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Propane Cylinder Refills

This page is for the filling and refilling of portable propane cylinders.
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Propane fill stationThe Picton County Farm Centre is equipped with a propane fill station for filling approved cylinders. We refill most types of cylinders up to 100lbs. All cylinders are filled by weight and we charge by the pound. Our Picton site does not have a cylinder exchange program – new tanks must be purchased. The filling station is open during normal business hours.

Foxboro and Madoc stores both offer 20-LB bbq cylinder exchanges.

Things you should know:

  • Vehicles / Fixed Cylinders – We cannot fill vehicles or any cylinder which is permanently affixed to a vehicle, boat or implement. The tank must be removable so it can be weighed while filling.
  • Different types of LP cylindersTransportation – Propane cylinders must be transported in an upright position. A maximum of 5-cylinders or 500kg/1102lbs (whichever is reached first) can be transported without requiring TDG paperwork and placards.
  • Cylinder Capacity – By Federal Law, a propane cylinder can only be filled to 80% capacity by volume. This allows for safe expansion of the gas inside the cylinder.
  • Cylinder Retest / Requalification – All steel cylinders must be inspected and requalified every 10-years (fibreglass every 7-years.) Each time a cylinder is requalified, the service technician stamps the collar with a new expiry date. If your cylinder has expired, we can requalify it for a nominal fee. Expired cylinders cannot be filled.
  • Propane Cylinder Disposal – If you no longer want/need a cylinder, simply drop it off at our Picton store and we will dispose of it for you.

How to find the expiry date on your cylinder:

All the important information regarding the propane cylinder is stamped on every collar. Occasionally the stamping can become obscured by paint, rust, dirt or physical damage making it difficult to read or even find. The image below will help you locate the expiry date.

  1. propane-collarWater Capacity (WC) – The water holding capacity of the tank (volume). Measured in pounds.
  2. Tare Weight (TW/T) – The weight of the tank when completely empty.  If preceded with a T, the units are in kilograms and a TW signifies units in pounds. The tare is used to determine how full the cylinder is.
  3. Cylinder Expiry – The original manufacture test date is generally shorter than a retest stamp. There are two sets of numbers divided by a hyphen or other symbol. The first number is always the month and the last is the year.  This tank was manufactured in June 1975 and would have expired in June 1985.
  4. Propane Capacity – Some tanks have their propane weight capacity stamped on the collar. The filler uses water capacity for determining the tanks true propane capacity.
  5. Requalify/Retest Expiry – Each time a cylinder is requalified, it receives a new date. Expiry will be 10-years from the most recent date. Most requalified dates are followed by an “E” for EXPIRY. First two digits are month and last two before the E are the year.  The tank below was restamped on March 2013 and will expire March 2023
    tank_expiry

More information on propane safety and regulations can be found here.