Converting a Coleman Stove to Use 5 Gallon Tanks of Propane.

A Coleman Stove connected to a 5 gallon propane tank.

If you have a Coleman stove that works on the small propane canisters, you can readily adapt it to work off a five- gallon propane tank.  This lets you run your stove almost 20 times longer without refueling.  It takes a simple adapter that is sold by Coleman for $9.99.  The adapter goes between the hose and the tank.  You can also get an 8 ft hose so that your propane tank can be set further from the stove.

It is cheaper to buy your propane in the larger tanks.  The main advantage of the small tanks is ease of movement.  Personal it I have to bug out and were to take a Coleman stove, I would be leaving by vehicle and the 5-gallon propane tank would be easier to load.

Here you can see the adapter in place between the hose and the tank.

My experience with a Coleman stove has been good.  I have always found them to be reliable.  If you have multiple 5 gallon tanks stashed you could cook for quite a number of months.  Because we would use it in conjunction with a Sun Oven and a Wonder box, it is hard to give you an estimate of just how long the propane would last.

The adapter, I found it for sale on the Coleman website for $9.99







Propane is one of the easiest and safest fuels to store as long as you use some common sense and follow the rules put out by your local fire department.



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8 Responses to Converting a Coleman Stove to Use 5 Gallon Tanks of Propane.

  1. GoneWithTheWind says:

    Hmmmm! I have a motor home. The propane tank seems to have a different fill attachment then a five gallon propane tank does. It would be useful to run my propane barbecue off the motor home propane tank. Any ideas?

  2. Chuck says:

    I bought a 100 gallon propane tank from Lowes and had it filled with LP. I thought I could use same for a long while to fuel my camp stove, but found that I could buy an adapter to refill the small green bottles for my Coleman stove, lanterns, etc…. They fill due to pressure equalization. Haven’t tried yey, but thought it was a good option. I will buy the adapter to use 5 gallon tanks on my Coleman camp stove as that is an excellent option. I urge folks to look at the Rocket stoves that Howard mentioned, as well. I KNOW they work with minimal fuel and maximum efficiency.

  3. Manuel Medellin Jr says:

    Thanks for the conversion fr green bottle to 5 GALLON propane. Awe some idea as I’m trying to covert my 12 ft pop up to hardside. Any ideas?

  4. kathy says:

    Can I use a 20 lb conatiner of propane my stove coleman dosent have a hose just a metal arm with regulator
    thanks kathy

  5. JOHN CONKLIN says:

    the photo of the adapter used to connect an 5 gallon propaine tank an coleman camping stove is useful but it dose NOT tell you the part # and what hose is needed ? and if an additional regulator is needed ? its difficult to obtain everything with all of the necessary information

  6. Dave says:

    I just picked up a 5′ adapter hose that was listed as a Coleman on “that auction site”, but is marked Accuflex from Canada. Rated at 350psig and fitted with Sturgis fittings…looks to be of quality build, so I won’t complain. Screws straight into the 20 pound bottle valve and the regulator arm of the stove. Should last for several months in the field.

  7. Van says:

    How about a100 lb tank

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