Going to disconnect my big tank and use a smaller tank for stove only

Hi I found out that my big belly tank is leaking. since we don't use propane for the fridge or the heater I would like to disconnect that big tank and remove it and install a small tank (like the ones used on grills) in my bathroom closet and plumb it up to the stove. Should I use use the regulator from the old tank or should I just replace it with one made for a grill?

Has anyone ever done this before?

Thanks Nick

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I am not a gas expert, but I'd want all new lines and regulator.  Also "they" recommend not bringing tanks indoors or installing in closed areas.  If you do this (instead of mounting on a tongue or wherever), be sure to triple check for leaks and recheck frequently.  (Probably an official service place would rec against  putting it inside)


Hi I have plumbed up gas and propane before always check fittings with soapy water for leaks. Going to use all new copper line it is a short distance to run to the stove. But was more concerned about the regulator.

Thanks Nick

Can you use a small tank on it's side? if so I could place it outside.Don't really want to mount it on the rear bumper in case of a tail end wreck.


When we were parked "permanently" for a year or so while living in our rig, we disconnected the big tank and used BBQ cylinders so we did not have to fire up and move just to fill our tank.  We used new regs. and hoses and kept the tanks outside. I think longer hoses or copper would be preferable to keeping the tank inside.  Hubby works for a propane company and he thinks it is not a great idea.  Either way, make sure you have a working LP detector.  

The quick answer is NO!!!!! Don't do it!  You are looking at several very dangerous possibilities.

1.  Propane tanks should never be used inside.  Changes in temperature cause propane vapor to vent releasing explosive gas.

2.  BBQ propane tanks are made to stand upright ONLY!  Laying a propane tank on its side may allow liquid propane to escape causing another explosive possibility.

3.  RVs require a two-stage regulator, not a single stage BBQ regulator.


Okay Folks guess I am gonna have to rethink this one ! Thanks  to everyone




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