Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Propane Tank Disposal 101

When disposing of any vessel that contains flammable or dangerous materials, always follow your local/national safety regulations, this includes the disposal of propane tanks. While it may actually be possible to recycle the container, some areas may not have suitable recycling facilities, and therefore the container may have to be taken to a salvage yard or local authority dump to ensure proper disposal. It is imperative that you do not throw propane tanks into a skip or bin as other rubbish can puncture or crush the container which may result in an explosion.

The propane tank should be emptied through normal use i.e. cooking with a gas bbq. The next step is to call potential disposal sites and consult the phone book/web for propane tank disposal companies and scrap metal yards. The disposal companies may come to you and collect the tank; however they usually charge a disposal fee. The scrap metal yards will require the container to be delivered, and many yards will refuse containers of dangerous materials.
You can also try taking your old propane tank to a diy store, there are some stores that will take your tank when you buy a new one.

If you are transporting the tank, place it tank on the floor of the vehicle. You must do your best to avoid sharp turns or poorly paved roads that could potentially cause the tank to tip or roll.

To dispose of a small propane tank, the kind often used for camping, find a local recycling depot that can accept the item or notify your local refuse collection service. If the item can be collected by your regular bin-men, place the container on the ground to avoid the risk of your tank puncturing.

You should never just release propane gas into the air just by opening the valve as the slightest spark could start a fire.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Installing Underground Propane Tanks

Installing an underground propane tank comes with a completely different set of rules and specifications that have to be met in order to ensure that it’s both legal and safe. The underground propane tanks are designed specifically to be installed underground and yet still allow access to all the necessary features.

Even though the actual tank fittings, valves and connections are generally same amongst propane tanks, the actual placement is obviously different depending on whether it’s above or below ground. A surface tank will usually have the relief and withdrawal valves positioned outside the dome and normally on opposite ends of the tank. With an underground propane tank, all of the fittings and connections are positioned centrally so they can be protected by both the dome walls and cover.

And finally for those not sure, yes it is illegal to bury a propane tank designated for use above ground.

I have included this video so anyone thinking about going for an underground tank can see what is involved. Enjoy!