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Post  Admin Sat May 08, 2021 1:54 am

While I was going to Menards today to get some faucet washers, I thought I would exchange a propane tank that was well past its 12 year date for recertification and was giving some issues trying to refill it at the gas station last summer. It had a date of 2002 stamped on it and I believe we've had it just about that long too. Usually I'll have the cylinders refilled instead of exchanging them. With exchange, you get only 15-17lbs (depending on where you get it), where on the other hand you can have them refilled to 20lbs. Overall cheaper too. But, with exchange you can sometimes get a much newer one (if you insist on it when they're pulling the "full" one from the cage). Well, I didn't pay close enough attention this time, and I think I may have ended up with the oldest damn cylinder in the cage. The tank looked nice and I saw a glimpse of 3-19 stamped on it, so I didn't say anything. I got home to see 3-79 stamped on it... 1979! It's 42 years old, and it was recertified in 1995 "3-95E" and again in 2019 "3-19E". Code letter E meaning externally inspected, and should be recertified again in 2024. Of course, it has the new style valve. I'll use it up and probably do another exchange to get a much newer tank.

LOL dammit, go for a new tank and get the oldest.

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Post  getback Sat May 08, 2021 6:01 am

Well that sucks , i had a 30# tank from a old camper about the same age , i used it to run my grill , when i went to fill it they confiscated it LOL He said they would ck, it and put a another valve in for a fee , so i got a smaller one instead., We have Blue Rhino down here its some Hott stuff but only exchange . When filled there just not that hot tho .
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Post  Ken Cook Sat May 08, 2021 6:07 am

BB-Q grills don't last long in these parts. Between the weather and the recycled metal, your lucky to get 3 years out of them. When I buy a new one, you receive a new propane tank. Seeing I have the old tank, I generally keep it as a back up but I usually have more. The trash pickup won't take tanks even if the valve is removed, they see it in the trash and your trash will stay at the curb. One of the guys tells me to cut it in half and will take it. I filled it with soapy water for a day and proceed to cut it. Those old tanks are thicker than you would think. The Sawzall tears right through the newer ones which have considerably thinner wall thickness which is why I can believe your old tank had a re-cert on it.

It's pretty sad when you think about it but it's the norm today.
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