Used Propane Tanks or Storage in Maine

HeatFarmer Posted By HeatFarmer, Sep 22, 2011 at 9:08 PM

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  1. HeatFarmer

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    I'm new to the forum, but have been reading/learning as much as I can before installing a new system in our 1840's farmhouse. I'm currently making space in the attached ell for an EKO 60. The slabs in the ell and attached garage/shop will be radiant--not only to help my shallow foundation from heaving, but also to act as a heat-sink/thermal storage. I am planning to pump the hot water from the boiler into the cellar under the house--close to where the the heat will be used.
    I have been on the look-out for bulk milk tanks and used propane tanks for MONTHS! and have found very little. Part of the problem is that my cellar bulkhead access is very narrow. I have decided that 2 500 gal. propane tanks or even a 1000 will fit in best. But I can't find them.

    Does anyone in Maine--preferably between Belfast and Augusta--know where I can find used tanks?? I have tried several places, but am always told NO because of some mis-perceived liability......

    I am at a loss and winter is coming on fast....

    Any recommendations or help would be appreciated!

    Thanks.
     
  2. mikefrommaine

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    Let me be the first to say welcome!

    I've been looking around the midcoast and Portland as well. There just aren't that many tanks around here in the first place.
    Are you the one who has been posting want ads on craigslist?

    I've pretty much decided to buy a tank from American solartechnics. Unpressurized will make it easier to add some solar panels in the future.

    Have you already received your eko?
     
  3. HeatFarmer

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    Nope..wasn't me posting on Craigslist.....

    I wish I could afford another option. I looked at bulk tanks and even found some, but they just won't fit in my cellar....

    I haven't gotten the Eko yet. Just about to order it. Still working on the slab to hold it.
     
  4. Jonny

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    If you are interested I have 2- 500 gallon tanks washed out with mercapulite and bleach and painted with cradles that fit together and welded.

    Im down in Hampton NH, Let me know..
     
  5. HeatFarmer

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    BoilerserviceMan.....I'll PM you.... Thanks
     
  6. Jonny

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    I can get the 500 or 1000 gallon tanks, have the cradles for them too. Mercapulite and bleach works the best for cleaning tanks.
     
  7. Eddie1975

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    I am new to this forum, and this is my first post.
    I am looking for a big propane tank for a project. I need one bigger than 1000 gal. 2500 would be perfect! If anyone has anything i would apreciate it. Even if it is pitted, i could use it. If i can upload pictures, i will show it once complete.
     
  8. altmartion

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    2500? wow, what are you heating that requires that much storage?
     
  9. Eddie1975

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    I dont need that much propane, just a steel shell that is round, and preferably with spherical ends.
     
  10. PassionForFire&Water

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    Wow 2500 gallons.

    what wood boiler are you gone use?
     
  11. Eddie1975

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    Wood boiler? Talking about for bending wood?
    Looking for a large, moderately thick wall cylinder.
     
  12. altmartion

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    so you are not using this for storing hot water for a heating system? basicly you want to use it as a steam box ?
     
  13. Eddie1975

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    Nope, but it is a very cool project. Forgive me for not divulging to much info. I am just set in my ways like that. My wife calls it being a stubborn fool, i think. I wasn't listening.
     
  14. altmartion

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    I am not trying to pry it out of you. it's just that in the heating industry to have 2500 gallons for storage it requires a maasive building and boiler. it just threw up a red flag. lol I basicly wanted to be sure you weren't over sizing.
     
  15. Eddie1975

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    Lol, no. Not a problem. I guess it is ok to share it. I have a pond on my property and im looking to build a bunker at the bottom of it. With that in mind, i thought of a very large steel tank. I chose steel so i could reeinforce it with steel ribs and give it a fiberglass outer shell.
     
  16. Eddie1975

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    And i wuld overcome the buoyancy with a cement foundation


    I would overcome the boyancy
     
  17. altmartion

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    ok. now I understand why you want such a big tank. bunkers are getting very popular these days. I have seen a few documentary's on them.
     
  18. Eddie1975

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    I have never seen one under water, but i think it would be perfect.
     
  19. Eddie1975

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    I can get 1000 gal tanks all day long, for about $100 ea but im looking for a big tank. This seams to be a problem unless i buy a propane truck, but i dont want the truck.
     
  20. altmartion

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    if you buy the truck sell it or scrap it to help recover some money. you could probably get close to a grand at the scrap ayrd
     
  21. Eddie1975

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    I thought about doing that, it is actually a bigger loss from what ive seen. I would rather search for the tank by it self.
     
  22. altmartion

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  23. ewdudley

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    There's a fellow who works out of Gloucester, Davy Jones IIRC, I think he might have just what you've got in mind.
     
  24. Eddie1975

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    It would be if i could find one. Right now i cant even locate a tank like that.
     
  25. Eddie1975

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    Is that a solicitor?
     
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