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Mat Smith
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Hi folks, I'd like to start with building a TLUD gasifier, to utilise the heat, and biochar.
Any ideas on where might be good places to source some cheap large propane tanks say around 100lb or 45kg tanks?
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I buy them at Home Depot or Lowes new for $135. You can also go to propane suppliers and ask to buy their scrap metal, which is tanks cut in half. Tanks have to be decommissioned so there is a steady supply, but they aren't used to people trying to buy them, so focus on them as scrap metal and not as tanks.
 
Mat Smith
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Thanks for the reply

Generally from my experience in Australia we don't buy the large tanks, they are hired from the gas company, so buying new may prove a challenge, but I will look around.

I will definitely try and find some propane tank suppliers nearby. If I can get them at scrap prices, then just weld them back together I will be a happy man

I built myself a proof of concept TLUD gasifier from 2 x 5L pertol cans.
Working on a larger system using 5kg and 9kg gas cylinders - cut the tops and bottoms off and welded them together to make a larger cylinder, but it's a lot of cutting and welding (although I need the welding experience!)

Thanks again.

Mat
 
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