Does Propane get "old" and or "stale"?

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  1. antiquestuff

    antiquestuff Well-Known Member

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    I've read that that rotten smell can fade away, making it harder to tell if there's a leak, over time.
     
  2. Pigeon Lady

    Pigeon Lady Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Check the small print of your contract. Our gas company stipulates that you must buy a certain minimum amount each season or they charge you a fee. The previous owner just received a bill for $150 because they didn't use the gas much and had no reason to buy more last season. We just had the account put in our name and couldn't believe the 3 or 4 page contract we had to sign. Words like " we will not be held responsible for any damage to the property while installing or removing a tank..." Almost hated to sign the thing but the tank is already here and still full so we decided to keep it. We just have the gas log fireplace.

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  3. Kazahleenah

    Kazahleenah Disgruntled citizen

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    320 tank IS a baby tank. I'm in Michigan and I fill my 500# probably 2-3 times a winter. if you are "stocking up"... I'd say 1-2 1000 tanks. I just filled my 500 tank to 80% and it cost me $665.00.

    Kaza
     
  4. littlebitfarm

    littlebitfarm Scotties rule! Supporter

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    I've got a 1000 gal tank and it easily lasts me a year. I could probably go 1 1/2 years but I always fill it in the summer when the propane price is the lowest. Propane for all my heat, cooking, and hot water. I think I used 600 gals last year.

    Kathie
     
  5. Ramblin Wreck

    Ramblin Wreck Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The propane going bad is not an issue, but if you decide to stock up, you might consider putting two tanks in tandem. I was looking for a 1000 gallon tank to exchange for the 500 gallon model I currently use, but a long time friend at the gas company suggested adding a second 500 gallon tank instead. If a leak occurred, only the one take would be compromised/lost, and at the current price, losing 1000 gallons would be very costly. Good luck in whatever you choose to do.
     
  6. sisterpine

    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    Had not thought about the tandem tank deal. We were planning on trading our 500 for a 1000 this year but could not quite afford it. Will do it next year and i think two smaller tanks will be easier to site than one very large one. thanks!
     
  7. papaw

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    We use thousands of gallons a month at work. The smell is added to make it easy to find the leaks. Propane without the additive has almost no smell. As far as I know, it'on't go bad .... very explosive .... be careful with it.
     
  8. BeesNBunnies

    BeesNBunnies Schnauzer nut

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    The propane doesn't go bad but as you get towards the bottom of the tank the stinkiness may increase. I worked for a propane company last winter and had several customers call up with that question. The smell is added to the propane as a way for you to detect leaks....a safety measure.
     
  9. Jim-mi

    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    A while back I bought my own 500 gal tank. This size is easy to come by and a bunch cheaper than the 1000 gal tanks. Ya got me thinking about a second tank............good idea.
    Advantage of owning your own tank;...I can shop around for the best price........And NO stupid minimum use fees....thats a bad deal.
    Disadvantage...??......I might have to paint it every ten years.

    I found that the fuel companys (most ) all charge at least ten cents a gallon for You to have their "free" tank....and a slush fund for maintainence of your "free" tank.

    Propane go bad ?....Nope
     
  10. papaw

    papaw Well-Known Member

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    Are there any regulations associated with owning your own tank? Inspections and such .....
     
  11. Orville

    Orville Well-Known Member

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    I regret to inform you that propane does indeed deterioriate and become extremely volatile over time. Please let me know whenever you have propane that has been stagnant for more than a few months, and I will take it from you and dispose of it properly. :)
     
  12. Jim-mi

    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    Regulations;...good point.
    Yes, some companys can demand a $65 (plus or minus) "pressure test" before pumping any fuel.......keep shoping
    he / they know that they will be making more money from their own "free" tanks (that dime a gallon).

    The tank I bought ($375 for a 500) was installed by the company I bought it from. with a stipulation that I get 200 gallons from them. I watched them do an ok job on the install. A couple months later a gasket for the gauge started leaking -->>sniff sniff<<-- The installing company came out and pumped the tank out---replaced the offending O ring and then pumped the fuel back in.
    .......No charge....
    They had to cover their grits.
    So yes the "regulation" is to install it properly.
    One company said they needed to pull a permit to install...
    the other company did not. (I'm not big on permits---blood money)

    .......
     
  13. Kenneth in NC

    Kenneth in NC Well-Known Member

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    Orville are you trying to get Free propane...Again :D
     
  14. Kenneth in NC

    Kenneth in NC Well-Known Member

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    Just checked regs here in NC. Have to have a tag certifying pressure test every 24 months. Locale church just had it tested. Cost $27. They have the 1000 gallon tank. You can rent to own a tank here. During rental the seller is responsible for the upkeep and test.

    Kenneth in NC