Ideas to Update That Old Propane Tank

A large propane tank is the kind that sits in the yard for home propane gas use. For instance, your gas stove, heater, and dryer may use the tank’s gas. It is designed not to be moved like the smaller tanks.

A large propane tank is the kind that sits in the yard for home propane gas use.  For instance, your gas stove, heater, and dryer may use the tank’s gas.  It is designed not to be moved like the smaller tanks.

If a large propane tank is old and does not have a data plate, it may not be used for gas dispensing, nor will it be filled.  A data plate gives information about the tank for certification purposes. 

So basically your options are to scrap the tank or be more creative.  The scrap price for tanks generally does not warrant the lifting, hauling and travel costs of the funds received.  And, if there is any residual gas at all, in the tank, it will be refused by the recycling facility.  Sometimes I have heard the recycling facilities refusing tanks that are empty for safety reasons.  So you have a large hunk or worthless piece of metal.  And the color is ugly.  Now that it is not in use, you will not be limited to colors to paint it.  Reflective and light colors had to be used previously to help protect against overheating.

We acquired such a tank from the 1940s that was round and held about 175 gallons of propane when full.  We primed the tank and painted it the Tennessee Volunteer orange.  The valves on the top were creatively covered with a plastic witch’s caldron purchased around Halloween.  Crazy glue did the job wonderfully and is right up there for use with duct tape in the south.

Next a pumpkin face was painted in black on one side of the tank.  The other side soon sported the Tennessee Volunteer’s large power “T” in white.  “Vols” was written underneath in white.  For October, the side with the pumpkin is facing the highway.  For the rest of the year, our support of the local team is proudly displayed. 

With a little ingenuity and creativity, your old propane tank may be revived.  I have personally seen oblong tanks recycled to display pig and cow renditions.  Some are even made into portable barbeque grilling machines.

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