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FlameKing 1lb Refillable Tanks – Do they exist anymore?

  • JoeMX1825
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    MN
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    #2159980

    I had a Menards order for 3 tanks ($16 each) since June (I forgot I even had the order and canceled it yesterday). Menards looked it up and their last received shipment of them was back in January!
    Looking them up online the only place to buy them is private sellers who of course jacked the price over $50 per tank… Even FlameKing’s official Amazon store sells them for $50 each!
    Whats the deal? There’s no way covid distribution problems last an entire year for a single shipment?!?

    Coletrain27
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    #2159982

    They have been impossible to find. I got lucky and found 6 on the shelf at my local menards last year

    vinella
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    #2159984

    Check Scheels and Runnings websites frequently. I ordered and received 3 from Scheels 2 weeks ago.

    JoeMX1825
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    MN
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    #2159987

    Check Scheels and Runnings websites frequently. I ordered and received 3 from Scheels 2 weeks ago.

    will do!

    gonehunting
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    #2159992

    I also got 6 of them about a month ago at runnings for $18.99 each

    Erik Swenson
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    #2160044

    Can confirm both Scheels and Runnings have them.

    Runnings $18.99 and Scheels $19.99, but if you are having shipped Scheels cheaper with free shipping.

    Thank you bringing up the thread!

    deertracker
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    #2160071

    I jumped on both websites after seeing this thread. Scheels wouldn’t let me order but allowed an email sign up notification for when they were back in stock. Runnings had them in stock. Got an email this morning from Runnings saying my order already shipped.
    DT

    Erik Swenson
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    #2160158

    I jumped on both websites after seeing this thread. Scheels wouldn’t let me order but allowed an email sign up notification for when they were back in stock. Runnings had them in stock. Got an email this morning from Runnings saying my order already shipped.
    DT

    Aw man! Sorry dt. I only ordered 4… doah

    deertracker
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    #2160191

    I ordered 4 myself. Maybe should have gotten a few more. grin

    How is everyone filling these? Are you buying their refill kit or just the regular adapter from Mr. Heater?
    DT

    Coletrain27
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    #2160195

    I ordered 4 myself. Maybe should have gotten a few more. grin

    How is everyone filling these? Are you buying their refill kit or just the regular adapter from Mr. Heater?
    DT

    ive got the flame kit refill tool and it works great.

    Erik Swenson
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    #2160342

    I’ve had the kit for a few years now. Reminds me I need to refill the 20# tank soon too.

    deertracker
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    #2160416

    Look what showed up already. woot
    DT

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    Coletrain27
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    #2160449

    Nice find. You will like them

    chuck100
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    Platteville,Wi.
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    #2160562

    Anybody check Marine General?

    James Almquist
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    #2160565

    Anybody check Marine General?

    Online it says Out of stock

    Darn tanks are becoming the new gold standard. Scarce and worth a lot if you can find them. Glad I bought the kit and 6 tanks a few years ago.

    Huntindave
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    Shell Rock Iowa
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    #2160583

    I jumped on both websites after seeing this thread. Scheels wouldn’t let me order but allowed an email sign up notification for when they were back in stock. Runnings had them in stock. Got an email this morning from Runnings saying my order already shipped.
    DT

    Runnings won’t let me order more than 1 cylinder.

    KPE
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    River Falls, WI
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    #2160719

    Are they that good? I refill the regular 1 pounders for maybe 2 years or so until they get way too beat up then recycle them and grab new ones. Feels like I get my money’s worth anyway

    KPE
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    River Falls, WI
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    #2160720

    LOL Walmart has them online for $96 a pop. No thanks

    Erik Swenson
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    #2160725

    Are they that good? I refill the regular 1 pounders for maybe 2 years or so until they get way too beat up then recycle them and grab new ones. Feels like I get my money’s worth anyway

    They’re the only legal ones available and quite a bit safer than what you’re doing, but not worth $100 each to your point.

    deertracker
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    #2160777

    I paid $18.99 each.
    DT

    Tlazer
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    #2162895

    On the other post for these I posted that Scheel’s has these available now. Selling at $19.99 and limit of 5 per order.

    JoeMX1825
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    MN
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    #2162897

    yep, i finally placed my order for 3, free shipping is nice

    TheFamousGrouse
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    St. Paul, MN
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    #2162902

    To the guys actually using these Flame King cylinders, do they take on what you’d consider a fill that’s equal to what you get in a disposable cylinder?

    My father insists on refilling the disposo cylinders and I’m always throwing the damn things out of the blinds and deer stands because there is always a leaky one in the batch stinking up the place. Not to mention the obvious safety issues.

    I’d get him a couple of these refillable ones, but the other issue I have is can they be filled as full? I notice the refills dad does don’t seem to last as long.

    KPE
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    River Falls, WI
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    #2162903

    They’re the only legal ones available and quite a bit safer than what you’re doing, but not worth $100 each to your point.

    Legal? Imagine getting cited for refilling a propane tank. Now safer- yeah probably. I did have a one pounder blow propane everywhere because the check valve got stuck open when I unscrewed it from a stove. I take accountability for that one because it was rusty as hell and shouldn’t have been refilled I was just being cheap. That tank was probably 4 years old. I scrapped all my tanks and bought 8 new ones this year so those should last the next 2 years or so, depending.

    The best thing, IMO, is running a 5 or 10 lbs tank. They’re much lighter than 20 pounders, and can be refilled at tractor supply or anywhere that fills tanks. Perfect setup for ice drinking.

    CaptainMusky
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    #2162907

    Late to the party, but thanks for the head’s up. I ordered 5 tanks and then ordered the refill kit with an additional tank from another site. It didnt say it was on backorder so hopefully I get it soon. Much more convenient to use 1# tanks in the buddy than to lug a tank along. Although I do have 2 5# and an 8# tank now which is nice.

    CaptainMusky
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    #2162909

    SCORE! The local ACE hardware had a kit in stock so I am going to pick it up. Mimbach Fleet in Sauk Rapids.

    JoeMX1825
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    #2162911

    To the guys actually using these Flame King cylinders, do they take on what you’d consider a fill that’s equal to what you get in a disposable cylinder?

    if you put them in a freezer for an hour beforehand they get pretty close to full, probably 90-95%, without freezing them I beleive they get to 80-85% full, not a big deal imo when you have a couple of them…

    I’ll weigh a unused Coleman vs a filled Flame-King and let you know…

    The FlameKing main selling point is they have a reusable pressure relief valve that lets you know when they are full vs guessing on a normal 1lb tank…

    Erik Swenson
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    #2162912

    Legal? Imagine getting cited for refilling a propane tank. Now safer- yeah probably. I did have a one pounder blow propane everywhere because the check valve got stuck open when I unscrewed it from a stove. I take accountability for that one because it was rusty as hell and shouldn’t have been refilled I was just being cheap. That tank was probably 4 years old. I scrapped all my tanks and bought 8 new ones this year so those should last the next 2 years or so, depending.

    I believe it is unlawful to transport refilled, disposable propane cylinders yes. I don’t know how a LEO could tell if decided to check though.

    To the guys actually using these Flame King cylinders, do they take on what you’d consider a fill that’s equal to what you get in a disposable cylinder?

    Grouse, you are able to get them to the 80% or so that they are supposed to be filled to. They have an overfill valve that you close when it starts spitting. Tanks last every bit as long if not longer.

    3Rivers
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    #2162917

    I have used these extensively and currently have 6. Each one has been refilled probably 50 times over the past 4 years. I finally did have a couple that started leak a bit last year (while I was filling). Flame King sent me a couple of O-Ring repair kits and was a simple 5 min fix.

    One of the best things I’ve bought really. The Big Buddy Heater seems much more reliable running on 2 1lbers than a 20lber too. Yes, it’s not ideal for overnighters or long weekends vs a 20lber though.

    Yes they do fill full every single time and can be topped off before they are empty as well. I can be confident that I always have 6 pounds of propane for every trip out and not having to guess.

    tswoboda
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    #2162926

    I believe it is unlawful to transport refilled, disposable propane cylinders yes. I don’t know how a LEO could tell if decided to check though.

    Yeah that’s the point, I can’t imagine any officer asking if your 1 lb propane canisters have been refilled. And even if they asked, how could they tell? To be clear I think the flame-kings are the obvious way to go for safety, it just seems so silly when someone brings up the disposables can’t legally be refilled and transported.

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