propane ?

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  1. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    has anyone noticed that their tanks are not emptying completely when using them .
    i had one last night that quit while i was in the middle of fixin supper, the flame just went out.
    well i went to take it off an i do believe it is still at least half full , but it wouldn't light back up:mad:
  2. permafrost

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    Sorry, Hillbilly. Mine seem to be empty when they quit. Weigh them before and after filling or exchange. The empty and full weights are on the side. That should tell you if their emptying completely.
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  3. Bobitis

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    I'd say yer regulator is bad. Most likely a stuck diaphragm.

    Cheap and easy fix.
  4. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ya, that is what happened to me.
  5. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    i'll try a new regulator
  6. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Get a good one. Not one from a cheap store. Go to a propane supplier and they will have one that flows good. The difference in a cheap-o and a quality will be several hundred degrees. My BBQ would barely go over 400 degrees. I put a good unit in and it will go 700+ degrees. The steaks are spectacular when the temp guage is maxed out and my wife loves them. The fat on a steak will melt in your mouth. Go quality.
  7. 76Highboy

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    The quality regulator will have a larger I.D. for the rubber hose. So then it will be hotter which means you don't have to ryn all the burners to get max heat. With my BBQ now I can run 2 burners just fine. Also, because it gets hotter quicker you get the cooking done quicker so you really don't use any more propane then when it had the cheaper regulator. By the way, most new BBQ's have the cheap requlator.
  8. Bobitis

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    Also...

    Make sure the rubber parts are compatible with yer gas.

    Folks seem ta think that any rubber hose is good to go. I'm here ta tell ya it just ain't so.

    The hose and the rubber parts in the regulator need to be compatible with the gas yer running. Propane and natural gas are not the same when it comes to chemical resistivity. Trust me.
  9. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I went to a propane store and handed them the cheap one and they built me what I needed. No reqrets.
  10. 76Highboy

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    Also, don't do the propane exchange program. A 5 gallon propane bottle barely has 2.5 gallons of fuel. It's a rip off.
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    Yeah, take your own tank to a propane supplier and have it refilled. Cost is a fraction of the "exchange" at retail stores. That's a big money maker for 'em.
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    Just curious do you use propane for your whole house or just cooking out?

    I was a charcoal purist for years, then went to the tanks we'll after running out twice on cookouts I switched to natural gas. Just piped it outside and use it 12 months a year.

    Plus natural gas is real cheap now.
  13. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    just for the grill outside.
    i also have an emergency propane heater that is portable
  14. wv hillbilly

    wv hillbilly Well-Known Member

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    i'll see ol Hank Hill:D
    we have a welding/ propane store near by i'll deal with them
  15. cpttango30

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    You know what. I bet that is my problem. The factory one would get my grill up to 700+ deg. It went tits up and I replaced it with one of the universals from Home depot, not I am lucky to get my grill up to 400 deg.
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    oh grills....
    i thought you guys were talking home propane tanks.
  17. mjp28

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    If you have natural gas available get out the black pipe, some unions and a couple shutoff valves and pipe it in. You can also use copper.

    We love ours. We also have gas fireplace logs for emergency heat -and- they look nice.

    Also propane is nice for emergency heat -but- I never really trust it 100%, especially in garages or enclosed areas, if you get a leak, incomplete combustion and the like it can be dangerous.

    Inspect your tanks often....or do what I did give them away.
  18. 76Highboy

    76Highboy Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yep, take your entire hose to your local, propane dealer and they will match it and you will heat to 700+ degrees and your steaks will be fantastic.
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    Yep,,,,,, Yep,,,,, Yep,,,, Gotta love old Hank Hill.
  20. Bobitis

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    Make sure yer valves are CGA rated. MUST be on the handle.
    Other certifiers are UL/FM, but the valve must be CGA certified.

    CGA = Canadian Gas Association. We used to have AGA (American Gas Association) but caved to the Canucks as their regulation/rules are better. :rolleyes: Good job America. :(

    Bad valve, house burns down, no insurance coverage. :eek:

    Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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