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Durb

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Posted: 04/11/20 09:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My 30# tanks have aged out and my dealer won't refill them. Should I just have them re-certified or replaced? Any estimates on the cost of having them up graded (12 years old). If I elect to buy new ones, will I have trouble recycling the old tanks? Thanks

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Posted: 04/11/20 10:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had Costco ship me new 30# cylinders.


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on 5 gallon (20lb) it's cheaper to get new ones, or swap out at a place where you swap out a tank.

on other sizes, I've found it cheaper to pay to get it recertified. 30 lb, 5 lb I recertify.


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My Costco has new 30 lb tanks for $40. That's the way I will go when I can no longer get the originals filled.


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Posted: 04/11/20 10:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know I got mine rectified for a lot less than $40. Find a equipment rental place that sells propane and get a quote.


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Posted: 04/11/20 10:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Durb wrote:

My 30# tanks have aged out and my dealer won't refill them. Should I just have them re-certified or replaced? Any estimates on the cost of having them up graded (12 years old). If I elect to buy new ones, will I have trouble recycling the old tanks? Thanks


Recertification of old tanks is costly$$. I just go to Lowes, Home Depot or Wall mart and trade my tank in for one of theirs. Be sure and check the tanks certifection date. I try to get the newest tank available. With a fairly new tank, I just refill the tanks after that.

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Posted: 04/11/20 10:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MarkTwain wrote:

Durb wrote:

My 30# tanks have aged out and my dealer won't refill them. Should I just have them re-certified or replaced? Any estimates on the cost of having them up graded (12 years old). If I elect to buy new ones, will I have trouble recycling the old tanks? Thanks


Recertification of old tanks is costly$$. I just go to Lowes, Home Depot or Wall mart and trade my tank in for one of theirs. Be sure and check the tanks certifection date. I try to get the newest tank available. With a fairly new tank, I just refill the tanks after that.


Cost depends on where you have it done, I have been quoted between $5 to $25 correctly tested may need new valve, now cheaper to just get new tank good for 12
Years not 5.


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Posted: 04/12/20 05:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MarkTwain wrote:

Durb wrote:

My 30# tanks have aged out and my dealer won't refill them. Should I just have them re-certified or replaced? Any estimates on the cost of having them up graded (12 years old). If I elect to buy new ones, will I have trouble recycling the old tanks? Thanks


Recertification of old tanks is costly$$. I just go to Lowes, Home Depot or Wall mart and trade my tank in for one of theirs. Be sure and check the tanks certifection date. I try to get the newest tank available. With a fairly new tank, I just refill the tanks after that.

They have 30# tanks?

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I just had my propane supplier, I have propane for the house, they recertified them for free.


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Posted: 04/12/20 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I vote for re certification. It should be cheaper and doesn't leave you needing to dispose of what are likely 2 perfectly functional old tanks.
Or, just find a dealer who will refill them anyway. I've found, on my 20# tanks, that less than 10% of the time does anyone ever look at the date. I've used "expired" tanks for years. You just need to know where to get them filled.

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