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Frozen valve teh open/close valve on the propane tank will not budge. How can I fix this so I can grill again?

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  • ctyank Aug 23, 2007

    I have tried turning it both ways, it will not budge

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    gas flows when attaching hose with propane tank valve closed

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Never bang on a propane valve for ANY reason...ever. a NEW tank is just too easy to get ahold of. For 29 ro 30 bucks, you can get a full tank at many grocery stores. WAY cheaper than a trip to the hospital or worse.
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I had this problem recently. Try turning the valve the other way (seems odd, i know). This worked for me. Also, if this doesn't work do not do anything too drastic on it because it can explode.

Posted on Aug 23, 2007

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    Jacob Van Kley Aug 23, 2007

    It could be that a recent temperature change in your area has caused this. I would recommend buying a new propane tank if there isn't too much propane left in this one.

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