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Old 07-14-2006, 08:12 AM   #1
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Propane Tank Pits

I have a question for you folks who have built pits out of used propane tanks.
What method did you use to cut the tank?
Fill with water?
How long did you leave the water in before cutting?
Did you set up a torch on an empty tank and hide behind a tree?
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:00 PM   #2
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Boy, this is a tough one. I got deleted that last time I answered a post like this on another forum. Thank God there is this site.

First of all I want to say that my wife works for a propane company and her boss is the leading expert in the region. He told me how to do this.

Fill tank with water and lots of bleach. let it sit for several weeks with all the holes open. Empty the tank and cut with a Zip Wheel on a hand grinder.

I have done a lot of these without a single problem. Now, thats not to say that someone else may have one. I am not responsable for anyone but my self.
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Old 07-14-2006, 02:40 PM   #3
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That is what I was thinking Bill. I would probably make a few cuts with the water still in place. Wonder what the bleach does?
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That is what I was thinking Bill. I would probably make a few cuts with the water still in place. Wonder what the bleach does?
he says it get the propane smell out of the metal.
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This is one to leave the hell alone and let a pro welder do it for you. Evan if he charged you a hundred bucks to dice it up like you want, I think it's money WELL SPENT!
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This is one to leave the hell alone and let a pro welder do it for you. Evan if he charged you a hundred bucks to dice it up like you want, I think it's money WELL SPENT!
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!
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I guess having three threads locked is not to bad #-o
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I guess having three threads locked is not to bad #-o
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Propane gets into the pores of the metal witch makes for a tricky evacuation. You might get a safe cut 99 times, but the one time....

I like the idea of the water and perhaps cutting with the water in it...it would appear that its not so much the existing fumes as the residue in the metal...
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Propane is a liquid gas. It evaporates at low temps so all you have left is fumes that will evacuate over time through the openings. It is also oderless. They have to add an additive to it for the smell. What you smell in an old tank is the additive and not the propane.
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