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Old 09-17-2002, 06:49 AM   #1
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Someone mentioned aluminum propane tanks. Where can I find these and how pricey are we talking. I'm new to this.
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Old 09-17-2002, 08:19 AM   #2
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Old 09-17-2002, 04:24 PM   #3
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ok, I need advice. I have my original tanks ( old style valves). First can I get adapter valves? I see Amerigas?? but there are none out here. I live between Buffalo & Rochester NY. Also, some fool painted them with white flat paint. What were they thinking. I'm trying to save cash...any ideas? Any one? B]THANKS SHARI FOR POINTING ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION![/B]
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leslie, your tanks can probably be retrofitted with the new OPD valves but if they are over twelve years old they will need to be recertified. This can be done by any competent propane dealer.
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Oh yeah, I'll need to get them recertified. They are as old as me, but showing less age! Probably cheaper than entirely new tanks.
thanks for the advice.
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I heard that it costs about $150 per tank to retrofit an old aluminum cylinder.

Another fellow told me he has a valve for his old tanks that links them to new, refillable tanks. He hooks them together and refills his old tanks from the freshly filled new tank. Anyone know about this?
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Old 09-19-2002, 01:03 PM   #7
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$150 is more than a new tank.

If you hooked two tanks together you would end up with half a tank in each before the pressure equalized (and it will be gas not liquid so it won't even seem like that much). Not only a waste of time but dangerous.


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i had my tanks recertified, valves changed, and filled for 49.00 each by ferrell gas.

they will not recertify them if they are corroded deeply, scrached, or dented in any way.

then you have to bite the silver bullit and get new ones.

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Old 09-19-2002, 05:16 PM   #9
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Sounds like you got a great deal at $49 per tank. What size are they? I have been checking on the price of Propane in my area (near Phoenix, AZ) and the cheapest I have found is $1.75 per gallon. With two 30 gallon tanks, just filling them will eat up $100. What prices are others paying around the country?
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I don't think they are 30 gallon, but 30 pound. I just filled mine and was told with new valve they will only fill to 80% capacity. I am not sure of total gallonage, but to fill both (one was not completely empty, it cost under $30 and I am in southern California, where all fuel tends to be kinda high.
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A 40 lb. tank is 10 gallons. I think a 30 lb. is right around 6 1/2 gallons according to my owners manual. A place outside Nashville,TN. was charging a little over $15 to replace the valve and the recert was included.
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Boy what a relief. I don't know what I was thinking. Thanks for setting me straight.
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One gallon of propane weighs 4.20 pounds (at 60 degrees F) so:
a twenty pound tank contains ~4.76 gallons
a thirty pound tank contains ~7.14 gallons
a forty pound tank contains ~9.52 gallons
This is in addition to the weight of the tank itself.
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I agree with Rick.
The average cost per #30 tank is 13.00$, in this area.
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I just had one of my two 30# tanks changed, recertified and filled in El Paso, TX. Cost- $37.00. And I was lucky, most all distributors here are on a 1-1 1/2 yrs back order for 30# tank valves! Population and demand I reckin' Oscar
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1 1/2 year backorder?????!!!

Yikes! I got one of my two done for $47, this spring including a fill up. Have not used up one tank yet this summer. Check out Flying J's prices for propane, nearest one to me charges $1.19 per gallon. If it gets cold this weekend I use some.
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i have steel worthington 30 lb tanks, can't remember what it was a gallon (little over a buck it seems).

propane here is lower in the summer due to low demand.

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The old owner had replaced with new steel tanks...went back to him and got old alum tanks (he was about to throw away)..a had
new valves $15.00 dollors each ,installed for $10.00 each, and filled for $13.00 (30pd)...much happier with old tanks ...problem now ; i here the valves are getting hard to get and will get harder to get as cold weather gets here...so would not wait..just shop around..and if you need some incouragement..read that post someone had about his tanks coming loose and riding up under the trailer till one wore a hole in its side.....if they would have been steal....i dont want to think what would have happened..
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On 5-13-02 I posted that a place in LaVergne/Smyrna, TN. was replacing OPD valves for $10 each tank and this included testing along with a quick shot of paint if it needed it. Within a month the price increased to $12 then $15 each tank. I'd say it is higher than that now. I guess it is all about supply and demand. I still have one tank to have an OPD valve fitted but it is full right now. TN. is one of those states that has not complied with the regulation as of yet.
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Hi all!

I have two original 40# aluminum tanks from my 1968 Overlander. Been on the phone with about half a dozen propane suppliers and have visited two in person. They all think I'm crazy when I ask them to retrofit my tanks for the new regulator! No one has any idea how to do what I'm talking about. I believe the new regulators are female and my hookup is also female (maybe I got this backwards?) and I need new gauges and recert. It seems to me like it wouldn't be that hard but all I've ever gotten is blank stares and shaking heads.

Thoughts?? I've tried Ferrelgas and Amerigas and some local places. I'm in Santa Cruz CA for reference!
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