From Instructables user Icedvovo. Seems like the best way to spoil the fun, here, would be to point out all the reasons not to do this on one of those returnable bottles that you don’t actually own. While I’m at it, I might mention that there may be important safety labels on your propane bottle that should not be obscured. What did I miss? I’m concerned that some fun might be slipping past, unspoiled.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • James Hickman

    Thanks for the tongue-in-cheek. I for one have about had it w/ these overly-cautious flame-thrower comments… Speaking of which, the only thing that could make this better would be to carve out the smile and get a fire going inside it.

  • http://twitter.com/ericmblog Eric Merrill

    You actually do own the exchange tank you have in most cases. You bought one in the beginning, when you exchange them, you are just trading ownership of tanks.

    They take the label off, check the paint, and if it’s not up to snuff, they sandblast and repaint (they end up getting repainted every few exchanges), then put on a new label.

    They only really care that it has a current, unmodified value, and isn’t damaged.

    But yeah, removing the label isn’t the best thing to do in general (I would slap a new one on the back).