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Old 11-24-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Hi folks:
It happens that at the Husky gas station in 3rd Ave. in North Van, there is a sign at the propane dispenser that they can not fill up a propane thank beyond 80% capacity,
Any of You have seen something like this in other propane dispensers? (Not Me) The reason of My question is because if a 20 pounds propane thank is filled only to the 80% capacity that will make it a 16 pound capacity cylinder, is not supposed to be that the security margin is already taken in to consideration by the manufacturer and should be filled to the 20 pound capacity?

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Because of the 80% fill rule
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I believe that the tank is at 80 per cent capacity when it contains 20 lbs of propane.
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Old 11-24-2014, 02:59 PM   #4
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Because of the 80% fill rule
Thank You Vermilye:
I understand the expancion which increases the volume, mostly in hot weather shouldn't that be considered by the manufacturer to get Net wheight?
We still pay for 20 pounds when We actually get only 16.
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Hi: gclatz... The Pioneer here in town puts the cylinder on a scale to fill. weighs the empty one first then hangs a weight on the balance beam and fills to the tipping point. They charge by weight.
Thanks for reminding me!!! I need to fill one tank before heading south. Alf
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I believe that the tank is at 80 per cent capacity when it contains 20 lbs of propane.
Thank You gbaglo: that will be the right thing to do since We pay for what We get.
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Hi: gclatz... The Pioneer here in town puts the cylinder on a scale to fill. weighs the empty one first then hangs a weight on the balance beam and fills to the tipping point. They charge by weight.
Thanks for reminding me!!! I need to fill one tank before heading south. Alf
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Thank You escape artist:
The Pioneer here does it just the same, but when the cylinder is empty they just charge You for 20 pounds, however if is only 80% that will be only 16 pounds paying a premium of 4 pounds each time We fill up...? (Perhaps)
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We still pay for 20 pounds when We actually get only 16.
You are assuming that your 20 lb. tank can only hold 20 lbs. if filled to 100 per cent.
In fact, it holds 20 lbs when filled to 80 per cent capacity.

Given that the government sends inspectors around to ensure the gas pumps are accurate, how long do you think Husky could get away with charging for 20 lbs. and delivering less?
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If you look at the propane tank you will find a number like T - 8.0 KG. That is the tare weight ( the weight of an empty container ).
When the tank has been filled it will weigh 37.6 lbs. 20 lbs of propane and 17.6 pounds of container.
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