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Old 01-21-2010, 07:26 PM   #11
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I try to stay away from the tank swap (Ble Rhino, etc.) because they're usually only 15lbs of propane. I can get a 20lb refill for a couple dollars less.
I'm not sure how much Blue Rhino charges for a tank exchange, but the last time I had an almost empty 20lbs cylinder refilled at a propane supply place, it was around $9.00 .

I'd vote x2 for buy your own cylinder and have a propane supply place fill it.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:36 PM   #12
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Do they fill Blue Rhino tanks, or do you need a Uhaul one?

My local one charges $3.97 per gallon... how many pounds of propane in 1 gallon?
You do not need a "Uhaul tank". They will fill any modern one.

A typical 20 lb tank holds about 4.73 gallons, so that comes out to about 4.23 lbs/gallon.

It might pay to check Uhaul's website for propane prices before going. The two stores closest to me have significantly different prices (one is 50% higher than the other).

Also, any gas station with a big propane tank outside can refill it. I tried calling around, but Uhaul was still the cheapest.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:38 PM   #13
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The local independent gas station right up the street from me will fill my tank. Best part is they actually set it on a scale and figure out how much the tank needs. They only charge for the actual amount of propane you need, rather than a flat fill fee like the other place in town.

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Old 01-21-2010, 09:51 PM   #14
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I go to a local hardware store. They also fill it by weight, not by volume. A full 20lbs is around $15, while an exchange around here is usually $19.

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Old 01-22-2010, 03:29 AM   #15
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Anyone know a place that does this in the Milwaukee area?

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In Memphis, go to U-Haul on Summer Ave near Interstate. They fill my Blue Rhino tanks all the time. 4 gallons, or 20# is $17 plus tax.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #17
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I have a blue rhino tank that I refill at my locak BJs. They add whatever is needed. If my tank is half empty I only pay for half a tank of gas. Keep in mind that the tanks need to be reinspected every 10 years. If my tank gets to that point, its time to go to the Blue Rhino display for a new one You can also go to a hardware store and purchase a new (empty) tank.

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:58 PM   #18
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I just found out Costco refills propane tanks for 9.99! (the 20lb ones) i was paying 17-18$ on the swap at home depot. Costco also sells empty tanks for about 28$ if im not mistaken.

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #19
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I called Costco and they said they don't know of any in Illinois that swap or fill LP . I mostly fill at U-haul and when the tanks start looking rusty I wap em for new ones.

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:44 AM   #20
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When I had my 3-tier rig, I got tired of 20 pounders. I ran a hose to the back of the garage & hooked it to a 100# tank and kept a 20 in reserve. The company delivers a full tank and takes away the empty. I don't remember the charge, but it was WAY cheaper & more convenient than messing with the 20 pounders. I used propane to heat all of my water for cleaning the rig & a dozen Cornies, so not all of the fuel was just for brewing, because I only had a cold water supply out to the garage.

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