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Old 03-16-2007, 09:19 PM   #15
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I have to assume that Pete's stability concern is during handling off of the trailer, for which that plastic stand would be handy. On the trailer, the tank should be in a solid bracket so it shouldn't matter how tall and skinny it is. Do I have this right?

For examples, see Manchester Tank - Steel Propane Cylinders which shows both 10 lb (actually 10 lb and 11 lb) designs, complete with dimensions.
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That 10# Manchester tank says that its diameter is 8.9". that would do it for me.
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:26 PM   #16
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Fibreglass propane tanks are now available in the US, I e-mailed the following company earlier this week, they are not yet certified in Canada, but are the same tanks that have been sold in Europe for years, now manufactured in the US of A. Take a look:

http://shop.sailboatowners.com/detail.htm?...1&group=723
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WOW. Those fiberglass tanks are $100.00 + shipping!
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Old 03-16-2007, 09:27 PM   #17
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I wanted them, but the guy at Bubbas in town said he has had them explode on him when he fills them.

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...The tank itself measures 12" dia. by 18" tall. Is the weight designation the propane weight or both the tank + propane weight?
That sounds like a typical "20 pound" tank. That designation is the propane weight capacity, so the Manchester 11 lb (11#) tank (or "cylinder") will hold 11 pounds of propane when properly filled (which means allowing space for vapour).

The tank should have its empty (or "tare") weight stamped into it (not just printed on a label), and steel tanks are about as heavy empty as the propane which can be put in them, so the "11 lb" tank (tare weight 14 lb in the Manchester table) should weigh (tank+propane) about 25 lbs when filled.

Depending on vintage (old) and source, some tanks have a "water weight" or "water capacity" stamped on them, which is the weight of water which would fill them... it's an indication of the volume, not the tank weight and not (directly) the propane capacity.
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I wanted them, but the guy at Bubbas in town said he has had them explode on him when he fills them.
I have to wonder why this would happen. There shouldn't be any significant pressure increase when filling a tank, so either the guy at Bubba's is ramming them to solidly filled, or perhaps there is some interesting effect going on such as a cracking problem with temperature changes.
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That sounds like a typical "20 pound" tank. That designation is the propane weight capacity, so the Manchester 11 lb (11#) tank (or "cylinder") will hold 11 pounds of propane when properly filled (which means allowing space for vapour).

The tank should have its empty (or "tare") weight stamped into it (not just printed on a label), and steel tanks are about as heavy empty as the propane which can be put in them, so the "11 lb" tank (tare weight 14 lb in the Manchester table) should weigh (tank+propane) about 25 lbs when filled.

Depending on vintage (old) and source, some tanks have a "water weight" or "water capacity" stamped on them, which is the weight of water which would fill them... it's an indication of the volume, not the tank weight and not (directly) the propane capacity.
Brian,
Thanks. That info helps.
I went to RV World and they have the jumbo rigs so they didn't help with the tall skinny ones but said that the price is so high for the smaller footprint tanks ($70) because they just don't sell many compared to the hundreds of thousands of larger footprint tanks.
Also, I asked them about the composite/fiber tanks and they never heard of them! But they said that any ( fiber or steel) tank could explode if forced-filled beyond the safety limits.
I went to Northern Tool and they had just what I was looking for in an 11# tank with the small footprint and taller profile. Only $46.00.
My new tank will sit down in the front V nestled between the 4" high tongue frame. I have a plate across the bottom for the tank foot. This makes the height less apparent and more stable to secure (somehow I'll have to figue out how to "tie" it down.).
Well, thanks again for your, and others', contributions.
Seems that others are having tank questions and/or solutions, too.
Oh, yes. One more thing. I found out that in a pintch one can buy an adaptor to use those small propane disposable tanks (for lanterns, etc.) if you run out of the big tank while camping! And, conversely, you can fill those disposable tanks with your big one!
Done. Over & out. 10-4.
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