New Propane bottle problems, Be Aware Please.

New Propane bottle problems, Be Aware Please.

For those who own a gas grill or have small enough tanks to exchange at exchange stations.

Meth cooks are getting exchange propane tanks from places like Wal-Mart,

Kroger, etc. and emptying them of the propane. Then, they are filling them

with anhydrous ammonia (which they now have a recipe for by the way). After

they are finished with them, they return them to the store. They are then

refilled with propane and sent back for you and me to buy. Anhydrous

ammonia is very corrosive and weakens the structure of the tank. It can be

very dangerous when mixed with propane and hooked up to our grills, etc.

You should inspect the propane tank for any blue or greenish residue around

the valve areas. If it is present, refuse to purchase that one.

You should check out the following website for more details. They also have

pictures you can show.

Happy RVing and be safe.



6 Comments

Manual on December 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm.

Dan, this was posted on another site and had a link to The bottom line is this post was for commercial operations that refill these tanks and not for the general public. Reseach was tanks used this way can’t get through the process and back to the public. Also states there have been no cases of anyone getting one or having a problem.

One comment was that meth manufacturers do not go to exchange for full tanks. You can check it out on

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Sam Mcgaffee on December 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm.

True no one is likely to get one of the tanks, but I thought it prudent to let our Rae Commonsfamily know about what was happening, just in case. Snopes reported this issue as UNDETERMINED thus far, but better safe than sorry. The NPGA thought it enough of a threat to label it as a consumer safety issue.

Happy RVing.

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Shea on December 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm.

thanks Dan, I have a bottle for a grill that I often exchange.

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Ji on December 28, 2013 at 9:37 pm.

Thanks, everyone, for the information. I NEVER exchange propane tanks. I always take my own to be refilled so it is not a problem for me.

I call it my ounce of prevention…

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Clark on December 31, 2013 at 12:01 am.

Thanks, everyone, for the information. I NEVER exchange propane tanks. I always take my own to be refilled so it is not a problem for me.

I call it my ounce of prevention…

We do the same thing Mariah. .

Thanks Dan, I don’t really care if it hasn’t happened yet that doesn’t mean that it Couldn’t happen.. It very well could. I’ve had some less than competent folks refill my tank on more than one occasion so I’m sure a tank could slip by someone not paying attention.

It’s better to be in the know than not.. I’ll pass the info along on my site!

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Abraham Pinsky on January 2, 2014 at 12:59 am.

Thanks Dan – Thats some great and worthy info!!!!!!!

I can see where they could use the full tank to cook their meth then fill the empty tank with the NH3.

We will keep an eye on any tanks we exchange!

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