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Old 01-04-2020, 01:48 PM   #1
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Gadget for filling 1 lb propane tanks from.....

So the conversation about filling one pound propane tanks from 20 pounders has arisen a few times. I just saw this gadget advertised so I thought I'd pass it along.

https://gearmeupnow.com/products/the...fPqhFOAB4UylUY
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For the more safety conscious.....

https://www.amazon.com/Flame-King-Re.../dp/B07F9LCYRT

I have one of the old simple ones...bought a refillable tank ( legal to transport I believe...used ones arent)...and thinking of this valving setup as the old style is harder to use.
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So the conversation about filling one pound propane tanks from 20 pounders has arisen a few times. I just saw this gadget advertised so I thought I'd pass it along.

https://gearmeupnow.com/products/the...fPqhFOAB4UylUY
Been using one of these for years now. Some of my bottles are getting to the point of concern for refilling, mostly the rust. I weigh mine during the refilling process also, just another safety measure.
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For the more safety conscious.....

https://www.amazon.com/Flame-King-Re.../dp/B07F9LCYRT

I have one of the old simple ones...bought a refillable tank ( legal to transport I believe...used ones arent)...and thinking of this valving setup as the old style is harder to use.
That looks good and an additional cylinder from Flame King via Amazon is only $10.98. I hate running out of propane in the middle of grilling.
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Old 01-04-2020, 03:12 PM   #5
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That looks good and an additional cylinder from Flame King via Amazon is only $10.98. I hate running out of propane in the middle of grilling.
That is why I got it.....plus the engineered for refilling tanks.
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Gadget for filling 1 lb propane tanks from.....

So when transferring the fuel, I gather you are pouring the liquid propane from the big tank to the small, and not transferring vapor? Ive heard about doing it, but never tried. But Id like to try it since I have a couple of 100lb tanks that Id like to decant into 20lb tanks. I suspect the same process should work, though the fittings would be a bit different.
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So when transferring the fuel, I gather you are pouring the liquid propane from the big tank to the small, and not transferring vapor? I’ve heard about doing it, but never tried. But I’d like to try it since I have a couple of 100lb tanks that I’d like to decant into 20lb tanks. I suspect the same process should work, though the fittings would be a bit different.
We had two of our cylinders filled from 100lb cylinders when were in Cocos Keeling. They went cyclinder to cylinder with the empty one lower. The 100lb cylinders were left vertical. I don’t think they had dip tubes like home tanks. Worst case, put yours on it’s side and you should be able to do it.

I’ve also refilled 5 and 10lb tanks from our 20lb tank. I have a 5’ section of hose with male tank fillings on each end. I go tank to tank with the empty tank lower than the full tank. I’ll wrap the lower tank in a wet towel or do it in the shade. You know it’s full by cracking the side bleed screw the same as a propane dealer would.
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I thought all vertical tanks had tip valves in them? If you invert the tank doesn't the tip valve prevent flow?
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I thought all vertical tanks had tip valves in them? If you invert the tank doesn't the tip valve prevent flow?
The new valves prevent over filling but if you invert them I still get propane out as long as a hose is attached.
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Here’s a picture of an overfill protection device (opd) valve assembly for a 20 lb cylinder I found.
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The new valves prevent over filling but if you invert them I still get propane out as long as a hose is attached.
Me too.
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Old 01-04-2020, 05:58 PM   #12
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Down here in Baja at my winter place all the local & tourist tanks get refilled from big cylinders, no probema.

The modern ones will move liquid out when inverted until the float valve swings to horizontal.

I'll see if I can get a pic of the tanks that come in from the ranchos, I swear some of them are pre war. Still working!
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Aren't the one pound bottles less that $3 each?

Why?
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Down here in Baja they are twice that, if available. And they are a hazmat disposable problem in the first world.
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Down here in Baja they are twice that, if available. And they are a hazmat disposable problem in the first world.
OP and others responding ain't down there.
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:54 PM   #16
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Sorry if my question seem stupid but if you have a 20lb tank why not to use it instead of refilling smaller tank?

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Being able to use the portable grill out of the wind and not relocate everything.

Being able to use the grill, despite being out of propane in little bottles without running to a store (not always convenient).
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:03 AM   #18
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propane refil valve

you can get them on aliexpress.com for about $2.00
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For me , it's not about money but convenience.

Makes no sense to some and plenty to others...like lots of things in boating ...well.... life in general.
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I have a refill device which is somewhere on the boat. Doubt if i could find it if I needed it, might have taken it home. The one pounders are cheap and for use on the grill last for 6 or 8 meals.

If they would sink I really wouldn't feel bad about tossing them overboard, they would rust out in about 2 years. But I dutifully take them home and I imagine they end up in a landfill where they can rust away.

I think one pound propane cylinders are the cheapest boating related expense.

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