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Old 06-26-2008, 05:52 PM   #1
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It is wise to check propane tanks before buying propane......
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I was at a meth training/workshop yesterday and there was a lot of great new information presented. I wanted to let you all know about one thing that I was not aware of. Meth cooks are getting the propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them with anhydrous ammonia (which they
now have a recipe for by the way). After they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then refilled with propane and
sent back for you and me to buy. Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc. According to our presenter, you should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that one.

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Old 06-26-2008, 05:52 PM   #2
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I came across this story on the web and thought it was worth sharing.

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It is wise to check propane tanks before buying propane......
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I was at a meth training/workshop yesterday and there was a lot of great new information presented. I wanted to let you all know about one thing that I was not aware of. Meth cooks are getting the propane tanks from the exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them with anhydrous ammonia (which they
now have a recipe for by the way). After they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then refilled with propane and
sent back for you and me to buy. Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc. According to our presenter, you should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that one.

Chief Deputy Scott Mellinger

Monroe County Sheriff's Office

812-349-2756
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Read Snopes.com on this.
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If you read the rest of that thread you discovered that information was shown to be incorrect. Anhydrous Ammonia(fertilizer) is routinely transported in LPG tanks(retrofitted with SST valving) for farming operations. That is how/where meth labs originally obtained anhydrous ammonia, stealing it from farmers.

Any LPG retailer that would re-fill such a misused cylinder should have very high quality/limits liability insurance.
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Old 06-27-2008, 03:45 AM   #5
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I always use my owm tanks and have them refilled. The cost is about the same. A new tank can be purchased at Costco if needed.
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