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Old 04-29-2012, 08:08 AM   #1
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composite LP tanks

While at my local propane supplier I noticed new tanks. They are called composit and are made of fibreglass.
Has anyone used these? They are a significant weight savings over steel or aluminum. Cost is about 100.00 ea. Owning a Minuet weight savings is important so will buy them unless someone with experience states otherwise.

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Old 04-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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I have one, works as advertised. use it for the weber bbq at home. nice to actually see what's left. keeps me from looking stupid half way thru the beer can chicken and the fuel runs out. lol


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Old 04-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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So far I haven't seen one of the composit tanks larger than a 20 lb size. Anyone seen the larger size we need for a TT?
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:25 AM   #4
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I used to use composite air tanks for playing paintball on a regular basis. They definitely had a lot of advantages to them, no doubt about it.
Though, at the time, they did have to be hydrotested more often than aluminum tanks. Also more easily damaged from abrasion and impact than aluminum or steel.

Apparently there are also 33lb tanks being made, just no idea where to find them.

The question for me though is what's the weight difference as compared to polished aluminum tanks? The weight savings is good, but the aluminum tanks look soooooo nice.

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Old 04-29-2012, 10:31 AM   #5
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They can be lighter and stronger but at a price. You don't want to leave them out in the sun where UV can attack them and they are not very impact resistant. An empty Airstream Aluminum tank is light enough to pickup with one finger.

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Old 04-29-2012, 11:19 AM   #6
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