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Old 11-16-2013, 04:30 PM   #31
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You might not find them listed on Costco now they appear to be a seasonal item. I always see them in the spring.
Yes, definitely seasonal. Costco here only carries propane tanks and accessories in barbecue season (which is year-round for some people here, but not most). I would just look in the store if that aisle were not filled with Christmas candy...

It's really annoying when you want propane stuff to run a heater because it's cold, and the stores have put it all away!
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:52 PM   #32
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It's really annoying when you want propane stuff to run a heater because it's cold, and the stores have put it all away!
Most fuel stations that sell propane will always have some, but yeah, the big box stores only have them when the demand is high.

edit: Though come to think of it, I saw some outside at the BORG this week.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:07 PM   #33
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Just drop by the Home Hardware in Osoyoos.
They have everything, all the time.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #34
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I don't understand how that's due to a leak in the hose. Each tank is connected by a separate hose to the dual-inlet regulator; it sounds like the leak was the regulator allowing flow into the tank which should have been empty. Escape uses a dual-inlet regulator with an auto-changeover valve, which might not have been switching over completely. If there's no check valve, that might let propane flow from the standby tank back into the primary tank. Was the regulator replaced as well?

That shouldn't transfer much propane at all. What do you mean by not totally empty? An effectively empty propane tank will have no liquid sloshing around in it, but will still have propane gas (vapour) under pressure.
The regulator is good. Found a pin hole in the hose from the regulator to the tank. The old hoses were stiff from age. They both got replaced. Leaked tested after the install all was good. Every time I buy a used trailer the rubber propane lines get replaced for safety.
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Well, this afternoon, I was in the trailer lining some shelves when I smelled the undeniable odor of propane. A check of the tanks on our brand new trailer resulted in the tell-tale "hiss" of leaking gas. John removed the tank and sprayed it with soapy water ... no bubbles. However, within a few minutes, you could see the vapor escaping (no pun) by looking sideways at the tank where the gauge fits into the actual tank. We quickly moved the tank to the back field to let the gas dissipate. Guess who's getting a new tank AND an outside leak detector?
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What gauge do you have on your tank?
My buddy picked up a couple of these at Costco.
We decided, independently, after using our BBQs for a month or so, that the gauge was reducing the propane pressure to the BBQ, and we removed them. Immediate improvement.
They are cheap, and probably cheaply made.
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Well, this afternoon, I was in the trailer lining some shelves when I smelled the undeniable odor of propane. A check of the tanks on our brand new trailer resulted in the tell-tale "hiss" of leaking gas. John removed the tank and sprayed it with soapy water ... no bubbles. However, within a few minutes, you could see the vapor escaping (no pun) by looking sideways at the tank where the gauge fits into the actual tank. We quickly moved the tank to the back field to let the gas dissipate. Guess who's getting a new tank AND an outside leak detector?
We had a BBQ tank that after filling last year was leaking propane in the back yard. When sitting beside the BBQ beside the back of the house, could smell propane in the house. It had just been filled and I figured they had over filled it. Left it sitting in the middle of the yard over night and all seemed ok next day.
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Scary! Here in the US it's illegal to fill propane tanks without an overfill protection device installed in the tank. Folks are now complaining about not get a 20# fill in a 20# tank. There's a reason!
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OPD Valve Design

The design of the OPD valve is such that turning the cylinder service valve handwheel will not produce any effect if the cylinder is not hooked up to an appliance. In other words, a connection must be made between the appliance hose end and the cylinders service valve. The inside of the OPD valve is engineered to only allow propane in or out if the internal valve is actuated by being depressed. This OPD valve feature adds additional safety in case the handwheel is turned, opening the valve. For this reason, OPD equipped cylinders will not allow gas out of the cylinder when opened. The same is true for industrial forklift cylinders. Click the photo of the OPD valve (left) to see a larger and more detailed picture of the of the internal flow valve.
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So, the problem is not with the tank, but with whatever is connected to the valve. If that is a cheapo gauge, like the one I photographed ( earlier post ), that could well be the problem.
In any event, I don't think you need a new tank since you can't buy a new tank that doesn't have the OPD valve.


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Folks are now complaining about not get a 20# fill in a 20# tank. There's a reason!
The reason would be that the company offering 18# for 20# makes more money.
The 20# tank would not be overfilled until it had more than 20# in it.
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