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Old 04-03-2012, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default How to buy used propane tanks... or not?

Hey gang,

I have my burner and 32Qt pot on the way and need a propane tank. Is it worth buying a used one? If so, what should I be looking for and what to stay away from. Cost for a used one?

I found a guy on Craigslist that has several for $10.00 each and has no information on them.

Here is what I know so far, which isn't much

New style valve, rounded triangle type
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Told you it isn't much

Thanks in advance
Toy4Rick

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Old 04-03-2012, 02:38 AM   #2
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Buy them and trade them in for new ones at your local gas station. Its $20 to exchange an empty for a full one. $10 is a steal! They normally go for $50 new and you get a new one every time you exchange. (kinda like CO2)

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If they don't look like crap, and the valves seem solid, check the certification date (it will be stamped on the tank somewhere). Iirc, 20 pounders have around a 10-12 year expiration from their most recent certification, at which point nobody will fill them, and you're stuck getting rid of them....

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Like JB said buy and exchange for a full one. They are expensive to buy an extra.

I found an old tank in my barn that was rusty and damned ugly. Took and traded for a bran new one.

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Ive found them that are almost 20 years old and the gas stations will still take them for an exchange. I have never had someone check my tank for certification. My CO2 tank i have but NEVER my propane..

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Like JB said buy and exchange for a full one. They are expensive to buy an extra.

I found an old tank in my barn that was rusty and damned ugly. Took and traded for a bran new one.
Try to low ball him...offer 5 bucks...then exchange them. LOL

I've exchanged some pretty crappy looking tanks and never had issues. Especially now with the automated exchange systems.
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When you exchange a tank you are getting another used one, not a new one. When you go to those caged tanks you are spending 20.00 for 15# of propane. If you own your own tank and take it to a propane refiller you pay for what it takes to fill a tank. Around here if I take a tank in before a brew day that has 5# in it and they top it off with 15# it cost 12.00. If the tank is empty it cost 16.00 and I have 20# not the 15# you get at the gas station for 20.00.

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I normally come away with new tanks. Maybe its just the particular retailer i go to. But either way. If he picks up the tanks and exchanges them for good quality "newer" one he can have that filled. The only problem is trying to find someone who will fill a propane tank in CA.. They are few and far between.

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Costco has pretty decent prices on new propane tanks ... $19 last time I picked one up. IMO its worth it to find a place to have your tanks filled ... Much better prices ...

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be careful...meth labs use them for off gassing. Check the valve and stems for any discoloration/corrosion...and stay well away from em.

something i had to learn thanks to new FEMA regulations on fire training

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