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Post by conejorapido Fri Jan 20, 2023 1:38 pm

Just wondering what is the lifespan of one of the standard 300L propane tanks? I note the date on ours is 2007 which makes it 16 years old. Is there a mandated expiry date or a recommended replacement timeframe for them?

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Post by CanuckBob Fri Jan 20, 2023 2:39 pm

In Canada, 10 years. In the US, 12 years. In Mexico, unlimited, just keep painting it.....lol.

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Post by ferret Fri Jan 20, 2023 2:43 pm

Here they recommend a replacement at 20 years. I would imagine it's shorter in the U.S. and Canada because of the extremes of temperature variation. Metal fatigue is real and one of my uncles was killed at age 27 when a tank he was filling exploded.
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Post by rafterbr Fri Jan 20, 2023 6:57 pm

There is danger of explosion when you overfill a tank. Usual recommendation is you fill to 80%.

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Post by ferret Fri Jan 20, 2023 7:52 pm

That is a very basic rule that everyone should know. And especially when it's your job to fill tanks.
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Post by Jreboll Sat Jan 21, 2023 5:06 am

I just replaced my tank last year and they left the old tank up on the roof of my 3 story house. Now I have to find somebody to get it down. Be sure to include the order to bring the old tank down when you purchase a new one.

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Post by conejorapido Sat Jan 21, 2023 3:05 pm

Thanks all.

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Post by Rosa Venus Tue Jan 24, 2023 7:50 pm

conejorapido wrote:Just wondering what is the lifespan of one of the standard 300L propane tanks? I note the date on ours is 2007 which makes it 16 years old. Is there a mandated expiry date or a recommended replacement timeframe for them?

I work in real estate and I'm pretty certain that the standard "warranty" for propane tanks is 15 years. Of course, "lifespan" and "warranty" are two different things. And I have to think that lifespan can depend on where the tank "lives". Is it up on the roof, completely uncovered and exposed to all the sun, rain, wind, etc.? Or is it in an enclosed space like a garage or well ventillated bodega? I have to think if the latter, it's going to last longer.
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Post by rafterbr Tue Jan 24, 2023 9:10 pm



I work in real estate and I'm pretty certain that the standard "warranty" for propane tanks is 15 years. Of course, "lifespan" and "warranty" are two different things. And I have to think that lifespan can depend on where the tank "lives". Is it up on the roof, completely uncovered and exposed to all the sun, rain, wind, etc.? Or is it in an enclosed space like a garage or well ventillated bodega? I have to think if the latter, it's going to last longer.[/quote]

Propane tanks should never be placed in enclosed places like garages. They can develop leaks around the fittings and when the gas accumulates a spark can cause an explosion. I know 2 different people who were killed from such an explosion. The gas itself is a threat to your health and health experts are now recommending people to not use gas stoves.

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Post by ferret Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:01 pm

Absolutely nothing is safe if routine maintenance is not followed. What's next... no gas water heaters? No gas barbeques? No gas fireplaces? No gas patio heaters? ... no gas powered vehicles?
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