Tri-O-seal ASME Container Valves
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We recently became aware of a report where an individual attempted to replace a Tri-O-seal container connection valve with NPT thread connection valve on an LP-Gas container.
LP-Gas container valves with Tri-O-seal connections were manufactured by Bastian Blessing from the mid 1950’s to the mid 1960’s for certain manufacturers for use on LP Gas containers.
Tri-O-seal valves utilize an NPS (straight thread) with gasket or O-ring, a support ring (crush ring) and washer to connect to and seal at the NPS threaded container coupling. Some Tri-O-seal valves may only use an O-ring to seal with a retaining feature incorporated into the body of the valve. All Tri-O-seal connection valves can be identified by a gasket or O-ring seal at the container coupling connection.
Tri-O-seal NPS threads are not compatible with and should not be used with NPT Threads
Below is an illustration of a Tri-O-seal and NPT connection.
WARNING: Do not change out a Tri-O-seal connection valve and replace it with an NPT type connection valve. There is a significant difference between the two connection designs; an NPT connection will not seal properly and will not engage correctly into an NPS (straight thread) container coupling. Using these mismatched connections could cause a leak and could result in a fire or explosion and serious personal injury, property damage, or both.
Should you have any questions or concern, please contact Paul Courson