Using Propane for Cabins

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Propane for Cabins

For remote cabin dwellers, finding a dependable energy source can be tricky. Electric service can be unreliable and generators lack the necessary power to keep lights, heaters, ovens, etc. running at the same time.


Enter propane.


Using propane for cabins or remote homes is safe (for you and the environment)and convenient! While some folks choose to use propane as an energy backup, others have successfully used it to live 100% off the grid.



Some people may be wary about using propane due to safety concerns. However, as with any other power source, it’s perfectly safe so long as it’s used properly. For propane, this means propane tank storage should be outside and using propane appliances that ventilate to outside the cabin/home. Furthermore, it’s recommended that carbon monoxide detectors be installed in living spaces that use propane for power or heat.

Tea Kettle on gas stove


A single propane tank can effectively power everything you need for comfortable living at the cabin. It can power any home appliance or other accessories as long as the appliance is designed for propane. Propane-powered appliances include ovens, stovetops, refrigerators, freezers, clothes dryers, central heating, water heaters, outdoor grills, room heaters,  generators, and more.

How Long Does a Propane Tank Last?

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Figuring out how long a propane tank will last is pretty simple; you just need to know how many pounds or gallons of gas are in your full tank and the BTU/hr requirement of your appliance(s).


For example, 20 pounds of propane could keep a stovetop burner with a BTU of 7000/hr going on full blast for 62 hours. (20 x 21,810 BTUs=436,200 BTUs, 436,200 BTUs ÷ 7000 BTUs/hr= 62.3 hr)


It’s recommended that you use a commercial propane tank (100 lb or more) if you plan on heating and/or using multiple appliances powered by propane over an extended amount of time. Larger propane tanks will run more smoothly during temperature changes and will minimize propane tank refills, making things much easier for you.


Does propane have a freezing point?

If you’re planning on using propane as an energy source during cold winter months, this question may have crossed your mind.


Propane can freeze… at -306.4°F.


So, it’s not really something you need to worry about. You do, however, need to worry about propane’s boiling point, -43.6°F. Under this temperature, propane will stop evaporating, which means your propane tank will completely stop working. Even when cold temperatures aren’t quite that extreme, propane tanks might struggle to keep up (this is especially true with smaller tanks). Cold weather will affect the pressure of propane tanks, causing you to go through propane quickly or for your tank to become faulty. When it’s cold outside, it’s smart to keep the snow from accumulating on top of exposed propane tanks and allowing the sun to help warm them.

Propane Tank Heaters

When using propane for cabins, tank heaters are a reliable option for keeping your propane tank operating smoothly. Powerblanket offers top of the line, maintenance free gas cylinder heaters that will keep your tank running efficiently, even when ambient temperatures are less than ideal.

Powerblanket propane tank heater

If you’re looking for an effective solution to warming your cabin’s propane tanks, we recommend you check out the PBL 420, PBL 500, or PBL1k 1000. These products from the Powerblanket Lite line feature a less expensive price tag without losing much performance. Call us today at 888.316.6324 for more info. We’d love to help answer any questions you have and help you find the perfect heating solution!

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