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Mr. Heater 75,000 BTU 12-Foot Propane Hose Assembly #F273702
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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2013
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I, like a number of others, had the problem where the hose did not seem to allow propane through it (or at least no more than to keep the pilot light lit). I confirmed it was not the heater by using a 1 lb can which heated just fine. I also have two 20 lb tanks on my cargo trailer, and neither one would keep the heater lit other than the pilot light.
This made me think that the 20lb end was not going in far enough to engage the valve on the tank.
However, after doing about 1 hour of research, I found a factoid on the propane check valve, which is required on all propane tanks after 1998.
According to this article (just search for "reset propane check valve"), what happens is if you have a high-pressure line hooked up to the propane tank and just "quickly" open the valve on the tank, the check valve will "burst" (open) and gas will not be allowed through the tank into the line. (I think the tank thinks there is nothing connected to it, so the valve shuts off the gas)
Once this happens, you need to "reset" the valve:
a. Turn off the valve on the tank, leaving it connected to the heater/grill, etc.
b. Disconnect the hose from the propane tank, but not the appliance.
c. Turn on the appliance (or leave it running before step a), and let the pilot light or burner stay lit until it extinguishes (This will purge the remaining gas from the hose.
d. TURN OFF THE APPLIANCE.
e. Hook the propane tank back up, ensuring the valve is closed.
f. With the hose now hooked up to both the appliance and the tank, SLOWLY open the propane valve a 1/4 turn, and you should hear the hose pressurize. This has told the tank that there is something hooked to it, and the check valve did not engage.
g. Once you hear the hose pressurize, you can open the valve on the propane tank all the way.

Following these steps (simplified below), I was able to use the suspect hose on both propane tanks. I am a little perturbed that the manufacture of this hose does not tell you these cautionary notes, as the hose is solely used for bulk tank to throwaway can appliances. I wonder how many others have thrown away this hose because they too, did not know about the check valve? I have placed a sign on the Little Buddy Heater with the simple steps so I never have this problem again...

Here are the steps above summarized:
a. Turn off the propane tank with the appliance running and the hose disconnected from the tank so it burns all the propane in the hose.
b. Turn off the appliance. Connect the hose back to the (closed) tank valve
c. Crank the LP valve 1/4 turn with hose completely connected, listen for the hose pressurizing.
d. Slowly open rest of way. Appliance should light now.
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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2005
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I bought two of these hoses to attach to two 20lb propane tanks. Attaching to 20lb propane tanks is a huge savings over using the individual 1 quart propane cyclinders. Hoses work very well. The only thing to remember when attaching the hose to 20lb propane tanks is that the couplings are left hand threaded (i.e. you must turn to the left to tighten).
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
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I have bought about 60 of these hoses from Amazon and 100’s from other dealers, and have had zero problems. It is absolutely an excellent hose. For those of you who are leaving one star because you can't get gas to go through the hose, it is not the hose causing this. It is the safety check valve inside your tank. All new tanks now have a safety check valve inside the tank inside the main shutoff valve. If there is ever a large break in a gas line, and a large amount of gas is escaping, this check valve will close, preventing gas from escaping. When you first pressurize this hose, that initial rush of gas into the hose can trip the check valve inside the tank, preventing gas from further exiting the tank. To solve the problem, close the main tank valve. Allow the hose to depressurize by using whatever gas is in the hose. Then, open the main tank valve again very slowly so gas can fill the hose slowly. If you hear a “click” at the tank shut off valve, you’ve tripped the check valve again. Depressurize again and open the shut off valve slower next time. Once the hose is pressurized, open the tank valve all the way. The small amount of gas that you will use for appliances will not trip the safety valve inside the tank. Your appliance should work properly.

For those of you who are leaving low feedback scores because the ends of the hose are not correct for what you’re working on, is that really a fault of the hose? Not really understanding that. My suggestion is to ask first if you are unsure. There is plenty of info on this hose all over the internet. It is sold by many dealers. So you don’t need to make the mistake of buying it incorrectly and then blaming the hose for not having the ends you needed. Hate to see an excellent product like this degraded because of a consumer mistake.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2001
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If you are buying the Mr. Buddy Heater, this hose (or the 5' model) are definately needed. By using the larger (20lb or bigger) tanks you have many more hours of operation without having to change the disposable tanks. This hose will also allow you to use bulk tanks with any propane appliance that accepts the disposable tanks (stoves, lantern, etc.).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
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This is the hose you need to hook up your Buddy heater to a larger (20 lbs) propane tank.

This hose is all you need. You don't need anything else. You don't need a regulator. However, adding a fuel filter wouldn't be a bad idea.

Both ends of this hose are suggested to be hand-tightened. Fine. However, I couldn't get mine to pass gas. The fitting going into the heater needed another 1/8" of turn at which point the gas flowed freely. Apparently the fitting is quite sensitive. This required a wrench as I had tightened it as much as possible, by hand. You may, or may not, need to do this.

The hose itself is of good quality, and so are the brass fittings. Nevertheless, the hose needs protection from abrasion and assorted abuse. As a reminder, recall that the fitting going into the propane tank must be turned counter-clock-wise to tighten, as opposed to normal threading which is turned clock-wise to tighten. Finally, remember to turn off the gas at the propane tank, and letting the heater burn off the gas in the line, so as not to turn the Plasticizer in the hose into gunk, which would clog up your heater.

(There is another hose, without the Plasticizer being sold by Mr Heater, but of course, having no Plasticizer, that hose will be stiff as heck.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2009
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I bought this extended hose to keep the radiant heater hanging on the ceiling in my garage while allowing the tank to be a good distance away. While the POL style fitting worked fine for the 20Lb propane tank I have but the other end does NOT fit in the MH40LP gas inlet. It would've been nice to know what parts I needed before hand, now I will have to go to homedepot and do research on the parts I need or having to once again order off the internet and wait...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2011
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The only thing to be aware of is that it will take longer to light your pilot with this hose.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
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This is the perfect "Propane Accessory" for survivalists, campers, and outdoors-people! I got it today and tested it out on my Coleman Propane Camping stove. I connected it to the metal regulator that would ordinarily connect to a one-pound, disposable bottle of propane (and this regulator to the stove) then the opposite end to my 20 lb BBQ/Grill propane tank. I just cracked and shut the valve to pressurize this line as it was only a test.

In about 10 seconds of opening the burner control on low and holding a flame next to it the air was purged from the line and the burner ignited perfectly. It burned for about a minute with just the air pressure in this hose before flaming out. I know 100% for sure now in the next power outage my family and I will be able to heat up food, boil water, and even simmer black-beans for hours. Think about it... a disposable one-pound bottle will last about 3 to 4 hours on low (one burner)... A BBQ sized tank will last 60 to 80 hours for only $15 in Propane Fuel! What do you want when your lights go out?

I should mention the hose has the legacy left-handed threads. I think they should upgrade to the newer right-handed threads like my BBQ. It might also be smart to add a small high-pressure regulator set to maybe 60 PSI; since, no appliance is ever going to use that as the working pressure (they all have their own low-pressure regulator). Long term 60 PSI would be a lot easier on the hose than up to 250 PSI in the summer directly from the tank.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2015
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I like that this hose is longer as I was nervous the first time I used a propane bottle in my house, but thanks to the long hose I am now not without heat when the power goes off.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
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I bought this to use with a BernzOmatic Blaze Away outdoor torch (lightweight--uses 1 pound disposable cylinders). This hose allows the weed burner to work with a 20 pound bulk tank. This hose should allow you to adapt any product that uses 1 pound disposable cylinders to use a bulk tank.

I liked the 12 foot length (don't have to move the bulk tank too often) and metal fittings with the internal style connector to the bulk tank. Hose is good quality. Only hitch was getting the plastic star wheel onto the tank end fitting. It is a tight fit--I used a rubber mallet with the star wheel resting on the open jaws of a vice. I don't expect it will ever fall off!

Some notes on adapting propane products:

1. If your product uses 1 pound disposable cylinders, you should be able to use any adapter such as this hose to connect to a bulk tank. Propane in the cylinder or tank is in a liquid state and the pressure created by it evaporating to become the propane gas that you actually burn is the same. If your product needs a reduced pressure, it will have a regulator that you screw the 1 pound disposable cylinder into. There seems to be a lot of confusion about this. Even the representative I talked to at BernzOMatic got it wrong. He said I'd need a regulator to use a bulk tank with my Blaze Away weed burner.

2. What will effect the propane gas pressure is temperature of the liquid. As the liquid propane evaporates, it cools. In the case of the Blaze Away weed burner, it uses propane at a rate that a 1 pound disposable cylinder cools down enough the pressure drops and the burner would go out and need to be re-lit. This would happen before the cylinder was empty and I'd have to switch to a new cylinder. Once the partial cylinder had warmed up, I could use the rest of the propane from it. Not a problem with a 20 pound bulk tank.

3. There are two styles of fittings that connect to the modern bulk tanks with Overfill Protection Device (OPD) valves (required on 1 to 40 pound bulk tanks since 2002). One style screws onto the outside threads. These are often plastic. The other style screws into the internal threads and is usually brass. Both styles will open the internal anti-leak safety valve (A device that will keep propane gas from escaping the tank if the hose is removed and valve accidentally opened).
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