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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.


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.


I don't have a dog in this fight, but I can't see why anybody would advise somebody to avoid a business because they want to follow SAFETY REGULATIONS enacted to protect you and the public?

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I don't have a dog in this fight, but I can't see why anybody would advise somebody to avoid a business because they want to follow SAFETY REGULATIONS enacted to protect you and the public?


You are correct, I should not have posted that. But it's not like they seize the tanks if they are out of date, they just send you on your way. Free to go to the next propane fill place. So someone determined to avoid the inspection can do so.


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It's not a bad idea to have them checked for recertification. In 2018, one of mine was found to have a slow leak around the valve. The valve was replaced and and the tank recertified.

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I take my 30s to a bilk seller. Last time I had them filled they had 1 month left before needing re-cert. They told me they would do it when I brought them back next time. I think he said $12. Of course that will be like 3 years. We just don't use much propane.

And yes they check dates. Not sure if LP tanks are the same as SCUBA, but SCUBA tanks are most likely to fail during refill.

I also have 2 other 30s I keep in the shop (bought from Amazon). He did miss them being new but was glad I told him since they have to be purged.


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When our 30 gallon tanks needed recertification both had leaking valves. The cost difference between the valve replacement and new tank, and 5 years versus 10 years, I just got new tanks.


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I live on the salt water, and I'm lucky to get 6-7 years on my 20# propane tanks (for my BBQ). I take them to get refilled and they often say: This will be the last time. Rust is the enemy. I've found that it is cheaper to exchange the tanks than to get them re-filled and re-certified. Life is too short to remove the rust and repaint.

Besides the fixed propane tank in the MH, I carry (2) 1 gallon tanks for the BBQ, fire-pit, etc., and they do not seem to have a problem with rust?


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agesilaus wrote:

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.
We have 2 100# tanks made by skellygas build dated in 1937 and 1941. No problem refilling them. Their tare weight is over 86# vs new tanks tare at 72#
Thats a lot thicker steel.
For our 20 & 30 # tanks, Amerigas recerts (5 yr) for free when we refill with them

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Just go to a propane dealer and get them recertified.

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agesilaus wrote:

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.

Exchange typically only gives you 15 lbs of propane.

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