How to Disassemble Oxygen Tanks

oxygen cylinder image by JASON WINTER from

Oxygen tanks are cylinder-shaped. At the top of the tank there is an attached valve. If you do not plan to reuse the tank, it can be disassembled. However, if you want to completely disassemble the tank, it will need to be cut. Cutting the tank will allow you to use it for other purposes.

Connect an air hose to the valve on the oxygen tank. Partially fill the tank with air from a compressor.

Open the valve to allow the air to escape from the tank.


Place the adjustable wrench over the fitting for the valve. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to loosen the valve.


Remove the valve from the tank and set it aside.

Mark the ends of the oxygen tank with a felt tip marker where it will need to be cut.


Cut the cylinder on the mark with a band saw. If you do not have a band saw, use a metal cutting wheel.


Things You'll Need

  • Air hose
  • Compressor
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Felt tip marker
  • Band saw
  • Metal cutting wheel


  • Wear a full face mask when using a metal cutting wheel, as it will produce sparks.



About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

Photo Credits

  • oxygen cylinder image by JASON WINTER from