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Re: Propane tank

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Wile E

09-20-2013 03:10:22

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I bought my own tank 4 years ago. 500 gallon, brand new, $1,100. It is nice to be able to buy propane from other dealers, but.....You also have to prove that you own the tank and any new supplier of propane will pressure check your lines. This is a CYA on their end. Over all I save 8 to 10 cents per gallon on fuel. In the long run it pays for itself. I likely saved $150 per year owning my own tank. Now here is the kicker. I just got Natural gas installed. They ran it down the road over the summer and I just got it hooked up 2 weeks ago. But....I am still waiting on the all the stuff Thermostat, orfice, etc. to convert the water heater over to Natural gas. So, as of now I have Natural gas for the main furnace and propane for the water heater. After I get the water heater hooked over to natural gas then I will sell the propane tank, I should be able to get $600 for it.

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JD Seller

09-20-2013 05:59:46

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 Re: Propane tank in reply to Wile E, 09-20-2013 03:10:22  
The pressure test is NOT a law or insurance requirement. They just try to get you to agree to it so they can charge you or lock you in to one supplier.

Had one propane supplier out here try that a few years ago. HE went out of business in about two years. Few where buying his propane.

As far as owning your own tanks. I own all my fuel tanks, diesel, gas, and propane. You will save enough in being able to shop around to pay for the tank shortly.

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Frank A

09-21-2013 08:20:35

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 Re: Propane tank in reply to JD Seller, 09-20-2013 05:59:46  
How would a leak test lock you into one supplier? Your insurance may not require it but the supplier's might. Insurance company and lawyers are at least partly the responsable because if there is a fire they will try to find any reason to sue the supplier and recover their loss. Like Wile E said its CYA. If you deliever propane you are taking responsablity for the system. Why would anyone want to do that without knowing it is safe and up to code? NFPA Does require a leak test for any system that has been taken out of service. As far as requiring proof of ownership if it doesn't look like another suppiers tank okay their tank should be marked anyway. If it does it is easy enough to get the serial number and call the company to find out . To be fair to those who want to be sure it is against the law to tamper with anothers tank.

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Dusty MI

09-20-2013 04:18:05

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 Re: Propane tank in reply to Wile E, 09-20-2013 03:10:22  
If you live anywhere near me I might be interested in your tank. And I can convert your water heater.


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Wile E

09-20-2013 07:13:35

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 Re: Propane tank in reply to Dusty MI, 09-20-2013 04:18:05  
What city do you live in?

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