Ceah’s missing gasket reminded me of something I’d like to pass
I purchased one of those Blue Rhino propane tanks full from a major
warehouse hardware store. Once I got it home I set up my torches
then tested all connections with a good soapy solution. I found a few
bubbles and tightened them and all seemed well.
Two days later I opened the valve on the propane tank and smelled
gas. Once more I used the trusty soapy solution and found it was
leaking at the connection to the propane valve. I tightened it and it
The next day was a repetition of day two. Now I was getting
suspicious. I turned everything off, cleared the hose pressures, and
removed the regulators. I looked at the gasket inside the propane
tank valve and the gasket was scarred pretty badly. I took it back,
but despite selling me a potentially life threatening product, they
only swapped tanks. I had to pay for the gas once again.
The moral I learned from all this is to visually check the gaskets
on all products such as propane tanks, butane torches, etc., before
leaving the store.
Mike DeBurgh, GJG