Originally Posted by Reidman
That's weird. The guy said it would weigh 12 lbs empty...but at any rate mine did weigh 38 lbs full so I guess washington state allows filling to full capacity.
I haven't really researched what the code is here though.
Yeah, your post got my curisoity up especially when the numbers didn't add up. I weighed it today and it weighted 18 lbs.
And since it's such a blind item purchase I wanted to figure out what was going on not only for myself but other.
The last few times I've purchased LP the lady didn't seem to be weighing the tank at all even though she sets them on a scale. She just opened a relief valve and stopped the pump when the gas flow from the relief valve increased. So now I'm wondering just how much gas Im actually getting from these folks.
And if you purchase from Blue Rhino unless you weigh the tanks you have no idea how much you are getting.
Plus I'm trying to ascertain if going with a permanent tank would save enough money to make it worth while.
If I'm paying $3 a gal. for $2 gas then it might pay off to go with a big tank.
If I'm paying $2.40 for $2 gas then it might not be worth it.
The thing with propane in bulk is you can play the market. If you purchase in the late summer or very early fall the price is usually the lowest of the year and you can negotiate a bulk discount. But since LPG ( liquid petroleum gas aka propane ) follows the gasoline and petroleum market a late season hurricane or refinery problem can also cause price spikes.
Another thing is propane is a byproduct of the gasoline refineing process so it's not and either or situation and after a long summer and warm spring the inventories of propane are usually high and that fact can be taken advantage of
if you have the ability to store 125 - 1000 gal.
One of the things I like best about big tanks is they bring the LP to me. The only disadvantage I can see is the lose of portability.
I used to be able to get a 5 - 10 cent discount for large bulk purchases back when the price was $0.89 a gal. I'm curious what kind of discount I can get with the price more than 2x that.