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Old 11-09-2011, 07:31 AM   #1
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Getting tanks recertified

So how does one go about getting LP tanks recertified? I would like to keep my original tanks with the gages. I really don't want to replace them with some crappy generic steel tanks with no level gages.

I can't seem to get a straight answer out of anyone around Huntsville, AL.


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Old 11-09-2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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tank recert

up in in Minnesnowda, you can go to a large supplier, (look for giant propane storage tanks) and hopefully the right guy is on duty that day!
In our rural areas, someone has be to around to certify all those tanks we use for ice fishing. you know we tow houses out onto the ice here next month, right? joe q....

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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Perry, I feel your pain. In the last few days I have called every propane dealer in the Montgomery Area, the industrial gas folks, the lobbying group and the state agency. No straight answers. In Florida, when one dealer could not fill my tanks, I called the guy he suggested and he told me that they re certify for $5.00 with a fill up since it was really only a visual inspection...Wish Now I had not brought my business home...the only common thread seems to be fear of liability ...
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:10 AM   #4
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I don't know about Al, but we had both of our tanks recertified while being out on the road, each in different states! Your uhauls and such typically can't do it, but just about every propane company that we've been to that handles the large residential tanks can recertify them.

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:21 AM   #5
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I think there is no standardization and no enforcement of regulations. I think it is slip me a $5 and I will fill your tank. Well I have called several places already and none have said sure no problem and what it will cost. I am to the point of filling off my main propane tank at the house. I hate bureaucratic BS. I am sure part of it is living in redneck AL.

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Old 11-09-2011, 08:34 AM   #6
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On a related issue I have recently found that the 30# aluminum tanks on our 2005 trailer bought used in the US are not legally refillable in Canada!

luckily not all propane suppliers seem aware of this, and in any case, most of our travels are during the winter in the US so it isn't that big a deal for me.

I wonder of any other Canadian Airstreamers have run across this issue?

I did check with Canadian authorities and have the regs that they sent me on file somewhere.

From memory - in rather surprisingly - its seems that a DOT tank built before a certain date (some date in the eighties if I remember correctly) can be filled in Canada, but not newer DOT tanks such as mine. The Tank must have Canadian Markings or a combined DOT / Canadian markings. Mine is just DOT.

You'd really think our countries should be moving closer, not apart, especially since most of our tech specs are just direct copies of US regulations.

I used to run into this all the time in my 34 year career with Canadian railways. OUr Canadian railway regs were close to 99% copies of the US, but just 1% different to confuse everyone.

It always seemed to me that it was due to our bureacrats just wanting to express the fact that we are "Different" and have our own distinct rules!

I'd be very surprised if there is much of a valid reason for the minor differences.

One of my pet peeves!

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Old 11-09-2011, 10:12 AM   #7
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Here in the NW I have had no problems getting my tanks recertified at any of the larger propane dealerships including the coop that sells me my propane for my home. It is a simple inspection, and date stamping process, and here, at least, is mostly done free if you have the tanks refilled at the same time.

Now, if you have not had your tank valves changed to the new ones with the triangular shut off knob, that will have to be done at an extra cost of 20 to 30 dollars each tank. You may find it difficult to get new valves with the electric readout feature, at least in my experience here. They may not even be available, although I have not learned that for sure. But new "normal" valves for the AL tanks are common enough. Recertification is always done when new valves are installed.
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:57 AM   #8
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If your ever in GA there is a place here that will opd old aluminum tanks.

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Old 11-19-2011, 10:35 AM   #9
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Wnen I got my aluminum tanks filled the guy just looked at my tanks and put on these stickers. No charge.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:22 PM   #10
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Had mine done in Fla. I think it was 6 or 7 dollars, they restamped (no sticker) a code into each tank.

There are regulations in place on this I was told.
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Old 11-19-2011, 04:23 PM   #11
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Hear in Knoxville it is Holsten Gas. The local gas distributer for oxygen, welding, propane, etc. You should have a similar company. Took 2 tanks in, checked, re certified, stamped date on flange, replaced on valve. Less than 100 bucks.
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:03 PM   #12
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I found that many of the larger farm coops will certify tanks. Those that have large propane sales and is they have a heating -ac division it is almost a sure thing. Near where I live I just go to CENEX in a suburb, Cottage Grove.

Call up some local farm coops>
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Old 11-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #13
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I live in Madison, AL and the Heritage Propane dealer on Governor's West Drive (just off of I-565) told me that they could visually recertify tanks. That was several years ago, so you should verify that with them.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:02 PM   #14
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I have a set of metal stamps. I made a wrench to fit the valves. I installed my new OPD valve & stamped a new date on the tanks. No fuss , no muss.

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