Propane and natural gas run on different pressures. They can
be converted back and forth, but it takes some know how.
There should be a test date for the tank, stamped onto the
handle. It looks something like 5-02. Month and year. The
pressure tests are only good for a couple years. It used to
be 12 years. I think? I'm likely mistaken.
The Fed now requires all filling stations to fill only "OPD"
tanks, which have a triangular valve handle, and an
"overfill protection device". Been required for a couple
You can get infared heaters, cook stove, gas grilles, weed
burners, etc. Camping supplies, and some gear at
Your biggest challenge is that curbside tanks are usually
the old style, and no one wants to refil them.
If you have a waterfront property, you can tie a weight and
a long rope, paint the tanks, and use them for water marker
buoys. Let the propane out, and then close the valve. Paint
them bright colors. You might also be able to use them for
flotation to keep your dock afloat.
Probably worth $10 a ton for scrapsteel. Wish I was more
optomistic. Sometimes things are in the trash cause they are
not worth anthing.
Christopher A. Young
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