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MarkTwain

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Posted: 12/05/19 01:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

Don't rule out operator error yet. I would go to a commercial propane dealer and see if the fill works.

Great advice! Don't rely on your local service station clerk to fill your tank and assume they have been trained!!

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Exchange it and go have fun. Below is from an AMERIGAS ad through Home Depot. They accept any tank, no matter the condition. It is part of the business plan and no we are not any more likely to blow any body up with an exchange. When was the last time the high school kid refilling your tank at the local corner store inspected and leak tested the tank.


AMERIGAS

Propane Tank Exchange


•Tanks can be used for grills, patio heaters, fryers and fire pits
•We accept any tank, no matter the condition
•AmeriGas tanks are leak tested and inspected



$ 22 95

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2oldman wrote:

Flute Man wrote:

To me, turning in a defective tank is the same as lying and cheating.
It's not. Those tanks are thoroughly inspected and certified, and they expect to get some junk.


It is not a problem. They have the ability to fix and recertify tanks in house. It costs them much less than you or I would pay to have it done.
I work for a major grocery chain that does the exchanges. I often deal with the reps from the propane company. And we have dicussed this very subject. For liability reasons they inspect every tank, every time. Any tank that fails, goes into the fixit dept.



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Depends, is your tank a 20 or 30 pounder? Most exchange stations I've seen don't carry the 30's. You can go to a commercial propane filling company and get a new valve installed.


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I was once told I had a bad valve when they attempted to fill one of my cylinders. It turned out the valve actually wasn't bad. It was a threaded retainer inside the end of the outlet of the valve. It had partially unthreaded and did not allow the fill connection to seat all the way.

The retainer had threads on the outside and a hole through the center to allow the propane to flow through. There were two slots 180 degrees apart. I was able to use a piece of aluminum flat bar that I used as a screwdriver to turn the retainer to retighten it. The retainer holds parts of the check valve that is supposed to stop propane from comming out of the tank when they valve is in the open position and there is no hose connected.

The check valve assembly was added to the valve design around 1980. Before the check feature was added to the valve you could actually turn the handwheel of the valve with no hose connected and propane would come out.

You might check to see if you have a loose retainer.

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flute Man is right. Have a conscience.

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I recently exchanged a tank with a bad valve at a gas station. The attendant kindly looked through the tanks and found a brand new one. Previously I exchanged an expired tank at a home improvement store. Took 3 or 4 exchanges, but I finally got an almost new tank. I then keep the good tanks and refill at Tractor Supply.

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danimal53 wrote:

kmac7800 wrote:

@GrandpaKip: Do happen to have a picture of yours? Where did you get them with the float gauge?

Thanks!

//KMac


FYI, I saw this one at Menards that got me interested:
tank with gauge


They have 20 lb tanks with floats at Costco. They also have 30 lb tanks for about $50 but no floats on the 30's.


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time2roll wrote:

Are any of the exchanges still a proprietary fill that needs a special key?

I have never seen a propane tank that required a "special key" to refill.

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MarkTwain wrote:

time2roll wrote:

Don't rule out operator error yet. I would go to a commercial propane dealer and see if the fill works.

Great advice! Don't rely on your local service station clerk to fill your tank and assume they have been trained!!

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