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Old 05-19-2015, 02:34 PM   #11
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RE: fittings.

I bought two big propane burners for making a double crawfish cooker and beer brewing setup. But didn't have anything else, so I bought a regulator that fits on a 15lb tank with a hose, and then took the whole thing to my local "good o'l boy" hardware store, the kind of store where they meet at the door and walk you to everything...and they have everything from welding supplies to paint to 12" pressure feed water pipes for contractors to Yeti coolers and every screw nut and bolt imaginable, including very extensive plumbing. The store guy looked at what I was needed and took it as a challenge and we needed two valves, a T fitting, etc but I got it all setup and works great. Sure beats many trips to store and back. Those brass fittings add up, I spent nearly $28 but it fits and works great. If you can do that sort of shopping recommend it. I hate big box stores for that sort of stuff.
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We're not really refilling them. All we're doing is re-pressurizing them. ...snip
True. But for the two of us a number of 1/2 full (or so) disposable can lasts quite a while with the flexibility of setting up virtually anywhere.

And the dogs on their tethers won't get wrapped around the long hose... just the chairs, table, stabilizers, tires....
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RE: fittings.

I bought two big propane burners for making a double crawfish cooker...snip.... If you can do that sort of shopping recommend it. I hate big box stores for that sort of stuff.
If you carry that clerk's level of understanding in your own head, you can shop at the big box stores (that's stores -plural- 'cause no one store has all the bits and pieces) and gather the necessary parts.
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True. But for the two of us a number of 1/2 full (or so) disposable can lasts quite a while with the flexibility of setting up virtually anywhere.

And the dogs on their tethers won't get wrapped around the long hose... just the chairs, table, stabilizers, tires....
I will not criticize another person's choices. If it works for you safely. Then feel free.

I'll take a corded tool and a genset over cordless tools any day.

We board the dog at the last outpost of civilization before we get to the campsite. Vacation from Mr. Rambunctious as well.
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Our 'happy medium' plan is to refill the small 'disposable' tanks from our home grill's, 20lb tanks. We use the small tanks for our portable grill that we really like and have had for a L-O-N-G time; just like our single mantle propane lantern.

We haven't needed to refill the disposable tanks yet, so I can't say how easy it will be to refill (but I've seen it on YouTube ). When we sold our class-B we found several tanks I had put in hidden places for 'just in case.'

I have been refilling the small disposable cylinders for about three years now and works really good I can refill for about a $ 1 each . I have a picture of what I built if interested? As with all things if you don't feel comfortable or not sure how to do it safely then it's best to just purchase new .Click image for larger version

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I have been refilling the small disposable cylinders for about three years now and works really good I can refill for about a $ 1 each . I have a picture of what I built if interested? As with all things if you don't feel comfortable or not sure how to do it safely then it's best to just purchase new .Attachment 18177
$1 of propane is much more than one pound. I just refilled a 20# BBQ tank for $16 (last year it was $14).

I see your rig and I still question, "How do you get the liquid to transfer from the bulk tank to the small can?"
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I've never been comfortable with the idea of 'refilling' the disposable cans.

We're not really refilling them. All we're doing is re-pressurizing them. No liquid gets into the smaller can.
A little information about propane. It is also called liquified petroleum gas, LPG. In a pressure vessel (the tank) the propane is liquid under pressure. The vapors are generated by the liquid gas and is what your appliances use. As the vapors are used up, more vapors are created by the remaining liquid propane. If all you are doing is transferring "pressure", you are not gaining much, but are dealing with the most dangerous part of the fuel, in my opinion. My father had an LPG bulk plant and fleet of trucks. I worked for him but haven't been around it for a while, but I would certainly advise against filling these small throwaway canisters. For $2 or $3 why take the chance?
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...snip... but I would certainly advise against filling these small throwaway canisters. For $2 or $3 why take the chance?
Actually, they are saving considerable money. Those 14oz cans are $5-$7 each. Compared to $0.80 (5/18/15) for 16oz in bulk.

The re-pressurization put's a dime's worth (an hour of run time) into the can. Keep a handful of those cans around and re-pressurize them as needed; You can keep a whole campsite running without hoses or propane trees.

Again, not my idea of a good time. And if you read the printing on the side of the cans, it is illegal to transport these 'refilled' little cans across state lines.
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I'll save a few bucks somewhere else. I used to carry the un refilled 1 lb tanks in my storage and frequently would smell propane in the storage compartment. I have seen refilled ones not seal properly and IMO this is a disaster waiting to happen.

The warning on the can is there for a reason, my families life and my rig ar to valuable to risk it to save a few bucks.
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