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What they usually have is a either an adapter for the hose, or one of those *trees* that turn a bull tank into a series of "canister standard" connections
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In Scouting we use the 'trees' on bulk tanks to run lanterns and profane stoves. No special regulators. YMMV.
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Most Coleman brand propane lanterns have a built in regulator, so the bulk tank is okay to use. I don't know if the heater has a regulator. That could be why they don't want it hooked to a bulk tank. The small cylinders have a limited amount of vaporizing liquid surface in the fuel in them, since the cylinder is only about 4" diameter. A 20 pound, or five gallon tank has a much larger vaporizing liquid surface, so maybe that has something to do with using only the small cylinders in the heater. That is, if the heaters actually don't have a regulator built in.
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On the heater it could also be a matter of run time? Could be that running it for hours on end off of a 20lb tank is too much for it?
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Anything that will run off the small cylinders should be fine on a bulk tank as Dean said the only difference is a larger surface area and capacity allows the bulk tank to provide more BTUs to devices that need it. So unless you are exceeding the BTU capacity of the small cylinder, the pressure will be the same as the bulk tank for a given ambient temp..That being said if you have a device that specifically says not to use a bulk tank, then I wouldn't.

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JAMES1095: THE GUYS AT MY LOCAL propane distributor told me exactly what you said. Also there is a reduction in pressure when the flow is physically reduced through the, say add-on propane convertor for a coleman liquid fuel stove, and that was the sufficient way to reduce need for a 'regulator'! Sounds accurate to me...I hope!
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Rattlebone54 wrote: JAMES1095: THE GUYS AT MY LOCAL propane distributor told me......
........Sounds accurate to me...I hope!
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But the guys who engineered and manufactured this heater said:
Henryseale wrote: (I see) a notice on the heater saying not to hook to bulk tanks..
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