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Old 08-08-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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Refilling 1 lb. propane bottles

Maybe you already knew about this little adapter but I didn't so thought I would post it just in case.
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Old 08-08-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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One of the problems that I ran into when re-filling the 1 lb bottles is that sometimes the o-ring would leak unless after re-filling you attached the bottle to the stove, lamp etc.
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They don't seem to show that you need to invert the big bottle to fill. You want to fill with liquid not gas. IRV also read that the seals start to leak after a few refills. No first hand experience just repeating what I've read.
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You get a fuller fill if the 1 lb tank is put in your freezer for a while prior to filling. I did it for years when I was using the 1 lb tanks and it works fine. I never had a leak issue.
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They don't seem to show that you need to invert the big bottle to fill. You want to fill with liquid not gas. IRV also read that the seals start to leak after a few refills. No first hand experience just repeating what I've read.
I use the refill adapter and learned by trial and error to invert the large fill bottle and have had no other issues. I'll try the freezer trick to see if I get fuller fills.
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I have been doing this for years... they say to freeze it for an hour I say leave it in there overnight.. then fill it... and always have the supply bottle upside down.. After a while the 1lb bottle will start to leak... I mark it with an X, I have several bottles, and when it is again empty it goes to the recycler.
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I just looked at a 1lb tank and the label says that its a federal law to transport a refilled bottle-"penalty up to $500,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment". One of the few times that I've actually read a label.
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I just looked at a 1lb tank and the label says that its a federal law to transport a refilled bottle-"penalty up to $500,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment". One of the few times that I've actually read a label.
Another useless law.. how would they ever prove you refilled the bottle?
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I just looked at a 1lb tank and the label says that its a federal law to transport a refilled bottle-"penalty up to $500,000 fine and 5 years imprisonment". One of the few times that I've actually read a label.
You missed the part about "across state lines" it is U.S. federal law.

I just feel that the whole process is near useless anyway. To truly refill a container with liquid propane, you have to do something with the compressed gas. Yeah, chilling the can will reduce the pressure but you still can't get the can full (or within 90%, "safely filled") of liquid without a pump. And possibly, a vent to bleed off the excess gas.

Watch the way a 20# BBQ tank is filled by the professionals some time. Discuss what they are doing and why. You'll discover what actually is going on when a propane bottle is being refilled.

After that you'll abandon the practice of just repressurizing a steel can that should be sent for recycling.

All my propane appliances run off the tanks on the tongue of the trailer. So I stopped bothering with those expensive little things.
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Also have used an adapter for several years w/ great success and no issues. Yes put the empties in a freezer overnite before filling. Yes the end result is a bottle that is filled more than a store bought one. Never weighed one but have used the same refilled bottle for several days on our tailgater grill with daily usage.

Store bought bottles are by law [???] filled to a limited level as are the 20lb tanks you get with an exchange at Wmart etc. This is supposed to be for safety to prevent overfilling, but it also allows the vendor to sell more product.

Do this only in an outside location [NEVER IN DOORS] and like the warning signs say, No smoking or open flames.
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