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The first thing to do is to make sure you are turning it clockwise. The next step is to determine if it is already open. Sometimes, with a new OPD, there is a shallow rise from OPEN to CLOSED. It might look closed but may have been shipped open. Since gas won't come out unless a tank with an OPD is hooked to an appliance, it won't leak. And IF the tank is hooked up to a grill that was turned to the ON position, it may have "shut down" when it was hooked up just like what happens in the improper grill lighting procedure. In this case the gas suddenly is released to go forward and the valve detects that it is going too fast so if shuts itself down. The remedy: shut everything off, wait one minute, open the tank valve, turn the grill to the LIGHT position, attempt to light.
If the valve is still stuck, a small bit of oil applied to the stem will help loosen it up.
Do not use a wrench since too much torque may result in the valve coming apart.
Yes. NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has enacted code 58-126.96.36.199 which states that only tanks with overfill protection devices (OPD) can be refilled effective April 1, 2002. This code has been adopted as law by dozens of states across the country, and is also being enforced in many communities regardless of acceptance of the code at the state level.
Tanks with round- or star-shaped handwheels do not contain OPDs and are obsolete. Tanks with triangular shaped handwheels contain OPDs and are OK to use. The propane industry estimates there could be up to 50 million non-OPD tanks in operation in the US.
Some retailers elect to spread the upgrade costs across all their exchange transactions so no one has to pay a large upgrade fee.
Other retailers only charge upgrades to consumers that have obsolete tanks. Thus consumers with OPD tanks are provided the lowest cost exchange available.
That label caution refers to spare or extra tanks, or if you store your grill indoors. Your tank is perfectly safe when stored beside your grill.
We recommend that you store tanks in a shaded or cool ventilated area. Do not bring your tank indoors. Storage outside of buildings should be located a least 5 feet (1.5 M) from any doorway or opening.
No. Always refer back to the instructions stating that the tank must be stored, transported and used in the vertical position.
Turn the tank off for 15 minutes, making sure to disconnect it and turn it OFF. When turning the tank back on, only turn the handwheel one complete rotation. DO NOT turn the handwheel all the way until it stops! This causes frost and may also cause the hand wheel to break off.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibits the distribution of tanks older than 12 years. Look for a date stamp on or near the collar of the tank. The date (month & year of re-qualification inspection) is usually stamped on the edge of the tank collar.
Tanks without unacceptable defects are good for up to 12 years from date of manufacture. A visual re-qualification is good for 5-years, assuming no defect occurs that would render that tank unacceptable subsequent to the re-qualification inspection.
The appliance regulator will typically reduce the tank to anywhere from 1/2 psi to about 2 psi, depending on the size of the appliance and its BTU rating. Regulators are rated according to use. Usually, you can find the rated pressure on the side of the appliance regulator.
According to NFPA 58, for a tank with 20 pounds of gas, at -
It is worth noting that tanks equipped with OPDs hold only about 17 pounds of fuel, which results in lower pressures at the above temperatures.
Old regulators should work satisfactorily with the new ACME OPD valves assuming that the appliance rating in BTUs does not exceed 100,000 BTU's per hour. If the appliance has a maximum output rating of over 100,000 BTUs per hour, the smaller orifices in the design of the ACME OPD valve may result in some restrictions in the vapor flow from the tank. A regulator that is not working properly shouldbe replaced with a new one.
According to the Compressed Gas Association Pamphlet V-1, the "nipple" may vary in length from 1.087 inches to .884 inches.
It depends on how much demand is placed on the tank by the appliance. Propane contains approximately 91,000 BTU's per gallon. If a consumer uses a propane tank to supply a grill that placed a 30,000 BTU per hour demand on the tank, a tank that has 3 gallons in it would last for about 9.1 hours. Variances in the weather as well as the rate of demand placed on the tank (such as operating the grill at demand levels above or below 30,000 BTU's would either reduce or increase this time).
The BTUs per hour is a rating associated with an appliance. For example, on an outdoor grill, the "higher" the setting of the grill burner knobs, the greater the demand in BTUs per hour on the cylinder. The "lower" the setting on the burner knobs, the lower the demand in BTU's per hour. A single gallon of propane should last approximately 3 hours if the demand is 30,000 BTUs per hour. It should last approximately 4.5 hours if the demand were reduced to 20,000 BTUs per hour.
The pressure within the tank is dependent upon the ambient temperature of the propane within the tank. Typically, on a 70-degree F. day, the propane may have a pressure of approximately 145 psi. To help ensure safe operation of the appliance burner(s), a regulator is provided at the inlet to the appliance to maintain a steady pressure of about 2 psi to the burner(s).
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Propane converts from liquid to vapor form by absorbing heat from the surrounding surfaces of the tank. When unusually high vapor withdrawal demands are placed on the cylinder (such as when used on a very high BTU rated appliance), the rapid heat absorption may cause a frost line to form on the cylinder wall or ice to form on the inside of the service valve. This condition can usually be avoided by matching the cylinder size with the appliance BTU rating. For example, a typical 20lb grill cylinder may show the above signs of "freezing" if an attempt is made to use it to supply a "weed burner" torch which may have a BTU rating of over 150,000 BTUs per hour.
At Blue Rhino, we recycle millions of propane tanks each year, striving to ensure that they can be used safely in America’s backyards. Our state of the art production processes includes multiple steps where we inspect, test, and leak check each and every tank we receive.
As a part of that, our staff of propane professionals is trained on how to identify a propane tank that may have been used in methamphetamine production. Watching for these tanks is part of our process. If we do encounter a tank that we suspect has been used in that manner, we immediately contact hazardous materials response units to properly dispose of the tank.
We encounter a very, very low amount of tanks used in meth production – just a handful out of millions each year. More than likely, anyone engaged in an illegal activity like that will be reluctant to bring their tanks to an exchange center.
By far the vast majority of propane tanks do what they are intended to do, which is to provide safe fuel for outdoor fun.
Grillers can feel confident that when they need gas for their grill or other propane appliance, Blue Rhino is not only a convenient choice but also a safe choice.
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Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when using your grill:
Please keep these important propane tank tips in mind at all times:
During periods of inclement weather when there is a possibility of power failures, propane fueled heaters and grills can ensure you have a reliable source of heat and cooking. Demand for our product spikes after storms strike, so if a storm approaches, check to make sure you have enough propane on hand. Plus, don’t forget to be prepared for severe weather with these items:
Because grill manufacturers no longer make grills with QDC connections, cylinder valve manufacturers are following suit. As a result, QDC valves are increasingly rare and therefore difficult for cylinder exchange providers to obtain. However, you can get a special adapter for your grill. Please contact your grill manufacturer or check the grill department.
Every year thousands of propane tanks are overfilled at refill centers. Since overfilled tanks can be dangerous, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has enacted code 58-188.8.131.52. In summary, it states:
The OPD is located inside the tank. A specially calibrated float activates to stop the flow of gas into the tank before an unsafe fill level is reached. Valves with triangular shaped handwheels are OK.
When using the OPD valve with the excess flow device or check valve, it is better to light a grill by starting with all of the valves turned off. Then turn the triangular hand wheel one complete (360 degree) turn, then turn the appliance to the "ON" or "LIGHT" position and light up. From here you can adjust slowly for a higher flame.
If your tank's handwheel is round- or star-shaped:
Obsolete or damaged propane cylinders should never be abandoned or thrown in the trash. Instead, visit a Blue Rhino tank exchange location, where:
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Inflationary pressures, including the volatile costs of steel, diesel fuel, and propane, have had a significant impact on the cylinder exchange industry. In 2008, to help control these rising costs, Blue Rhino followed the example of other consumer products companies with a product content change. We reduced the amount of propane in our tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds.
To ensure our consumers are properly notified, Blue Rhino clearly marks the amount of propane contained in our tanks, right on the package.
Blue Rhino – The Best Way to Fuel Your Cookout
Blue Rhino has always been an important part of your grilling experience. That’s a commitment we take very seriously.
Blue Rhino tanks include more than just propane. Every tank is cleaned, safety and leak checked, and includes important safety information. When necessary, tanks are refurbished and outdated parts are replaced, extending the useful life of each and every tank. Then we deliver these tanks to a store near you, so it is convenient and ready whenever you need fuel. See "What's Under Your Grill?" to learn more.
Questions? Please contact Blue Rhino or Ferrellgas.