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How do you empty a propane tank?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by lonewolf01, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. lonewolf01

    lonewolf01

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    I mean a small grill-sized one. I'm moving and need to ship an empty one. I will try and swap with a neighbor who has an empty one but what if that doesn't work? It's almost full.
     
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    Light grill, leave the lid open, go about packing up and keep an eye on the grill. :dunno:

    Give tank to neighbor and buy a new one when you get to where you're going. :wavey:
     

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    I don't think you can safely empty a 20lb tank (assuming you are talking about the common white ones).

    Put it up on craigslist in your area and ask for a swap, could even ask for $10.

    If nothing else, maybe you could take it to a refill station or store that sells them and see if you can just swap the full one for an empty after explaining the situation.
     
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    I usually just put mine on the 50yd line and go open up the valve with a .308. They usually empty pretty fast after that.
     
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    Better make it 100 yards.
     
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    www.tannerite.com

    :thumbsup:
     
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    You're gonna pay to ship one? They're only like $40 for a new full one when you arrive at your destination.
     
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    Well you could start cooking with it.

    When I've moved I just gave them away to neighbors and bought a new one.
     
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    Just give the thing to somebody or sell it. I don't think anyone is going to allow the tank to be shipped, even if it is empty.
     
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    Have a going-away BBQ.
     
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    You will not be able to ship your tank. FULL or empty. As has been said, give it to your neighbor and buy a new one when you get where you're going.
     
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    My movers last time shipped two of them...empty of course. Can you get your deposit back if you turn it in?
     
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    mechanica Texazonan.

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    Yeah, what's the need to bring the specific one you have?
     
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    Tell you neighbor he can have the full tank, if he will take your final trash to the curb on pick up day after you leave..But he has to take the leftover garage sale items too...:upeyes:
     
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    Ahh, you are loading a bunch of items into a box truck and having that driven? You don't mean they shipped it via USPS, FedEx, etc right? If that's the case, just light the grill and let it burn.
     
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    Set it outside away from open flames, and open the valve.
     
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    This is the winner.
    What would you do if the valve sprung a leak? You would put the thing out in the back yard and let it leak until empty.
     
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    Man, why didn't I think of that!?!?!!! :upeyes:


    Just giving you a hard time buddy....
     
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    They have an internal safety ball that will not allow gas to escape by opening the valve.