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Unread 03-19-2012, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Fuel bill for gas steam table?

I am thinking about adding a 4 bay lp gas steam table to my vending trailer. I am wondering if anyone can give me an idea of how much gas I would use if all 4 bays were lit per hour? When I vend on Saturdays I am usually open for about 4 to 6 hours. I am currently using crock pots and I hate it. This was all I could afford when I went in business and I am ready for an upgrade but electric over gas is not an option as I would not be able to power it.

Maybe some kinda idea what I would use based on above would help. Thanks
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Unread 03-19-2012, 07:32 PM   #2
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I don't know the consumption but your quality over the CP will be a nice upgrade.
Things to think about is the extra amount of water you'll need to fill the bays.
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I used a 4 bay propane table at a market I did. For the water, I used to fill one of my cambro coffee holder/dispensers and filled it with hot water at home. When I got to the market I filled the bays from it. Sorry, I never did figure out how much propane I used during my 5 hours of use each Saturday. It sure was a lot nicer using it compared to the 3 or 4 chaffers and 6-8 cans of fuel. Although I think they make 6 hour ones, I always used the 2 hr ones.
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Thanks guys, good points with the water. Most places I am at I do have access to water inside the building so I would not have to use my 21 gallon supply. That is on my upgrade list for this winter.
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I used one for years they sip fule.
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Would a 30lbs gas cylinder be sufficient to run a 4 bay unit?
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