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Old 10-07-12, 06:41 PM   #1
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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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Old 10-07-12, 07:22 PM   #2
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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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Old 10-07-12, 07:25 PM   #3
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nah im talking about the little green ones like you see on coleman laterns
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Old 10-07-12, 07:31 PM   #4
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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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Old 10-07-12, 07:34 PM   #5
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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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Old 10-07-12, 07:38 PM   #6
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http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Heater-F276.../dp/B000AMC5WO
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Old 10-07-12, 07:38 PM   #7
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Can't you find an easier way to mame/injure yourself?
This. Is there anything special you'd like us to say at your eulogy?
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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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This. Is there anything special you'd like us to say at your eulogy?
No need,
He'll be orbiting the planet with Spudnik.
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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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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.
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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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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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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