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Jmnhunter

Propane smell from tanks?

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Jmnhunter

i have a ice castle with 2-30lb tanks that has one of those camco plastic propane covers. when i take the top off to look at the valves and regulator assembly, I get a slight smell of propane, doesnt seem constant or strong.

the 2 stage auto change over regulator is only about 3 years old; so i'm not sure if its coming from a "vent" from the regulator-if there is such a thing? I've taken off the tanks and tested them separately and the leak is not coming from the tanks, i've isolated it to the regulator/hoses as I could still get a slight smell with the tanks off even a few days after. So i'm not sure if this is normal or indeed a true leak? I've tried spraying the tank connections with soapy water with no signs of a leak, I did not test the main hose that connects to the regulator, although I did put some new thread tape on that and it made no difference. 

is there supposed to be some slow vent causing a slight smell? Which I suppose would make sense with the heat beating on the tanks all day

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leech~~

If one of your tanks is near empty it may smell stronger as the rotten egg odor they add to propane seems to be really strong at the end. I just ran one of my 100 lbsers out up at the camper last weekend and since it was the first time I started the heat this year I was thinking leak? 🙁  But once I shut it off and switched to the full tank it went away.  Good luck.

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PRO-V

The vent on the regulator does not vent gas. Only compensates for change of air pressure on the diaphragm.

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Jmnhunter

hmm, i may need to replace the whole assembly

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PRO-V

Do a leak test on the whole business while pressurized.

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hayseed

I had a gas smell in a propane line and bought a hand held explosive gas detector from Menards for $20.00. Found the leak on the first pass. Worked great. 

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leech~~
1 hour ago, hayseed said:

I had a gas smell in a propane line and bought a hand held explosive gas detector from Menards for $20.00. Found the leak on the first pass. Worked great.

This dealy?  Sounds like the thing to get for the camper or Ice house. Thanks for the tip. :)

Portable Gas Detector

Model Number: 240PGD

Menards® SKU: 3644350

EVERYDAY LOW PRICE $22.76

SALE PRICE $19.99  Limited Time Offer

 

 

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Jim Almquist

I have never seen these. Might just have to pick one up.

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rundrave

I was smelling propane and figured I had leak some where at my home. Called my propane co-op and they came out with a similar tool and we were able to pinpoint the exact location it was leaking. Then it was re-affirmed with some dishsoap and water over the same spot. 

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Jmnhunter

hmm, great to know, thanks!

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