Ep. 111: Refilling 1-lb. Propane Tanks | RV camping tips tricks and how-to

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Most of us have camping appliances that use one-pound propane canisters, but those little devils can be awfully expensive! We save a ton of money by refilling those one-pound propane tanks from a 20-pound barbecue propane tank for less than a quarter of the cost of buying 1-pound tanks. It's simple and quick, and we'll show you how we do it.

DISCLAIMER: Working with propane is dangerous, as propane is a highly flammable and explosive gas. Do not try this at home. If you choose to do so, be sure to do so in a well ventilated area away from any spark or open flame. Check to make sure that refilling disposable propane bottles is legal in your jurisdiction.

Here is what we've found:

1. Federal regulations appear to be limited to DOT regulations related to the transportation of propane (https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/49/5104 would be violated if refilling can be deemed "tampering" and the canister is subsequently transported). We have not found any federal regulations related to consumer refilling of propane canisters itself. Aside from these DOT regulations, all other regulations regarding propane handling appear to be promulgated at the state level. If someone can point to a specific title, chapter & section in federal code that contradicts this, we'd love to hear from you.

2. Using our home state of Utah as an example, the regulations appear in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Act https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title53/Chapter7/53-7-P3.html . Within that act, section 53-7-308 states:

"A person may not engage in any of the following activities related to LPG unless the person has obtained an authorizing license or certification from the board:
(4) product activities, including the sale, transportation, dispensation, or storage of LPG in this state, except that a license or certification is not required for a person:
(b) when the product is stored, transferred, or used by the final consumer."

There is nothing that we have found in the Utah LPGA that prohibits consumers from refilling 1 lb. "disposable" propane canisters. We encourage others to do their own research into federal and their own state regulations to draw their own conclusions.

Filmed: July 28, 2019

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