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I've always used the ones you swap out on the front of Home Depot...lol.
Propane tanks should only really be filled to 80 percent of the max as a safety cushion. Anyone filling to total capacity is not doing you a favor. Ever see a full full tank connected and used for the first time? Giant flames can occur as the propane gets pumped through the reg as a liquid then expand when it hits atmospheric pressure and temp. Huge fire ball. If you don't believe take a stove that's running and shake or flip the tank to get liquid through the reg but stand well away from it. I have seen water heaters erupt in flames before due to liquid getting into the reg and boiling off downstream thus increasing pressure uncontrollably.1) Propane prices fluctuate just like fuel prices - “tank exchanges” offer a fixed price; they compensate by short filling tanks. If you go to a vendor who actually fills tanks, they sell propane by the gallon, and fill the tank until it’s full.
2) Craig’s list is the best deal in town for a 20# tank - often you can pick up a 20# tank foe $10.00.
3) Found a local vendor who is selling tanks with an actual gauge on it. The gauge is not a pressure gauge that will read differently depending on temperature. The gauge has an actual mechanical float that reads the level of liquid. $90 for 30# tank.
Wait, a what? Firewood checkpoint? That's a thing?I have been told by a D.E.C. Officer, during a firewood checkpoint, that you can get a ticket in our wonderful state of NY, for not having your propane turned off on your camper while traveling ! Not sure if that is fact or not. Probably something that is rarely enforced - like having something hanging on your rearview mirror. Not really sure ?
Wait, a what? Firewood checkpoint? That's a thing?
Complete balderdash and poppycock, ridonculous fear-mongering if you are in the U.S. and really do know your stuff you should be ashamed.Propane tanks should only really be filled to 80 percent of the max as a safety cushion. Anyone filling to total capacity is not doing you a favor.
There are a lot of tunnels and ferries where your propane tanks are not allowed at all.Not sure if that is fact or not.
Complete balderdash and poppycock, ridonculous fear-mongering if you are in the U.S. and really do know your stuff you should be ashamed.
It's been decades now since all consumer tanks require both OPD-compliant and overfill valves be used. On most bottles the OPD service fitting is
Type 1 QCC 1-5/16" ACME/FPOL
found on every BBQ tank in the country.
These **force** the limiting you're talking about.
No sane propane seller would ever consent to fill a tank so old it's not so equipped, nor allow say an industrial forklift tank filler port to be retrofitted for vapour service with a POL-only fitting (no OPD), rather than full QCC1as required.
IOW what you're talking about has not been an issue for a very long time in the US.
The tank swap vendors underfill (by a LOT) below that mandated 80% point.
They are a complete ripoff, other than when you need a shiny new tank in exchange for your rusty old one about to legally expire