Propane Tank Pig

sherril_2008(Zone 3/4)February 28, 2008

I saw this propane tank pig planter at a local craft fair last summer.

I did not buy one at the time because my DH said he could "probably" make me one...

They were selling for $80.

btw... I still don't have one of my own, so I may be buying myself one this summer!

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Now I can see a use for those propane bottles sitting in my scrap pile. Sometimes all it takes is a picture and the "Why didn't I think of that" thoughts start running wild. I just never saw a planter. Thanks for the picture

I made a fountain from a propane tank, the other parts: an industrial security lamp shade, a floor lamp base, some scrap tubing, an aquarium pump, and a brass dolphin from a desk ornament.

BTW, I used to hear that refrain all the time when I was trying to sell my creations at the fles markets. "Save your money, I can make you one of those for next to nothing." Or something similar. I just smiled knowing even if they could make one and save money - it wouldn't happen.


    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 1:07AM
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Bright199(foothills NC)

What a great Idea. I do that alot too.... and it never gets done!! LOL. Wish I could weld!

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 9:39AM
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Isn't there a metal glue ?...Something like "Weldbond"

Seems like there is son used to use on his racing motorcycle.


    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 11:06AM
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There all kinds of products you could use to join metal, it all depends on piece and how the end product is used. I have used Portland cement, bondo, solder, and different epoxies to join metal to metal, metal to glass, metal to wood, and metal to plastic. If one product doesn't work I try something else. BTW, the dolphin fountain has no welded pieces.


    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 11:39AM
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sherril_2008(Zone 3/4)

That fountain is really neat, and if I didn't know it, I never would have guessed the base was a gas tank. Very creative! I think I see a different kind of birdbath coming to my yard this summer. The heavy base would be just right to balance it. Thanks for the picture!

The guy at the craft fair had made some really beautiful iron sculptures. He had some sunflowers that were over 6 feet tall, and had also made a divider panel with a very intricate floral design that was just beautiful. He definately had some talent with the welder!

    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 12:19PM
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sherri, do you have any other pictures? I'm always interested in what's out there. You could email them to me at
A 6' sunflower sounds neat. I'm planning a Giant Saquaro Cactus from rebar and some sort of cement mix. At 8' it would be extremely heavy.


    Bookmark   February 29, 2008 at 4:09PM
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sherril_2008(Zone 3/4)

Sorry but I do not. I thought the pig was cute, and took the picture to 'remind' my husband of his project, which hasn't worked so far. :0)

The artist is here every summer though, so I will keep your request in mind and see if I can get pictures later on. They have the craft fair on the holidays here - Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day. He really does some beautiful work!


    Bookmark   March 1, 2008 at 9:49AM
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emtnest(z8/Northern CA)

Robert, and anyone else who would like to can go to and look at the pics in the metals photo gallery.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2008 at 2:01AM
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emtnest(z8/Northern CA)

I emailed my friend who does metal art for shows and asked him about cutting on a propane tank. Here is what he said, Please take HEEED..
DO NOT cut on a propane tank. There is no safe way. Go to a place that sells air conditioning supplies. They have what is called freon. I use the 30 lb. freon 22 tanks. They are safe. Just make sure there is a hole in the soft plug. Also, places that sell party supplies have helium for blowing up balloons. same type of tank, only smaller and come in a bunch of bright colors. Again punch a hole in the soft plug. Do not rely on the valve being open. Helium will not explode from heat , but it is a gas and will expand with heat. About 8 yrs. ago, I was cutting on a propane tank with my band saw. I had water running into it for about 30 min. Valve was out. I turned my back and was walking away and it blew. Cost a bunch to fix my saw and replace a window. I was lucky I was turned away when it went. Pig pots like that are hot right now. That is not a propane tank on the pig. Propane tanks do not have seams.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2008 at 2:02PM
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For some reason, that pig reminds me of a bear. Maybe it is the little toes. lol! I would think propane tanks would be dangerous to cut into. I've watched enough King of the Hill shows to know that. I wonder what sort of tank that could be.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2008 at 11:34PM
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sherril_2008(Zone 3/4)

emtnest - Thanks for the heads up on the propane tanks!

I guess I will just buy one at the next craft fair, probably a much better idea than having to replace the garage!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2008 at 12:41PM
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I make propane tank pigs and 10foot tall flowers from ironing boards, also metal people, terminator, jewelry, anything metal really. I'm going to be selling my art at the haliburton art show this summer in haliburton july 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2011 at 10:26PM
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