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Old 08-12-2009, 13:50   #1
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Composite LPG Gas Cylinder

Does anyone have any experience iwth the "new" type of composit gas cylinders?

They are DOT certified so I assume that there would not be a problem getting them filled but I was wondering if anyone has had any problems.

They are certainly much less expensive than aluminium tanks.

Here are links to two offerings.

Yardiac.com - Lite Propane Cylinder
Clear View LP Cylinder 10 Lb - Outdoor Cooking
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We have had two 20lb tanks from Lite Cylinder for two years with no problems. Some small country's in the pacific had seen them before but all places were willing to fill them regardless. Great to see the level and very light to carry.
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Old 08-12-2009, 16:22   #3
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We have had 2 of the first ones to come out, had them almost 4 yrs, actually got them from Sailboatowners.com even though we are on a power boat. Every time we get them filled, there are questions about them, but as soon as they see the label and the type connection is the current required type, they are filled no problem. We love them, as the previous poster noted, lightweight easy to see the level, and most importantly ...no rust!!
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Two came on my boat.
No problems.
It is only a year or so old though.
When I took one to be filled the guy took pictures of it. He wanted to show them to his boss who was not there at the time.
He was amazed.
So am I. I like the ability to look at the level.
I will soon lose the ability to just pick one up and be able to tell how much is left.
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The best deal was from U-Haul - So I have one coming as a Christmas present for my wife. She'll be so excited!
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Seen them in Sweden back in 2001/2. They are good stuff.

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BTW The steel zincked bottles are OK but the painted ones go rusty in no time. The alu are expensive and I would not bet my money on them if they get wet with sea water.

Thus the plastic may prove fantastic after all. They would be my pick if I could get them here.

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Thanks to those who gave advice - The new tank came in today and it looks like it will be great.

Much less expensive than aluminium.
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Just make sure that you don't store them in the direct sunlight. Our local propane dealer has 4 of them that the outer carrier on the tank, both the blue and the white ones were cracked. They were on travel trailers, uncovered for they're whole time..
I have them and think they are okay, I just wish they made a bigger tank than the little tanks they have. Mine are in a locker thus never see the sun except to get refilled...
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I read somewhere that the upper female screw is made out of regular steel and get rusty very soon and damage entire neck.
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I have two 6# aluminum tanks that came with the boat. Having read this post reminded me of the recent changes which required I buy a new tank for my home grill. Because these aluminum tanks are 5 - 10 years old, I'm sure they are the older style. I would hate to have to discard aluminum tanks. Can older aluminum tanks be modified to new standards?

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"Because these aluminum tanks are 5 - 10 years old, I'm sure they are the older style. I would hate to have to discard aluminum tanks. Can older aluminum tanks be modified to new standards?"

I had two 20 LB AL tanks converted, tested. and recertified recently, one of the local propane wholesalers did it about 24 bucks per tank.

Strangely, gas dealers in Louisiana are prohibited by state law from filling the composite tanks. I guess one of our politicos must own a steel tank factory.

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"The alu are expensive and I would not bet my money on them if they get wet with sea water."
Bunk.

We're still using one 10# aluminum tank that lived it's first 10 years in the wet anchor locker of a Swede's Rassy while he cruised the boat. It's now 30+ years old, has been given a new compliant valve a few years ago and was again visually inspected and recertified as Steven describes just a few months ago.

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I read somewhere that the upper female screw is made out of regular steel and get rusty very soon and damage entire neck.
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I'll spray mine with corrosion-x or boeshield next trip to the boat.

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We have used them on FastCats since 2004 and no problems whatsoever , just a pleasure
no rust in the bins , light weight , visible to see the gas quantity , only positive.
we use 2 x 10 kilo bottles
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