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Equipment Review: Coleman 30-inch Propane Distribution Tree

91SkmQ+946L._SL1500_It was the year of propane accessories. This one was the Coleman 30-inch Propane Distribution Tree. If only we were in Texas, we would have bought from Hank Hill. But instead, we bought from Pittsburgh’s very own Dick’s Sporting Goods, since they are only up the street.

When we first connected the pole to the propane tank, both my husband and I thought it would be taller. Remember, 30-inches is under 3 feet. With the height of the tank added, most people are still looking a bit down at the lantern on top. However, the Coleman gas lanterns (which we’ve used for many years with the small propane tanks) give off nice light, so we thought it would work fine. Also, on first connection, the gas takes a bit to push out the air in the post. It will sound like it is flowing, but wait for the smell. Turn it off for a few minutes for safety and then light. Don’t risk an explosion if too much gas has built up in the lantern before you smelled it and turned it off.

The post has a distribution system so you can use other propane devices such as the cook stove at the same time. The hose to connect these is not included! You will need to buy that separately.

Thanks to Amazon reviewer Jester64 for recommending that the valves be dried after each use. It makes perfect sense that rust could be a problem, as the condensation can really build up.

You can also find the Coleman 30-Inch Propane Distribution Tree on Amazon. This may be a good item to add to your camping kit if you already have large propane tanks available and need a source of light.

Our take:

Since we bought this in 2016, we have since stopped using it, as the plethora of LED lanterns out now are easier, safer and no longer eat batteries the way old ones did. It just didn’t makes sense to continue its use. Now we keep our propane attached to CampChef tucked under its cover and don’t need to move it to add the light. We’ll look at a few of our favorite lanterns in an upcoming post.

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The Drinking Water Problem

Let me start by saying we don’t use our sink in the A-liner. It is small and since we live in a climate the freezes, we don’t find it worth the extra work it takes to drain in for the off-season. For clean water, we look elsewhere.

In the past, we would stock up on gallon-sized jugs of water from Costco before camping to ensure that we would have clean water for just about everything, from filling the dogs’ water bowls to cleaning dishes. These took up considerable space in the vehicle and also created bulky trash. But you need clean water.

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Continue reading “The Drinking Water Problem”

Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning

We love to hike and to photograph nature on those hikes. I picked up two books that I am using for planning our 2013 trips. Continue reading “Two Books for Summer Camp and Hike Planning”

Equipment Review: SunRight Gas-Fired Infra-Red Tank Top Heater

By Mr. Heater

After looking at the weather forecast for the week before our last camping trip, we thought the evening would be a bit cold in the screenhouse while we played games (something we do for hours on every camping trip). We like to sit outside late and don’t want the temperature to force us into the Aliner. Continue reading “Equipment Review: SunRight Gas-Fired Infra-Red Tank Top Heater”

Equipment Review: Mountain Pie Iron

Mountain Pie Iron, C. Palmer Mfg.

We have used many, many different mountain pie makers – double ones, fluted ones, round ones, and we were recently even gifted with a panini maker one. For awhile, we took them all to camp to keep everyone cooking. But, we noticed that people would wait to use a certain one (or two, because we had two of the same model). And, they were our favorites as well. Continue reading “Equipment Review: Mountain Pie Iron”

“A” IS FOR ALINER

Columbia Northwest Aliner Classic

Well, we did it. We took a step towards organized camping by investing in a camper. After years of tent camping, we were reached a point where we wished we could go more often, but knew it was just not possible because it was just too much work. As two busy people with full-time jobs, a house, and just life in general, the process of cleaning-packing-camping-packing-cleaning-packing again, was just too much. We seemed to always have rain and when you have rain, you have to let things dry out, which can add another week of work before you can go back to life before camping. Continue reading ““A” IS FOR ALINER”

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