Hello Airsofters! Welcome to the Complete Propane Guide. Make sure to read the guide thoroughly and in the tone of Hank Hill's voice to enhance the propane education value.
When it comes to gas airsoft replicas, Green Gas is usually the obvious choice of propellant, but it's as expensive as heck at around $10-$15 for 1000ml. The active ingredients in Green Gas are actually propane and silicone, so Green Gas IS PROPANE. Straight-up propane is your other option at $2-$4 for a 1lb. bottle, but rumors are still going around saying that propane will ruin your gun, which is true to an extent. However, when you properly maintain your propane setup, propane is completely safe to use with airsoft guns. In this guide, I'm going to show you how easy, useful, safe, and inexpensive running propane is.
- The Perks of Propane -
- Propane is much safer than Green Gas. Green Gas containers are very thin and are more prone to rupture than 1lb. propane bottles, which are essentially just miniature versions of industrial chemical bottles. Needless to say, they're VERY strong. Propane also contains an added unpleasant odor to indicate that the gas is present outside of the container whereas Green Gas does not. If your Green Gas cans leak, you may never even realize it is happening, and as we all know, both gases are extremely flammable. Sure, propane smells bad, but better safe than sorry!
- Propane is several times cheaper than Green Gas.
Propane: 1.04 pounds = ~1 litre........................$2 - 4
Green Gas: 1000 millilitres = 1 litre...................$10 - 15
I've found a method (I will explain later) to get my airsoft propane at the rate $1 for 1lb. which makes Green Gas OVER 1000-1500% MORE EXPENSIVE THAN PROPANE!!!
- You can use plastic fill tips with propane. Plastic fill tips are generally more durable, less leaky, more efficient, and more flexible than metal fill tips depending on the brand of propane adapter.
- Propane & Propane Accessories -
To get started with propane, you will need a 1lb. propane bottle, a propane adapter for airsoft, and some 100% silicone oil spray. The lubricant is for keeping your gaskets and o-rings from drying up and causing leaks and malfunctions. The brand of propane and 100% silicone oil do not matter, but the adapter does.
The only adapter I will ever recommend is the only adapter I have ever owned, seeing that it has never needed to be replaced over FOUR YEARS OF USE: The Airsoft Innovations Propane Adapter. It is considered the best one hands down on the market and comes complete with an extended/repair tip, a cap, and your bottle of 100% silicone oil. I lost the cap when I first got it, but I've never really seemed to need it since mine has never ever broken or malfunctioned even though I treat it like garbage! I've dropped the bottle on the adapter tip several times and got dirt inside, but nothing can stop this plastic juggernaut. The extended tip is also useful for filling very odd airsoft replicas such as my Tanaka revolver. At $20, which is the same price of all other propane adapters, you simply cannot go wrong. Check it out here:
How do I get my airsoft propane for $1 per 1lb.? I get my 20lb. propane bottle filled for $20. Then I use my Mac Coupler adapter to fill my 1lb. bottles with the 20lb. bottle. Contrary to how this sounds, it's completely safe EVEN THOUGH the 1lb. propane bottle labels strictly advise against re-filling them. As popular as they are, I've never heard of any accident occurring from use of a Mac Coupler adapter, nor have I encountered any problems from using mine for the past year to fill my 1lb. bottles. But if you don't feel right filling your own propane bottles, you don't have to. Still, accidents can occur from user error or damaged propane bottles, so use at your own risk! The Mac Coupler can be bought at hardware stores and online for about $15:
- Proper Propane Procedure -
Step 1: Know if your gas airsoft replica is brand new or in used condition and has no leakage. If your replica is new, it needs lubrication immediately. If not, lubrication can probably wait a dozen or so magazines.
Step 2: Lubricate the opening of your propane bottle with 100% silicone oil. For spray lube, tap the tip of your spray can only for a millisecond to get a slight amount of the lube in the opening. For "liquid" lube, put one drop in the opening. If you put too much, it can cause malfunctions, unwanted oil buildup, and even damage.
Step 3: Attach the adapter to the threading on the bottle securely.
Step 4: Fill your replica with the propane as you normally would with Green Gas.
Step 5: Give your gun some action!
Step 6: Repeat the lubrication process every 10-20 magazines for handguns and smaller SMGs, every 10-15 magazines for GBBRs and larger SMGs, and every 15 or so magazines for shotguns and bolt-action rifles.
If you correctly follow this procedure, your replicas will NEVER leak. I've tested mine, and they can hold gas for months and maybe even years if I let them sit that long!
Never ever EVER:
- Use a propane bottle that has a rusty or damaged neck and/or threading.
- Store propane bottles in an enclosed space or in direct sunlight.
- Re-fill propane bottles in a manner that puts you or others in danger.
- Smoke when re-filling propane bottles.
I very much hope that you found this guide helpful and informative about using propane correctly for airsoft. Maybe one day we can all use propane for our gas replicas in harmony.
Last edited by baklash 1337
on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:53 am, edited 1 time in total.
Yeah, I quit airsoft. No regrets.