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Country Bob    Posted 12-30-2002 at 14:25:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi yall, just wanted to let ya know what I've been doing. I use to really hate haulin my 20lb barbe-q grill tank back and forth to town to be filled. especilly paying 20-25 bucks for that service. I went to the hardware store and found a fitting that threads into the tank then went to the auto store and had a hydrulic hose made to tap into the vapor side of my (500 gallon)LP tank.
I open the valve, then unscrew the bleed screw 2 turns and fill it up at home. Even had a few neighbors want me to do theirs. Now thats cookin with gas!


ProPain    Posted 02-18-2006 at 17:03:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We are sorry to report that Country Bob passed away last night next to his beloved 20lb propane bottles!
But Bob did save over $100.00 in the last 4 years...enough for a down payment on his cremation...which of course is at a good discount because all the undertaker had to do was vacuum up his ashes!!!:-)


butch in kansas    Posted 01-02-2003 at 09:26:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
nothing new their almost the way to fill them but you are getting nothing but vapor the tank I fill ed out of we used to fill our tractor had the outlet almost on the bottom so we would get nothing but liquid let the vapor off at the tractor tank when liquid came out the wet tub it was 80 % full I do the same with 20 30 40 and 100 lb bottles if they have a wet leg tube ALSO DONT USE HYD HOSE GET HOSE FOR LP


Duey (IA)    Posted 12-30-2002 at 21:03:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Country Bob,
If you get liquid out of the bleed screw, you are connected to a valve that has a liquid withdrawal pipe attached inside the tank. Pressure in the big tank will be the same as the small tank if they are the same temp. Bleeding pressure off of the small tank allows liquid to flow into the small tank. That is how I fill the LP tank on my tractor only I have a vapor pump to move the vapor from the small tank back into the big tank so the liquid flows. When the liquid comes out of the bleed screw, the tank is the proper 80% full. Duey


Country Bob    Posted 12-31-2002 at 12:20:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the Info Duey, basicly thats what I have done without a compressor.


DeadCarp - careful there Bob    Posted 12-30-2002 at 17:36:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure how much pressure every-sized tank will take, but i know the disposable propane ones are VERY flimsy!
See, i had a similar pesky problem a few years back lugging fuel to the fish house. I had a nice Mr Heater to a hose outside, and the thing was re-vented up/down/back up a triple-wall stovepipe to trap heat and keep my eyes from stinging, and i found that it burned about a cylinder/trip so got tired of buying disposable cylinders. So i scrounged a few fittings, ended up with a copper pipe between a 20-pound one and a throw-away, turned the big one upside down FOOSH, i was truly in business! They wouldn't fill all the way but good enough, so I re-filled half a dozen little ones i guess. Used them a few times, got pretty confident, the weather got better and somehow i'd left one on the dashboard of the pickup. Well one day the sun was nice and warm, and i had driven down by the trees to clean something up, was bent over behind the truck and BOOM, like a tire blew out! I still don't know exactly what happened but when that propane cylinder went, it took the windshield, a chunk of seat and half my cab wiring with it! (I still have the ragged cylinder) The next year, i just left the 20-pounder hooked up at the fish house, taking my chances - hey easier yet! :)


Bob /Ont.    Posted 12-30-2002 at 15:49:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey Bob, here is what you do. Get a longer hose and run it from the big tank to the BBQ regulater. That way you don't have to worry about overfilling your 20# cyl and blowing the safety valve, which might not be too safe if there is a source of flame around.
Later Bob


TB    Posted 12-30-2002 at 15:23:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think your playing with danger. Plus you are filling with vapor so you are not getting 20 lb of liquid. So your tank may not be as full as you think. Sorry my opinion.


Country Bob    Posted 12-30-2002 at 16:54:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey guys don't worry, the tanks are the new type with the float and as far as the vapor thing- I fill it up untill liquid comes out the relief screw and Im positioned far enough away from any sparks but thanks for the words of caution. The longer hose wont work because I run other things like heaters and my trusty deep fryer


TB    Posted 12-30-2002 at 17:05:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once LP vaporizes you need a compressor to turn it back to liquid. Float valve wont work in vapor. Relief screw helps but you can still overpressur the tank.


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