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Purging New Propane Tanks and Propane Cylinders

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Purging - Essential for New Propane Tanks!

When filling your new propane cylinder for the first time, it is different than filling a used tank.  When your new tank  arrives, be sure to read the manufacturer's special "Purging Instructions" found on an adhesive label attached to the outside of the tank. 

  • Caution:  Do not attempt to take your new tank to a gas station or R/V dealer for the first filling and purging. 
  • Go to a certified propane company in your community. 
  • Once this initial process is done, you can fill your tanks any where desired.
  • Failure to follow these instructions will very likely result in many different problems with filling the tank and the operation of your appliances.  

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Purging New Propane Tanks and Cylinders

Why Does my New Propane Tank Need to be Purged?

New propane tanks and cylinders must be purged!   Why?     New propane tanks for sale like the 20 lb (5 Gallon) cylinder shown above are generally shipped with air pressure, sometimes as much as 100 PSI, to provide a balance of pressure while being shipped over various altitudes.  [...]

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Propane Tank Filling Safety Warning!

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Things to know about propane tank pressure?

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Propane Tank Gauge Sticking?

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Why Does Ice Form on the Outside of a Propane Tank?

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Understanding Propane Pressure, Is Important!

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Painting a Propane Tank - Not as Simple as You Might Think!

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How Can I Check for Leaks on my Propane Tank?

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