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Anyone know of any place in tidewater VA to do a CNG tank exchange? I know there are a number of places in MD and will go there if necessary, but would much prefer someplace closer to home.

Please, no suggestions to switch to propane...ain't going to happen. I like my CNG and this is my first refill since I bought the boat 2 years ago.

I found a list of dealers online, but the list looks dated and hoping someone has more current info.

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Please, no suggestions to switch to propane...ain't going to happen. I like my CNG and this is my first refill since I bought the boat 2 years ago.

I found a list of dealers online, but the list looks dated and hoping someone has more current info.

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You know they won't be able to help themselves

You are right that CNG is an awsome fuel for cooking. beautiful blue flame and pretty safe for a compressed gas.

It may make a comeback as an automotive fuel as the price of Gas continues to increase. This could make it much more available in the future

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Don't know what website you used. SafGas - Get CNG LPG for Boat and Yacht Gas Stoves, then call first

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Thanks Stu. That is a different web site but with a lot of the same companies.
The one listed in VA is different, but I couldn't find any info on it.

Worst comes to worst, I'm make a road trip to Zanheisers in Solomon's, MD. We plan on taking the boat there but not for another 5-6 weeks and we're out of CNG now. Maybe we'll just wait till then.

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Chuck,

Why don't you just switch to propane? (kidding)

I've got you covered. It was sort of a PITA, but I as able to get CNG in Norfolk. I had to actually go in to the Virginia Natural Gas office near City Center in Newport News:

746 Diligence Drive, Newport News, VA

(757) 599-8304

After the requisite 15 minutes of head scratching that you would expect on something like this, they gave me a VNG guy's cell phone number. I called him and he met me at the baseball field in Norfolk where VNG keep their small CNG tanks. He did a 1 for 1 swap and I cut him a check and was on my way. You can call, but I would go in with your tank in hand. It's a lot harder to dismiss a guy with a tank in his hand at the desk than it is over the phone.

It seemed really strange to me, but it was all on the up and up, that's just how they do it.

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Creedence, thanks for the info. I sent an email to VNG last night asking about the exchange. How long ago did you make an exchange?

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Creedance,
We called the number on VNG's website and got one of their technicians. He met my wife in Norfolk today and filled our tank. He planned on doing an exchange but he only had one tank and it was not nearly as good a shape as ours.
He gave us a name of one of his buddies in the Richmond area to call the next time we need a re-fill.
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There's always this:

CNG Refill Adapter - C34

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Thanks Stu. Since we only have to do this once every 2 years, we'll just manage with what we did today.

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Creedance,
We called the number on VNG's website and got one of their technicians. He met my wife in Norfolk today and filled our tank. He planned on doing an exchange but he only had one tank and it was not nearly as good a shape as ours.
He gave us a name of one of his buddies in the Richmond area to call the next time we need a re-fill.
Thanks for the help.
Glad it worked out for you. It's obvious they don't deal with small time orders very often, but now that you've got the channel established, it should be pretty easy for you in thhe future.

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