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Old 03-20-2019, 12:09 PM   #1
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I thought I would pass this tip on about propane exchanges vs refills.
When you exchange bottles at stores be aware that those bottles are NOT normally full in such as the bottles from the "Blue"company . In most cases they are filled to only 15 pounds. Better to take your bottles to a propane refill store and have them refilled to full (20 pounds). Saving you money and you'll have a full bottle. Paying more for less goes against my judgement.
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Old 03-20-2019, 01:05 PM   #2
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The exchange deal is good if you have a cylinder that the date is expired. Then exchange it for one that has been inspected and has a recent date stamp.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:09 PM   #3
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The exchange deal is good if you have a cylinder that the date is expired. Then exchange it for one that has been inspected and has a recent date stamp.
I have taken out of date propane tanks to my local propane distributor. They look at the tank and if itís out of date they put in in a separate cage and the guy has full ones on the edge of the dock that weigh 37.6 lbs. ďget yourself a new oneĒ he always says to me. Last year in May I got a tank with a manufactured date of 4/18. It was new and was the first time it had been filled or refilled. Not a nick or a scratch and shiney too. I have never bought a blue rhino exchange tank.
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Great propane dealer you have there Dave. Most places want to charge to inspect an outdated tank. Before I retired Blue Rhino was a lease customer of ours so I never paid for a "full" tank from them. One driver gave me a couple 11 and 7 pound tanks because they didn't want them.
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Since I never or maybe I should say rarely have I ever run out of propane, single cylinder, which would mean that it was empty. There's always some in the cylinder when I refill it. So if you want to exchange not only are not getting a full cylinder but you're loosing some propane that's in your cylinder. In mine it's usually about 1 gallon.

So far I've been able to find metered refilling places. Once had to pay a flat rate, but I was getting desperate.

FYI - I usually have to refill 4 or 5 times a year.
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It costs me $5 to have my tanks re-certified. Basically they just look for rust, dents, and the valve. It is good for 5 years.
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In California most places won't exchange or refill an expired tank until it's re-certified. Must have correct valve and date stamp to refill or exchange. Since the law is not strictly enforced.... A 20 lb. tank weighs about 17 lb. empty. Gallon of propane weighs 4.2 lbs. So a full tank should weigh 37 lbs. about 4.7 gallons.
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In California most places won't exchange or refill an expired tank until it's re-certified. Must have correct valve and date stamp to refill or exchange. Since the law is not strictly enforced.... A 20 lb. tank weighs about 17 lb. empty. Gallon of propane weighs 4.2 lbs. So a full tank should weigh 37 lbs. about 4.7 gallons.
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I've only had one place ever check and turn me down on an expired tank. And it looked perfect. "Re-certification" is kind of a joke and common sense. If it is severely rusted, or dented, or has serious road rash, toss it. If the O ring in the Acme valve is cracked, replace the valve. If it looks pristine and is out of date, it's just a legal matter. Stamped with a new date, it is good to go for another five years. The magic stamp makes it totally safe again.

I went into a local propane yard, where they were re-certifying hundreds of tanks, and asked them what re-certifying meant. Answer was: "we re-paint them and stamp them with a new date".

If mine become out-dated, I'll do the same by stamping them myself. I have had a couple of Acme valve O rings crack and that seems to mean the entire valve gets replaced. When this happens, they will leak even with the hose screwed on tight.
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If mine become out-dated, I'll do the same by stamping them myself.

Can't afford a new cylinder?
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Can't afford a new cylinder?
Why should I go to the trouble of buying a new one and disposing of the old one, when the old one is still fine?
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Why should I go to the trouble of buying a new one and disposing of the old one, when the old one is still fine?

I've generally taken an empty expired tank to the location where I get them filled and they dispose of it and sell me a new full cylinder. Saves me the trouble of buying number punches, exerting myself, and subverting the law.
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The people that re-certify my tanks place a sticker with a date on the side of the tank, THEN I have them fill it. It cost 5 bucks and it only cost me a couple minutes of time and no additional travel.
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I asked a local LP company here in B.C. how mu h to recertify. They said $90. I bought 2 new tanks instead.
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My experience on the OR coast is that local propane dealers quoted a price to recertify that was greater than the cost of a new tank.

A dealer in Eugene recertified for $10.

Recertification was for 10 years and was designated by affixiing a paper sticker.
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Old 03-21-2019, 01:51 PM   #15
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So how many years is a tank good for?
I know they have to have the new valves with tip over safety valve.
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Here in B.C. a tank is good for 10 years from the stamp date.
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So how many years is a tank good for?
I know they have to have the new valves with tip over safety valve.
Tanks are good for 12 years from date of manufacture in Iowa and California. Sorry, don't know about other states and don't want to guess. I could not find out how long re-certification is in Iowa, but California is good for another 5 years. This is for tanks 100 gallons and less.
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Visual recertification

In Washington State visual recertification is allowed, but not in B.C. Canada. Has anyone had experience with a visual recert being denied when in B.C. or another province?
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Here in B.C. a tank is good for 10 years from the stamp date.
The tanks on our 21 and our 19 were all original to the trailer and were 10 year tanks. Iíve kept the 21 tanks in nice shape
and though I could exchange for tanks that would be good a little longer I will not do that till they get closer to timing out. They are good till spring 2023 so another 4 years if things donít change much. I bought an 11 lb. tank a couple years ago with a 12 year life and with a $5 recert for another 5 years
I wonít be buying any green bananas by then.
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Seems strange that someone will gladly spend $50,000 on a trailer / tow vehicle and yet balk at spending $25 on a new propane tank .
Our local propane deale checks the date on my propane tank every time he fills it .
He recertifies tanks at N/C
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