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Old 07-08-2006, 14:46   #1
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Thumbs up See through propane tanks.

Never wonder how much propane is in the tank.
http://litecylinder.com/interior_20_cylinder.html
Great idea but only available in 20 lb. cylinders.
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A 10 lb cylinder will be available in September.
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Aloha Jentine,
Wow!! Thank you. That is wonderful!!
Will the 5lb cost a fortune?
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Jim,

I like the idea of lighter weight and corrosion resistance for use aboard - any idea what they cost?

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Not only neat to see level, but no steel to corrode.

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Great they are!

I got a pair of them from Fisheries Supply where they are about $100. A lot cheaper (and lighter!) than aluminum tanks.

The weight savings over steel is really impressive when it is time to carry them down the dock.
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Are they Fire proof?????
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We love ours. Most of the cruisers who have seen it love it. No issues with refilling in Bahamas, US or Turks and Caicos. Light weight and no rust. VERY slightly larger than the standard 20 lb tank, this is due mainly to the carrier. Going for 1 year now with no issues.

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Fire proof???? I am definately not interested in being around ANY propane tank that is going to be tossed into a flame!

They are DOT and TUV (? European standards?) approved.


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Are they Fire proof?????
Surprsingly yes. Take a look at the test video http://www.litecylinder.com/video.html Paul
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Yeah I ask because knowing our Beuracratic Red tape brigade, they'll want miricles to be perfomed by the thing, just because it ain't built from metal.
However, in reality, I'm with you Keith. Umm actually, I'll be right behind you and if you are a bit slow you'll feel my boots as I go right over top of you.:-)
Reminds me of that T-shirt that has "Bomb Disposal Expert" on the front and on the back it has, "if ya see me running, try to keep up"
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Hey Wheels,The add said "Many colours".If it comes in "Bumfuzzle Grey",It dosen't need to be fire proof,Lucky P&A haven't got enough money left to buy a Kiwi rugby team,Mmmm,"The all Greys",And befor ya tell me,I do not want to be reminded of who has the Bledislow.But one thing,"If there is a fire with a steel LPG cylinder and a fire with the new fandangle see-thru one"What would you forsee as to the outcome?"I have fought fires where steel LPG tanks have exploded and caused more damage than the actual fire would have in the first place,Not to mention the schrapnel side of things,although a fire on a boat is bad in its self and considering it was at the tank,what do you see as safest tank and for what reasons?.Mudnut.
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Personaly, I see the see through tank as safer, but that is just a guess. It must have a greater insulative property than steel. But then, the other question would be, how much and how fast does it lose strength with extreme heat.
The steel tanks we have are supposed to be non-fragmental. If it blows, it opens up but remains in one piece. We have fusable blow off valves, so the tank once again is not supposed to rupture, but let off the pressure in a controlled burn. Not going to test mine to see if that works of course.
I imagine though, that all pressure tanks would meet an international standard of some form. Especially seeing as we have adopted much of the British standards and Ox and NZ seem to be similar.
The one hassle we have here in NZ is that every five years the tanks need re-testing. That is not cheap when compared to a new tank. Ally and I imagine these new tanks would be worth re-testing, but then there is a hassle with sending them away to get tested for us here. In a larger city, it wouldn't be a problem.
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"The one hassle we have here in NZ is that every five years the tanks need re-testing. That is not cheap when compared to a new tank. "
Does NZ require hydrostatic pressure testing on ALL tanks? Here in the US it is just for high pressure tanks, which ain't propane bbq bottles. The bbq bottles do have to be inspected every five years, but that's a whole other game. Some dealers will do it for $5, since it only requires filling the tank and checking the pressure, then looking it over for rust or damage. Other dealers will charge you $45 or more for the same service---which is the price of a whole new tank.
At least in the US, the consumer knows very little about tank inspection laws, so in the propane and scuba businesses, there are a lot of shops that frankly try to rip off the consumer on inspection fees. Big time.
I think the break line here is 1800#, tanks with less like CO2 bottles get something like 20 years between hydros, tanks over that get 5 years. Propane...gets no respect.<G>
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Yes they have to be hydro'd. It costs about $35-45 here as well. A new tank can be got for about $50 when on sale.
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