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Old 09-24-2007, 03:08 AM   #1
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LEt me say that I have never had a gas grill so I don't know where to get a propane tank for the burner I am going to need to do outside AG brewing. Do you need to buy one or can you rent one from a gas station or how does that work?

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Old 09-24-2007, 03:13 AM   #2
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Go to just about any gas station or home improvement store and you'll be able to pick one up. It will run you about $35 to get one, then about $15-$20 for exchanges after that.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:15 AM   #3
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Sheesh. Around here (Misssouri) you can hardly walk into a QT without seeing a propane exchange station. $35 to (initially) rent one and then like $15 to exchange for a full tank.

Find yourself any hardware store. Walmart even has them.

 
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:16 AM   #4
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Just make sure you get one you can exchange. Most of the ones they sell nowadays are, but I had one I couldn't and it's a pain to find a place to fill one that can't.
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Old 09-24-2007, 03:37 AM   #5
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if you are in an area where you can get refills instead of exchanging and you have a Costco, i have seen some good prices there.

 
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:21 AM   #6
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if you are in an area where you can get refills instead of exchanging and you have a Costco, i have seen some good prices there.
That's where I bought my two 20#'s, $24 a piece, everywhere else in town was $30-35. They were also pre-purged... Tanks have to be purged of air before they're filled for the first time or they won't work and usually don't come already purged. The propane guy was surprised at that and said they usually charge around $5-8 just to purge new tanks and wanted to know how much and where I bought my tank.

Costs me under $14 to fill my tanks each.

 
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:22 AM   #7
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No offense to those who do it, but in my opinion the propane exchange system is bad deal money-wise. It is conveinant as hell, especially if you can't find someone to refill a tank on a Sunday, but it costs more for the initial tank and more for the exchange.

You can pick up a new five gallon tank at Costco or Home depot for under $25 bucks. Propane prices depend on the location, but should be no more than 2-3 bucks a gallon. Home Depot usually carries larger sizes as well, if you want a slightly larger tank.
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:24 AM   #8
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That's where I bought my two 20#'s, $24 a piece, everywhere else in town was $30-35. They were also pre-purged... Tanks have to be purged of air before they're filled for the first time or they won't work and usually don't come already purged. The propane guy was surprised at that and said they usually charge around $5-8 just to purge new tanks and wanted to know how much and where I bought my tank.

Costs me under $14 to fill my tanks.

Yeah, purging is the biggest hassle when getting a new tank. Most places charge for it, and most don't know how to do it. Especially difficult on a Sunday afternoon trying to find a place that purges and fills.
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:29 AM   #9
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Ace Hardware in my neighborhood has the best price on refills.

 
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Old 09-24-2007, 01:20 PM   #10
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We have a local full-service gas station that fills for about $12 and purges and pressure tests for free. They sell labels adapters and caps very cheaply too.

If money is important, look for local propane dealers or gas stations that are set up with a bulk tank. It will usually save a few bucks.

If getting a full tank on Sunday morning is important then the Blue Rhino at the 7--11 is the way to go.

 
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