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« on: July 14, 2010, 12:17:34 PM »

I learned something new today...20 lb propane tanks have expiration dates on them and tanks are only good for 12 years.  There is a month and year stamped on the handle and they can not be refilled 12 years after that date.  Refurbished tanks have a second date stamped on them and have an "E" in front of the refurbished date.  Those tanks are only good for 5 years.  I went to refill both of my 20lb tanks today and was told that both expire in about 11 months.  I guess I will have to start looking on craigslist for some replacements.  Bummer.
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010, 12:43:42 PM »

Take them to one of those places that you exchange your empty for a full one.  In the long run cheeper then buying a new tank.
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010, 12:53:42 PM »

I believe this applies to ALL refillable propane tanks, not just the 20-pounders.

Costco has a nice 20 pound tank with a pretty accurate gauge built into the valve assembly for $26.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010, 01:23:20 PM »

You can get them re-certified for a small fee.  I get my tanks refilled at a commercial propane place (Amerigas) and they only charge like $6 each or something like that to re-cert.  Maybe that's considered refurb'd?  I learned that when I went to refill a 10lb. tank I bought on CL that was not only expired, but had an old valve.  The cost of re-cert and replacing the valve was more than a new 10lb tank there.  I use the 10lb for the grill and stove, easier to lug around than the 20lb.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010, 01:41:01 PM »

Take them to one of those places that you exchange your empty for a full one.  In the long run cheeper then buying a new tank.

+1.  Generally, I try not to use Blue Rhino, etc., propane exchange places, because they do not give you a full tank.  But if your tank has expired, it's cheaper to go that route.  You'll get a newer, currently certified tank, which you can then re-fill at wherever you normally do.  One caveat:  The Blue Rhino tanks usually have a fresh coat of paint on them, but sometimes the paint flakes off and you end up with a yucky-looking tank.  Choose the nicest, newest-looking tank you can.
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 10:58:05 AM »

I no longer use Blue Rhino,  Here's why...
I had a two year old propane tank and I exchanged it at Blue Rhino for a full tank (Never checked the expoiration date because I didn't know about that at the time).  When I went to have that tank filled at a Chevron station they refused because it was expired.  I took it back to the Walgreen's where I got it and they gave me one that was eight years old (remember my original tank was two years old) and still certified.  Now here's the worst part - two out of three tanks in their bin that were offered to me were also EXPIRED.  Blue Rhino is giving customers expired tanks.  Then when you are on vacation and try to refill them somewhere else you are SOOL.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 12:08:49 PM »

Blue Rhino also will occasionally install a proprietary valve that you can not fill at a normal fill station.

This is in addition to giving you 14lbs in your 20lb tank

and respraying older tanks.

I would be willing to do the expired tank exchange but outside of that I wouldn't use Blue Rhino for anything.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2013, 12:39:33 PM »

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Blue Rhino also will occasionally install a proprietary valve that you can not fill at a normal fill station.

Not any more. They were sued over that and lost.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2013, 01:36:10 PM »

I no longer use Blue Rhino...Blue Rhino is giving customers expired tanks....

I find that very hard to believe.  If they do put out expired bottles (not tanks) they would be committing a crime.  They were probably re-certified bottles.
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« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2013, 01:46:28 PM »

I could be wrong on the number, but seems I recall seeing a sticker on the front of my camper saying Warning: Do not fill tanks more than 90%

Why would this be?   I'll have to look again in 2 days when we get her out of storage for the week end trip.
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« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2013, 01:57:43 PM »

I think that has to do with giving the LPG room to expand if the bottle heats up in the sun.
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2013, 02:25:30 PM »

Not any more. They were sued over that and lost.
Good to know.
My first tank was blue rhino. I never went back.

Also to PattersonFL's sticker 90%. All tanks are filled to 80%, for as tomcat said for safety They should have a valve with a float that will vent the gas once 80% level is hit.
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2013, 03:02:11 PM »

And note that 80% gives you 20lbs(5 gallons) of propane. And that Blue Rhino is not the only company supplying refilled bottles and they have gone to 14 lbs too.
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2013, 05:43:37 AM »

Right it is 12 years, but in PA it is 10 years.
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2013, 11:24:08 AM »

I had a two year old propane tank and I exchanged it at Blue Rhino for a full tank

Why did you exchange a two-year old tank?  My mother-in-law did something similar.  She purchased a new gas grill that came with an brand new tank.  She exchanged it because she didn't want to be bothered taking it in to be filled.  If I would have known, I would have given her an old tank to exchange.

The only time I did an exchange tank was on the Camplite when we went to Yellowstone.  I didn't know how much propane we would use and was worried that I would need to exchange the tank while on the trip. 

Our local propane dealer was willing to take the empty expired tank for a fee.  Menards (Heritage Propane) took the tank (it even had the old style valve) at their exchange because the tank had almost no rust.  If I remember correctly, they advertised the exchange tank as having 17 lbs.

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