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Unread 10-05-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Cool BBQ truck

i am just wondering if anyone knows if its possible to refill a propane vehicle from a bbq tank. i have heard it can be done but cant find anything to back it up. im looking at buying a straight propane truck and want to know what will happen if it ran out of fuel...

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Unread 10-05-2012, 04:58 AM   #2
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In theory it would. The engine would certainly run on them quite happily if you were able to hook them up. The propane forklifts I drove in high school used BBQ tanks as fuel tanks. When one ran out of fuel you just disconnected it, popped it off the back and strapped in a new one.

The hard part is transferring the fuel to the truck's tank, seeing as the fuel tank on a propane-powered pickup or van isn't the same type as what's used on a BBQ grill. You may also not get much range out of a BBQ tank.

I think the biggest decider for you is: How easy is propane to acquire? If it's super easy to get I wouldn't worry too much about it. As long as you keep an eye on the gas gauge you'll never run out, same as a gasoline version. If the fuel stations in your area don't frequently carry propane or don't want to sell that much in one go you might want to look towards a gasoline-fueled truck instead.
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ok thanks. i know where i live now (small town) there are 2 stations with propane for cars. but i might be moving up to northern alberta and dont know how far between the fill ups could be.

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