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Old 03-22-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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old propane tanks to new

hi everyone i have an old propain tank set up that i beleive is unable to get refilled.how do you convert to the new style tanks and adapters..thanks for your time.enjoy it it'll be over before you know it....
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Old 03-22-2008, 06:43 PM   #2
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The easiest way is to go buy new tanks. The new tanks will fit the lines you have.
If your tanks are aluminum, it would be worthwhile to get them recertified, as the new aluminum tanks are kind of pricey.
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Howdy Mike -- Welcome to the Forums!

If they're the original tanks (date stamped on them) and any rust or dents, you just may be looking at buying new. Otherwise they'd have to be recertified. Your local ACE hardware should be able to do the OPD (overflow prevention device) conversion for relatively few dollars if these are steel tanks.

Check them with a magnet. 1966? If they're aluminum you've got a potentially valuable tank to pursue the recertification. Internal tank dimensions are totally different with aluminum and you should ask again about certification and conversion if that's what you have.
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Old 03-22-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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I had to fill up in a jurisdiction that required the new OPD valve to refill the tank and all the supplier did was change the valve. I believe it was about $30.00. I believe he also checked to see the date of manufacture of the tank and it was within acceptable age limits.
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I don't recommend new 30-lb cylinders to anybody who owns bottles that are in good, safe condition (no rust or other corrosion; no dents or bent collars). The propane company that we buy propane from will do a visual recertification of a cylinder for free as long as we fill the bottle there, too. (Visual recertification is the most common type, and it adds five years to the "life" of the bottle each time.)

OPD valves, if the cylinders don't already have them, are easy enough to change out. For aluminum bottles, the new valves need to be of just the right size.

In any event, recertification and new valves are certainly cheaper than purchasing new bottles at today's prices!


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I don't recommend new 30-lb cylinders to anybody who owns bottles that are in
OPD valves, if the cylinders don't already have them, are easy enough to change out. For aluminum bottles, the new valves need to be of just the right size.

In any event, recertification and new valves are certainly cheaper than purchasing new bottles at today's prices!


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The aluminum tanks are slightly different in dimension than the steel tanks, and take a different valve. A new valve is about $35 here, so it is cheaper than a new tank, especially if it's aluminum ($150 and up for an aluminum tank).
A new 20# steel tank is about $35, and comes with a new OPD valve, so it doesn't really make sense to retrofit an old 20# steel tank.
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Yep, when people come here with out-of-date 20-pounders made of steel, I just tell them to go to the hardware store and do the exchange thing. They pay a premium for the propane, of course, but they get a certified bottle with an OPD with the deal. The only folks to get scrod are the ones who come over desperate for propane after hours or on Sundays, when they can't do exchanges at the hardware store.

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I thought about buying 2 OPD valves for my 40 LB tanks from EBAY and installing them myself. They were 24.95 each with a 12.00 shipping fee. I called the local gas company and asked them about replacing these valve. They said no problem 30.00 each and that price included installing them and testing the tanks and re-stamping them. They pumped out 1/2 a tank of propane from each tank and put it back in and topped off the tanks. Check with your local gas supplier. I was amazed at how reasonable their price was. When I need propane I will go back to that dealer. They have a new customer now.
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Does anyone know if we can upgrade our old Propane tanks with new OPD valves? I think they are the original tanks on our 1976 31' sovereign. HUGE tanks. It would caot a small fortune to replace them.
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Does anyone know if we can upgrade our old Propane tanks with new OPD valves? I think they are the original tanks on our 1976 31' sovereign. HUGE tanks. It would caot a small fortune to replace them.
I'm guessing aluminum 40 lb. tanks? I had both of mine switched over to OPD about 5 years ago when I still had my '77 Excella 500.
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Does anyone know if we can upgrade our old Propane tanks with new OPD valves? I think they are the original tanks on our 1976 31' sovereign. HUGE tanks. It would caot a small fortune to replace them.
I had the new OPD valves installed in the tanks on our Safari in 2003. Take them to a propane distributor, they can change the valves and re-certify the tanks also.

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changing tanks

we have been talking about changing from steel tanks to aluninum for the weight, but the cost seems too much, so I think we will recert. and change the fitting at our local gas dealer. About $30 to change over plus gas.
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If the tanks are steel, but new ones.

If tanks are aluminum in good shape, have new opd valves installed.
New aluminum tanks are sooo pricey.

Aluminum tanks look great on a A/S!
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we have been talking about changing from steel tanks to aluninum for the weight, but the cost seems too much, so I think we will recert. and change the fitting at our local gas dealer. About $30 to change over plus gas.
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The weight is a very small factor. An empty aluminum 30# tank weighs around 18 lbs and a steel one is around 26 lbs. Aluminum tanks are bling.
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