Re: Propane Tanks
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 15:34:58 -0400
On Tue, 15 Oct 1996, Frank Porter wrote:
> My boys, new patrol, are tired of lugging around the large propane tank
> assigned to them for cooking and lantern. The small tanks would seem easier
> for them to manage and much safer. The expense is the down side along with
> knowing how much is in the tank.
> Can you safely refill the small tanks?
I've seen an adapter advertised (J.C. Whitney catalog, perhaps?) to
refill the small tanks from a 20 pound tank. So, I assume its possible.
How safe it is depends on to whom you speak.
> How do you tell how full?
You can go by weight, or buy a temperature sensitive strip that adheres
to the outside of the tank (either size). Pouring hot water over the tank
(and strip) causes the strip to change color - until you reach the point
on the tank where the liquid propane starts.
> How do you do it?
Dunno. Never tried it. I suspect that you screw the adapter to the
large tank, screw the small tank to the adapter, invert the large tank
(so's the valve & small tank is on the bottom), and open the valve on the
large tank. Liquid from the large tank will then flow into the small
tank. Disassembly would be the reverse (i.e., close the valve, first).
Paul H. Brown, WB 82-66
Roundtable Commissioner, George Washington District, NCAC
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