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Old December 18th, 2006, 00:21   #16
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***Warning! Do NOT try this at home!***

I noticed a couple of propane bottles I have kicking around my place have this problem. I swap bottles around for lots of stuff so I just put them in the shop to use instead of with my airsoft gear.
I was curious though, what would happen if you put the adapter onto a problematic bottle and lit it. I did this out in the yard. HUGE ass flame came out (of course) so I rolled the bottle down the road where it took off like a rocket back towards my yard. It nailed my fence and destroyed a good chunk of it as the bottle exploded. Now I say again, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME! I did this for a test and because I like blowing stuff up. I apologize in advance as I didn't think to video the fun. The propane adapter came through absolutely unscathed.

One more time, DO NOT TRY THIS YOURSELF. I had LOTS of personal protective equipment, firefighting gear and other safety equipment, as well as experience with this stuff. If you like your fingers, play safe.
Um, take a picture of what's left of the bottle. I find it pretty surprising that the bottle exploded or even propelled itself. A stuck open bottle with an intentionally ignited stream should just belch a sustained flare. Not much of the heat would radiate back to the bottle as the flame jet would be away from the bottle. Also, the rapidly evaporating propane would also cool the bottle pretty fast which would rapidly drop the tank pressure. There's no oxygen in a propane bottle so the flame can't rush back into the bottle and blow it up. No oxygen, no combustion inside the bottle.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 00:28   #17
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ive always had this problem with mine, i thought it was just "one of those things" i actually found that the spring unwound itself when you were screwing the adapter on and caused the problem, i cut and rebent my spring and havent had a problem since.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 01:15   #18
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I read this and got worried a while back. I just bought the tall blue cans of propane meant for cutting purposes. Made by Mastercraft, I believe. No problems there.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 02:29   #19
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Um, take a picture of what's left of the bottle. I find it pretty surprising that the bottle exploded or even propelled itself. A stuck open bottle with an intentionally ignited stream should just belch a sustained flare. Not much of the heat would radiate back to the bottle as the flame jet would be away from the bottle. Also, the rapidly evaporating propane would also cool the bottle pretty fast which would rapidly drop the tank pressure. There's no oxygen in a propane bottle so the flame can't rush back into the bottle and blow it up. No oxygen, no combustion inside the bottle.
Sure, I'll root through the scrap metal bin and find the pieces. It basically split at the seam in the middle. The fence can be taken apart by hand, it wasn't well built. The bottle knocked some of the boards off when it hit (not very hard). It was pretty funny though. I think next I'll see if the adapter on a bad bottle would make a good mini tiger torch. I've already used it to reseat tire beads while out 4x4ing

One last time, DON'T DO THIS on your own. If you have to think twice about it, put the stuff down and back away.
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Old December 18th, 2006, 16:47   #20
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Is it the same procedure to apply the adaptor to as the coleman propane tanks?
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Old January 18th, 2007, 01:35   #21
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I can't seem to find the ozark trail propane on walmart shelves. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough but however, their site advertises bernzomatic propane bottles but are they problematic too?
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Old January 18th, 2007, 04:47   #22
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It's found in the camping/sporting goods section.
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Old January 18th, 2007, 11:49   #23
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ill be sure to look for it there as i found the coleman bottles but not ozark. Do bernzomatic propane bottles work too?
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Old January 18th, 2007, 21:37   #25
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I went to walmart recently for some propane.
I just noticed my bottle of Coleman propane is labeled 062206 12:33.
Is there any problems I should be aware of. I dont want my propane can to explode like how IBBY talked about.

Since my can is not the 05xxxx version should I be worried about anything?

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Old January 27th, 2007, 18:37   #26
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Well Ibby intentionally lit his on fire so I don't think there should be a problem, just test it outside with gloves on (incase the bottle vents it wont give you frost bite.)

I recently bought a 3 pack of what I thought where coleman tanks and just now realized their Ozark Trail...the Canadian Tire changed which brand they carried and I never noticed because their identical other than the label.
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