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My Arctic Fox has (2) 40lb propane tanks that are now 12 years old and, although I haven't tried refilling after their 12th birthday, I'm fairly certain I'll be turned away. My understanding is that I can have them inspected/re-certified for another 5 years.

It would cost a little over $300 to replace with new tanks. I don't know how much re-certification will cost because I can't find anyone who does this. Once I know the cost, I can decide between replace or re-certify.

Does anyone know who performs tank re-certification in SoCal (Ventura County/San Fernando Valley areas)?


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Many places recertify - its an inspection with a date written or etched on the tank. It's cheap - $20 or less.

Best to find a propane supplier or a feed store (my local feed store does it). I have had all of my tanks recertified, they are that old...

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Can't answer your question. But if you're a Costco member it's half that price. My local Costco used to stock the cylinders in the warehouse. But I don't recall seeing them on the floor in last year or so.
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Thermoguy wrote:

Many places recertify - its an inspection with a date written or etched on the tank. It's cheap - $20 or less.

Best to find a propane supplier or a feed store (my local feed store does it). I have had all of my tanks recertified, they are that old...


It's a visual inspection, no big deal. My local propane dealer did it for free if we got a refill. Not all dealers do it but just call one and if they do not then they will tell you who does. Don't waste all that money on a new tank.


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My local propane dealer is the one that did mine. When I went in for a fill I knew it needed recert. so I told them so. It cost me an extra 5 bucks. They really didn't look at the tank very closely. It seems to me that if they are not afraid to fill them you get the sticker and another 5 years.


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Tank Recertification
Check the tank date of manufacture.
Check the tank for leaks.
Check to make sure the tank has the required decals.
Check the valve guard.
Check the foot-ring.
Check for dents & gouges.
Check for rust.
Replace the relief valve-This valve is set to release any excess pressure in the propane tank.

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https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/sites/phmsa.dot.gov/files/docs/propane_en_v3.pdf

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opnspaces wrote:

Can't answer your question. But if you're a Costco member it's half that price. My local Costco used to stock the cylinders in the warehouse. But I don't recall seeing them on the floor in last year or so.
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I was going to say just replace at costco.com
A few years ago I paid just over half that amount IIRC.


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Just had both 30 lb tanks re certified. 7 bucks each.


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time2roll wrote:

opnspaces wrote:

Can't answer your question. But if you're a Costco member it's half that price. My local Costco used to stock the cylinders in the warehouse. But I don't recall seeing them on the floor in last year or so.
Costco
I was going to say just replace at costco.com
A few years ago I paid just over half that amount IIRC.


Thanks. But, I think the Costco tanks are the 20lb BBQ size tanks. Mine are 40lb tanks which are quite a bit larger.

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