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.

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> On Aug 3, 2015, at 1:35 PM, WILTON via Mercedes <> 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 
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