Portable grills and other small propane-powered devices we use most of the time come with small 1 lb gas tanks. To make life easier we can use a propane gas adapter hose to connect it to a larger propane tank. I had a good look at the ones I can recommend. I also looked at hoses with regulators, regulators, and gauges to see how much gas is left in your large gas tank.
Propane Hose Adapter
To hook up your portable gas grill to a larger propane tank you need a propane hose adapter. There are many brands and sizes available but for most of us, a 4 foot is enough. I have found the 3 best-rated and priced adapter hoses.
Char Broil 4 foot hose and adapter
This is the one I use myself and it has been holding up since 2015 outside on my Char Broil X200 without any problems.
Rated with 4.4 stars from many users this 4-foot hose easily connects to a 20-pound tank.
Shinestar 1 lb to 20 lb propane tank adapter
This Shinestar is one of the lowest-priced adapter hoses I could find.
It is available in 4-foot and 12-foot versions.
I found an average rating of 4.4 stars and this is pretty good.
Dozyant 4 feet adapter hose converter
The Dozynat is the number one seller online and the price is comparable to the Shinestar.
This 4 Foot hose got a 4.5-star rating from almost 200 people.
Propane Hose With Regulator
There is a growing number of people who like to cook at a low temperature on their gas grills. If you do not have a high-end gas grill with multiple burners this is almost impossible.
With the help of a regulator built in your adapter hose, you kill two birds with one stone. We looked at the three highest-rated ones.
Gas One propane adapter with adjustable regulator
Available in standard or steel braided hose you can pick the one you prefer. Price varies on the version hose you choose. Both versions are 4 ft long.
Regulators range between o and 20 psi, like most of them, do.
Dozyant propane gas hose and regulator
This Dozyant hose and regulator in one is available in 4 and 5 feet versions.
4.5 stars from over 150 buyers and a recommended choice in most online stores.
This regulator range from 0 to 20 psi and is a high-quality product in my opinion.
Dozyant 30 psi hose and regulator
Normally I try to find different brands but this was the only 30 psi hose and regulator I was able to find for now.
The Dozyant is 4 feet long and gets 4.2 stars but also a lot of 5 stars.
The price is a lot higher compared to the 20 psi models, You have to figure out if you need this high pressure for your grill or other propane gas-powered cooking device.
Sometimes all you need is the regulator and not the whole hose. Although the price difference sometimes is just a few dollars if this is all you need we found again 3 of the highest-rated propane gas pressure regulators.
Camco 59333 propane regulator
There are 3 versions of this regulator. horizontal with pol, horizontal without pol or a vertical mount.
The pol will fit on your propane gas tank if you need this version.
This regulator is used a lot on RVs with an outside connector for any propane device you like to use outside the RV.
You can find the price here
Cisno 0 – 20 psi LP regulator
I have a good feeling about this Cisno regulator. Only a few complaints but most users mentioned it worked great.
Adjustable from 0 – 20 psi. Just look good at the male and female thread to see if you have what you need to make this fit.
Mr. Heater pressure regulator
Mr. Heat is one well-known brand that does not need any introduction. It comes with an average of 4.1 stars and this is about the same as the other low-pressure regulators we looked at.
Comes with a pol and female pipe thread on the other side.
Not too many complaints except like I mentioned earlier make sure you got all the connectors you need.
Propane Tank Gauge
It happened to all of us. In the middle of a cook, you run out of gas. I use to pick my tank up once in a while to feel how much gas there was left but still ran out of gas.
We also found two gauges that weigh your tank. You just have to pick it up by hand.
Adapter Hose Installation
Installing a propane tank hose with or without a pressure regulator or even one of the stand-alone regulators has to be done right to prevent leaking. Here are some tips.
This picture shows how to install the hose to the grill or other propane device you are using.
Insert first by hand and then screw it in tight. No need to use any tape although I still used it.
This part connects to the propane gas tank and can be tightened by hand with no problem. Is very easy to connect and change propane tanks in no time.
Like anything else, we have to be aware that we still work with flammable gas. Reason enough to make sure that it is all installed in a safe manner.
I advise you to always check your connections. To do this all you need is some water with dish soap and a brush. Brush the liquid on your connections, which of course have to be open and need gas pressure, and look for bubbles. If there are none you are good to go.
If you see bubbles you have to disconnect and redo the leaking part. I still use plumbers tape on the connections that are permanent.
Sometimes problems with gas regulators are easy to solve. Many people have thrown out perfectly good regulators and even grills because they thought they were broke.
The problem is that the newer regulator comes with a safety feature that most people don’t know of. In case of a gas leak, the regulator limits the gas flow. Sometimes this also happens when you open the control knob too fast. You can read the whole article in our How to solve gas regulator problems post in our how-to category.
Basically, all you do is turn everything off and then turn the gas on real slow to not trigger that safety feature in the regulator.
If you have any tips concerning propane gas regulators, hose adapters or gauges feel free to leave them in the comments.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken