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Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 1664
Registered: 10-2000
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Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 1050
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 173.51.245.89
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 08:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Why so many?
 

Connie
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Post Number: 1665
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 08:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Garage sales...and other club members will buy the empties for spares/trade in. New propane tanks are around $29 each~
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13523
Registered: 01-2002
Posted From: 24.150.9.127
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Household movers won't handle gas cylinders because they lack the proper permits (though there is nothing to prevent an individual from transporting one in a private vehicle, at least in all but a few heavily restricted areas). Therefore propane cylinders are rather commonly available at moving sales.
 

Connie
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Username: Connie

Post Number: 1666
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Bill, you would be surprised how many people don't know that...some wind up in the trash or on the curb
 

Paul Hayslett
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Post Number: 2992
Registered: 02-2002
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm surprised you can get away with refilling the ones showing rust. Around here, refillers won't touch tanks with any rust at all on the body.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13524
Registered: 01-2002
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It's not difficult to clean up surface rust with a wire brush and a can of white rust-inhibiting spray paint.
 

Bill Pierce
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Username: Billpierce

Post Number: 13525
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Connie, isn't one of those in the photo a 40 lb. cylinder?
 

Connie
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yep, it is. I Don't know what I'm going to do with it...but it's full

I had another 40#er, but it was rusty and had the old type valve, so I put it in the trash when empty.
 

Connie
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Post Number: 1668
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Posted on Monday, January 16, 2012 - 09:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Paul, I've never had any problem getting a tank filled or traded. Some rust is acceptable around here and like Bill said, they can be wire brushed and painted. I always thought it would be better for them to paint than me
 

brewer of beer
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Post Number: 111
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 98.217.101.110
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 03:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Around here, they have a 10 year life after which they won't fill them anymore (they are stamped with a manufacture date usually on the handle). To get ride of an empty, expired tank (legally) you have to pay $5 to a recycler.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 1051
Registered: 10-2007
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 04:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I guess my point is, if they're commonly available, why hoard them? The time spent collecting them plus the clutter wouldn't be worth it to me. To each their own, I guess.
 

Chris Storey
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Username: Stuts

Post Number: 119
Registered: 07-2004
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Around here you can just drop off out of date tanks to a car wreckers for free.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Post Number: 2994
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 01:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Our refillers also won't accept tanks that "look like they've been repainted", as one refiller put it.

When a tank shows a little rust, I trade it in at the supermarket. The clerks there will take anything that is vaguely the right shape. It costs me a few dollars due to the low fill level the trade-in company uses, but much less than a brand new tank.
 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 4260
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Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 12:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Around here it's the trade in re-fillers that re-paint the tanks. I do a better job at it than they do though.
 

Josh Vogel
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Username: Loopie_beer

Post Number: 87
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 01:02 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I REALLY love my 100# tank. With that and a regular 25#, I never run out. Best part, got it free and full of gas...
 

brewer of beer
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A 100 pound tank would last me about a year. Hmm...
 

Bill Pierce
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Post Number: 13541
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 03:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

100 lb. cylinders don't freeze up during a full boil in cold weather. The one drawback is that they must be transported in an upright position.
 

Kevin Kowalczyk
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Username: Itsfunbrewingbeer

Post Number: 1052
Registered: 10-2007
Posted From: 64.197.229.27
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 03:23 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I love my nat gas...

http://noblesquarebrewing.blogspot.com/2010/11/now-were-cooking-with-gas.html
 

Jason Wright
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Registered: 12-2006
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 04:15 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If you live in propane country, just have your propane company come out and install a normal household sized tank near your brew area. They should do it free of charge, just the money required to cover the propane in the new tank. If they don't put a regulator on the tank, the propane will come out at high pressure just like those little propane bottles in the photo above, and you can just attach your burner to it via a hose. That's what I did. Then, when the company comes out to fill up your household tank, they will fill up your brew tank automatically. You will never have to worry about running out.
 

Paul Hayslett
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Username: Paulhayslett

Post Number: 2997
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Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Kevin, we have city gas here too. Pretty much everything in the house runs on it: heat, hot water, dryer, stove, fireplaces. Unfortunately, running a gas line out to the detached garage would mean tearing up the patio. I can't justify that for brewing alone. But someday we'll have to replace the patio bricks anyway. And when we do, I'm going to have hard-piped gas to my grill and brewing area. No more tanks!