Skip to comments.Propane Tank Inspection Intervals: Re NFPA 58
Posted on 06/05/2014 3:50:06 PM PDT by Little Bill
I am going to get in to a pissing match over a $145 charge to maintain my 500 gallon propane tank.
The NFPA requires tanks be inspected periodically and marked, how should the inspection stamp be applied and dated, should the tank have hazmat stickers.
They have not inspected this tank in the twelve years I have lived here and as near as I can determine since the tank was installed,
It may depend on whether you own or lease the tank.
If you own it, it would seem that you are responsible.
We painted ours to look like a Holstein Cow.
Sounds like a way to extract funds! What state is this LB?
I’ve seen some really neat casualties from failed pressure vessels. Fortunately not on my watch.
Change companies have the new company bring a new tank.
or tell the old company that your going to switch I’ll bet they drop the charge.
I know I would not but up with it.
Hmmm, a write up on the history of the NFPA would make a good FR post.
#2 is right.
If you own it, the fuel seller may be unsure of its condition and take it upon themselves to inspect it and charge you.
If it’s leased, the terms usually cover inspection.
Some of these kind of things happen when new fed/state/local regs go into effect, or some new seller safety manager takes over.
Ask your local fire department or fire marshal.
I love tank art.
Here’s a link to photos of a bunch of nice ones:
NH, kind of having a mind meld. Still need to build a case,
My daughter wants to paint ours...because tank art is awesome.
But I looked it up, and you’re not supposed to. Just supposed to use a bright color like white or yellow. It helps you see rust better. Some fillers will not even fill a painted tank :(
Yep. It varies with locale and supplier.
Some people spend a lot of money on decals to make the art.
It seems that this is from your LP provider as the State requires them to assess and make sure their customers have a safe delivery system. Being in this business for 35 years I never knew of an annual inspection but that was a different State and I was just an installer and not a provider. On the pdf I thought I saw private tanks every 3 years for NH.
The NFPA is bought and paid for by the manufacturers and special interests.
When Masterguard heat detectors got themselves approved as a life safety device, they lost my last bit of respect.
If you give the NFPA money, they will approve anything, irrespective of what it cost others.
What is the solution to the corruption you describe?
this has me laughing so hard...love the humor.
“What is the solution to the corruption you describe?”
How about just letting the science determine what works and what does not. Forget who pays the most.
Doesnt Ferrelgas offer a tank replacement program? Blue rhino, if I can remember anything these days.
Have been on propane from one company of another for 40 years and not one tank has ever had a single inspection or sticker from NFPA. Never heard of any propane tanks exploding, even some in a fire.
I've seen propane and propane related explosions. Two fatals, that come to mind and one hilarious grill event. Also saw a massive evacuation due to a propane fill station fire, with tanks launching into the air. I got some respect for propane am natural gas, an if I was responsible for a tank, I'd be cautious.
In the big San Diego fires a few years ago, I talked to a kid helping us try to save a house, and he said that in his neighborhood the cars and propane tanks were blowing up when the fire took out his community, a day or two before.
An “exploding” 250 gallon propane tank would clear a city block.
Betcha the “kid” saw the cars and tank burn, maybe mightily, but explode, probably not. Gas tank in cars should not be able to contain the pressure up to a point of actual explosion. The “exploding car gas tanks we see on TV and in the movies is set off by C4 or dynamite to make a spectacular fireball.
Propane tanks have a safety pressure relief valve that would release to the atmosphere if it was engulfed in fire and make a heck of a flame jetting from the tank.
I’d have to see photos of ripped open propane tanks, not just burned tanks as is usual.
Are you familiar with the 2003 Cedar Fire in San Diego?
It was the largest in California history, wiping out entire communities, including that young man's. He and his father had stayed past the evacuation, and his stories were extraordinary, his courage was great as well, I had come from the beach looking for adventure, and had talked the (fleeing) homeowner into fighting for his house and this lad knew his daughter and volunteered to stay with us, although he was still caught up in the emotion of his own near misses in his totally wiped out community, a few miles away.
The fire destroyed almost 3,000 buildings, including 2,232 homes and covered almost 300,000 acres.
Yep hellofa fire. Jam em up in brush country is not unlike how tornados really like trailer parks.
Now I’m still waiting on something beyond anecdotal description of a widespread fire on the exploding propane tanks story.
I didn’t realize that we were having such a legalistic argument, but tanks can and do explode when the situation overwhelms their ability to bleed off.
I have no reason to disbelieve the young man.
And here I thought it was more a technical discussion around explosion as opposed to a vigorous fire and some verifiable evidence of exploding propane tanks.
I am sure your young friend was quite astounded by the experience.
The only technical point introduced is me pointing out that the safety relief can be overwhelmed.
How did you get so angry so quickly?
Perhaps you should show that it is impossible for them to explode, since that is your claim.
Here is video of an exploding propane tank.
Small tanks for BBQs are more dangerous than larger permanent tanks:
How did you get so angry so quickly?
Angry? I must be on Feelings Republic.