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Old 02-07-2013, 21:54   #31
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Re: Lite Cylinder "Emergency Safety Recall"

It wasn't too long ago that one of the big three domestic auto manufacturers (Chrysler?) had a large recall due to fuel tanks I believe. The manufacturer pulled out the big guns (read expensive lawyers) and had the recall reduced by about 30-40% or so.
Small companies can't afford to do that so one less small manufacturer. I'm all in favor of preventive safety measures, but from the tone of the manufacturer's notices they didn't agree with the recall, and didn't seem to have any opportunity given to figure out how to address the issue and still stay in business.
I'm going to keep using my 10 pounders, which have no history of problems, until I can't get them filled anymore.
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It wasn't too long ago that one of the big three domestic auto manufacturers (Chrysler?) had a large recall due to fuel tanks I believe. The manufacturer pulled out the big guns (read expensive lawyers) and had the recall reduced by about 30-40% or so.
Small companies can't afford to do that so one less small manufacturer. I'm all in favor of preventive safety measures, but from the tone of the manufacturer's notices they didn't agree with the recall, and didn't seem to have any opportunity given to figure out how to address the issue and still stay in business.
I'm going to keep using my 10 pounders, which have no history of problems, until I can't get them filled anymore.
Have you read the recall order?
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles...ompany_Inc.pdf

from page 5 onwards..
failed to report cylinder failures, continued to make dot=sp 13957 cylinders after being told not to, failed to test to minimum pressure, failed to random test cycle and burst test, continued to manufacture after tests didn't meet hardness limits, marked & sold cylinders which weren't up to specs, faulty hardening catalyst alarm...

More than a few minor issues. Seriously dodgy people.
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I would empty and destroy any tanks made by Lite Cylinder Company, regardless of age. Yes, you could have bought a good one, but there's no way to know.
I've gotten five years of use from it, that's got to be worth something.
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Old 12-09-2013, 16:14   #34
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Just to let all know our 20 lb lite cylinder is still doing just fine. I plan to continue using mine till it stops hold gas. It's not like its going to just spontaneously combust. The propane inside is under 100psi. I have bicycle tires I'm more afraid of....
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Just to let all know our 20 lb lite cylinder is still doing just fine. I plan to continue using mine till it stops hold gas. It's not like its going to just spontaneously combust. The propane inside is under 100psi. I have bicycle tires I'm more afraid of....
Same for me, and I'm in one of the hottest places with an ocean, in the hottest time of the year. Should be peak pressure in there.
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Same for me, and I'm in one of the hottest places with an ocean, in the hottest time of the year. Should be peak pressure in there.
A bit off topic, but does Mexico have 100% propane? Throughout the Carib, we are mostly getting a propane/butane mix and I rarely see tank pressures above 40psi or so. Really miss the good stuff...

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As long as you're ok with where it will leak to...
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Had a regulator fail last month that let 1/2 a tank hiss out the vent hole so yeah guess I'm okay with where it will leak...
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A bit off topic, but does Mexico have 100% propane? Throughout the Carib, we are mostly getting a propane/butane mix and I rarely see tank pressures above 40psi or so. Really miss the good stuff...

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I think so? I really don't know. In some of the marinas we've been in they fill up propane, and even call it propeina, but they could very well be mixing stuff in there.

Does the mix cause problems?
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Does the mix cause problems?
No, it just has a lower heat so cooking takes longer and some types of cooking are more difficult.

It is always called "propane" no matter what it is, and the mix seems to vary quite a bit from place to place. The biggest tell is the low tank pressure and the more blue and lower burner flame.

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No, it just has a lower heat so cooking takes longer and some types of cooking are more difficult.

It is always called "propane" no matter what it is, and the mix seems to vary quite a bit from place to place. The biggest tell is the low tank pressure and the more blue and lower burner flame.

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I did some googling around and apparently it's normal to sell pure butane in Mexico. We've been here for a year so maybe we've just gotten used to it. My wife used the pressure cooker a lot which probably negates a lot of the temperature issues.

Any other stuff to watch out for though?
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Any other stuff to watch out for though?
Not with butane - no problems other than temp. Other stuff to watch out for? Well, it is Mexico...

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Re: Lite Cylinder "Emergency Safety Recall"

Since this thread has drifted to propane quality I'll drift it some more.
As many of you know I'm a Lehr propane outboard dealer. The Lehr's are assembled and tested in China. I've noticed that they all seem to idle fast right out of the box. One day I was talking to one of their engineers and mention this to him. It turns out he had been to China and was involved in the testing program. He said that when they're put in the box, they've all been test run and the idle set correctly. His theory is that the propane in the US is more energy dense than what they use in China which makes the engine run faster on a given amount of propane.
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