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Unread 02-06-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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I am gathering info on the SAFEST way to cut into a propane tank,, I will be getting one that is around 10-12 feet long and at least 3ft in Dia. I want it big enough to cook a whole hog.

Any suggestions on how to cut one with out making my wife and kids rich off the insurance??
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Take the valve off and fill with water?
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Opening up to vent is not good enough. Fill with water and use some sort of degreaser, will help clean it at same time.
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I'm interested in this one too. I have a 500 gallon tank that has had the valves removed for at least 10 years before I even got it. Still worried about cutting into it.

After filling with water, do you let it sit for a while and then drain before cutting into it or what?
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Fill with water and bleach will help kill the smell. I would let it set for a month if your in no hurry. I have heard of someone who throws dry ice in there while they are cutting it but thats after the water.
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[quote=ANIMAL;554783] I will be getting one that is around 10-12 feet long and at least 3ft in Dia. I want it big enough to cook a whole hog.

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That's going to one big hog
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Hey guys,

Here is a link to the Miller Welding Board and to a thread that discusses this exact subject in detail. There are a couple of photographs too. I have seen the aftermath of bottle explosions several times so heed this warning..... CAUTION: Read all of the posts in this thread, some have information that is discussed or disputed later on.

http://www.millermotorsports.com/mbo...ead.php?t=4311
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I ran exhaust off of my pickup to in side the tank until I had the hole cut for the lid. Purgesthe O2 out of the equation.
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I have a link from a welding forum also. I will locate it and post tonight.
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i have six 100lb cylinder to cut up going to use them for fireboxes. I think i will take valve off and flush a few time then refill and cut with a plasma cutter. It also might be a good ideal to drill a hole at the lowest point cause propane is heavier than o2
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I have a master welder friend who cuts up tanks..............his secret is dry ice.

Hard to come by here unless you pre order. He smashes it with a sledge hammer and throws the dry ice down the vents, throws in some warm water and lets the gas vaporize into carbon dioxide then starts his cutting.
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here is link
http://www.hobartwelders.com/weldtal...g+propane+tank
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I ran exhaust off of my pickup to in side the tank until I had the hole cut for the lid. Purgesthe O2 out of the equation.
I've heard this pne before, sounded reasonable until I did an Atmosphere Testing course at work and the instructor pointed out that carbon monoxide is a product of incomplete combustion and therefore contains flammable elements. It will displace the oxygen but that doesn't mean you won't get a bang if you introduce an ignition source. Just my two penn'orth
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I use the water technique, I aint taking on any responsibilities, but its works fine for me!
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I am gathering info on the SAFEST way to cut into a propane tank,, I will be getting one that is around 10-12 feet long and at least 3ft in Dia. I want it big enough to cook a whole hog.

Any suggestions on how to cut one with out making my wife and kids rich off the insurance??

There really is not a safe way to do this. no matter what it is dangerous. Good Luck.
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