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Old 05-06-2010, 06:39 PM
mazinger_z mazinger_z is online now
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Propane Tank valve doesn't turn

Ok, I have a weird situation. I unexpectedly ran out of propane (doesn't it happen always). Went to Wal-Mart and got a new one (I think I got the last one). The valve doesn't turn at all, no matter how hard I try. However, I connected it to my grill (because I was hungry) and it worked! Is this tank, that I cannot turn off, safe for my grill?
Old 05-06-2010, 10:39 PM
LSLGuy LSLGuy is offline
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If your grill is outside, yes its safe. But ...

Odds are that your grill's valves don't turn off as well as a typical tank's does,so you'll lose a bunch of gas to leaks.

If you grill every day, that might not matter much; you'll burn most of it before it has a chance to leak away. But if you're a once a week griller you might lose 3/4ths of the gas to leaks & need a new tank in just a month or two. If it's worth the $15 to you, take it back for a fresh non-defective one.
Old 05-07-2010, 09:59 AM
muldoonthief muldoonthief is offline
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Which way are you turning it? It sounds like the valve is already open but the OPD valve wasn't letting any gas flow because it wasn't hooked up to a fixture - see here. Once you attached it to your grill, it opened the safety valve and let the gas through. I'd try closing the valve.

Is it a new tank you bought, or one of those Blue Rhino exchangeable tanks? Either way, if you can't close the valve, I'd bring it back - no point losing all your propane or having a safety issue when you should be able to get a new tank for free - one that won't close is clearly defective.


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