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Posted: 12/05/20 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi, My propane tanks on 5er are 10 years old, do I leave them as is, replace them, recertify them or what, not sure, not having any problems with them, where we go camping often they never check the date on them as they refill them, not even a scratch on the paint any input would be appreciated. Thanks

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Posted: 12/05/20 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Recertification....
Visual Inspection good for 5 yrs then repeat again and again and again

1. Damage to the cylinder’s exterior including dents; bulges; cuts; or cracks on the cylinder’s surface,
or to welds; and any evidence of physical abuse; fire; or heat damage.
2. Detrimental rust, corrosion, or pitting on the cylinder, particularly on the bottom.
3. Absence of/damage to a cylinder footring, cylinder neckring (collar), or valve cover.
4. A leaking or defective valve or leaking or defective pressure relief device.

Cheaper then buying NEW Cylinders
Depending on State/Location recert could be $7 up to $35 (rip off)

Check your local area for a BULK Propane Vendor (Suburban, Ferrellgas, Amerigas etc) Tractor Supply may do it also

Recert requirement WAS 12 yrs after date of MFG....legislation was passed/post-poned to change that to 10 yrs after MFG date
Many places use the 10 yr requirement


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Posted: 12/05/20 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you can get an easy and cheep re-certification that is fine. I just bought new 30# cylinders from Costco.com to be done with it.


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Check the local propane vendors, I don't mean the cylinder swappers. One of them will do certifications and such. We got our tanks re-certified and since we got the tanks filled they didn't charge us for the service. No matter what it's cheaper than a new tanks.
Where I worked we had gas cylinders dating back to WWI, yes one. Re-certified every 10 years and in fine shape.


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agesilaus wrote:

Where I worked we had gas cylinders dating back to WWI, yes one. Re-certified every 10 years and in fine shape.

I wonder if the tanks built today will last that long [emoticon]

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ilvtravln wrote:

Hi, My propane tanks are 10 years old, do I leave them as is, replace them, recertify them or what, not sure, not having any problems with them, where we go camping often they never check the date on them as they refill them, any input would be appreciated. Thanks


It depends on the price to recertify the tanks or the cost of a new one. I just take my tanks in for an exchange but I choose a tank that is only a few years older. You might be RVing in a location where they will not fill your tank if out of date. It could be a roll of the dice[emoticon]

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Posted: 12/05/20 02:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just for clarification:

LP TANKS
ASME jurisdiction under NFPA ---- NO Recertification required
Tanks used in Motorhomes

LP Cylinders
DOT Jurisdiction ----Portable and require Recertification
Cylinders use on TC, TT, FW ---trailers

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My 2 30# tanks are 16 years old and visually look good. No one has even looked at the date and questioned me and still fills them. I will continue having them filled until someone says NO.
I have a small 1 gallon tank that is 20+ years old and was told last year to get it checked before filling it again. I have a new 2 gallon tank filled and ready when the old one is empty. I se these with my grill for camping.

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MarkTwain wrote:

ilvtravln wrote:

Hi, My propane tanks are 10 years old, do I leave them as is, replace them, recertify them or what, not sure, not having any problems with them, where we go camping often they never check the date on them as they refill them, any input would be appreciated. Thanks


It depends on the price to recertify the tanks or the cost of a new one. I just take my tanks in for an exchange but I choose a tank that is only a few years older. You might be RVing in a location where they will not fill your tank if out of date. It could be a roll of the dice[emoticon]


I have never seen an exchange program for any tanks but 20#cylinders. And yes for 20# I just exchange it. My 30# cylinders got recertified. I see a 30# cylinder is $65 on Amazon, I'd expect recert price to be more like $10.

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RAS43 wrote:

My 2 30# tanks are 16 years old and visually look good. No one has even looked at the date and questioned me and still fills them. I will continue having them filled until someone says NO.
I have a small 1 gallon tank that is 20+ years old and was told last year to get it checked before filling it again. I have a new 2 gallon tank filled and ready when the old one is empty. I se these with my grill for camping.


Avoid Tractor Supply then, they seem to have a company policy demanding that the date be checked. I've filled tanks at TS at several spots across the country and they all did check.

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