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Dutch_12078

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My local refiller recertifies free for regular customers, but I just replaced a 30# that had already been recertified twice and was looking a little worse for wear. The refiller charged me $50 for a purged and filled new cylinder and will dispose of the old cylinder. He used a large bolt cutter to destroy the threaded part of the valve to make it unusable.


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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.
No, recertification is not expensive. I took my three 20# tanks to my local Southern States Farm Supply propane dealer and it cost me $10 for each tank. Basically, they do a close visual inspection, base check and valve check. They also replace any required stickers that may have become lost or unreadable. I asked and the tech said I can have that done as many times as necessary. No maximum number of times for recertification.


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Think it cost me $12 to have one of my 30# recertified. In AZ they fill hundreds of tanks and never look at the date. I make sure one of my non re-certified tank is full when I come back to CO.



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I personally prefer to recertify. It is not too expensive.

I did some research a number of years back on this topic.
One consideration is the quality of the new tanks vs that of the old. Especially if it is made in China. Who knows where the steel came from? Can't beat good old Made in the USA.

The really old tanks were heavier, because the steel was thicker. Perhaps not an issue, but these things can become a bomb in a hard collision situation. Kinda like the way car fenders used to be thicker stronger steel.

Having said that, this likely applies to really old tanks, probably past what any of us own.

But, as mentioned, why dispose of a perfectly good tank when revalving it makes it like new again.


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Posted: 04/12/20 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As others have posted, recertification only lasts 5 years I think? If you know you will be using the tanks for more than the next 5 years, I suggest getting a new one.


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Dutch_12078 wrote:

My local refiller recertifies free for regular customers,but I just replaced a 30# that had already been recertified twice and was looking a little worse for wear. The refiller charged me $50 for a purged and filled new cylinder and will dispose of the old cylinder. He used a large bolt cutter to destroy the threaded part of the valve to make it unusable.
X-2, I had 4 20 lb tank recert. for free.
When you get one that's in too bad shape to be recertified, simply take it to one of those Blue Rhino exchange places and trade it in, $18.00 you get a Newer tank full of gas.


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bukhrn wrote:

Dutch_12078 wrote:

My local refiller recertifies free for regular customers,but I just replaced a 30# that had already been recertified twice and was looking a little worse for wear. The refiller charged me $50 for a purged and filled new cylinder and will dispose of the old cylinder. He used a large bolt cutter to destroy the threaded part of the valve to make it unusable.
X-2, I had 4 20 lb tank recert. for free.
When you get one that's in too bad shape to be recertified, simply take it to one of those Blue Rhino exchange places and trade it in, $18.00 you get a Newer tank full of gas.

I get mine recertified. Aren't tanks from Blue Rhino a 15# fill?


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I’m super careful with propane. I replace.


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Call your Local Farm Supply that sells Propane to get a quote. NOT very expensive from what I remember.


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KD4UPL wrote:

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.


Yep, most of the time, they don't even look.


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