’s Ace Hardware in Pleasant Hill, Concord, and Martinez.                               

Hassett Ace Hardware in Palo Alto.

How much does a Little Kamper cost?


The purchase and exchange prices of pre-filled Little Kampers will depend on the location. Call or visit your local Little Kamper retailer for pricing information. Just like with your 20lb propane tank for your backyard BBQ, your exchange price is lower because you are returning an empty cylinder.  

KEY FACT – the Little Kamper program includes the cost of transporting the cylinders to and from the stores where they are sold and exchanged. This makes an exchange tank cost more than a disposable tank HOWEVER there is no waste or recycling cost with the Little Kamper.

The value of our solution is that we create no pollution! 

How do I know the Little Kamper will work on my propane stove / BBQ / lantern / heater / etc?

The key is what kind of cylinder do you use for the appliance. 1lb propane tanks are all made with the same size external valve threads so if your device attaches to a 1lb propane tank, it will attach to a Little Kamper. Little Kamper propane tanks are not compatible with backpacking stoves that use butane or isobutane fuel canisters (like Primus, JetBoil and MSR stoves).

How many times can a Little Kamper be reused?


First of all, don’t worry about it – that’s our problem. We retire old cylinders when you exchange them so you won’t get stuck with aged-out tank.  

Having said that, the Little Kamper is DOT certified for a 12 year service period from the date of manufacturing. Unless the tank is subject to unusual wear and tear, there is no limit to the number of times it can be re-used in that period. If you buy 2 Little Kampers and use them 5 times a year for 10 years, you’ll get 49 refills out of each. That’s a lot of tanks that won’t be ending up in a landfill or left in a park!

May I refill the tank myself?

You may not. These tanks are DOT certified for refilling by trained and certified propane professionals. The professional refilling process also requires the use of a proprietary refill valve that CANNOT be connected to a 20lb propane cylinder. Please be aware that the correct process for filling Little Kamper cylinders requires training to comply with the National Fire Protection Association Code (specifically NFPA 58). This training requirement cannot be fulfilled by watching Internet videos.

Disposable 1lb propane tanks are designed to be used once and thrown away (hence the term “disposable”). There are equipment manufacturers who sell refill adapters that are designed to refill these disposable tanks. What these manufacturers don’t explain is that the 1lb disposable propane cylinder is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (or DOT) as a single-use container. If you refill a disposable 1lb cylinder, you are violating the terms of the DOT certification and the cylinder is no longer legal to transport on public roadways in the U.S. There are HUGE fines associated with this practice.

May I buy a Little Kamper refill valve?

We do not offer the equipment required to refill a Little Kamper for retail sale. Dispensing propane is hazardous and we only allow trained employees to handle that process. The cost of Little Kamper exchange is deliberately set at an affordable price so that you can save on propane and avoid the hazards of dispensing gas. Leave that to the trained professionals.

Can I become a Little Kamper retailer?

YES! We are actively recruiting retailers to become a part of our program. If your customers are interested in green products or they frequently purchase 1lb propane tanks you need to join our retailer program!

For more information about becoming a Little Kamper retailer, use the attached contact form.