scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: refill propane bottles
Fred Heilbrunn (Lilchpn125@AOL.COM
Wed Nov 10 1999 - 09:14:06 CST
In a message dated 99-11-10 08:25:42 EST, Neal Musto writes:
<< Some time back I was told about a fitting one could use to refill the green
propane canisters (for Coleman lanterns etc) from a 25 pound propane bottle.
Does anyone know where these can be gotten and whether they work.
Bad idea, Neal!!!!!
Refillable 14.1 oz. or 16.4 oz. canisters are no longer manufactured. When
they were available, they had an overflow valve as a feature allowing you to
completely fill the canister. All canisters currently manufactured are not
designed to be refilled. Further, although it may be physically possible to
do it, refilling these canisters provides a legal problem. The following is
directly from a Coleman canister:
DOT-39 NRC 232/290 M1110
Federal Law forbids transportation if refilled -
Penalty up to $500,000 fine and 5 years
imprisonment (49 U.S.C. 5124)
Whether or not those penalties are actually imposed is for debate elsewhere.
The point is that transporting refilled disposable canisters is illegal, so
unless you are using them at home there is no point in contemplating
refilling them. As Scouters, we set the example by obeying the law. A Scout
Scoutmaster, Troop 125
Mount Vernon, WA