Originally Posted by Fred L
Recently went to have my tanks re-certified and was charged $45 per tank.
After a bit of discussion, the price was dropped to $20 per.
I had the work done in Pa and my recollection was that they were certified for only 2 more years.
Long story short, youre probably better off waiting for a good sale (just bought my new ones at Tractor supply for $52) then recertifying.
MD, the process for removing is basic and simple. As others have said they do get heavy, but the only one caution which i have been given is to ensure that the cylinder remains in a vertical orientation while transporting. I use a milk crate and put the base of the tank in the crate, then strap the tank to the truck bed wall.
According to a PA government website
, as of 2013 PA adopted the federal standard for re-certification, which is 5 years. I don't know what it was before. At $20/5 yrs, the re-certification is worth it cash-wise, but the convenience of going 12 more years without hassle (or Tractor Supply being more convenient than the re-certifying propane dealer) might make it worth the extra couple of bucks.
The last ones I had re-certified were aluminum and I think it was $12.50 per (in Fort Worth, TX) so it was definitely worth it.