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Old 01-17-2013, 07:53 AM   #31
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As mentioned by many others-- it's usually cheaper to re-fill your tank.
Also mentioned- pre-filled tanks aren't always as full as they could be!

Something else mentioned- some LP sellers charge by the gallon.
This means you can top off a half full tank and only pay for what you get-
exactly the same as when you buy gasoline.
Others charge a flat fee per tank. Only the best deal if your tank is MT.

I have a local guy who charges by the gallon and he is at least a few bucks
cheaper than another local guy who charges flat fee. This is true for me even
though I normally am filling totally empty tanks.
Both are cheaper than pre-filled exchanges.

Bottom line for me-- if you can find a -by the gallon- dealer that's where
you want to go.
Next is flat rate.
Last is exchange.

But if you're out and need it, you gotta do what you gotta do!

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:08 AM   #32
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All true (possible exception of the flat rate issue.)

If your tank is not completely empty you are getting screwed by paying for propane you are not getting and if you ARE empty they may (and most likely will) charge you a flat rate for "purging the tank of air."

Swapping an old or over-age, rusted, covered with BBQ drippings, 20 pound propane tank for a new, painted, hydro-statically tested, bottle is still a "good deal."

A new tank can cost 50 bucks empty, then you have to pay for "initial purge" and a fill.


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Old 02-09-2013, 08:51 AM   #33
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The only time I exchange a tank is when I have a tank going bad. Then I pick out the best one on the rack. Normally this is for my outside BBQ's or outside cook stove. I have never exchange propane tanks from any of my RV's.

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