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Old 08-22-2003, 04:17 PM   #15
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If you merely swap valves, the old tank can be recertified for (I think) five years and that's it (might be less). New tanks are available at Home Depot for about $22 and are good for 12 years.

Inspect the new tank selection and you will find the individually marked tare (empty) weights vary in the neighborhood of 14-15 lbs. If you want to keep your weight down, select a lighter set of tanks.

If you really want to keep your weight down, just get one tank and also a 'steak saver' or similiar propane fitting to allow attachment of a one-lb cannister for when the big tank runs out.

If you want to save even more weight (I did this, but don't have a reefer or run my furnace for long, so I don't use much propane), put in one ten-lb tank, plus the steak-saver.

Pete in the RatHaus
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If you merely swap valves, the old tank can be recertified for (I think) five years and that's it (might be less). New tanks are available at Home Depot for about $22 and are good for 12 years.

Inspect the new tank selection and you will find the individually marked tare (empty) weights vary in the neighborhood of 14-15 lbs. If you want to keep your weight down, select a lighter set of tanks.

If you really want to keep your weight down, just get one tank and also a 'steak saver' or similiar propane fitting to allow attachment of a one-lb cannister for when the big tank runs out.

If you want to save even more weight (I did this, but don't have a reefer or run my furnace for long, so I don't use much propane), put in one ten-lb tank, plus the steak-saver.

Pete in the RatHaus
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o.k.

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* * * * * * Tom, what I'm saying, is swap the bottle for a new full one at the drug store, the grocery store, or the Quick-stop. Now you have an OPD bottle at no cost, other than for the gas.
I've always owned my own tanks - checked it out and yes, you can swap them out - at Wally Mart they charge an extra $4 to upgrade you from a non-OPD tank to an OPD tank.

But for a regular refill, I'm paying $2 less by using my own tanks at a local propane supplier.

I suppose one could argue that it's more convenient to just swap tanks rather than wait for the refill process. :huh

On my airstream that would mean giving up my shiny silver tanks for some cruddy old Blue Rhinos or whatever - not gonna happen! :nope
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