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Propane tank problems

Unread postby LA_Bolt_Fan on Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:49 pm

Is it just me, but everytime I get my tanks (TT and home bbq) filled, they don't work until I mess with the knobs, turn em on their side, shake em, etc??? :D . Sometimes they only work laying on their side. They are all new tanks with opd's, but they never work right until they are about 1/2 full, arrrg! :mrgreen:
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Re: Propane tank problems

Unread postby cwit on Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:10 am

Try opening the valve very slow, they don't like to be opened fast. :D
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Re: Propane tank problems

Unread postby skipnchar on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:49 am

cwit has a good idea since if you open the valve quickly they sense a leak and close down. Another way I avoid having any problems is to NEVER have my LP valves closed off. Yes I DO close the one I'm removing but the other remains open so no air is ever allowed into the lines that way. OF course this only works with the auto switching regulators.
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Re: Propane tank problems

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:21 pm

LA_Bolt_Fan wrote:Is it just me, but everytime I get my tanks (TT and home bbq) filled, they don't work until I mess with the knobs, turn em on their side, shake em, etc??? :D . Sometimes they only work laying on their side. They are all new tanks with opd's, but they never work right until they are about 1/2 full, arrrg! :mrgreen:



please whatever you do dont use your tank laying on its side or upside down you could get liquid in your line (not good) all dot cylinders (other than forklifts) are meant to stand on the foot ring on the bottom in this orientation the relief valve is in vapor space not liquid a liquid leak is very dangerous I am not trying to rant but just want everyone to be safe. the problem is probably an excess flow valve built into the tank open it slowly it should be fine.
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Re: Propane tank problems

Unread postby Limey on Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:52 pm

Zinger wrote:
LA_Bolt_Fan wrote:Is it just me, but everytime I get my tanks (TT and home bbq) filled, they don't work until I mess with the knobs, turn em on their side, shake em, etc??? :D . Sometimes they only work laying on their side. They are all new tanks with opd's, but they never work right until they are about 1/2 full, arrrg! :mrgreen:



please whatever you do dont use your tank laying on its side or upside down you could get liquid in your line (not good) all dot cylinders (other than forklifts) are meant to stand on the foot ring on the bottom in this orientation the relief valve is in vapor space not liquid a liquid leak is very dangerous I am not trying to rant but just want everyone to be safe. the problem is probably an excess flow valve built into the tank open it slowly it should be fine.



Absolutely right (I work in Natural Gas Measurement)! Nothing to add :mrgreen:
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Re: Propane tank problems

Unread postby Zinger on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:58 pm

Not much nat gas in the sticks but I work with LP on a daily basis and see all types of cobbed up messes it really scares me to see a hardware store fill a 100
# cyl they dont check date codes and then watch someone lay it down in the back of the station wagon with the family in the car LP is extremly safe if used as the manufacturers reccomend.
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