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Oct 9, 2018 | 18:43 1 Like it or not I am going to have to dry grain this year. A first for me so if my questions seem dumb to you veterans,I apologize. I have bought a batch dryer and did some routine maintenance and everything appears to be working. Now I need to hook to propane. I have two tanks but both are rented. I have the option of hooking to one that heats my shop or trying to buy one,which I have heard is near to impossible. I get my propane from Saskatoon Coop and they said that because my tank is rented it must be hooked up by someone licensed to hook up a dryer and get it inspected. First question, does the same apply if I owned a tank? Next question. If I happen to find a tank,what should I be aware of when buying a used tank? Thanks in advance. I think. Lol Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 18:56 2 Find another supplier Reply With Quote
Partners's Avatar Oct 9, 2018 | 19:50 3 We bought our tank from the coop many yrs ago.they always inspect before filling at the start of season..
They brought pre cut hose and hooked it up and filled the tank the 1st time..
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Oct 9, 2018 | 19:56 4 ive found coop to always be more expensive and the delivery men want to try make your life as shitty as thiers. low cost propane has always been cheaper and better Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 20:15 5 Today, on the news they were talking about the shortage of propane. They said Melfort area could wait 10 days. That’s just crazy! Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 20:21 6 https://www.ckom.com/2018/10/09/propane-in-short-supply-as-sask-farmers-dry-grain-harvest/

Just take your tank off the BBQ and you'll be fine...
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Oct 9, 2018 | 20:34 7
Quote Originally Posted by sumdumguy View Post
Today, on the news they were talking about the shortage of propane. They said Melfort area could wait 10 days. That’s just crazy!
lots here have been waiting more than a week .
co op employees moment in the sun I guess ? Reply With Quote
Partners's Avatar Oct 9, 2018 | 21:06 8 Besides the wait..are they hosing farmers on the price to?
We paid 41 cents a month ago.. Reply With Quote
SASKFARMER3's Avatar Oct 9, 2018 | 21:09 9 We own our tanks Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 21:11 10 What’s the price you’re paying now? Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 21:31 11 Of course you need to pull liquid off tank.
Older tanks had valve on bottom, newer tanks usually have a dip tube.
Tank must be rated for 250 psi. Avoid older 200 psi tanks. If moved I am not sure if anyone will fill them. Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 21:56 12 I bought a new thousand from the co-op a few years ago and hauled it home and hooked it up myself and had Superior propane fill it. The new one wasn't much more than what then what they sell for in auctions. Make sure if you buy one it is 250 psi because they won't fill a 200. I have an older 500 that sits on a rubber tire wagon and I am told that they will not fill it because the tires are flammable. Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 23:20 13
Quote Originally Posted by Partners View Post
Besides the wait..are they hosing farmers on the price to?
We paid 41 cents a month ago..
Yes it’s gone up to 51 cents now.
In August it was 41 or even lower I believe. Reply With Quote
Oct 9, 2018 | 23:36 14
Quote Originally Posted by seldomseen View Post
I bought a new thousand from the co-op a few years ago and hauled it home and hooked it up myself and had Superior propane fill it. The new one wasn't much more than what then what they sell for in auctions. Make sure if you buy one it is 250 psi because they won't fill a 200. I have an older 500 that sits on a rubber tire wagon and I am told that they will not fill it because the tires are flammable.
Local supplier brought me one out already mounted on a rubber tire wagon. I pay rent for the months I use it, then they leave it sit here for free the rest of the time with the understanding that if they need it, they will pick it up. I also get all my fuel from them, so that may make them more agreeable. No shortage here(yet) but they are very busy, many construction sites have had to hoard and heat all fall, which would normally never happen if not for this global warming we are experiencing lately. Reply With Quote
Oct 10, 2018 | 08:29 15 40.6 cents currently from Bluewave (Coop is 46) and you better order it a couple days ahead around Edmonton. We got a 2000 gallon and nobody inspects it or the dryer. My buddy phoned about a rental tank and every outfit laughed and said they could put him on the waiting list. A couple more days and we’ll be caught up drying since we’ve only got 10% of the crop off. More rain and snow forecast for the weekend and the last inch hasn’t disappeared yet. Yippee Reply With Quote
Oct 10, 2018 | 11:27 16 You may well be weeks away from a lease or purchase tank. There are none. And if you got a used dryer, the gas inspector guy said they need a inspection before a permit issue, and some of them can’t be passed. My new dryer also needed inspection and permit fees were north of $1200.
Getting setup and drying grain is not a quick or inexpensive thing in Sask anyway. Reply With Quote
Oct 10, 2018 | 22:55 17
Quote Originally Posted by Quadtrack View Post
You may well be weeks away from a lease or purchase tank. There are none. And if you got a used dryer, the gas inspector guy said they need a inspection before a permit issue, and some of them can’t be passed. My new dryer also needed inspection and permit fees were north of $1200.
Getting setup and drying grain is not a quick or inexpensive thing in Sask anyway.
I guess Alberta is the Wild West......... no permit or inspections for propane grain dryers here at least for us so far. The first time we set up our ancient MC dryer the propane guy helped us switch it from natural gas to propane. Nothing is more sketchy than a couple million btu burner only a foot from flammable grain hooked to a 2,000 gallon tank.......... what could possibly go wrong???🔥 Reply With Quote
Oct 11, 2018 | 07:51 18 Thanks everyone for your responses. I am finding out more hoops I need to jump through every day. Last one was a permit just to buy a new tank and set it on site. Man this reminds me of when the NDP were in charge. Lots of work for civil servants. Reply With Quote