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Old 01-22-2015, 08:27 PM   #1
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Small Grill Bottles that Leak when removed

It seems to me that every small grill propane bottle I have used lately will leak once removed from the fitting. These valves are supposed to reseal like a tire valve and they don't. This seems to me like a serious safety hazard. I just dumped a full bottle because I did not want to leave it attached to the drill while traveling. Anyone else had this problem? This also makes me want to make a cap that will seal even one that is leaking.

Ok found the solution

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/produ...caps?a=1034001

These will pay for themselves pretty quick.

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Old 01-22-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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Just spitballing here, but is it possible there is a burr or nick on your grill regulator tearing the seals of the bottles?


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Old 01-22-2015, 08:39 PM   #3
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Cool, and I just received a new copy of the Sportsman's Guide. Thanks.
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:20 PM   #4
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Get a shnozzle.com and refill your bottles.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:06 PM   #5
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I've wondered about leaks. I have often "snooped" them after removal from the grill. Never had one that leaked.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:11 PM   #6
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What you described happened to me, but only once a long time ago. I assumed there was something wrong with the fuel cylinder (it was a Colman brand). I have used many fuel cylinders since then (many different brands too), but never had a repeat of the problem. If it's happening frequently (or every time) for you, and it always happens on the same piece of equipment (like a grill), I would suspect the fuel connector/regulator on that piece of equipment. Like JD said, could be a burr on your connector/regulator. Give it a good rubdown with steel wool, or order a replacement connector/regulator.
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Be very careful of these bottles, especially when they age. I know of a person changing one out on a stove during a power outage. It leaked, the gas ignited from a candle, and the man received severe burns. He nearly lost his life.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:17 PM   #8
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I honestly think the quality of the disposable bottles valves and threaded parts are slipping. I found an OLD Coleman bottle from probably 20 years ago and the valve and threaded portion are much smoother than the newer ones I have. FWIW I very seldom use them anymore. I have adapters to fit my larger tanks. We keep a few 1# tanks around for emergencies.

I also agree with JD, if it keeps occurring with a single appliance it may be suspect. If it was just one bottle or on different appliances it may be that run of fuel bottles.

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I honestly think the quality of the disposable bottles valves and threaded parts are slipping. I found an OLD Coleman bottle from probably 20 years ago and the valve and threaded portion are much smoother than the newer ones I have. FWIW I very seldom use them anymore. I have adapters to fit my larger tanks. We keep a few 1# tanks around for emergencies.

I also agree with JD, if it keeps occurring with a single appliance it may be suspect. If it was just one bottle or on different appliances it may be that run of fuel bottles.

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Concur, agree, support. The LITTLE bottles are good if you're a tent camper - but if you're 10 feet away from twin 30 or 40 lb bottle, the little ones are an unnecessary pain in the neck.

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I would like to see the use of these little "disposable " bottles banned. They don't get refilled and they don't get recycled(too expensive). The adaptor doesn't cost much and you can then use a refillable which is way cheaper in the long run.
I had one leak, and never used them again.


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They should not leak. There is no reason the valve cannot be made properly. They are made in China. I may take one apart and find out what the issue it. The valve that seals the bottle from leaking is a different seal from the one that seals around the stem from the regulator.

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Concur, agree, support. The LITTLE bottles are good if you're a tent camper - but if you're 10 feet away from twin 30 or 40 lb bottle, the little ones are an unnecessary pain in the neck.

Thanks Aaron.
Even tent camping we hauled larger LP tanks. IIRC we had 4.5 gallon, 11 gallon as well as 20 gallon. We put them in milk crates for stability. Used the distribution poles, put a lantern on top and have a place to hook up the LP stove too.

Our Boy Scout troop did the same thing. They didn't want the youngsters messing with liquid fuels.

The lantern on top always made me think of the lamp post in the woods from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

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These bottles have been used for decades. They did not leak 30yrs ago.

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These bottles have been used for decades. They did not leak 30yrs ago.

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I agree... see previous post.

Thirty years ago they weren't being produced in large batches in other countries. While China/Mexico/fill in country of your choice are a capable of manufacturing quality products, quite often they don't. Want a few hundred thousand disposable LP cylinders for half of what you would pay a US manufacturer? No problem boss... just expect a few duds in the batch.

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