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Old 03-13-2019, 01:04 PM   #43
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Propane heaters failure at 30 degrees

On 2/25/19, I had methanol injected into my propane tank by the fine folks at Blue Star Gas Co in Phoenix, AZ. We traveled to Flagstaff, AZ (Elev 6909') to "test" the heaters in the frozen tundra of the mountains. As you may recall in Jan and Feb, all of my propane shut down when the outdoor temperature reached 30 degrees. As timing would have it, Flagstaff had a "warm spell" and it ONLY went down to 36 degrees at night. Unfortunately, at 5:00 AM, the heaters failed. However, the stove lit and stayed on which had not done when the propane failed in the past at 30 degrees. At 8:47, the heaters came on by themselves when the outside temperature rose to 39.7 degrees.
We have figured out what to do. No more winter camping! But I am still very interested in what everyone has to say.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:13 AM   #44
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Years ago my friend had his portable tanks for his 5th wheels filled and then had problems like the op. Apparently the compressor at the filling station was worn and pumped oil into the tanks.
When I bought our current MH the original tank needed replacing due to exterior rust. When I removed it and rolled it over it also had oil in the tank.
I hadn't used the heater so don't know if it had a problem or not.

The black spots on the OPs removed regulator remind me of the oil in my propane tank. The methanol in the tank might take care of the oil as well as the moisture. Wonder if his new problem was caused by oil moving in the system?

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