Re: Propane Tanks
Stephen M. Hoar (shoar@INFINET.COM)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 07:17:07 -0400
>> 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 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
I had a friend of mine, a fellow scoutleader, who used an adapter system of
to refil the small tanks. It was my experience that a significant number of
them leaked after being refilled. Not a safe situation! You could both smell
and hear the gas leaking from the refilled tanks. On more than one occasion
I've had the small tanks continue to leak (new tanks) after lanterns or stoves
were unscrewed from partially used tanks. The valves in the small tanks are
note designed to take the wear and tear of multiple uses. In my opinion, to
refill and reuse the small tanks is only asking for trouble. Just as with
knives, axes, saws, and other camping tools the improper use of a tool only
Steve Hoar in Newark
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City