I took mine in the other day and the kid said it was leaking as he tried to fill it. Says my tank can't be refilled anymore. He did seem to get it about half full and they refunded my money. Half tank of propane for free, score! When it runs out I'll do a tank swap. Its 9 years old and they're only supposedta be good for 10 without testing right? I've never heard of someplace replacing the valve for you, I'd just swap the tank. -Curt From: WILTON via Mercedes <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Mercedes Discussion List <email@example.com> Cc: WILTON <wilt...@nc.rr.com> Sent: Monday, August 3, 2015 2:58 PM Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - a little excitement, propane fire BTW, I'll find another place to fill my propane tanks.
Wilton ----- Original Message ----- From: "WILTON via Mercedes" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: "mercedes Discussion List" <email@example.com> Cc: "WILTON" <wilt...@nc.rr.com> Sent: Monday, August 03, 2015 2:35 PM Subject: [MBZ] OT - a little excitement, propane fire > 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 > _______________________________________ 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 _______________________________________ 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