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    any of you all refill portable propane bottles?

    i am going to try it to save a few bucks.so any of you do it?

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    I tried to open and pour the neighbors full propane into my empty tank late last night.

    It all went PPPPFFFFFFssssssstttt and disappeared into thin air.
    Easier to exchange at the local Speedway for $21.
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    nah im talking about the little green ones like you see on coleman laterns

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    nah im talking about the little green ones like you see on coleman laterns
    Can't you find an easier way to mame/injure yourself?
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    There's a real kit, right? I've thought about it before and wondered how well it worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    Can't you find an easier way to mame/injure yourself?
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    I followed the link and found this review...I think I'll try it finally!

    For safety concerns just use the source tank valve for on/off control...To fill
    each 1 lb. bottle more completely simply put those containers in a refrigerator
    or even a freezer for a few minutes AND put the 20/40 lb. FULL tank in hot water
    and/or in the Sun...The key here is to maximize the pressure in the source tank
    and minimize it in the receiving 1 lb. bottle allowing for more propane to
    transfer before the pressure equalizes...I've been filling these little bottles
    for years using this type coupler and while they may not get 100% filled as when
    new they can reach 80-90% with regularity when the above steps are taken...Keep
    in mind NO Propane tank is completely filled anyway or at least it shouldn't be
    to allow for excessive heat expansion when full..

    Even if trying to
    refill in a freezing or below environment simply heating the 20/40 lb. bottle up
    by leaving it in a heated indoors for a few hours and/or in hot water will help
    tremendously to get more transferred...

    When you get tanks refilled
    commercially the source has pump assisted pressure so this always allows for a
    complete fill...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    This. Is there anything special you'd like us to say at your eulogy?
    No need,
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    I see what's going on ya'all.It's harvest time in Georgia and windhchaser needs affordable heat to start cooking that "corn likker".
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    My dad used to do it for a couple of winters, and I considered trying to refill -- but decided not worth the headache. (I hate the smell of the gas, it gives me a headache) Instead I just switched back to white gas lanterns and am more than pleased with the results. Slightly off-topic, I use 3 lanterns when 3 of us go ice fishing and they keep the canvas house warm all the way down to 10 deg f with the bonus of plenty of light. Canoe camping I might take one, and backpacking I use the miniature stove canisters and campfires.

    For a propane ice house heater I like the smaller refillable white tanks.

    I just don't see much use for those green canisters except for my propane torch - heavy, expensive if used much, and I have to pay an additional $2.00 or drive 45 minutes one-way to dispose of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spry View Post
    I see what's going on ya'all.It's harvest time in Georgia and windhchaser needs affordable heat to start cooking that "corn likker".
    nah its fishing time lol

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    I'm waiting for Ruben to chime in on this subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    I'm waiting for Ruben to chime in on this subject.
    He's still ironing out the bugs in his thermosiphonicity™ contraption.

    ...and his propane Splodyhouse™.

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    I hate spending money

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    I like this concept. I also like the tips in the Amazon review. Esp. the one that says cool the little bottle in the freezer, fill it, recool, refill, until full.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    I hate spending money
    commercial propane is cheaper than the hospital, and easier.
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    How do you get the small green tanks to stay sealed. My very limited experience with these is that after they've been used, they tend to leak once removed from an appliance valve.

    That would be the last thing I'd want... a small green grenade oozing flammable gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    How do you get the small green tanks to stay sealed. My very limited experience with these is that after they've been used, they tend to leak once removed from an appliance valve.

    That would be the last thing I'd want... a small green grenade oozing flammable gas.
    I take them on and off the camp stove and lantern pretty often with no leakage problems. Had one stick in the last 5 years that I can recall.
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