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Old 06-01-2007, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Propane tank filled, now it won't work?

I'm sorry if this is a stupid problem, but I've always used charcoal for the BBQ and only recently started using propane for brewing and so I don't really know anything about using it.

Here is the problem: I just had my tank refilled, and now when I attach it to my turkey fryer and open both of the valves (like normal), no gas comes out...

I am wondering if maybe I accidentally tripped some safety feature? Or maybe it has something to do with the little valve that the guy who filled it turns with a screwdriver - did he forget to turn it back to where it is supposed to be or turn it to the wrong place or something? I don't even know what that valve is for, or even if it is a valve.

Sorry to be such a propane noob, any help is greatly appreciated (especially because I am planning on brewing this afternoon!).

Thanks in advance

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:02 PM   #2
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Make sure that the valve on the fryer is CLOSED before opening the tank. That's all I can think of.

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well, I guess I figured it out... I tightened that side valve thing with a screwdriver and hooked things back up and now it is working. So I guess that was the problem (?)

Thanks, and hopefully I won't run into the same issue when I go to heat my sparge water.

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Can you post a picture of your tank/valve and in hopes that it might help the next person searching for this?

Its Friday, your tank is full, enjoy a homebrew and make some more!

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:44 PM   #5
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Here is the picture (the really small red writing says "all the way closed"

So, if indeed that was the problem, this is how it is fixed: The little valve thing was tightened with a screwdriver.

If anybody else ever has this same problem, I hope that this helps, and I hope that knowing that I, too, am an idiot also helps.
And thanks FlyGuy and Harv for the responses. I lift my glass of homebrew to you.

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Old 06-01-2007, 09:27 PM   #6
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So, that little valve (or whatever) thing may not have actually been the problem, because it wouldn't start (at first) when I started to heat my sparge water just moments ago. I did manage to get going after unhooking my turkey fryer and then hooking it up again, though. I am wondering if I may have accidentally tripped a safety feature? I am using it outside, and it is only partially shaded (I have no idea if a hot ambient temperature makes any difference, I just thought that I would mention it. Oh, and I think that I do follow the correct procedure for opening/closing the valves - the propane tank is the first on and off).

So I am still a little puzzled, but at least everything is working (for now)

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Old 06-01-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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You might not have had it screwed on tight enough. Some of them have a safety in the valve which won't let propane out unless it is attached to a hose.

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Old 06-01-2007, 10:17 PM   #8
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Here is the trick I learned. It seems to work more often with the type of supply hose where the regulator is at non-tank end of the hose. Make sure the valve on the hose is shut. Attach the assembly to the tank and open the valve ONLY on the tank. NOW WAIT for a minute, good time for a sip of beer. After your sip or two of beer, NOW open the tubing valve and the gas should flow. If still a no go, turn off the tank, open the valve at the other end to bleed any gas out. Undo do everthing, close the valve, reassemble and try again, this time have a few more sips of beer before tyring to light.

I had an outdoor cooker that I originally bought for outdoor wokery cooking and large paella making that was always giving me just this kind of fits. Eventually I read on the web the above tip from someone who had a similar stove. This person said that it had something to do with letting the pressure in the supply hose equilibrate before opening the valve.

I don't have this problem with my turkey fryer where the regulator is at the end that attaches to the tank like this - at least I haven't run into it yet.

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You might not have had it screwed on tight enough. Some of them have a safety in the valve which won't let propane out unless it is attached to a hose.
The thought had crossed my mind, except that between heating water for the mash (after I got it to work) and heating water for the sparge (when it stopped working again for a moment) I didn't touch the whole setup.

At any rate, it's boiling now, so all is well that ends well. Until next time, at least.
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Shucks, I thought I had learned a new word.

But, NOOOO. http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Specia...ilibrate&go=Go

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special...ilibrate&go=Go

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