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Old 09-28-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
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Stuck Regulator

I have seen this addressed before but can't find the thread now. My regulator sticks when it gets down toward freezing. This happened last winter and luckily fixed itself. How do you unstick a frozen regulator? Would a propane bottle cover help? I think it was mentioned to pour hot/warm water over it but what if its stuck before you can fire the water heater up?
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I think it was mentioned to pour hot/warm water over it but what if its stuck before you can fire the water heater up?
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"Pour" warm body fluids over it???
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"Pour" warm body fluids over it???
Well I guess in an emergency. . . luckily mine doesn't pour, I can still aim. .
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Don't get p***'d-off, just get one of those chemical warmers for camping. These are an envelope with a supersaturated chemical and an initiator that you snap with your fingers. As the chemical crystallizes, it gives off heat. Safe and simple and cheap (it's reusable).
YouTube - EZ Heat reusable hand warmer review
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A gas regulator should not freeze or stick, even at well below freezing temps. Is this the 1970 OEM regulator? I would replace it.

I guess it is also possible you have moisture in your lines, tanks or regulator.

In extreme cold it is also possible for the tank to freeze with very high gas flow. I had this problem when operating a kiln at below zero temps. However, I don't think that is your situation.
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No its not the original one of the first things I replaced back in 2006 or 2007.
I thought I had seen this as a common problem but if not I will replace. How do you remove moisture from tank or lines?? I would think that would be hard to do given the cooling and warming weather when no gas is in the line.
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No its not the original one of the first things I replaced back in 2006 or 2007.
I thought I had seen this as a common problem but if not I will replace. How do you remove moisture from tank or lines?? I would think that would be hard to do given the cooling and warming weather when no gas is in the line.
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First I'm not claiming to be an expert, so check it out. I would think just like you can get some bad gas with water in it the same applies to LP. I suggest you also call the regulator manufacturer and see what they say.
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