You can get bottles filled but around here most people just swap theirs for a full one for about $18 or so. I guess this is a reason why charcoal is better but we use propane because it's easier.
Sent from my iPhone > On Aug 3, 2015, at 1:35 PM, WILTON via Mercedes <email@example.com> wrote: > > 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