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Old 03-18-2009, 10:54 AM
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The question is what is about the weight of an 50 plus year old tank and what should it sell for. I have been asked about selling it.

Tank in question is the following below:

Was a buried underground tank, very rusted and pitted some on outside. Had been in the ground for about 40 years. Was still holding pressure when dug out of the ground. Had not been used for about 15 years prior to being dug up about 10 years.

Main body length is 72 inches.

OD should be 30 inches.

Has 8 inch dished ends.

Cannot find the tag for it.

Anyone got any idea as to the wall thickness of it?.

All valves and etc have been removed. There is no gas smell at in the tank. It has been airing out in the wide open area for the past 6 years.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:13 PM
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Did see this:

250 Gallon Tank Dimensions
Outside Dimensions - 30" X 93"
Empty Weight - Approximately 670 lbs.

That was probably for an underground tank. I also noted these that are a bit lighter: http://www.missiongas.com/lpgastankdimensions.htm
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Old 03-18-2009, 05:09 PM
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Are you sure it is butane. Usually butane is above ground. There were a lot of acetelene tanks burried about then. You put in carbide and water and used the gas to run your lights.

Butane underground in your area would really be unusual.
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Wall thickness maybe 1/4in or less and, more likely 3/16 or less due to corrosion. The weight will, likely, be about than 500-600lbs. This is based on the last two, above ground, propane tanks I cut up. Both were made in the 50s.
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Are you sure it is butane. Usually butane is above ground. Butane underground in your area would really be unusual.
The butane tank at our old farm at Goodlett was underground. Probably still there, too.
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Are you sure it is butane. Usually butane is above ground. There were a lot of acetelene tanks burried about then. You put in carbide and water and used the gas to run your lights.

Butane underground in your area would really be unusual.
Yes. I know that it was butane. Not totally uncommon in this area.

I know where there are 3 other butane tanks in the ground. 1 is about 20 miles from me, two are less than 5 miles from me.

By the way. what would be a good selling price for this tank.
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Depends on the thickness? Photo bought a butane tank the other day that was 7/16" thick. Usually they are 1/8" or less. The need and use would figure in. I would guess $25. If someone wanted to make fire rings or stock tanks and had a need, maybe $75. I can buy them that have NOT been underground for $.04/lb. Butane tanks are rated at #200, Propane tanks are rated at #250. You have to have a propane tank for the seller to filll it.
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Yes. I know that it was butane. Not totally uncommon in this area.

I know where there are 3 other butane tanks in the ground. 1 is about 20 miles from me, two are less than 5 miles from me.

By the way. what would be a good selling price for this tank.
Do you know of any 250 gal butane tanks for sale........ cheap? I'd like to make a couple of fire pits out of the ends. I don't know that I would be interested in any that have been in the ground. I have one myself that I could sacrifice.
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Are you sure it is butane. Usually butane is above ground. There were a lot of acetelene tanks burried about then. You put in carbide and water and used the gas to run your lights.
With memories of the flood of the 40's in my area, everyone that could afford gas, bought and buried the tanks and yes we were all using Butane.

The one I removed on the side of the old place now resides in my shop as the compressor tank. I was going to scrap it, but realized after cutting one end cap off that the sucker was a full 3/8" thick with 1/2" thick end caps.

The tag says it was originally made in BR. These guys new how to make a darn tank, I'll tell you what! It still had most of the tar attached to/covering it after all those years of being in the ground.

Scrap price or if someone needs a quick build BBQ pit, $75 bucks sounds fair.
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Do you know of any 250 gal butane tanks for sale........ cheap? I'd like to make a couple of fire pits out of the ends. I don't know that I would be interested in any that have been in the ground. I have one myself that I could sacrifice.
Best that I can do at the moment

http://www.khutsonauctioneers.com/march21.htm

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
9:00 A.M.

ANNUAL SPRING STAMFORD SALE

LOCATION: From Stamford, Texas (Jones County) 1 mile South on US 277 (Abilene Highway) to the James Wade Implement Dealership.

2-500 Gal. LPG Tanks

Edit additional auction.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
9:00 A.M.

ANNUAL LORAINE FIRE DEPARTMENT SALE


LOCATION: In Loraine, Texas (Mitchell Co.) at the Co-Op Gin Yard on
the West side of Town (Loraine is 9 miles East of
Colorado City or 20 miles West of Sweetwater on I-20).

3-250 Gal. LPG Tanks

And there generally is more stuff on the yard by sale day on these annual consignment sales
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