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Old 03-10-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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Newbie propane question

'Kay, so I've managed to figure out getting water into the tank. I figured out how to close the drain valve and then put more water in the tank. I figured out the getting the pump to start filling pipes and the heater to start heating. Then I thought I'd better check the propane levels.

Does this pic mean that the primary propane tank is half empty? Or does it mean it's all empty and I'm running on the secondary tank?

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The red signal means that the primary tank is empty, and that you are running off of the second tank now. Through the lever over to the other side. It should turn to green. Refill the empty tank now.

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What Moosetags said, assuming you have the Propane valves open on the cylinders. If you leave the valves closed for a day or two, the pressure in the indicator thingy drops and the red collar shows. Ask me how I know!
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:01 PM   #4
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What Moosetags said, assuming you have the Propane valves open on the cylinders. If you leave the valves closed for a day or two, the pressure in the indicator thingy drops and the red collar shows. Ask me how I know!
Then I sincerely hope I remember how you and Kirk showed me how to change the tanks, Mr. Toad! I'll give it a go tomorrow.

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Z---It's easy to take the tank off...

(1) remove the butterfly bolt that holds the tank cover in place and remove the tank cover by lifting it straight up and off the center bolt...

(2) turn the empty tank off...

(3) unscrew the gas fitting at the tank end of the feed line ... it should just be hand tightened...

(4) lift the "claw" cross bar from the tank you want to remove...

(5) lift the empty tank off and take it to a propane place to fill...

When you have it filled it will be much heavier...so be ready for that.

Reverse this process to re-install the full tank ...when it's in place and connected, open it...when the other tank is empty the red collar will show... then you switch the lever to point to the tank that is full (the collar will change from red to green when you point it to the full tank)...then you can remove and refill the other tank...this way you never run out of propane.
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Thanks, TB! I'll keep that close to hand so I can do it step by step!
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Zlee,

Nowadays with the new no-tools fittings there's really nothing to it. Once you've done it you'll see what we mean.

Do remember to turn off the empty tank before you disconnect it, though.
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Nowadays with the new no-tools fittings there's really nothing to it. Once you've done it you'll see what we mean.

Do remember to turn off the empty tank before you disconnect it, though.
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Mr. Toad walked me through it in London, but I haven't done it since. Im always more nervous around things that can go boom.
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I'm always more nervous around things that can go boom.
Well, that is one job where "smoking could be hazardous to your health"!
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Well, that is one job where "smoking could be hazardous to your health"!
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I used to work around oxygen tanks. *shudder*
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Well, that is one job where "smoking could be hazardous to your health"!
Yes, be sure to keep your cigarette to the side of your mouth, if you are smoking while changing out tanks.
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Yes, be sure to keep your cigarette to the side of your mouth, if you are smoking while changing out tanks.
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On ours, the red will eventually begin to show...and it will stay that way for some time. BUT ...when it DOES get to the very end of its content, it will give off a faint propane oder in side the house. So the red is actually telling you that you may refill at anytime soon. Currently it costs @ 17 dollars to fill a tank. Wish I could do that number with the tow vehicle.
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I'm reminded of whoever the idiot was here who smoked a cigarette and put it out by sticking it through the vent louvers on my propane filling station. I was kind of stunned when I opened the station and found the butt.

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