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Old 03-11-2015, 02:30 AM   #1
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Propane tank reconditioning in Seattle?

Does anybody know where the Hank Hill of western washington works at? I'd like to recondition an ASME tank by dropping it it off and having it done right. Any recommendations on where?

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Old 03-11-2015, 02:45 AM   #2
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That's too funny.
I love the illustration. I'm a big fan of Ole Hank
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Old 03-11-2015, 11:19 AM   #3
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You need more than one to make it worth your time and money.

Tools needed to recertify propane tanks.

-A selection of expired tanks in good shape. No rust ect.

-A 2 foot pipe wrench.

-A large ratchet strap to hold the tank while removing the valve.

-A can of the brush type gas sealing compound.

-A new valve (optional).

-The dies to stamp a new date. I got mine from princes auto.

-A can of spray on paint stripper.

-A can of spray paint.

-And some time.

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If yours is a 20lb tank just take it to one of the propane swap locations and swap your old empty tank for a recertified mostly full one. Many propane places are under filling their bottles these days. I found two ratty tanks with old style valves and swapped them for nice new ones which I get refilled rather than swap.

If yours is a larger one as I suspect it is, the propane refill locations are probably the ones to ask about recertifying.
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It's actually a 58 water gallon manifold ASME LP autogas tank with liquid and vapor ports. Since it's huge, and not as common I think it's worth reconditioning.

Mostly it's crusty and has surface rust on it, and the valves could use some cleaning. It's structurally intact and holds liquid fine, the tag is intact but there's corrosion on it.

46 gallons of propane buys me a lot of run time. (about 180 pounds of propane)
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When we lived in SC, I had Amerigas filling and re-certifying my tanks. In NC & TN, I had the local propane companies I was using re-certify the tanks. They only recertified for a few years. I try to keep at least one 20 lb "tank swap" tank on hand. Normally I just refill. I swap them when the dates get too old (I pick out tanks with newer dates) and it is handy to be able to swap a tank when either everything is closed or when traveling and either don't know where the closest tank refill is or don't want to travel to find one. My current tanks are all pretty new. My "swaps" have passed their date. I've had one guy refuse to fill. The others fill. Same place too. I keep all my tanks clean and rust free. I prefer Amerigas Tank swaps over Blue Rhino. The tanks tend to be in better shape usually, not always.

For permanent mount RV tanks, there is no re-certification. Clean them up as best you can and repaint.
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Yeah I deal with Amerigas too.
And here our local Blue Rhino center had an explosion so all their tanks are BRAND NEW.
Tuns out they were emptying the tanks onto the ground in a confined area.
New guy drove over it in a forklift... BOOM. I honestly thought there were bombs going off somewhere. The tanks were shooting up in the air and the glow of the explosions lit up the night for miles. It was really horrifying to see.
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