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Old 01-03-2011, 07:51 PM   #29
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That's about $3.15 per gallon if they were dead empty, less if they had a smidgen of propane left in them. (My experience is that it's actually somewhat rare to draw a cylinder dead empty on an appliance. Usually, the appliance shuts down before that point.)

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Just filled two 30's in Texas and the total cost with tax was $44. I know they were empty because brilliant me didn't refill them before our last trip (just got back yesterday). Woke up at 2am freezing cold---LP tanks had run out. Nighttime low was 26 degrees. Long cold night. Lesson learned.
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Propane here in MD / DC area is $4 / gallon
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Hi Kay,

Most places around here fill by weight, so that shouldn't happen even without OPD (Overfill Prevention Device) valves. I can't remember if your bottles have the OPD valves or not, but it seems like we talked about this when we looked at your (very nice) Airstream. Last time I checked, they were not required to fill bottles here in Arkansas, anyway.

If they were overfilled, they would vent out a safety valve. Mainly that would be wasteful more than dangerous since only a little at a time would come out. I can't really see that happening, though, due to it being unlikely that you will get them overfilled in the first place.

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This is what happened once upon a time when some LP gas bottles were overfilled. Killed 62 people.

Indianapolis, IN Coliseum Explosion, Oct 1963 | GenDisasters ... Genealogy in Tragedy, Disasters, Fires, Floods

Nowadays the filling stations are careful to fill bottles by weight. The OPD valves are to prevent them from being overfilled if they're not careful.

Propane is energetic stuff, and heavier than air so it will accumulate in low spots. Best treated with great respect.
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This is what happened once upon a time when some LP gas bottles were overfilled. Killed 62 people.

Indianapolis, IN Coliseum Explosion, Oct 1963 | GenDisasters ... Genealogy in Tragedy, Disasters, Fires, Floods

Nowadays the filling stations are careful to fill bottles by weight. The OPD valves are to prevent them from being overfilled if they're not careful.

Propane is energetic stuff, and heavier than air so it will accumulate in low spots. Best treated with great respect.
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I agree that it should be treated with respect, but that kind of explosion is extremely unlikely outdoors where the escaped propane cannot buildup.
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