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Re: Propane tanks?

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Centex Farmall

12-04-2012 18:39:38

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You want a tank with a liquid withdrawal line or "wet leg". I have seen 500 gal tanks with no wet leg, so no.

There's not much to go wrong with one as long as it's not been open to the weather. A "rebuilt" one should have a new relief valve and hand valves and the gauge should be checked.

Not sure on the legalities. I've heard companies say things like that before so they can discourage you and avoid any liability. If it's _your_ tank and _your_ propane in the tank I don't see how it could be illegal for you to use it!

Now it may be illegal for you to fill a smaller tank and then transport it over the highway, and the knucklehead at the counter may be interpreting the law to mean you can't fill anything. I wouldn't worry about it.

The 250 psi is a nominal test rating for propane tanks. How much liquid you can put in depends on the ambient temperature. Typically they will fill to 85% and the tank will be fine even on a 100 degree day.

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massey 333

12-05-2012 15:20:33

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 Re: Propane tanks? in reply to Centex Farmall, 12-04-2012 18:39:38  
They all have liquid withdraw,but some of the older tanks have it on the bottom of the tank.Works fine,but not convenient to use.

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12-04-2012 19:06:16

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 Re: Propane tanks? in reply to Centex Farmall, 12-04-2012 18:39:38  
What Centex Farmer says pretty much sums it up.
As he indicated,what the dealers say vary so call around. If that fails to turn up a willing dealer,I have another suggestion but first a story told by Red Skelton and kept in my pocket for situations like yours. A fellow jumped from the plane on his first ever sky diving experience and realized he had been distracted by the leggs of a gal in the sky diving instruction class and missed the part on how to open the chute. As he was falling to the earth he noticed a man coming skyward from earth.
As they passed,he shouted"hey,do you know anything about parachutes"? "NO",came the reply,"do you know anything about colman lanterns"? Now,you can order the wet tube and valve online. Just make certain the tank has a blank bung as you called it and double certain you or whoever installs it 100% understands what they are doing before you start.

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12-04-2012 19:34:42

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 Re: Propane tanks? in reply to da.bees, 12-04-2012 19:06:16  
Put the wet kit on before you fill the tank, hard to install one when the LP is trying to escape:) On the illegal to fill part,OSHA requires permits and training. You are filling your own and don t care what the Government says, so go for it. And before someone says they fill at work and they are fine, OSHA has been making the rounds in North MO and my work load is getting bigger every week because people have been told what they need to be legal,so I am hauling more tow motor tanks.

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