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NEWS ***This page is for general reference only. Always check with your local propane dealers for your safety and local codes.
  1. GRILL BOTTLES AND SIMILAR SIZES ( 4 - 40 lb. or 1 - 10 gal tanks)

  2. LARGER TANKS FOR HOME HEATING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

  3. PROPANE PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS.

What is this OPD change I need for my bottle?

OPD stands for "Overfill Protection Device". The OPD valve has a float inside the bottle which prevents any filler from placing more propane than 80% of the bottle's capacity. Since bottles have been manufactured, they were always designed to carry no more than 80% of total capacity. Although the valves have been around since October 1, 1998, they have not been required until April 1, 2002. All DOT bottles with capacities of 4 - 40 pounds must have the OPD valve. There are not any quick fixes around this. TOP

Are horizontal bottles exempt from OPD valves?

Yes, according to tank manufactures, horizontal tanks made before October 1998 DO NOT need the OPD valve.           TOP

Will my old regulator still work with the OPD valve?

Yes, you can still use POL (left hand thread) fittings. The OPD valve has inside POL threads, as well as, the outside threads for the new ACME connections. Also, the valve has a push valve which will not allow any propane out unless a connection is made.     TOP

 

How old is my bottle and what is recertification?

The month and date the bottle was manufactured is stamped on the collar ( example: 03-97). The bottle is good for 12 years from this date. After 12 years the bottle may be inspected and recertified for 5 more years.   TOP

Why doesn't my heater work when there is still propane left?

Propane boils at -44F. Most heaters draw the vapor from the tanks. Two factors greatly affect the vaporization rate: temperature and bottle surface area. As the outside temperature drops, the vaporization rate of propane decreases.  TOP

What size of tanks are available? What size do I need?

Lee's Propane has the following tanks in inventory:  TOP

Size in Gals.

Typical uses:

100

1 stove or 1small garage heater

250

1 fireplace or 1 hot water heater

500

1-2 fireplaces and grill or small heater

500

Small to medium house running 1-5 appliances

1000

Large house, house + pool heater

 

What is the typical setup for a house?

Lee's Propane typically installs a two-stage system at residential sites with 250 gal. or larger tanks. This is preferred by the propane industry because of the steady flow of propane delivered to the house. A 10 lb. first stage regulator is used at the tank. This is usually followed by a run of  buried 3/8" copper. On the house, a 11-13 inches of water column second stage regulator is installed. The tank is owned and serviced by Lee's Propane. The regulators and lines are owned by the customer. Lee's will install and maintain them if the customer so desires.                                                TOP

How much propane will I go through in a year?

The typical customer will use approximately 1000 gallons per year. A good site to visit is http://www.usepropane.com.        TOP

 

Propane physical characteristics:

Formula

C3H8

Boiling Point, F

-44

Lbs per gal. At 60 F

4.2

BTU per Gal.

91502

Cu. Ft. Air Required to Burn 1 Cu. Ft. Gas

23.86

Ignition Temperature in Air, F

920-1120

Maximum Flame

 

  Temp. in Air, F

3595

Limits of Flammability

 

  Percentage of Gas in Air Mixture;

 

   At Lower Limit - %

2.15

   At Upper Limit - %

9.6

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  Lincoln, NE 68528
  Phone: 402-474-3235
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