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Warning Notice About Exchangeable Propane Tanks


Anhydrous ammonia and propane cylinders

For those of you who like to grill it up during the summer, here's a safety announcement you should be aware of. Please put this information out to ALL. For those of you who exchange your propane tanks, this is something you definitely need to be aware of. Meth cooks are getting propane tanks from exchanges at Wal-Mart, Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them with anhydrous ammonia (which they now have a recipe for by the way). After they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then refilled with propane and sent back for you and me to buy. Anhydrous ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc. You should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that tank.


Thanks to Terri from Nevada for this information.

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June 15, 20080 found this helpful

Horse feathers. The return of the tank means little to the drug maker. The anhydrous is also very corrosive and this will be visible on the brass components of the tank which is cause for the refill company to kick the tank out of the loop. Give the industry a little credit for being good at what they do.

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June 16, 20080 found this helpful

This is apparently true. I heard this warning on tv a few weeks ago. If you see green around the tank's valve, tell the store manager and buy somewhere else.

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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks for this tip it is a real "life saver."

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