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Old 06-27-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hey all,

So I am slowly cobbling together my AG gear and the last thing I need is a propane tank. What size do you all use, and about how long does one tank last? Also, where is a good place to get tanks: online or at a store somewhere? I know that they changed the valve standards a few years back so that old tanks need special adapters, but this shouldn't affect me if I'm buying a new tank, right?

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Old 06-27-2007, 05:31 PM   #2
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At the very least a 20 pounder gets me four 10 gallon batches.
I always keep one spare on hand in the event of an inadverdant flame-out due to an empty tank.


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Old 06-27-2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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I just get my tanks from Home Depot, Blue Rhino tanks that I can swap out. I know I pay a little more than if I had them re-filled, but it's worth it for me just for the convenience of it (since I'm at the Depot a couple of times anyway each weekend). $46 initially (including deposit on the tank), $16 to swap out.
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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Rhino gas exchange as low as 12.00 (Look around, they are NOT the same price everywhere!) 1 tank gets me about 5 brews (Jet burner that eats up gas) so I keep 2 on hand, 1 for brewing 1 for BBQ. If either runs out, I'm golden
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I have 3 20lb tanks and 1 100lb tank that will very soon be up and running.
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If you have one or more of the old-style gas tanks, you can exchange it for one of the new ones. Exchanging is more expensive than having a tank refilled, but much cheaper than buying a new tank, and ending up with one or more old tanks than nobody will refill.

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If you need a tank, try your local dump/landfill. People get rid of propane tanks all the time (even ones in excellent condition) and, at least in my area, they have a separate place to drop them off so they don't go into the landfill.

The folks at the dump thought it was odd I was making a pick up, but they didn't say no.
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I have to point out that you should check Craigslist and eBay first.

I have a total of 5 20lb'ers and I have never paid more than $10 each. The first two I found on Craigslist for $10 each, and the next two I found on eBay for $25 for both. I emailed him and said that I could pickup tonight and would pay $20 cash. Done deal!

Even though I turn around and exchange the tank for another $15, my total cost per filled tank is only $25. Alot cheaper than $45+

Also beware that most of the time when you exchange a Blue Rhino tank you really aren't getting 20lbs of propane, more like 16lbs.
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find a walmart with 'excellent' customer service, they usually have a dozen sitting outside unlocked etc...


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