Low Pressure Propane Camp Stove

Low Pressure Propane Camp Stove

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Low Pressure Propane Camp Stove

Your RV carries a large amount of propane in its tanks, so why should your stove be limited to those small tanks that screw on the back?

The problem with connecting most stoves directly to your RV is they require full tank pressure and your RV system is regulated down to a low pressure.  This can be solved in two ways:

  1. Use a low-pressure camp stove designed for RV pressures.
  2. Install a kit to convert a standard stove to operate on a low-pressure system.

Let’s look at examples of both options and then I will explain in more detail the different pressures used for propane stoves and which ones will work with your RV.

Top pick for Low Pressure Propane Camp Stove with RV Quick Connect

If you want to get straight to the point, my top pick for a camp stove that will connect to your RV’s low pressure quick connect, it’s the Camp Chef Pro 60x Stove with the Camp Chef RV Connection Hose.  For more options and information on low pressure stoves read on, otherwise use the links above to get right over to Amazon.

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Camp Stoves for Low Pressure RV Systems

This type of stove is designed to work directly with your RV.  Many of them already have a quick disconnect fitting so you your RV came from the factory prepped for an outside stove or grill you can plug it right in.

Low Pressure Camp Stoves with Built-in RV Quick Connect

This is the easiest option, simply purchase the correct stove, plug it in and start cooking.

Coleman NXT Voyager Tabletop Grill

The Coleman NXT Voyager is a single burner tabletop grill that comes with a 10 foot long quick connect hose.  This small single burner model is only good for 1 or 2 people.  Unless a small size is your main concern, I suggest moving on to the larger Camp Chef models below.  The NXT Voyager is uses Coleman’s Swaptop so it can function as a grill, stove or griddle, making it. The included top can be used as a grill or stove.

Coleman NXT Voyager Specs:

  • 168 square inches cooking space
  • 8,500 BTU burner (single burner)
  • Built-in igniter
  • 10 foot quick connect hose
  • Swaptop grill, stove and griddle inserts can be used
  • Tabeltop design with short legs

Click here to check current pricing on Amazon for the NXT Voyager Tabletop Grill

Low-Pressure Camp Stove with RV Quick Connect Accessory

There are several camp stoves that come with connections for propane bottles or stoves, but have accessory hoses that can be used for your RV quick connect fitting.  Camp Chef has several models that would work.  I have used a couple different Camp Chef stoves and have been happy with the performance of all of them.

I am going to share 2 of my favorite Camp Chef stoves, one table top model and a larger freestanding model.  With ether of these models you just need the Camp Chef RV Connection Hose.  This hose is 12 feet long with 1 end threaded to match the stove and the other end has the quick connect.

Camp Chef Ranger Tabletop 2-burner Stove

This table top stove has twice the number of burners and twice the btu output per burner compared to the Coleman NXT.  The Ranger is still rather compact measuring 20.5” wide, 5.5” tall and 14.5” deep.  Unlike the other 2 stoves I am recommending this one doesn’t have any options to convert to a grill or griddle.  A 3 burner version of this stove is also available.

Camp Chef Ranger 2 Specs

  • 243.75 square inche cooking space
  • 17,000 btu per burner (2 burners)
  • Built in igniter
  • 5ft hose with regulator (accessory hose needed for quick connect)
  • Tabletop design

Click here to check current pricing for the Camp Chef Ranger 2 Stove on Amazon

Camp Chef Pro 60x 2-burner Camp Stove (Top Pick)

I consider this one of the best camps stoves out there.  This stove has almost double the power of the Ranger at 30,000 btu per burner.  It is also compatible with Camp Chef’s 14” stove accessories meaning you can swap in a grill box, griddle or even a pizza oven.  Check out my best grill / stove combo article for more information on the camp chef accessories.

One of my favorite things about the Camp Chef Pro series stoves is that the legs fold up, the covers flip out to make side tables and they include a windscreen that covers 3 sides of the stove.

This is the stove my father uses and the one I would get if I decide to get something more powerful than the built-in stove in my outdoor kitchen.

One downside to this stove is that it’s large and heavy weighing almost 50 lbs.  If you want the same powerful burners in a smaller package, consider the Explorer stove.  It lacks the folding legs and side tables but still has the same burners and accessory options and only weighs 36 lbs.  It’s also about 1/2 the price making it nice budget option.

Camp Chef Pro 60X Propane Stove
Camp Chef Pro 60X Propane Stove

Camp Chef Pro 60x Specs:

  • 448 square inch cooking space
  • 30,000 btu per burner (2 burners)
  • Built-in igniter
  • 3ft hose with regulator (accessory hose needed for quick connect)
  • Freestanding with folding legs and side tables
  • Compatible with Camp Chef 14” accessories

Click here to check pricing on Amazon for the Camp Chef Pro 60x stove

How to Convert you Camp Stove to RV Quick Connect

If you already have a camp stove that you like, you may be able to convert it to work with you RV quick connect.  In this section I’ll explain how to convert 2 of the most popular portable stoves, the Colman Sidekick and the Weber Q.

How to Connect a Coleman Roadtrip Stove to RV Quick Connect

If you have a Roadtrip grill you can easily convert it.  Torjik makes a conversion kit that replaces the regulator and canister connection on the roadtrip with a quick disconnect hose.  The new Converta C Gen 2 kit doesn’t even require any tools.

Click here to check out the Torjik kit Coleman Roadtrip kit on ebay

How to Connect A Weber Q to RV Quick Connect

Torjik makes a kit for the Weber Q as well.  The Converta Q kit has everything you need to convert your Weber Q to work with your RV’s quick connect.  The kit includes an 8 ft hose and all the fittings you will need.  It even includes pipe sealant and leak detector.

Click here to check out the Weber Q conversion kit on ebay

How to connect a Blackstone Stove to RV Quick Connect

Torjik makes the Converta B kit to allow you to connect a Blackstone camp stove directly to your RV.  Like the other kits you remove the existing line and regulator and replace it with the parts in the Converta B kit.

Click here to check out the Blackstone conversion kit on ebay

Some Stoves Can Not be Converted

Not all stoves use 0.5 psi regulators, while most propane appliances are designed for a pressure between 10.5-11 inches of water column or about 0.5 psi some use a higher pressure.  Many Coleman and similar camp stoves operate around 15 psi.  This higher pressure allows them to create more BTUs and work in windy conditions that would blow out the flame on other stoves.  The stoves I recommended earlier in this article will work with 0.5 psi systems, for other stoves it may be difficult to determine if they use “low” or “high” pressure regulators.  If you have a different stove or are looking for a new stove, try and read all the specs or contact the manufacturer to find out the operating pressure is.

Why do RV’s have low pressure propane lines?

Propane tanks used for BBQ Grills and RVs store liquid propane between 100-200 psi.  The high pressure keeps propane in a liquid state and allows you to store more propane in a small space.  When you connect a tank to your appliance and turn it on the pressure allows the propane to come out.  The propane that flows out of the tank changes from a liquid to a gas and that is what you burn.

If the propane flowed all the way to the burner of a stove at 100 psi it would exit the burner at a much higher rate creating a bigger flame and using your propane very fast.  To get the propane down to a usable pressure, a regulator is installed near the tank.  On RVs the regulator reduces the pressure down to about 0.5 psi.  This is the pressure at your RV’s quick connect fitting.

Since most stoves and grills are designed to connect directly to a propane bottle or tank, they also have a regulator.  Sometimes the regulator is built into the appliance and sometimes it is on the end of the hose that connects to the tank.  If you connect a line designed for a tank to your RV’s quick connect you will be restricting the propane again.  This cuts the flow down to a point where the burner either cant stay lit, or produces very little heat.

One other option: High-Pressure Propane line

One last option is to supply the full tank pressure directly to your stove and use the stove’s regulator.  I do not recommend using this method if you plan to do the work yourself.  Hire a qualified gas plumber or take your RV to a service center to have the work done.

To do this you will need to connect a tee between your RV’s propane tank and regulator.  Then run a line from the tee to a quick connect fitting anywhere you choose.  With this option you can use any stove you want.  You will need to make sure there is a regulator either built into the stove or in the line you connect between the quick connect and the stove.

One thing to keep in mind is if your RV has 2 tanks the new line will only be supplied by one of tanks.  This method also means modifying your RV’s propane system.  Most likely that will void the warranty and if your connections aren’t made properly you could create a dangerous propane leak.

Wrap up

By now you should have realized that carrying those little propane bottles or a spare 20 lb tank are only a few of your options.  If you want to power your camp stove directly from you RV you have several great stoves to choose from or you may be able to convert you existing stove.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article, I hope you found it informative.   If you have any questions or what to share which stove you are using leave a comment below.

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7 thoughts on “Low Pressure Propane Camp Stove”

  1. Informative article. Thank you. I have been trying to decide on a small, good quality grill that can double as a deck unit or a travel unit with my RV. The above was helpful.

  2. Good write up. I used another option, basically, buying a tee from Torjik, and an 8ft hose. I put the tee on the existing quick connect running to the rear near the outdoor kitchen, now I can connect my Coleman Road trip with regulator, and the stove that’s built in to the Cougar outdoor kitchen. Do you see any issues doing it like this? I thought doing it this way, I would not need to modify the gas line (especially for the auto changeover system).

    1. Todd, The only potential issue I see is that the road trip grill has a regulator built in that may cause too much of a pressure drop with the low pressure system already on the Cougar.

  3. Wished I had seen your website sooner. I tried every thing to get my Coleman stove to work off the low pressure Quick connect from my RV. Now I know why it won’t work. The RV regulator is way lower pressure then the Coleman camp stove requires. I had the regulator and every removed and still very low flame at the burner. Thank you very much for the info.

    1. Hi Pete…
      I’m looking at a similar issue with my Coleman Grill. Which Coleman grill or stove did you determine wouldn’t work?
      Thanks – Michael

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