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Dragonsm

1lb Propane canister refills

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I got a new "Buddy" for xmas with the 5 ft hose to attach a "bulk" tank. I love this setup.

However, the other day I was looking at some accesories and noticed that an adapter was made that screwed it into a bulk tank allowing you the option to refill those "non-refillable" 1 lb canisters. (Saw it on Cabela's HSOforum)

Anyone try this yet? thoughts?

Definitely give me an option to just tossing out all those 1lb cylinders that I have.

Thanks
Steve

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Dragonsm,
I wish I could say that I had good luck with the adapter I tried one 2 years ago during deer season. I hooked it up to a 20lb. tank turned it upside down for x-amount of min. what ever was called for it did not to seem to fill the 1lb. tanks up all the way so they seemed to run out very quick. Others may have had better luck.
Take care, BD110

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I searched around on this topic and it seems as though the majority haven't had great luck at all with this option.

Thanks again!

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I have one and it does work, but the best I've been able to do is probably about 2/3 full.

Put the 1lb in the freezer (or outside now) and have the 20lb'er a bit warmer (about room temp) and it'll fill'er up about 2/3rds.

Works fine for my small LP lanterns etc.

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Dragonsm,

Check in the history of threads. There is a long discussion on this topic; How effective, legalities, as well as some genuine safety concerns.

I believe that thread was in the Equipment Forum.

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Colorado Ice Man

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I have used this before, but all the 1 lbers
I filled leaked afterwards when I would remove them from whatever I was using it for.

Just my experience!!

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I did not have any luck with it either. If I remember the directions said it would take a minute. Huh!!! I left for an hour and still did not get didly into the 1 pounder.

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S.D. Ice Angular;
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Varmint Hunter
& NAHC Life Member

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ive had about 99% succesful rate filling 1` lbs.meaning 1% will leak out. one does have to cheat and bleed the bottle to get it full. as soon as i can afford, i would get the hose for 5,10 or 20 lbs tanks.safer, more conistence heat.

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i have had pretty good luck filling them.I weighed a full one Ibought. It weighs 1lb. 15 ozs. use a 10lb digital fieh weight scale. I like to either use wd 40 or a little oil in the 2 ports. put 1lb tank in freezer for a bit then tip 20lber upside down.you need to use a needlenose to pull out the little air relief valve to allow it to fill. keep weighing until it gets to about 1lb 12oz or so. also wear gloves when do this.

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Here's what I found to work the best. Follow the directions as listed. The key is to take your 1lb cylinders and put them in the freezer overnight, keeping the 20 lb tank at room temperature. Don't know all the chemical reasons this seems to work, but it generally does. I only fill the small ones a couple of times (mark the date you filled the tank).

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I have been refilling 1 pound cylinders for 15 years and have never had a problem. I keep my empties in the freezer and refill from a tank that is normally in the garage. I normally only fill them just before I need them because they sometimes leak for a short time after filling. A little WD40 in the valve before filling seems to help. wink.gif

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Not only have people posted that they run out too quick, but this just doesn't seem safe at all. Go and get a smaller tank for portability its just safer. What is needed is a professional service that can re-fill them safe and effectivly and dispose of them if needed.
Its like pouring your own sinkers to save pennies and risking lead/ blood poisioning.

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(I fish)

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The only time I ever refill one pounders is in elk camp when we are limited to the amount of gear we can bring into camp. To bring enough one pounders for our lanterns would take up a LOT of space in our already too cramped gear trailer/meat wagon.

You cannot get them as full as new, we have to use the bleed valve as well. We fill just enough to get us through the hunt. If we have any left on the departure day, we run the lanterns until all the tanks are empty.

That said, I NEVER use refilled one pounders when I can get them so cheap at a store during ice fishing season. It is illegal to trasport refilled one pounders. The small amount of money I would save is just not worth the liability I could possibly face if something were to ever go wrong.

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All I have to say is that it would suck to have one of those things explode. Why take the risk when for 25$ you could have a safer/longer lasting refillable five pounder.
><>deadeye

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Filling one pounders saves alot of money throughout the course of a year for me. Its easy, it works, and its not dangerous in the least. The flat bottomed tanks fill better than the colemans, don't ask me why. Filling from a larger tank like a 40lb or 100lb also works better. Keep the 1 lb cold, the main tank warm, and have some fun breaking the law. If you want to do something dangerous try shocking some nightcrawlers. I'm out.

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