I want to sell a freestanding propane fireplace that came with the house I bought. I'll be replacing it with a wood-burning insert, and the house uses electric heat otherwise, no other propane used. I also hope to sell the propane tank, but for now I only have an interested buyer for the propane fireplace.
There's a 200lbs propane tank hooked up to the fireplace and it supposedly all works but it was not tested during inspection. The propane tank has a gage reading just over 20% full. I understand this is the minimum to safely leave a propane tank. Still I wanted to test the propane fireplace, but I'm finding it doesn't light. All seems good otherwise, visually inspecting and in terms of knobs and hookups. The propane tank gave a spurt of pressure relief (psst sound) when first opened - has been closed for months, through hot summer and cold winter. Smelled some gas after that spurt, closed the tank. Few minutes later, opened tank back up and no smell, kept the tank opened. Tried propane fireplace but despite following instructions and getting ignitor sparking, pilot does not light. So I closed the tank back up.
What are the best next steps to test these things before replacing the propane fireplace with an insert? A few follow-up questions come to mind:
Could it matter that the propane tank is only 20% full? Is it worth getting it filled and testing again before calling a technician for the propane fireplace?
Can propane tanks be sold partially-full, like if we filled it to 50% to test the fireplace? It's already >0% full for storage.
I'll call a propane company and/or local fireplace dealer to learn more and move forward on this too. Wanted to get some other opinions on here as I proceed. Thanks.