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Old 11-17-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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does anyone know if it is better to replace the valves on the old tanks or just buy new tanks and if so what brand and type should you buy
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:31 PM   #2
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If your old cylinders are in good condition (no heavy-duty rust, no dents, no bent collars), then it's worth your while and your money to have the old ones retrofitted with new valves and recertified.

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Old 11-17-2008, 02:46 PM   #3
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where is a good place to get the valves changed and recertified
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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Check with a bulk propane supplier. They either do it, or can point you in the right direction. Look up Propane in your yellow pages. Best of luck!
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This is an excellent article on the subject..
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:37 PM   #6
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If they are aluminum tanks you definitely want to keep them.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:40 PM   #7
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Yes, aluminum - keep - if steel, then throw away and get new ones... just my two cents
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If steel, you could toss them and get aluminum tanks. They look great when polished.
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Let's see, $25 for a new valve vs $150 + shipping for a new Worthington aluminum tank. By the way a new aluminum tank may not be exactly the same height as your old ones. In NM nobody ever asked about recertifying tanks and nobody in any other state asked if they were. They just look at the different shape valve. If you want to get rid of those old nasty aluminum tanks and put on nice new white painted steel tanks let me know I'm your man.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:35 PM   #10
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If you want to get rid of those old nasty aluminum tanks and put on nice new white painted steel tanks let me know I'm your man.
Lumatic...have you no shame.... I agree, send those 'old nasty aluminum tanks' out our way...

Really, though... your aluminum AS needs aluminum tanks...just change the valves, I did it on our 78 AS...cost only about $30 which included a new pressure test - aluminum tanks last just about forever if there's no corrosion on em'...
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I have 2 large aluminum tanks that had the old valves date on the tanks 1973, the tanks were in good condition. Had the valves switched over, i think they were $35. ea. the old tanks were also certified (san diego thing ?). I'm happy
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Let's see, $25 for a new valve vs $150 + shipping for a new Worthington aluminum tank. By the way a new aluminum tank may not be exactly the same height as your old ones. In NM nobody ever asked about recertifying tanks and nobody in any other state asked if they were. They just look at the different shape valve. If you want to get rid of those old nasty aluminum tanks and put on nice new white painted steel tanks let me know I'm your man.
Agreed, especially if they have the highly undesirable external gauges!

I’ve even got a couple of nice new steel 40lb OPD bottles for consideration.
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is it better to replace the valves on the old tanks or just buy new tanks
If you have steel tanks you are going to want to replace them. Just buy them local. It they are aluminum tanks you definitely want to keep them like AZFLYCaster says.

Aluminum tanks have differant valves from steel tanks. It has to do with the shape of the tank. Any place that can pressure test the tanks can take the old valves out and put the new ones in. They most likely won't have the Valves for the aluminum tanks.

Click here to see the 30lb valve

Click here to see the 40lb valve

Also, click here to see the whole rundown on OPD Valves.


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