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Old 10-05-2012, 01:12 PM   #11
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Wow, I've been getting hosed on the exchanges. Time to start getting refills. Looks like Tractor Supply and ACE both offer refills around here.

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Old 10-05-2012, 04:55 PM   #12
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The only time I exchange is when a tank is out of test.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:20 PM   #13
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The only time I exchange is when a tank is out of test.
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most places here aren't to picky about checking propane certs, but old nasty yardsale tanks can be had for a couple dollars attached to a grill and those tanks go right to the exchange.

You have to be careful with blue rhino. They have 2 valve styles OPD and TS2
TS2 valve have a steel check valve that needs to be held back with a magnet when filling.



I don't think blue rhino is still making them but some are still floating around
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:23 AM   #14
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In either method you still have to buy the first tank. If you don't have a tank exchange you will pay for a tank plus fill. Around here we use pounds and not gallons. 80¢ a lb which equals $3.40 a gallon. It cost $ 22.95 for 15# Blue Rhino. $ 16.00 for 20# at the refill place. If I have a tank with 5# left and I take it to refill I get 15# for $12.00
My local hardware store only charges around 32 cents per lb which is a steal compared to the local CVS or Home Depot which do tank exchanges where you only get 15 lbs in a 20 lb tank.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:22 PM   #15
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I got my tank from the gas station next to my house because it was close and I wanted to be sure I could swap out in case of brew day emergency. I really just find an excuse to go into town to ACE and fill it. So much cheaper and I can grab lunch while I'm out.

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Old 10-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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Place near me charges $20 for a 20# (legit 20#) fill. Considering the exchanges are like $18-$20 for 17# or so and they have much better hours (Lowe's open until 10 or 11 and 7-Eleven open 24hrs), I just do the exchange.

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Around here U-Haul has really good rates on propane fills, although I've heard that Sinclair beats them I would have to drive twice as far to find a Sinclair station.

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In either method you still have to buy the first tank. If you don't have a tank exchange you will pay for a tank plus fill. Around here we use pounds and not gallons. 80¢ a lb which equals $3.40 a gallon. It cost $ 22.95 for 15# Blue Rhino. $ 16.00 for 20# at the refill place. If I have a tank with 5# left and I take it to refill I get 15# for $12.00
i had my lowes (worthington 20lbs tanks) bought new for $29.99 filled for last week for $15.00 ea!
and they fill them more than what the exchange tanks hold.....i'm happy!

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