עָטִין
The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS.


Forum Portal Recipes Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Brethren Banners
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Q-talk

Notices

Q-talk *ON TOPIC ONLY* QUALITY ON TOPIC discussion of Backyard BBQ, grilling, Equipment and just outdoor cookin' in general, hints, tips, tricks & techniques, success, failures... but stay on topic. And watch for that hijacking.


Reply
Thread Tools
Unread 09-05-2011, 09:08 PM   #1
Pappy
is Blowin Smoke!
 
Pappy's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-09-11
Location: Granite City, Illinois (Near St. Louis "GO CARDS")
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default Performer owners - 20LB tank conversion problems?

Has anyone made the conversion using a 20LB propane tank instead of the 3LB disposable tank. The performer is a 2010 model. I know you can buy a hose the lets you attach the 20LB tank. I'm wondering if there are any safety issues when doing this. I would not have the tank near the kettle while grilling. Is there any problems with pressure or the flame area?
I'm curious to see you thoughts on this method.
__________________
22.5 WSM, 120 Gallon Offset, Weber Performer, IQ-110, ET-732
Pappy is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 09-05-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
colonel00
Quintessential Chatty Farker

 
Join Date: 06-03-10
Location: Shawnee, KS
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

As long as you have the proper regulator it should be fine. Is there a reason you don't want to use the smaller tanks? Harbor Freight sells an adapter to allow you to refill your small tanks from a 20lb tank.

http://www.harborfreight.com/propane...kit-45989.html

__________________
Brad
I was stripped by Guerry while he was wearing a skirt
Proud owner of the PentaZero
WWWWFBBQADD
0 out of 1 members found this post helpful

“I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
colonel00 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 09-05-2011, 09:31 PM   #3
Pappy
is Blowin Smoke!
 
Pappy's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-09-11
Location: Granite City, Illinois (Near St. Louis "GO CARDS")
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Not really. Other than I've gone through 3 tanks since I bought it about 2 months ago. I have a 20LB tank that I never use. Wally world sells the hose that hooks the 20LB tank to the spot where the 3LB tank connects.
Bigger is better, right? The American way.
__________________
22.5 WSM, 120 Gallon Offset, Weber Performer, IQ-110, ET-732
Pappy is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 09-05-2011, 11:39 PM   #4
mwmac
Take a breath!
 
Join Date: 10-13-08
Location: boise, id
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I tried a 20lb tank and the refill adapter from Harbor Freight and found it to be more trouble than it was worth to refill the bottles.(Need to turn the tank with bottle attached upside down in order to get any refill).

I got the hose to connect the tank directly to the Performer and never looked back. Only issue I had was if I turned off the tank valve between uses, I would have a problem at the next startup. Weber CS advised to leave the tank valve open all the time and to rely on the Performer valve for shutoff. Since then, never had an issue.
__________________
WSM;Guru;Red SSP;Black Performer; WGA; EZ Que;Craycort;MiniWSM;Cajun Bandit;Ribolator;Red Tpen.
mwmac is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 08-21-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
scchang
Found some matches.
 
Join Date: 08-18-12
Location: Lafayette CA
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Is there any guideline regarding how close the tank can be to the kettle? I know I could remove the pull-out charcoal bin and put the tank there, but I'd like to keep the bin. I've found that the tank fits in between the bin and the kettle towards the back (photo attached). I'm concerned that this is too close to the kettle though. Any thoughts?
Attached Images
File Type: jpeg IMG_0318.jpeg (84.7 KB, 183 views)
scchang is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 08-22-2012, 08:58 AM   #6
eribac
Knows what a fatty is.
 
eribac's Avatar
 
Join Date: 04-30-07
Location: Jordan, MN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
Not really. Other than I've gone through 3 tanks since I bought it about 2 months ago. I have a 20LB tank that I never use. Wally world sells the hose that hooks the 20LB tank to the spot where the 3LB tank connects.
Bigger is better, right? The American way.

How long are you leaving the burner on? I use my Performer at least 4 times a week, and I can go 3-4 month on one 1lb disposable tank. I leave my burner on for 3 - 5 minutes tops to start my lump.

I've thought about he hose and larger tank as well but, I like the simplicity of the one pounders.
eribac is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 08-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #7
MisterChrister
is Blowin Smoke!
 
Join Date: 04-28-12
Location: Richland Center, WI
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mwmac View Post
I tried a 20lb tank and the refill adapter from Harbor Freight and found it to be more trouble than it was worth to refill the bottles.(Need to turn the tank with bottle attached upside down in order to get any refill).

I got the hose to connect the tank directly to the Performer and never looked back. Only issue I had was if I turned off the tank valve between uses, I would have a problem at the next startup. Weber CS advised to leave the tank valve open all the time and to rely on the Performer valve for shutoff. Since then, never had an issue.
I've got a hose and regulator that are in great shape from a gasser I junked. Can I use this for a conversion? Or is there a problematic difference in the flow rate from one regulator to another?
__________________
Kettleheads Anonymous Platinum Member
MisterChrister is online now   Reply With Quote


Unread 05-14-2013, 06:36 AM   #8
El_Capitan
Is lookin for wood to cook with.

 
Join Date: 02-25-13
Location: Pembroke, Bermuda
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I use this setup. I used the coleman distribution tree. It serves 2 purposes. The first is to connect a 20 lbs tank directly to the performer. The second reason is for light, I attach a propane lantern to the top so at night I have plenty of light while grilling.

I have had zero problems using this setup for 2 years now.

http://i1318.photobucket.com/albums/...g?t=1368451046
El_Capitan is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 05-14-2013, 06:48 AM   #9
pbj
Full Fledged Farker

 
pbj's Avatar
 
Join Date: 09-03-12
Location: Hopkins, MN
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

Refilling bottles yourself CAN be dangerous. If it was me, I would get a hose with the proper regulator. Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, all have them.
http://coleman.custhelp.com/app/answ...opane-cylinder
__________________
Chargriller Pro w/SFB 3 generic digital thermometers
Maverick 732
UDS

Last edited by pbj; 05-14-2013 at 07:08 AM..
pbj is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 05-14-2013, 06:55 AM   #10
jimstocks53
On the road to being a farker
 
Join Date: 02-05-13
Location: Tyler, TX
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

The large tank is no closer to the fire than the small cylinder would be, so it should not be a safety problem. Just take extra care to make sure connections are good. I made a similar conversion for a Coleman portable gasser which we take for basecamp cooking. Beats changing little bottles in mid-cook.
jimstocks53 is offline   Reply With Quote


Unread 05-14-2013, 10:17 AM   #11
gaspipe1
Full Fledged Farker

 
gaspipe1's Avatar
 
Join Date: 05-23-11
Location: Cranford, NJ
Downloads: 0
Uploads: 0
Default

I bought the adapter hose at HD from day 1. Never had any issues, the only thing I did was add a metal hose to cover the rubber hose. I read somewhere that squirrels love to chew on it. works great, would still buy a weber chimney starter as a back up.
gaspipe1 is offline   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
performer 20LB tank conversion, problems

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Guru Owners. Ever have probe problems?? IQue not making me happy. fnbish Q-talk 29 10-12-2011 10:16 AM
propane tank grill -> smoker conversion questions... Whitfield Q-talk 15 05-17-2011 03:45 PM
New/old Weber Performer problems rw02kr43 Q-talk 20 06-10-2010 02:47 AM
Propane Tank for Performer Stainless HeSmellsLikeSmoke Q-talk 4 06-15-2007 06:28 AM

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Loading



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise v2.6.0 Beta 4 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.