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Thanks! That's quite a rig up.

The video I found (and will search for again and post it) shows just the simple one piece valve connector from 20# to 1#. The trick is to flip the 20# upside down and then open the fill valve...but it stands on the rim of the protective elements (to the valve on top).
That's the one I have.

BTW, it may have already been said, but those small bottles are pretty thin. Filling and refilling, stresses all LP bottles and the little ones the most. I've never had one fail, but I only refill them about 4 or 5 times and then chuck the disposable bottle.
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have you saw these? there made out of semi transparent fiberglass and you can see how much gas is in them! i like that they are light weight and will make less noise moving them around, i am thinking about buying 1 or 2 of them for the transit. http://www.westmarine.com/buy/triden...ecs-_-MB-_-PDP
I (still) have one of the old design tanks. They were all recalled, with no recourse to the manufacturer that went out of business. There wasn't a known problem, just a failure in the testing procedure and data retainage on their manufacture. No reputable LP site will refill them.

The new bottles are more expensive and have to be re-certified every 5 years. The process and costs of recertification are, at best fuzzy. (It's not like you can take it down to the 7-11 and trade for a new full one.)
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I (still) have one of the old design tanks. They were all recalled, with no recourse to the manufacturer that went out of business. There wasn't a known problem, just a failure in the testing procedure and data retainage on their manufacture. No reputable LP site will refill them.

The new bottles are more expensive and have to be re-certified every 5 years. The process and costs of recertification are, at best fuzzy. (It's not like you can take it down to the 7-11 and trade for a new full one.)
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I'm glad I never bought any of those fibreglass ones- I normally get bottles refilled but when 1800 miles from home and no one to refill I may have to swap out and yep-
nobody will swap a non standard cylinder.
I even had a gas place in Estes Park CO refuse to refill a standard 20 lb tank because it had another companies shrink wrap logo on it!

They said I had to prove ownership with paperwork with the logo on it...
being a smartass I asked if they'd fill it if I peeled it off...and to my surprise they said yes.
So I peeled it off and they filled it! SMH

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I'm glad I never bought any of those fibreglass ones- I normally get bottles refilled but when 1800 miles from home and no one to refill I may have to swap out and yep-
nobody will swap a non standard cylinder.
I even had a gas place in Estes Park CO refuse to refill a standard 20 lb tank because it had another companies shrink wrap logo on it!

They said I had to prove ownership with paperwork with the logo on it...
being a smartass I asked if they'd fill it if I peeled it off...and to my surprise they said yes.
So I peeled it off and they filled it! SMH
That some crazy sheeeite!!

Most of the 20 pounders that I use outside on my grille have the plastic wrap long gone and are just bare tanks.
I think it's better to just take the plastic off on new tanks anyway because it holds moisture behind the plastic and causes rust eventually.

I have had to wire brush them and do some rust-o-leum on them to make them look good
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If you ever want to know how much propane is in a tank, dribble hot water down the side of the tank as it is running on a device
You will see a very clear line on the side of the tank where the propane level is

propane is very cold as it goes from liquid to gas
I use a handheld IR temp gun and can tell pretty close where the level is- but as said you have to be consuming gas to do it, otherwise it all sits at the same temp.

Oh and thanks for the info on the Brevard TSC- good to know they have LP now.
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That's the one I have.

BTW, it may have already been said, but those small bottles are pretty thin. Filling and refilling, stresses all LP bottles and the little ones the most. I've never had one fail, but I only refill them about 4 or 5 times and then chuck the disposable bottle.
Good to know. I'll tally with a permanent marker on the 1# ers each time I refill it...

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Maybe a nice solution would be to use the Flame King with the U-Haul reusable cylinders. I have two of the U-Haul cylinders. They do have a 5/64 set screw that can be opened to vent the air.

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Maybe a nice solution would be to use the Flame King with the U-Haul reusable cylinders. I have two of the U-Haul cylinders. They do have a 5/64 set screw that can be opened to vent the air.
The Flame King bottle I got with the kit also uses a small set screw as a vent

One note about the Flame King bottle:
I just tried it on my Portable buddy today and it is taller than a Coleman tank
The Portable buddy could not sit flat on it feet because of the taller tank

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Hmmm..the non-standard size could be an issue with many devices.
Is the diameter correct? I have a single burner stove I like that requires the base of the 1lb cylinder be pressed into a plastic "foot" to make it more stable.
Also have one of those Mr Buddy Heaters..

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