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10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Aug 30, 2022 6:13 pm

I took it to the propane place where I've gone for years. He couldn't get the tank to fill and said it would need a new valve. Another 10 pounder with a new valve had the same problem. He replaced my valve and it still wouldn't fill. I'm guessing there was a bad batch of valves. He'll order some more. Any other suggestions or ideas?
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby tmays » Tue Aug 30, 2022 7:51 pm

Little screw on the side of the valve. Unscrew it some and see if that solves the problem. The old fashion way to fill them up without a scale was to unscrew that screw some and when tank filled, propane would come out that hole
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Bob McCarty » Tue Aug 30, 2022 8:20 pm

tmays wrote:Little screw on the side of the valve. Unscrew it some and see if that solves the problem. The old fashion way to fill them up without a scale was to unscrew that screw some and when tank filled, propane would come out that hole

He did that without success in filling it. Went to another hose/tank that had higher pressure also without success.
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Gary Dotson » Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:04 am

The OPD valves have a very small orifice for filling. It can’t be much else but the valve.

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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Don McCombs » Wed Aug 31, 2022 8:15 am

Did the valves say Hecho en China on them?
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Bob McCarty » Wed Aug 31, 2022 9:02 am

Don McCombs wrote:Did the valves say Hecho en China on them?

Don't know, but likely from offshore.
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby outdoors4evr » Wed Sep 14, 2022 6:21 am

It sounds like it has lost its vacuum. When a tank is new, the tank is evacuated prior to the first fill. Sometimes, when a propane tank runs out of fuel, the gas valve is not turned off right away and the tank will need to be evacuated again.

The hint to this is when a tank only takes a partial fill. Maybe this is the issue???? If it were a 20lb tank, I'd exchange it. Not sure what to do with a 10lb tank.
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby SamsFarm » Wed Sep 14, 2022 8:31 am

Your opd valve has a float attached to it that might be stuck.

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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby 69ranger » Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:18 pm

OPD valves are a pain in the butt, even if they are perfect. Probably a mis-made valve..

I have a Wet leg on my bulk tank and fill my own tanks. A while back I had one of the exchange company tanks that would not take gas at all.
Seemed to look, and it worked well enough to empty the tank while being used on a BBQ grill.
I messed with it quite a while, but it would not fill.
It was my neighbors tank, and I was trying to do them a favor, so they could cook out. Ended up loaning them one of my tanks, so they could finish cooking. They took the bad tank, and exchanged it, and brought mine back in a day or two.

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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Donegal Cub » Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:29 pm

:D
Don McCombs wrote:Did the valves say Hecho en China on them?

:D :) :lol: :lol: Fluent in Chinese Dom :lol: :lol:

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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Don McCombs » Mon Sep 19, 2022 3:46 pm

Spanish, Bernard. :big smile:
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Bob McCarty » Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:04 pm

Still waiting for the phone call that it's fixed....
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:39 pm

69ranger wrote:. . . A while back I had one of the exchange company tanks that would not take gas at all. . . .

I don't know. This is just something I heard. But I heard that at least one of the exchange companies deliberately has something non-standard done to their valves so only they can fill them.

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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby Don McCombs » Tue Sep 20, 2022 7:18 am

I am able to fill Blue Rhino tanks at other suppliers.
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Re: 10 lb propane tank won't fill

Postby 69ranger » Thu Sep 22, 2022 8:51 pm

I would nit be a bit surprised to see that sort of thing going on. It was weird that for no good reason it would just not take on any gas.


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