What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

antiquated propane tanks

on March 11, 2014

The previous owners of our home were orderly people. They didn’t leave lots of junk behind for us to dispose of. That they left some, I understand. I’ve been the one frantically filling the rented moving truck as the clock ran out.

Among their legacies are two 20 lbs propane tanks, the kind often used with barbeque grills and small campers. They’ve been under the deck, out of sight and mind, but with warmer weather visiting, I’ve been working on clearing that area. I hoped I could just drop them off at a propane cylinder exchange, but no such luck. In the US, tanks can be used for 12 years from the date stamped on the guard; after that they must be tested and re-certified every five years. These haven’t been current for about ten! Also, they’re fitted with a style of valve that’s been retired in favor of a safer design.

old propane cylinders ... at least they aren't underground storage tanks!

old propane cylinders … at least they aren’t underground storage tanks!

To complicate matters, one of the tanks feels heavy. It almost certainly still holds several pounds of gas. I called a few dealers, but none I spoke to could take them. Then I tried our county’s household hazardous waste specialist. In the future I’ll phone him first. I’ll have to pay a disposal fee, but out at the landfill they can purge the tanks and recycle the steel. I feel almost 60 lbs lighter already!

shedding style: recycle
destination: community recycling stream

Comments welcome … what might you shed today?


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