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Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: clay
Date: September 06, 2017 10:03AM
Have a couple from an old tenant. Been sitting out in the elements for a few years, so they do have a bit of rust, but as far as I can tell, they aren't so damaged as to not be usable. I do have a gas grill, but I use it so rarely, that I might go through a tank in about 2 years. I like the idea of keeping one of the tanks as a backup (and get it refilled), but also don't have a ton of storage space.

Was thinking about putting the old tanks up on craigslist. Are they worth anything, or should I just put them out by the curb with a "free" sign? If I could even get $5 or $10 a pop for them, it might be worth the craigslist route.
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: September 06, 2017 10:12AM
Clay,

Propane tanks have a limited lifespan, even if they look in usable condition. They must also be disposed of properly. Bring them to a local refill station and have them inspected and/or disposed of.

Robert
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 06, 2017 10:14AM
I just take them to the swap place, get a new tank with propane in it for $15 or so, and am done. The swap people can deal with it. It is nice having a spare tank or two.
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 06, 2017 10:15AM
If they have the "old" valve threads (internal), some places used to trade them in for "new style" tanks at a discount...
But that's getting to be a while ago now, I don't know if that's still a thing or not.
Might at least get you a couple new tanks a little cheaper.

Otherwise, yeah, Robert M is right - if they are out of inspection dates, then they're worthless.



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: 3d
Date: September 06, 2017 10:15AM
Are the tanks expired? What's the manufacture date? Date can be found on the collar/handle near the top.
If putting these on craigslist, buyers will ask so might as well check now.

$5-10 is a good price. You won't have trouble selling them if they are not expired.
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: OWC Jamie
Date: September 06, 2017 10:17AM
Cylinders expire 12 years from the date stamped on the collar. What do they read? smiling smiley You can get them re-certified for an additional 5 years but it may not be worth it depending on what they charge to do it.

One note - go to your local place that actually fills your tank in front of you and make sure they are filling 100%. Places like Blue Rhino and Costco don't fill to 100%; they sell below max weight for the cylinder frequently. 20# cylinder holds 4.7 gallons of propane.

(Grandparents owned a hardware store.... been there filled that. smiling smiley )



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 06, 2017 11:22AM
if you fill them with acetylene gas, and shoot them with a 7.62 tracer round from about 400 yards, they are a lot of fun.

THEN you can recycle them. Around here, you can't recycle gas bottles unless they are cut open to prove they don't contain gas that may explode during the recycling process (like cutting or squashing then melting)

But seriously, if they are at least somewhat presentable, most big box stores/grocery stores that deal with exchanges will take them in as exchange. Their staff usually don't check dates, and some don't even know they exist. So someone on CL could use an expired one for exchange for a "full" one.

Some of the bulk refillers recertify them when they come in after a repaint/refurbish, so I don't feel bad about it.



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: testcase
Date: September 06, 2017 11:24AM
Unlike gasoline, propane has a shelf life of decades. If kept clean & dry, the tanks will be safe long after the dates stamped there on. That said, brand new 20# propane tanks WITH an integral meter can be purchased for $30. I certainly would not spend $10 or $15 on a used tank that has no meter.
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 06, 2017 11:32AM
so put the extras on craigslist for a week or two and if no bites do a curbalert
if someone doesn't want 'em for a portable air tank maybe scrappers will take them.

a quick look on craigslist here has them anywhere from $7 to $20

they should be worth almost whatever the swap places give you fora swap rather than buying outright ( to someone that doesn't have a tank to swap )



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 06, 2017 11:42AM
Yes, good swap fodder. One of my bottles came still fully filled from CL for $20. SCORE!!!!!!!!



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: MarkD
Date: September 06, 2017 12:23PM
I had a tank a local propane dealer refused to refill because it needed to be recertified. Not economically feasible to recertify. Walmart had 'em for about $26. Went to home depot because Amerigas said on the Home Depot web site "We take any tank, no matter the condition". Amerigas also says that they only fill tanks 80% full. One of the better and the most interesting articles (including reader comments) I found about the refill or swap issue was [www.orangecoat.com]


I had to dispose of one too--had to drop off at a government recycle. The metal would not take the tank unless a hole was cut into the tank. The government recycles (County) took it without the hole cut.

You might try Craigslist or even find a friend that wants the tank to swap.
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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: DP
Date: September 06, 2017 02:43PM
if you fill them with acetylene gas, and shoot them with a 7.62 tracer round from about 400 yards, they are a lot of fun.

Just some Lake City M852's in a Springfield Super Match M1A should do the trick...





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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 06, 2017 03:01PM
.....like old/used people....not worth anything [ in the eyes of society ].....they just fade away.......



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Re: Are old/used 20lb propane tanks worth anything?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 06, 2017 03:14PM
At my local Menards a refill is $18 but if you also need to buy the tank the total is $48.

A little spray paint will increase their value.



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