Refilling small propane bottles

Discussion in 'Propane - Got Gas' started by grantar2, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. skiball

    skiball New Member

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    That's not going to stop me.
     
  2. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I have the gadget needed to refill them, and used to refill the disposable containers between trips. After more careful thought, and from being sick of transporting all of these small cylinders, I put a tee on my propane tank and now just bring a hose that has the same fitting as a disposable canister. Problem solved, and much safer.

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  3. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    I refill. If it was so unsafe then why is the adapter to refill the 1# bottles still made? I haven't had an issue with using it this past season. Yes you don't get a full 1# of propane but oh well, I take an extra bottle too compensate. I can refill my 20# tank for $18. There is really only like 18#'s in it so it costs about $1 per #. That means my refilled bottles cost $1 -vs- $3 in the store.

    I made a video of it on my youtube channel 1mattt2 called "Refilling 1# propane bottles". It is easy to do.
     
  4. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I guess it all depends on what you use those cylinders for. I can use a hose with the same fitting on everything that I would use the cylinder on, with little to no hassle, and I don't have to carry the cylinders either. The lantern would be the only exception, I suppose.

    They also make fireworks for enjoyment.. doesn't mean that they are safe if used improperly.

    Since I installed the tee (which moves easily from camper to camper), I haven't looked back.
     
  5. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Three or four hoses running all over the place is a tripping hazard!

    TX, any LP-gas container with a water capacity of one gallon or less, or any LP-gas piping system, or appliance attached or connected to such a container is exempt from the LP-Gas Safety Rules, including any adopted NFPA pamphlets.

    When DOT has jurisdiction for the transport of containers not used in commerce, 20# cylinders will be required to be filled by weight only everywhere.

    1# bottles are sold full IN stores, empty, used 20# cylinders can't come inside stores!
     
  6. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Three or four propane applicances going on one campsite? I think someone has too much camping stuff. [LOL]
     
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    Is this policed by the squad that checks for removal of the mattress tags? [:D]
     
  8. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    They will be checking your VCR at the same time to check for copyright infringement of those VHS tapes. [8D]
     
  9. tenttrailer

    tenttrailer Art & Joyce - Columbus, O

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    I believe it's only illegal to transport them commercially. The bigest risk is if they are over filled with liquid propane. As the liquid expands from an increase in temperature there is no place for it to expand and it will violently rupture the bottle.
     
  10. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Pressure relief valve. [;)]

    No one gave you propane tiki torches for taking them camping? [LOL]
     
  11. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Great. Now I want propane tiki torches. Wouldn't that be so much easier than spilling the oil everywhere? lol
     
  12. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    I have a propane hose that fits to my 20# tank as well.....but I don't want to drag a 20# tank around when I'm only going to use maybe 3#'s
     
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    Then use one of these and have it refilled.
    5 LB Bottle [:D]
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  14. rabird

    rabird Howdy!

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    Great for a quick hot choc or cup of soup at road side picnic areas and scenic overlooks.

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  15. Matt O

    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    How much does one of those 5# tanks cost to buy? And what do you do when you use 3#'s in a weekend? Risk running out next trip? Fill it up before every trip?

    No thanks, I'll stick with refilling my 1#ers by myself.....much cheaper.
     
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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Matt O Strangers are friends who have not yet met

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    It's dangerous to drive a car [TV].....I think I'm going to stop driving.
     
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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Driving a car isn't illegal, though.

    "Can an empty propane cylinder be refilled or recycled?
    Federal law forbids transportation of this size of cylinder (type 39 DOT cylinder) if it has been refilled,
    therefore refilling is not practical or recommended."


    Guess this is more of a common sense thing, and not (just) a legal issue.
     
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    I wonder why some people have to get on here and be jerks. If some one wants to do this then it's their problem. Why the smart comments? Didn't your mother ever say if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all? Yes I am talking about the above post.


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  20. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    The OP asked for feedback (which can/will be positive or negative). Specifically: "... does anyone have experience doing this, is it safe, does it work?"

    Feedback has been provided, with both legal and safety reasons why it is not be a good idea. Consider them smart comments if you wish, but they are the feedback that could prevent someone from breaking the law and/or blowing themselves (and family/their neighbors) up.
     

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