Phil Johnson (Pjohn66@AOL.COM)
Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:49:24 -0400
Frank Porter's asked if the small propane tanks could be refilled. I am
he is referring to the 16 oz. tanks used for propane lanterns and stoves. I
am going to
go way out on a limb (hope it doesn't break) and say that you can refill
propane bottles, within reason.
Our Troop has used an adapter purchased at a local tractor/farm implement
The adapter is inserted into the valve on the 20 lbs propane tank and then a
bottle is fitted onto the other end of the adapter. We (the adult
leadership) fill the tanks by:
1. Chill the empty 16 oz. bottle in an ice chest for about 15 minutes.
the gas in the bottle.
2. Install the 16 oz, bottle onto the adapter.
3. Invert the 20 lbs. tank and open the valve on the large tank. This
causes the liquid in
the large tank to the bottom and into the small tank. After about 45 - 60
off the valve.
4. Upright the large tank and remove the small bottle. A small amount of
the adapter will be released.
You will only be able to refill about 10 - 12 bottles from the 20 lbs. tank.
When the tank gets to
about half full (or half emply depending on your outlook on life) as the
pressure is not great
enough to force the propane liquid into the 16 oz. bottle.
Only attempt to refill the 16 oz. bottles that have a "pop-off valve", and
only well away from any
open fire or souce of sparks.
You cannot refill these 16 oz. bottles indefinitly. At some point the valve
on the bottle will begin to
leak, and they will need to be disposed off. However, we have found that we
can refill a 16 oz.
bottle 5-8 times before disposal. A refill at approximately 35 cents is much
cheaper than a
$ 2.00 bottle.
Also the bottles must be refilled in camp and not transported over open
roads, as I believe this
is a violation of DOT regulations. (I think I hear my limb beginning to
Safety is the utmost concern when dealing with any type of flammable
demands special attention as it is also under pressure. Our Troop has a
policy that only
adults are allowed to handle the propane bottles. This includes installing
to a lantern or stove,
removing the bottle, or lighting the appliance.
In viewing the posts on this subject, I know mine is an opposing opinion from
the other posts.
I hope this helps.
Iowa Park, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City