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Old 08-09-2018, 07:31 PM   #29
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My understanding is that in Canada you cannot re-certify steel tanks - they must be junked. But aluminum tanks are good forever since they do not oxidize (significantly) - you just have to re-valve them every ten years (only certain places do this) - it's cheap, but well worth the initial cost of aluminum tanks (plus the weight savings for lugging these around).
We can actually get 10 year old tanks recertified here in British Columbia. Not sure how it is handled elsewhere in Canada
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You can all tanks recertified except BBQ tanks. They don't do them because it costs more than a new one.
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:12 PM   #31
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Old 08-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #32
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I paid $15.00 for my 2 tanks to get certified with a sticker last week. They are now good for 5 years. They had a 1999 date inscribed in the collar. Never had a question getting them filled. The only reason I did was that we're going on the SW Caravan and figure that if there would be a problem, it would be as far away from competitively priced supplies was possible.
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If I needed tanks I would buy the Al. Not “needed” but nice. My 2 sets are 30 years old each. And hidden under the cover. They are shaped nice and easy to handle.
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You can all tanks recertified except BBQ tanks. They don't do them because it costs more than a new one.
If you mean the little 1lb ones yes. If you mean the 20lb which I call BBQ tanks then it's cheaper to recertify them where I live.
$20 vs $30 then you are not adding to the landfill problem!
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If you mean the little 1lb ones yes. If you mean the 20lb which I call BBQ tanks then it's cheaper to recertify them where I live.
$20 vs $30 then you are not adding to the landfill problem!
1lb no those are garbage. 20lb are not recertified where I live. You need to buy an exchange. The exchange with the tank filled is around $25-30 here. Filling a 20lb alone is anywhere from $13-18. All depends upon where you go. The exchange ones are obviously all recertified and they come a new paint job. So the only ones that contribute to the land fill are the 1lb.
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Interesting comments, it appears they do recertify, just not on an individual basis.

I just bought two small 25 year old aluminum tanks. They had been converted to OPD valves but were way out of certification, you couldn't even read the tags. The guy who did the recertification had never seen tanks like them before and had to check with his boss. They are 6 lb. Worthington tanks. The guy carried them out to the pump and filled the tanks. He listened and smelled for leaks. He sprayed soapy water around the threads on one valve. After removing the fill hose he opened each valve to check that they remained closed with nothing connected. He put on new stickers and charged me $8 per tank plus the cost of LPG.

I'm good to go for 5 years. I don't know if they do anything different for steel tanks but that's is what he did for my aluminum tanks.

By the way my motorhome has a built in tank so I bought these for use with a bar-b-que, camp fire in a can and other toys.
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I got a 30# aluminum worthington ($25)from 1986 on Craigslist recently.
It was 30$ for new valve, recertification & fill up. A bargain at twice the price.
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Do you still have these tanks?
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Nothing wrong with aluminum but they are expensive. Re certs on tanks can cost as much as a new tank and they only last 5 yrs. Your not saving much weight. I went to the trouble of having one of my aluminum tanks rebuilt and the cert has already expired and I spent about $100 getting it upgraded to the new OPD fill valve.



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Do you still have these tanks?
We still have the 40# AL i posted a couple of years back.
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I put new OPD valves in my aluminum cylinders for not much money, painted them up nice and filled them for a couple of years before anyone bothered to look for the certification. When they did look they stamped some numbers in them for me for free and filled em’ up.
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I had my aluminum tanks re certified in Lake City Colorado last September for FREE. Yup installed new sticker good for five more years. FREE. Aluminum is better lighter, will not rust.
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