I see more and more (full) small propane tanks being set out for haul away. I
have picked up half a dozen of them. I know little or nothing about them. What
can I use them for? I have lots of gas fittings and some propane fittings in
cans in my shed. All my barbequing has been with charcoal, I never used gas or
Could I hook one of these small tanks (they weigh about 20 or 30 pounds full)
up to gas connect line and run a small natural gas heater with it? Maybe I
could rig up some flexible hose and walk around my yard burning up weeds with
it? I don't know. In using these old propane tanks, will it be necessary to use
regulators and check valves etc...just to say run a 6 foot rubber hose off of
it to burn weeds? I mean: are they THAT explosive that they would require a
check valve inline?
You are seeing a lot of these, because it is illegal to fill these after
their expiry date. There is also an older style tank that is no longer
allowed to be refilled.
If you want to recycle these, maybe you can use them to make some type of
art work, or useful construction that requires these types of cylinder
shaped pieces. There are some people north of here that are painting them
with faces and funny designs. They use them as lawn and garden ornaments
(painted with designs of coarse).
"MelvinSlankerd" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Just a little note of caution here... if the "artwork" or "useful
construction" involves welding or brazing, it would be a *real* good idea to
flush the tank with nitrogen, argon, or carbon dioxide first.
If you want to recycle these, maybe you can use them to make >>
Most people are misunderstanding my post. I don't want to recycle them. I want
to USE them because most all that I find are FULL of propane. The thing is...I
am not familiar with using these things. I don't have a (new or old) gas grill.
If I had a brand new (politically correct) propane tank, I don't know really
how to use that either.
As long as I can get these things free, I thought I might heat a small shed
with them (one at a time) or burn weeds or...weld? I wanted a good
jack-of-all-trades, handyman type of guy to suggest uses for them and tell me
how to safely put them to use.
Well, find someone who is throwing out a gas BBQ grill and I think you are
all set :)
What you suggested is ok too - hook up a torch head to a flexible hose and
use it to burn weeds in summer and ice in winter. I've seen these same
things advertised in some home flyers.
You can pretty much do whatever you want with them. Buy a small propane
heater, and you can heat your shed. Buy a weed torch, and you can burn
weeds. I don't thing that you can weld with propane.
You could solder if you can figure out how to connect a torch to the tanks.
I'd be sure before buying any propane powered toys that your tanks have the
Some of the older ones may not hook up to newer tools without the correct
This is Turtle.
Here in South Louisiana we still fill them any time as you want to. Even Harbor
Freight place has a valve to attach your House
propane tank for your house to fill the 5 gal. bottles too. I just had my old bottle
filled at the Feed Store about 2 days ago. Here
in Louisiana we don't read newspapers much and maybe we had not got the word yet. Hey
Walmarts still sells hose , regulator and
attachment kit to hook up these bottles to anything you want.
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That is an assumption you are making, without having any idea what the dates
on the tanks are, and whether or not they are equipped with an OPD.
What is against the National Fire Protection Association code is filling
tanks that are not equipped with an overflow protection device (OPD). These
will have a triangular-shaped wheel. Besides that, if they are beyond a
certain date (12 years old?), they are still usable, and legal, provided
they are inspected and approved by a certified inspector.
Bottom line is, if they have a triangular-shaped wheel, they are equipped
wioth an OPD, and can be filled.
Not every state has adopted the new codes.
I still fill mine and will continue to do so. About a dozen states are
maintaining their sensibilities and not trashing perfectly good tanks.
What you may need is a fitting adapter. Many of the older tanks have a
different type of fitting. If you are trying to use it with a newer
grill, you will need a fitting adapter. Many of the super hardware
stores might have them, so look around.
There are many un orthodox uses for the old tanks. There was a recent
discussion on the HVAC group on using them for floats.
Some people have used them for air tanks or Mickey mouse freon recovery
tanks for automotive use. Not exactly kosher, but it has been done.
I collect the full ones. I replaced my male adaptor with one off a
discarded grill, and I can use the old tanks. It is probably not worth the
effort, but I get a kick out of free gas.
Yes, you can use them for propane heaters, but it is a little tricky because
you have to get the plumbing right or it doesn't work. And... unless the
heater has an automatic shutoff, it is illegal to use a 20 pound tank
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