Yesterday 'bout 5 PM, I had a few minutes of excitement after installing full, 20 # tank of propane on my Weber grille.
'Had the tank filled 2 or 3 months ago at local hardware store. 'Thought I heard it leaking at the fill/dispensing valve while the clerk lady was filling it, and asked her, "Is that bottle leaking at the valve shaft?" She replied, "Nah, I probably didn't have the fill/charging connection quite tight enough." Coupla months ago, SWMBO had problem with the grille not getting hot enough. I read owner's manual, and realized that she was turning it on in such a manner (too quickly) as to cause a safety feature to keep it from providing high heat. During my tests, I temporarily installed the full tank and found it leaking at the fill/dispensing valve when I opened the valve on top of the tank. I changed the bottles back to the "old" tank. Coupla days later I took the "newly-filled" tank back to the hardware store and tried to tell 'em that, indeed, it does leak and asked if they could change the valve. 'Lady who had filled it nearly went "ballistic" when I tried to ask her if she remembered my concern about it while she was filling it. Another clerk (male) took the bottle to the charging station, plugged it in and declared, "Not leaking; ya may not have had the connection tight enough." I replied, "Well, I had it as tight as I could get it with a wrench (big pliers)." 'Brought the tank back home and sat it on patio/terrace by the grille until I installed it yesterday. When I first opened the valve on top of the tank to start the grille, I heard a slight hiss/leak at the valve; after closing the valve, "got on" the connection nut again with the big pliers while trying to wiggle the hose. When I opened the valve on top of the tank again, I heard no hiss and proceeded with the grille starting procedure and leaving the doors to the tank compartment open. When I pushed the ignition button, not only did it ignite the grille burners, It ignited a significant flame around the valve on top of the tank in such a manner that I could not reach the valve handle/knob to turn it off! 'Grabbed my cell phone and told Siri to call 911. 'Clearly identified myself, location and situation to the dispatcher, "Propane leak with active flame that keeps me from reaching the valve, 'needing help NOW!" Dispatcher started asking his questions, and I went through all of it again and finished with, "While we're talking, I hope you have a truck underway, I need it now!" Fire station is only about 10 to 12 blocks away, so I quickly began to hear the sirens headed my way, and noticed that the flame pattern around the valve and top of the tank had changed slightly so that I may be able to use the pliers to turn the valve bit by bit to turn the gas off. 'Grabbed the pliers and began to get a grip on the hard-to-hold triangular-shaped knob while trying to dodge the flames. After several tries, I began to find a way to grip the knob and turn it off a bit each time. I finally got it off as the fire truck pulled up in front of the house. 'Was literally bar-b-q ing my hand - 'got coupla small first degree burn (very minor) places on inner, top of thumb. Singed hairs on back of fingers, hand and wrist. Wilton _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com