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Ep. 111: Refilling 1-lb. Propane Tanks | RV camping tips tricks and how-to


Hey folks, welcome back to Grand Adventure! I’m your host Marc Guido, and chances are
you have some things in your camping kit, maybe even a bunch of things that use
these little one-pound canisters of propane. But they’re awfully expensive in
the store. We found a great way that we save a bunch of money with these, and
we’ll share it with you on today’s episode, so stay tuned! Now if you buy one of these tanks in the
store it’s going to cost you at least $4 for one of these one-pound canisters, but
if you get a 20-pound tank refilled it’s going to cost you $13, $14, maybe $15 to refill
that tank, so you’re spending 75 cents or less a pound that way, instead of $4 or more a pound this way. These canisters can be refilled, we do refill
them. Now just a little disclaimer, propane can be dangerous. We don’t
recommend you doing this yourself. This is what we do, with a number of safety
precautions. To refill these tanks has an added benefit: these tanks don’t end up
in the landfill or in the trash cycle. Therefore, it’s more environmentally
friendly to refill these things as well. We’re going to show you how we do it. Now,
all we need to refill the tank is of course a tank of propane, a pair of
needle nose pliers, and one of these propane adapters — and we’ll show you
later on in the video where you can find one of these, but the process is really
simple. Let’s walk through it right now. So the first thing we want to do is
actually bleed the air out of the tank, the excess air out of the tank. You’ll
see that there’s a little Schrader valve here on the top of the tank, and what
we’re going to do is use the needle nose pliers to pull that pin out to release
the air. And you want to make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area because
this will give off propane fumes, but there we go. It’s now empty now. Sometimes
these little Schrader valves will stick or the seal inside the valve, or inside the
fitting will leak. If either of those things are the case make sure that you
toss the can, dispose of it. Don’t refill it. Now we also want to make sure
that we don’t overfill the canister. For that reason, it’s a good thing to have a
digital scale with you. I, of course, forgot mine at home today, but what you
want to do is weigh this thing. Zero out the scale, weigh it so you can make sure
that you don’t put more than one pound of propane inside the tank.
So now I’m going to take the adapter and with the Acme nut on one end, just screw
it right onto the propane tank the same way you would any other thing. And I’m
going to take the canister, the empty canister, and screw it into the adapter the
same way we would in any appliance that uses these canisters. Now I’m going to
turn the propane on. You can hear it start to fill, and I’m going to turn it
upside down and let it fill. Now it’s not going to fill all the way on the first
try, as a matter of fact, just because of the air pressure that’s building up
inside the tank. It’s good to go to maybe two-thirds full, somewhere around there,
and we’ll show you how to bleed a little bit more air to get a little bit more in. And we’ll let some time elapse here. Okay now, it stopped making noise. I’m
going to turn the tank off. I’m going to unscrew this from the adapter. We’re
getting pretty full already, but I’m going to bleed a little bit more air out
of this thing the same way we did before with the pliers. A little bit more. We’ll make sure that valve’s back in. Screwing it
back in and repeat the process. There, you can hear because we’ve bled that air out,
we’re putting more propane in the canister. It’ll take less time to fill because
it’s nearing full already, on the second try than it did on the
first pass. We’re going to skip some time here again. Okay, it stopped filling or slowed down
considerably. And turn it off again and unscrew this canister. And again, the
safest way to do this is if you have a scale so you can measure how much
propane you’ve put in, but I’ll tell you by feel that’s pretty close to one pound,
pretty close to a normal full canister. And in a matter of just a minute or two
we’ve refilled one of these for a fraction of the cost of what it would
take to buy one of these in the store. So now that I’m back home we’ll use the
scale that I forgot to bring with me. Put an empty canister on here and if we tare
out the scale, we’ll get it back down to zero so we eliminate the weight of the
canister. Now without resetting the scale, now that we’ve refilled the can it’s
showing just the weight of the propane. One pound. Perfect, nailed it … aside from
it sliding off the scale [laugh]. So again the standard disclaimers apply. This is what
we do. We don’t recommend you doing this. Propane can be dangerous. If you do
decide to do this yourself, make sure that you’re away from any kind of open
flame as it does give off propane fumes while you’re doing the refill. However, if
you’d like one of these little adapters they are available on Amazon. We have
them in the Grand Adventure Amazon Shop. We’ll put a link to one of these in the
description down below this video. They’re cheap, they’re maybe… I didn’t
look before filming this, but they’re maybe 10 or 12 bucks, and you’ll pay for
one of these just by refilling a couple of these canisters, and you’ve already
paid for this. We hope that this information has been useful to you. If
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