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Old 11-30-2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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I am having trouble with my propane system. Not sure what's going on. I haven't dug into it much yet, but have a theory, and wanted an opinion.


Since we are in one spot for the winter, I took one of the parks 100lb tanks (they sell them at cost, which is much cheaper than by the gallon).
So I hooked it up to the extend-a-stay fitting I installed a couple months ago.

The Problem... Last week I noticed the furnace would cut in and cut out. When I started to diagnose the cold air coming out, it came back on and all seemed well. I wrote it off that the wind probably blew it out... since it was quite breezy that day...

Then today, I was cooking. I made some sauce that had to simmer for quite a while, also while boiling a pot of water for pasta, and then I lost all gas.

10 mins later I tried it again and the gass was back but only lasted a few mins.


Do you think this is my regulator going bad? I hate to have to call a service guy for something I could change.

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Old 11-30-2007, 04:17 PM   #2
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I am having trouble with my propane system. Not sure what's going on. I haven't dug into it much yet, but have a theory, and wanted an opinion.


Since we are in one spot for the winter, I took one of the parks 100lb tanks (they sell them at cost, which is much cheaper than by the gallon).
So I hooked it up to the extend-a-stay fitting I installed a couple months ago.

The Problem... Last week I noticed the furnace would cut in and cut out. When I started to diagnose the cold air coming out, it came back on and all seemed well. I wrote it off that the wind probably blew it out... since it was quite breezy that day...

Then today, I was cooking. I made some sauce that had to simmer for quite a while, also while boiling a pot of water for pasta, and then I lost all gas.

10 mins later I tried it again and the gass was back but only lasted a few mins.


Do you think this is my regulator going bad? I hate to have to call a service guy for something I could change.

John
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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Almost sounds like it's iceing up..
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Old 11-30-2007, 06:24 PM   #4
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It could be some debris got into the system from the 100# bottle. What happens if you switch back to your main tank, that would be a good way to verify whether or not it is the regulator.
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Old 12-01-2007, 05:14 AM   #5
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I your 100# tank is completely full you may be getting liquid propane into your regulator.

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Old 12-01-2007, 07:17 AM   #6
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John, if the 100 lb cylinder looks brand new. It could be ice because most people go get a "real good deal" on a new tank and then take it to a propane distributor to get it filled. These tanks are rarely purged as they are suppose to be and this results in moisture within the tank.

Just take the tank to the propane distributor and tell them you suspect ice. They probably have an alcohol injector for solving this problem.

I had this problem with my former MH and a shot (pint) of alcohol cured the problem. This was on my MH main tank.

http://energy.growmark.com/propane/Chapter4.html
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Old 12-01-2007, 03:18 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.

I haven't had time to dig into it yet... But I do thank you for the ideas.

To me it does seem like Ice, but it isn't a new tank, it is well used. I don't think its a purge issue. The good deal was on the propane, it was their "Summer" rate. Which again makes me wonder if the tank just isn't freezing up with high draw.

I need to disconnect the tank and run the MH tank to see if I have the same problem. I'll update you as I find it. I Thanks for the link!

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Old 12-04-2007, 07:56 AM   #8
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John,
If the 100# cylinder is iceing up it will have a definite frost line visible on the outside of the tank. I am inclined to suspect the regulator and trash in it. If you feel competent disassemble the regulator and clean it, particularly the orifice. Don't lose the spring inside. Also, while inside check the pivot points for flexibility.
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:09 AM   #9
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions.

I have yet to find anything definitive. I switched over to the main tank, and it worked fine, then switched back, and it was OK. I am guessing there was just some trash in the regulator, or the regulator iced up. So far so good right now.

Thanks again,

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