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Info about 5 gal/20 lb PROPANE TANK (S) (san jose west)

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BEFORE you buy a 5 gallon propane tank, ask what manufacture date is stamped on the collar. AND, if they claim that it's "partially full", ask what it weighs. Regardless of how good the tank looks, check the shape of the handle on the valve stem. Reasons follow.

DATE ON TANK:
If an ad claims that a tank is "Brand New", ask them what the manufacture date is.

Manufacture date is stamped in the collar. Tanks are good for 12 years from that date. FIRST PICTURE shows typical location at corner of collar. "01-11" indicates Jan 2011 mfr date. NOTE: Newer tanks may have the date in the middle of the collar.

There may be some confusion about this. There was an attempt to change the rule in Jan 2017 to reduce the period to 10 years. There was pushback by the industry and the rule change suspended.

It is ILLEGAL for a propane dealer to refill a tank older than 12 years unless it has been requalified.

Tanks over 12 years may have been requalified. The requalification date is also stamped on the collar. They are good for 5 years from the requalification date. SECOND PICTURE shows typical location and format of requalification stamp. "0612E" indicates that this tank was requalified in June 2012.




WEIGHT OF A TANK:
All tanks have a "Tare Weight" (weight when empty) stamped into the collar. It will be a number around 17-19 preceded by "TW". Propane weighs 4.1 lbs/gallon. If someone says that the tank is "almost full" and it only weighs 23 lbs, they are simply wrong. They may honestly believe the tank is almost full, but the facts would be otherwise.

SHAPE OF THE HANDLE:
If the the valve stem has a triangular handle like the first picture, it has an OPD valve. You can use that tank for an exchange regardless of its qualification status. If the handle is not triangular, but any round shape like the ones in the other pics, it is ILLEGAL for any propane dealer to refill it. And if the valve looks like the one in the 4th, 5th and 6th pics, not only is it illegal to refill but if you have a fairly new grill/heater/fire pit your regulator probably won't connect to it as well.



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