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Old 08-03-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Old propane tanks from exchanges

For those that have exchanged propane tanks, what's the oldest one you've ever gotten? The one I got today might be a record.

I've had a couple right at 12 years old (which is where refilling them can be an issue). However, as I put my "new" tank on the trailer today, I noticed the valve handle was a bit different than the other one. I looked at the date stamp: 6-78. 38 years old!!!! Thank you Blue Rhino.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:21 PM   #2
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Can't be a 38 year old valve... the POL design hasn't been in service that long... that's the valve with 3 tabs on the handle... the old design can be overfilled.. and not leave enough expansion space in the tank...

I had the tanks on my RV go out of date... and called around.. had a gas company re-certify the tanks for $5 each... they added a sticker and now I have no issues getting them filled...

One last thought... I've noticed that Costco has started to sell Propane in some of their locations.... for me its not a good value to go just for propane... but when the wife wants to go... I get the tanks topped off... when in AZ in our winter home... local propane is 2.99-3.29 a gallon... at Costco it was 1.89.... when we were in Alaska... propane at Costco was $2 a gallon less expensive than at a local re-fill station... of course its not in all locations... but wow its a great value if you need 15-20 gallons...
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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The Blue Rhino tanks are never filled to capacity anyway. They put in only about 17 lbs of propane which is less than 4 gallons. A full fill is 22 lbs of propane. I won't pay the exorbitant prices Blue Rhino charges anyway.
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:08 PM   #4
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I refuse to use the propane exchange places because I am not buying them a brand new tank to just get an old tank from them that's been painted and could be an issue. I've also heard of them not even filling them to the proper level (and I understand that nobody fills to 100%, but have heard they fill them even lower than most)

I always bring them to places that fill them, and I try to go to places that sell by weight, not a flat rate for any fill, because sometimes my tanks just need to be topped off. I have plenty of places nearby me that fill them - BJ's (like Costco), Tractor Supply, UHaul, and strangely even the local car wash. If I go further, Costco and some gas stations as well.
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Old 08-03-2016, 03:55 PM   #5
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I refuse to use the propane exchange places because I am not buying them a brand new tank to just get an old tank from them that's been painted and could be an issue. I've also heard of them not even filling them to the proper level (and I understand that nobody fills to 100%, but have heard they fill them even lower than most)



I always bring them to places that fill them, and I try to go to places that sell by weight, not a flat rate for any fill, because sometimes my tanks just need to be topped off. I have plenty of places nearby me that fill them - BJ's (like Costco), Tractor Supply, UHaul, and strangely even the local car wash. If I go further, Costco and some gas stations as well.


+1 on your post. Same here.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:22 PM   #6
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I go to the local propane dealer to get my tanks filled, it is a lot cheaper then the propane exchange.

I had a couple of old tanks with the old style valves, I finally swapped them out at at a propane exchange.

Judging from some of the tanks I have seen, the exchange companies simply swap out the old style valves for the newer valves an put the tank back in circulation. Some of them are pretty rough under the plastic shrink cover.
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Sent DW to get a tank for bbq while out camping. She came back with this. Now back home when I went to use it I took it from storage area to hook up guess my surprise. They say I can't exchange locally. Need to take it back where I got it. Two states away. Right. Someone is going to find this in front of there rack soon. Tired of arguing about it.
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I refuse to use the propane exchange places because I am not buying them a brand new tank to just get an old tank from them that's been painted and could be an issue. I've also heard of them not even filling them to the proper level (and I understand that nobody fills to 100%, but have heard they fill them even lower than most)

I always bring them to places that fill them, and I try to go to places that sell by weight, not a flat rate for any fill, because sometimes my tanks just need to be topped off. I have plenty of places nearby me that fill them - BJ's (like Costco), Tractor Supply, UHaul, and strangely even the local car wash. If I go further, Costco and some gas stations as well.
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I use Tractor supply for refill of my tanks.

I was at Wal Mart the other day waiting for my DW to come out and I was looking at the propane tanks in the rack. Many of them had been restamped with new dates indicating they had been recertified. I wonder if they actually do the recertifying or not. The oldest tank with the original dates showing I could see was 2 99 or feb 1999.
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Old 08-04-2016, 01:29 PM   #9
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Not only is the date old but take a look at the valve. I can't even hook up to it. Mine has the black ring that holds it that goes over the top. There is no way that that even has that. Threads are only on the inside no outside threats talking about old. Wow. Guess you can figure out the Tank Company. Never deal with them again. What a waste... Dusty
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I exchanged the three tanks that I have until I got a nice, new one.
Now I run down to ACE Hardware or Tractor Supply and get them filled. You get WAY more gas and it only costs about $12.
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If you want a nice new tank go to a place like Walgreens that has the racks outside. Usually some young girl comes out and doesn't want to touch anything and just says "pick one." Then you take the best of the lot and peal off the Blue Rhino sticker. After that you refill it for 7-8 years. YMMV


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For those that have exchanged propane tanks, what's the oldest one you've ever gotten? The one I got today might be a record.
I've had a couple right at 12 years old (which is where refilling them can be an issue). However, as I put my "new" tank on the trailer today, I noticed the valve handle was a bit different than the other one. I looked at the date stamp: 6-78. 38 years old!!!! Thank you Blue Rhino.
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I've never gotten a "20# exchange tank" that was to old to use or refill.

BTW are you aware that most "20# exchange tanks" only contain 15#, (3.5 gallons), of propane.... rather than the 20# (4.7 gallons), you get at most propane fill stations?

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Best rate I found for refill was at Koa in Charleston SC. $15 for my 20lbs. Walmart is $16 for an exchange but like previously stated, I don't think blue rhino fills their tanks full.
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From the Blue Rino website.

Inflationary pressures, including the volatile costs of steel, diesel fuel, and propane, have had a significant impact on the cylinder exchange industry. In 2008, to help control these rising costs, Blue Rhino followed the example of other consumer products companies with a product content change. We reduced the amount of propane in our tanks from 17 pounds to 15 pounds.
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