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Old 03-19-2013, 01:19 PM   #21
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Last year it was 12.49 now it's 15.99 for a fill around here.

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Blue Rhino tanks are only filled to 15lbs. They are a total rip off since they are much more expensive than a 20lb fill at your local place. (A 20lb fill should run you 12-13$)

Also, if you pour warm water down the side of your tank -- feel to see where the water goes from warm/cold. This is how much propane you have left in your tank.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #22
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I was brewing two 10 gallon batches per tank, that's part of why I switched to electric. Brewing indoors is also a nice bonus. I had priced out propane and it was costing me $5.50/batch in heating. 5KW hours for a few hours is a lot less expensive.

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:06 PM   #23
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I'm buying propane at HD, but they are selling Amerigas by me, not Blue Rhino. Not sure about the cost, but I think I am only going to get 2 1/2 batches out of my last exchange, with 60 minute boils. But, living in the Chicago area and brewing outside in cold weather, maybe that's not unreasonable......

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Old 03-19-2013, 02:13 PM   #24
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I'm buying propane at HD, but they are selling Amerigas by me, not Blue Rhino. Not sure about the cost, but I think I am only going to get 2 1/2 batches out of my last exchange, with 60 minute boils. But, living in the Chicago area and brewing outside in cold weather, maybe that's not unreasonable......
I think Amerigas is a 15# fill also. You can check the signs on the cages it has to say how much they are selling you. edit... I just checked and they are 15#. That's why it is hard to compare number of batches. If you Blue Rhino or Amerigas you are starting with a tank that is 3/4 full.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:55 PM   #25
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My Costco does $10 fills. Might want to check them out if you have them in the area.

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We have Costco, but they don't do fills. I actually fill it at BJ's in New Castle, DE. A month ago it was 15.99.

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:35 AM   #27
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This all sounds odd to me. Don't you guys just fill it at almost any gas station? And if not, do you go to home depot to fill up your car or truck if it runs on propane?

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Old 03-23-2013, 02:51 AM   #28
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I can find about 10 propane exchanges (blue rhino, etc.) for every propane filling station.

Almost all the gas stations around here do exchanges. Almost all the grocery & hardware stores have exchanges. Finding actual filling stations is so rare that every time I find another one I mark it on my GPS.

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Old 03-23-2013, 06:07 AM   #29
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I used to use blue rhino and paid 20 bucks for a "full" tank that would last me 1 to 2 brew days. I now get my tank refilled for 12 bucks and it lasts at least 3 brew days. I have to say, I feel like the blue rhino is a rip off. There were times when I'd swap out my tank and it barely felt heavier than the tank I was trading in. Definitely worth it to take it somewhere that fills them with you standing there.

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Did a little searching, at some locations U-haul does refills, not exchanges. They do not charge the same $/ at all the locations so probably a good idea to search it out. The ACE HW by me charges a flat 19.99 per refill, no exchange, not based on volume. That seems a bit steep.....

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