Re: Propane Tanks
Ned Jacklin (LASNJ@CCMAIL.CECO.COM)
Tue, 15 Oct 1996 12:59:59 CST
What size is "large?" I think of a 20 pounder as small, unless
"small" are the little lantern tanks on the shelf at Wal-Mart.
I would certainly not recommend refilling the little lantern
ones, but check with your local LP gas company. Maybe they'll do
it, or confirm that you shouldn't.
There is a temperature difference in the tank which occurs at the
interface between the liquid and the gas inside the tank. This
will be apparent in humid weather as moisture condenses (or even
frosts up) on the outside of the tank. There are "fuel guages"
available which affix to the side of a tank and indicate the
level. They are temperature sensitive and turn color based on
Ned Jacklin, SA, AC
Morris IL USA
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Subject: Re: Propane Tanks
Author: SCOUTS-L - Youth Groups Discussion List
<SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU> at INTERNET
Date: 10/15/96 09:32
> 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.
> Questions: Can you safely refill the small tanks? How do you tell how full?
> How do you do it?
> Frank Porter (I used to be a FOX, currently in SR-182) Troop 31 Rock Hill,
1. The small propane tanks are not refillable.
2. They go by weight.
3. Weigh the tank when it is new and record that weight. When it becomes
empty weigh it again. Keep these figures and a quick check with a scale will
tell you how much is left.
The large propane tanks are called 20 pound tanks. The empty tank weighs
18 pounds and a full tank weighs 38 pounds. (20 pounds of propane). I use
an old bathroom scale to weigh it. The smaller tanks might require the
use of a smaller scale like the ones used to weigh infants.
Hope this helps.
Col. Ron Goble
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City