Oxygen supplier (general discussion)

by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 05:35 (73 days ago)

A few years ago I bought my oxygen tank for my torches from a local farm supply shop that had an exchange crib outside the store. Just my luck, they sold out and the new owner didn't keep the exchange going.

I was careful to keep my receipt and certificate of ownership for the tank, and dug it out to see that it was through "Thoroughbred" tanks. As luck would have it, TSC has that brand at their local stores so I figured I was good to go. Not so fast bubba, the clerk was pretty sure I would have needed to purchase my tank from TSC to exchange it. Gotta try and get with the manager soon, or try Home Depot, it looks like they use them as well. The tank's not marked, and it seems no one is interested if filling my tank.

Then to make matters even more fun, I grabbed 4 20 lb. propane tanks yesterday, went to the local Dollar General store and paid for 4 exchanges. The lady brought the key out and said oh, they're Blue Rino bottles, we can't exchange them. Wrong brand. Hauled my butt to my propane supplier and asked if he'd fill the Blue Rino bottles he said nope, but if you'll pull the plastic sleeve off of them I'll fill "YOUR" bottles. Saved $28.00 on that call so it didn't work out bad.

Coffee's on, saps cooking, strawberry shortcake for the taking.

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by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 05:56 (73 days ago) @ Ron

Precisely the reason I never bought my "own" oxy and acetylene bottles.

Just exchange them. No hassle, no "Oh, your hydro is out of date" just "Here's your old bottle, give me a full one."

Yes, there's an annual lease fee, but worth it IMHO.

20 pounders, I do buy. They're good for 12 years. Blue Rhino et. al. are a ripoff. Tractor Supply Center has the best deal on refills last time I needed propane.

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by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 06:10 (73 days ago) @ Fawteen

I swap in my old bottles at Blue Rino to get a cheap replacement that's certified. Usually I go to my buddy's scrap yard and refill mine for $5.00 each but I have to do that after hours and I was in a hurry to get back to cooking yesterday. I've learned.

I can only find one supplier locally that'll rent me an oxy tank, and they're so big they just make life for guys like me a living hell to deal with.

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by Bernie/MA, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 06:52 (73 days ago) @ Fawteen

How far to your TSC? Mine's only a mile from the farm, in fact I hayed that field for years.

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by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 07:45 (73 days ago) @ Bernie/MA

20 miles more or less, but I hit it every time I'm in town. Always check their clearance shelves.

Been buying my work pants there lately too.

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by moll, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 09:29 (73 days ago) @ Ron

I got oxy and acetylene here at work for years, through three different
suppliers. I like to bitch about work, but over the years the bennies
outweigh the antacids sometimes.

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 15:23 (73 days ago) @ Ron

We were told decades ago that you cannot own your own bottles. Said you could only lease them for 99 years. But I have been through that same pony show several times. One time our shop burned and the tank was toast. We had leased a small tank (cheaper), but they would let us take out a large tank. Boy, was that a mess.

Anyway, last time, my dad passed away, lease paperwork was in his name, but I took the bottle to the new place, and they transferred me over and set me up fine, so took care of me. Thank goodness the new place (50 miles away) was managed by a young man who is from my home town and I knew his family, cousin, uncles,etc. I think that helped.

I hope this new lease outlives me.

Gene

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 15:27 (73 days ago) @ Ron

Oh, forgot to mention, you can own your own SCUBA bottles. I had to get mine hydro tested every 4 years. Mine is only 28 years out of test. But it is still filled with 1991 air. That old air tasted just fine when I hooked it up a year ago.

Maybe I could sell that "old" air to some scientist or green wienie researcher that is studying climate change to see what old air was like. :-D


Gene

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by Dieselrider ⌂, West Central, PA, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 04:54 (72 days ago) @ Ron

I own my own tanks and have never run into any issues with exchanging for full ones. Either propane or acetylene. I have even had old propane tanks given to me and exchanged them for new full tanks. I have no idea why someone is giving you such a hassle on this.

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by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 06:12 (72 days ago) @ Dieselrider

When I worked at the lumber yard, we filled propane tanks.

We were required to check the inspection date on the tanks. 20# tank inspections are good for 12 years IIRC. If it was out of date, we were forbidden to fill it and it was a firing offense if you got caught.

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by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 06:49 (72 days ago) @ Fawteen

When I worked at the lumber yard, we filled propane tanks.

We were required to check the inspection date on the tanks. 20# tank inspections are good for 12 years IIRC. If it was out of date, we were forbidden to fill it and it was a firing offense if you got caught.

Blue Rino will let me exchange any tank I bring them. Most places here won't refill a 20 pounder unless they can see the date on it. (5 years here)

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by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 06:55 (72 days ago) @ Ron

5 years may be correct all over. I've slept since I sat through that class...

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by Bernie/MA, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 10:29 (72 days ago) @ Fawteen

I pay close to 200 a year for my oxy, mapp, argon, and ag2. Can't own. I only use propane for heat and starting brush piles. I exchange, about $22 , too old to refill and I don't use enough to buy a tank.

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 16:06 (72 days ago) @ Ron

Big 100# propane bottles are supposedly exempt from the 12 year date thing around here anyway. I power the hunting cabin lights and cook stove with em. About $60 but refill.

They are becoming a pain in back side to mess with the little 20's here. I think it is 12 years from date, its stamped right on the carry handle area. When mine get out of date, I go exchange them. I Always check the date on the exchange bottle. Making sure I have a good 10 years or so left on the date.

I had some 40# bottles on an Camper trailer that went out of date and they were hassling me, Went online, found a place that sold inspection stickers for propane tanks. I printed off a blank sticker, on white paper, Put it in my old typewriter, made up inspectors numbers, dates, etc. Stuck the sticker onto a clear label of the right size, stuck it to the tank and it worked just fine.

I know, I do not conform well to rules.


Gene

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