Re: Propane Tanks
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@NYC.PIPELINE.COM)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 17:18:05 GMT
On Oct 15, 1996 15:34:58, '"Paul H. Brown" <phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG>' wrote:
>On Tue, 15 Oct 1996, Frank Porter wrote:
>> 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.
I believe it is ILLEGAL to refill the disposable 16 oz. (fat) and 14.1 oz.
(tall) propane cylinders. However, I believe it is still possible to buy
REFILLABLE cylinders in the same size as the 14.1 oz cylinders. The
differences are that these are made of thicker metal and, more importantly,
the release valve (that thing on the top of the cylinder that looks like
the pin valve on a car tire) has a screw device on it to allow it to be
opened. With one of these tanks you can refill it from a bulk tank, and
that is what the adapter that Penny and other places sells is for. The
adapter comes with instructions.
I won't give directions on how people try to refill the disposable
cylinders since that would be irresponsible.
I haven't actually looked for the refillable cylinders and they might be
hard to find. I used to own about half a dozen. But it is illegal to
transfer propane within the city limits of New York so it became difficult
to accomplish the refilling legally. In NYC when you need to fill your
twenty pound tank you have two choices. If you stay within the city the
only thing you can do is swap out your tank for a full one. Otherwise, you
need to go outside the city limits to find a place that will refill your
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City