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heater cooker run time....

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Hey, I bought a fishtrap Pro last year and got the heater cooker to go with it. I made the purchase towards the end of the year so I couldnt get a good idea of how much propane the heater used (Ill only be running it on low in the Pro). Im running a 20lb tank right now but it takes up too much room. I was curious what size tanks anyone might use and how long they last. Thanks.

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Running the three setting Mr heater on hi (15000 Btu I think) will burn up 20# of propane in a little less than 40 hours. So the 'Pout festival requires 3 twenties, 2 for burning and 1 for just in case.

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I use an 11lb pancake tank. It sits low and squatty. Its close to as wide as a 20lb'er, but not as tall or heavy. I get mine filled once a year. Unless you are a very frequent user for long periods of time I can't see running out of fuel being a problem. I get mine filled around Dec. 1st and weigh the tank. If it starts to get light I reweigh it to see how much fuel I've used. If you need to fill up its better to find out before a long excursion up north.

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I would estimate I get about the same, two to three hours per pound. of straight use, primarily on low...I use both a 11 or 13# tank, and one pounders....The ones are nice and compact....you can also keep a good gauge on what you have....jk

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Thanks guys. I think Im going to go with the short 11 lb. tank. If anything it will be nice for early and late ice.

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Turn,

I actually like the 5 lbs tanks better than the 11's. They are skinny and taller; therefore having a smaller footprint in your sled. I have two, for obvious reasons. I also use a 20 lber' for the times I am driving the truck out. Pair up any of these tanks (including the 11 lber') with a 6 foot hose and you have a great set up.

I love my heater/cooker; I'm actually surprised when people buy the plain sunflower. Why have the tank in the house with you? Plus it's nice to be able to warm up a pot of chili out on the ice, without any additional equipment.

TRITC

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I have an 11 lb tall tank and would not get anything else. Takes up less floor space than a 20 lb or a pancake and makes for better portability in the sled. I also run a hose from the tank outside to the heater/cooker. I use the heater/cooker year round for camping and frying fish outside in the garage rather than stinking up my house. Usually fill the 11 lb twice per season - however, I seldom fish for more than 8 hours at a time.

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Another vote for the tall 11 pounder. It fits easier in the sled amongst all the other gear. It even fits in a 5 gallon bucket.

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Hate my tall 11# would love to trade for a pancake 11#.

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hmmm... Ive never seen the tall 11 lb. tanks. How tall are they? Some say they dont like them, can I ask why? Im just looking for something that doesnt take up room in the sled. I have the hose and put the tank outside the house so it wont be taking up any room inside.

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They're as tall as a 20# tank, just smaller in diameter. I got mine at Sportsmans Warehouse last winter.

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The tall 11's are the same diameter as the 5's I believe. I still vote for the 5's. They last quite a while and if I run out I go to #2. Plus they have a small footprint and aren't real tall; I can fit them under my bench seat in the old Trap III. I usually only use these if I'm not driving out.

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    • fins_n'_feathers
      any  reports from today? we pounded through the washing machine waves all day and got nothing! Lead core,jigging, spinners haha! Ended up getting all our keepers within a mile of home when it was all over! Who else was out there? Am I the only one that did poor today?
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        The catfish have slowed down over the past few days with this cool off.  They are still around to catch.  They are hanging near structure, usually on the drop off to the channel right next to it.  They are also on the softer side of the current in holes.  It seems that longer sit times are in order this week to allow the fish to come out, find and decide to eat the bait.
        Sucker seems to be the bait of choice right now.  Frogs just have not been getting any attention.
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